Carolyn Phillips: Natural Food That’s Not Really Natural

Fit-inista Carolyn Phillips– our on air personal trainer– is back with more tips to get you in shape and what you need to do to stay that way!

90% of the soy, canola oil, corn, sugar beets and cotton grown in the United States is GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms).  We’re industrializing our food to the point where we’re not eating real food anymore. Here’s some leading GMO abusers to be on the lookout for.

GMOs have benefits, such as increased size and volume of food being grown. So why are they not a good thing?  Because it’s taking something natural and genetically modifying it, which can have long-term problems not considered in the present.  We saw this happen with High Fructose Corn Syrup, for example.  People used to say this was exactly the same as sugar, but it’s now been discovered high fructose corn syrup shuts down a hormone in our brain that triggers satiaity, the “I’m full” response.  This leads people to have a tendency to eat more.  What they’re finding with GMOs is, it’s NOT something that doesn’t affect the body.

The bottom line is, GMOs allow food to be made cheaper and faster, which makes the profit centers go way up, so of course companies will try to defend that it’s perfectly fine.  Some popular items are claiming to be “natural” but are getting caught in a lie, because they’re actually not natural.  Here’s a few:

Naked Juice:  They lost a class action suit, meaning if you drank this juice– which is supposed to be natural– in the last six years, you can claim part of the settlement money.  Balance Bars and Nature Valley Granola Bars are not so natural after all.  Kashi Go Lean is another offender– these companies are trying to say they are healthy, and the public believes that and buys the products.

But there are other options which ARE legitimately healthy.  You can find them by looking for the USDA label, which means it’s both organic and it is not GMO.

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