You Are What You Eat. So What Are You?

Posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 at 11:18 am

Have you ever read the following ingredients on a food label before – maltodextrin, ascorbic acid, xanthan gum, lecithin, caramel color, monosodium glutamate, and mono-, di-, and triglycerides?  

 

Ever wondered what they are?

 

Today’s supermarkets are filled with aisles upon aisles of food-products. 

 

It seems like they contain a huge variety of food, but in reality, if you take a closer look and read the ingredients listed in these products, you’ll notice that they are mostly made up of one common ingredient – corn! 

 

Yes, corn.  How can this be?

 

Through dry and wet milling, corn can be broken down into simple sugar molecules, which are then derived into hundreds of food ingredients; the most well known being high fructose corn syrup, corn flour, corn starch, and corn oil. 

 

Let’s take frozen chicken nuggets as an example. 

 

The conventional chicken was fed corn.  The batter is made from corn flour.  Corn starch is what binds it together and the oil it was fried in was corn oil!

 

Corn is also found in non-food products like toothpaste, cosmetics, diapers, batteries, wallpaper, and even industrial fuel. 

 

Corn is everywhere!  Corn is even in our meats, eggs, and dairy products.  

 

How?  Well, industrial cows are fed corn.  Corn also feeds the chickens, pigs, and farm-raised fish. 

 

Which animals produce the milk and lay the eggs?  You get my point.

 

Sodas, Soups, sauces, cereals, chips, crackers, cookies, processed cheese, frozen dinners, ice cream, cake mixes, creamers…. and on and on. 

 

They all contain corn! So what is the big deal?

 

Well, corn is the largest genetically modified crop in the world, closely followed by soybean. 

 

What this means is that most non-organic products found on the shelves our supermarkets are filled with genetically modified ingredients without your knowledge.

 

My intention is not to scare you but rather help you make better and more informed food choices. 

 

The following shopping guide can help you avoid manufacturers that use genetically modified ingredients: Shopper’s Guide To Avoiding GMO’s.

 

For more information about genetic modification and how to avoid it, read my article “Can Organic Food Labels Be Trusted”.

 

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