GMO Foods & How to Avoid Them

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Nutrition | 11 comments


Seventy percent of foods sold in the supermarket contain genetically modified ingredients.  Over five million children in the United States are suffering from food allergies, a problem that correlates strongly to the development of GMO processed foods for infants and children.  In spite of the complete flooding of the food market with unlabeled genetically modified food, they are avoidable by eliminating the following food from your family’s diet:

  • Soy (tofu and soy sauce are not GMO, avoid soy lecithin)
  • Corn (all corn products, especially cereal, high fructose corn syrup and corn oil) Popcorn is not GMO
  • Canola oil and cottonseed oil (margarine, cooking oil and processed foods)
  • Sugar beets (any label that says “sugar” probably contains GMO sugar beet sugar).
  • Papaya from Hawaii and China
  • Zucchini and yellow crookneck squash
  • Beef fed with Alfalfa hay or injected with rBGH (bovine growth hormone)
  • Aspartame

Foods that are certified organic are GMO free.  When you shop, remember the four big offenders—corn, soy, sugar, and oil.  Limit your oil intake to coconut oil, avocados, olive and walnut oil.  These are healthy oils, and replace harmful GMO and saturated fats that are more difficult to digest.  When you eliminate sugar and high fructose corn syrup, you have skipped every inside grocery aisle!  Your choices become small servings of organic grass fed beef and poultry, wild caught cold water fish, and fresh or frozen organic fruits and vegetables.  Thankfully eating a more clean and natural diet is not only disease preventive it is cost effective and affordable.  It is time to abandon chemically treated and altered pseudo-food and re-discover the real nutrition that fuels our minds and bodies!

Learn how to eat clean in Dr. Deanna’s Healing Handbook


  1. I would love to share this with my facebook friends. Is itOK to copy and paste to my site giving your website address?
    Thanks so much!
    Dr. Patty

    • Yes, we appreciate you sharing the information.

  2. I live in Florida. Do you ever do any consultations over SKYPE?

  3. Hey Deanna, I have a soon to be 3 year old daughter who is somewhat picky about what she likes to eat but at times, with having the golf course and having wrigleys gum to sell, she likes for me to give her some at times. I dont like to, really, because I’ve noticed aspartame as one of the ingredients, but I do give in and let her have it. I do my best to do an “out of sight, out of mind” type approach to keep her from even asking for it to avoid giving her any and wonder how to find a safe replacement. I liked your page just the other day and havn’t went over its contents but like having a heads up at least to what to avoid giving her if I have the budget to get her something better. I do have a Berkey (water filtration tank with added PF 2 flouride and metals filter attached to the bottom of the charcoal filter above) I’d gotten after she was born that I use for all water consumption needs, including cooking and am always on the lookout for knowledge to try to keep her safe. Thank you for any help you offer.

    • I recommend stevia as a healthy natural sweetener. Stevia gum is available online and at health food stores. Avoid Aspartame as you would any poison.

  4. Good article….you didn;’t mention dairy products with rBGH…it is really hard to find any ice cream that doesn’t have it! Ben and Jerry’s…?

  5. Dr. Deanna,

    You commented that we should avoid Soy Lecithin and yet Soy Lecithin is in some of the Arbonne products and on the Source we are told that it’s OK for us as basically there is no soy in Soy Lecithin. Can you clarify this for me?

    Thank you,

    Joy Carns

    • Arbonne products are GMO free. When you see soy lecithin on an ingredient list of a processed food from Hershey’s or Kraft, be assured you are exposing yourself to GMO food. In general, I don’t use products containing soy. I trust Arbonne to be pure, safe, and beneficial for me, because the national leadership is so committed and knowledgeable regarding our health and wellness. Not all lecithin comes from soy, as it occurs naturally in foods such as eggs, but the soy lecithin found in processed foods is probably only one item on a list of junk we want to avoid.

  6. Is organic zucchini and squash ok?

    • Yes, all certified organic produce is non-GMO.

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