Ever notice the little sticker on your apple? That’s the Price Look Up number, or PLU code…Avoid any food that has a code that starts with the number 8. That indicates it’s genetically modified. If it starts with a 3 or 4, that means it was grown “conventionally.”
2. Buy Organic. Organic foods can’t be genetically modified.
Look for the USDA organic seal on packaged products, which should also ideally also say “100% organic.” On fresh produce, make sure the PLU code starts with a 9, which indicates it’s organic.
3. Look for the Non GMO-Project Label.
This label verifies that the product was tested by a third-party and that it doesn’t contain any genetically modified ingredients.
4. Avoid the most common GMO foods.
Corn, soy, canola, papaya, squash, zucchini, and sugar beets (which most sugar comes from) are the most common genetically modified foods. If you don’t see the organic or Non-GMO Project seal on one of these items, avoid it.
5. Read the Ingredient List for Hidden GMOs.
The majority of packaged goods have some form of soy or corn in them hiding behind innocuous sounding ingredient names. The following is a partial list of sneaky ingredients you may not realize can be corn or soy derivatives:
From corn: citric acid, lactic acid, fructose, glucose, maltodextrin, dextrin, dextrose, and xanthan gum.
From soy: guar gum, tocopherols, natural flavors, and vegetable proteins and isolates.
If a packaged good contains one of these ingredients and isn’t labeled 100% organic, it’s likely genetically modified.
Unless you want to become a science experiment, say no to GMO!