Your Food Labels Are Lying
This Food Label Is Lying To You
Which chips do you think contain genetically modified organisms: Takis Nitro Corn Snacks, a rolled, fried, and spice-dusted abomination of a tortilla that packs more than 800 mg of sodium in a single serving? Or Xochitl’s all-natural sea salt tortilla chips, which are labeled as containing no trans fat, no gluten, no preservatives, no cholesterol, and no GMOs?
Sounds like we already gave away the answer, right?
Wrong. According to a , Xochitl’s chips contained GM corn, even though they claim to be GMO-free. Takis, on the other hand, were blissfully absent of GM corn.
That’s not the only surpriseConsumer Reportsfound when the publication sent products to an independent testing lab, which analyzed them for the presence and quantity of GM corn and soy—two of the most common GM crops. The big shocker? Lots of foods with the “natural” claim boasted significant amounts of GM corn and soy, including Xochitl chips, Utz Natural Multigrain Tortillas, and Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars Oats ‘N Honey.
Say it ain’t so? Well, brace yourself, shopper ignorati, but the “natural” label doesn’t mean squat when it comes to GMOs, despite the fact that 64% of Americans believe the claim indicates a food has no GM ingredients, according to aConsumer Reportssurvey. In fact, the publication’s report found that 70% of itemswithoutthe Certified Organic seal or that were not labeled non-GMO (exception, Xochitl, of course), contained an average of 70% GM corn or soy, regardless of the presence of a “natural” label on a product’s packaging. Some of these foods had as little as 17.8% GMOs, but others boasted as much as 100%.
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What to do? Choose Certified Organic, which, by designation, means a product can’t contain GM ingredients. Or opt for products with the trustworthy Anti-GMO Project Verified seal, which theConsumer Reports’data found never contained GMOs.
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