By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
April 24, 2015
- Chemical-laden foods are lining your grocer’s shelves
- Don’t be left in the DARK
- It’s your right to know what’s in your food
Today we all worry about what’s in the foods we eat.
That’s why you find yourself reading labels at the grocery store. You want to know exactly how much salt, sugar and saturated fats are in those foods. You want to know if they contain MSG, high fructose corn syrups, trans fats or nitrates.
A lot of the words on these labels are hard to pronounce, like butylated hydroxyanisole. They don’t mean anything to you, but they sound scary, don’t they? You instinctively know when an ingredient requires a long, scientific name – it probably isn’t good for you.
However, there are three simple letters that are very easy to understand. Yet Big Agra and the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) are fighting tooth and nail to prevent them from showing up on food labels.
What are the three letters?
GMO…or “genetically modified organisms.” These are foods that have been altered at the genetic level.
It’s estimated that about three-quarters of packaged foods here in the U.S. contain GMO ingredients. This includes things like soups, cereals, crackers, sodas and other foods that come in boxes, bottles and cans.
Additionally around 80% of genetically modified crops are altered to be resistant to the popular weed-killer Roundup.
This is particularly true of corn, soy, canola, cotton, sugar beets and alfalfa. And it means farmers can spray as much Roundup on these crops as necessary to get rid of weeds.
Don’t you think you have right to know – before purchasing – if the products you’re buying contain chemical-laden foods?
Now, this isn’t a political issue. It doesn’t matter whether you’re democrat or republican – liberal or conservative. You want only the healthiest and most wholesome foods on your dinner table. And you can’t do that unless you know exactly what’s in the food you’re buying.
So let’s take a look at some of the things you need to be aware of.
Studies show GMO crops have increased herbicide use by 383 MILLION pounds in the U.S. from 1996 to 2008.
This is great news for Monsanto. They not only profit from selling Roundup-ready seeds for crops…they’re also the manufacturers of Roundup! So they’re making a lot of money poisoning our food supply.
But it’s not so good for you.
The glyphosate found in Roundup damages DNA.
Preliminary research shows it promotes cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. We’re also finding that glyphosate may be a key contributor to the obesity and autism epidemics here in the U.S.
Additionally, glyphosate binds to trace minerals in your body and literally strips them away. Just as importantly, it disrupts your body’s ability to detoxify itself.
This means glyphosate can cause the toxic load in your body to build up over time. Eventually, the accumulation of toxins reach a tipping point. And that’s when disease sets in.
Plus, glyphosate creates an imbalance in your gut microbiota. It destroys healthy strains of intestinal bacteria, and causes overgrowth of some very nasty and unhealthy bacteria. These days we know that this type of imbalance is at the root of many chronic diseases linked to aging.
So it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that both GMOs and high glyphosate foods have a very strong correlation to other inflammatory conditions like high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease.
So, I ask you once again…
Don’t you think you have the basic right to know what’s in the food you’re buying and eating?
Here’s what you can do to enforce those rights.
The fact that Big Agra and the GMA have already spent over $100 million to defeat GMO labeling bills in Colorado, Oregon, California, and Washington should tell you something.
It clearly says they want to keep the ingredients they’re putting in your food a secret. And they’re willing to cough up the big bucks to keep it that way.
But they’re also being very underhanded about it.
In fact, their most recent effort is being called the DARK act – “Denying Americans the Right to Know”. The goal is, quite blatantly, an attempt to block individual states from requiring labeling of genetically modified foods.
You have the chance to be active and do something about this. Let your objection be heard. Demand transparency in labeling. All you have to do is sign this petition to help suppress the bill.
Remember, too, that every time you buy a GMO food, you’re supporting Monsanto and the companies that use them. So if you’re still eating “healthy” packaged foods, you might want to take a second – or even a third – look at those labels.
In particular, watch out for the Big 3 GMO foods. Here in the U.S. a surprising 95% of sugar beets, 93% of soybeans and 86% of corn grown are genetically modified. So make an effort to avoid foods containing processed sugars, corn syrup, corn oil, corn starch and soy.
You should also beware of some of the trickier names you might find. These include dextrose, vegetable oil, vegetable protein, dextrin, maltodextrin, monosodium glutamate and any type of starch. When you see any of these words on a food label, it’s a good idea to place it back on the shelf and find a better alternative.
You can also use this Non-GMO Shopping Guide when you go to the grocery store. If you have an iPhone or use an android interface, you can search in your apps for a NON-GMO guide. They are widely available free of charge.
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