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Eat Organic and Non-Genetically Modified Foods
Beth Ley Knotts, Ph.D.
Bottom Line - Man cannot do a better job than God.

Genetically modified foods are NOT Hybreds. GM foods, also known as genetically engineered foods or bioengineered foods are foods produced from organisms that have had changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering.

Here are foods to AVOID as they are most likely GM if not labeled, “Non- GMO” or “Organic”.

1. Yellow summer squash

2. Papaya

3. Soy beans - soy oil, soy mik, soy protein, tofu, lecithin (found in chocolate bars and chocolate products), also Animal feed and also found in a lot of pet food.

4. Corn - high fructose corn syrup, corn flakes, corn oil, corn chips, etc. Animal feed, etc.
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5. Cotton

6. Canola

7. Wheat

8. Potatoes

9. Apples

10. Alfalfa (primarily used as animal feed - cows--- beef

11. Sugar beets - sugar

12. Salmon (Wild salmon is safe)

It is not required that they are labeled stating they are GM.

If you want to avoid GM foods, look for Organically raised foods which cannot be GM. Eat Organic as much as possible. Especially, the above listed foods.

(fruits and veggies)

MOST contaminated with pesticides/ chemicals to avoid:

1. Apples

2. Spinach

3. Berries, especially strawberries

4. Nectarines

5. Grapes (wine included)

6. Pears

7. Tomatoes

8. Cherries

9. Peaches

10. Celery

11. Potatoes

12. Sweet bell peppers

Also... hot peppers, cherry tomatoes, snap peas and blueberries.

Primary health problems associated with pesticides include: Cancer, ADD, reproductive issues, endocrine disorders, respiratory issues, autism, parkinson’s, obesity

To reduce produce pesticide residue:

1. Scrub in cold water with baking soda.

2. Peel fruits and vegetables: Removing the skin of Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables can significantly reduce dietary intake of pesticide residues.

3. Blanching: In one study blanching produce (exposing it to boiling, then cold, water) led to a more than 50% reduction in pesticide residue levels in all vegetable and fruit samples except peaches.

4. Boiling: A study found that boiling strawberries significantly decreased pesticide residues, with reductions of 42.8–92.9%. However, this also causes the most nutrient loss.

CLEAN - These are ok to buy conventional (not organic) – Updated 2019


Sweet Peas Frozen

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Brussels sprouts


Honeydew Melons

Also “safer”: Winter Squashes, Bananas, Mango and other foods with a thick skin that is not eaten.