Innocently labeled “sugar”, GMO beet sugar destroys your health in 3 ways: 1) As a pure sugar, it raises blood glucose and destabilizes your metabolism. 2) Like all GMO foods, it disrupts the micro-biome balance in the gut, opening the way to cancer, obesity, and autoimmune diseases. 3) GMO sugar beets are infused with carcinogenic herbicide glyphosate by Monsanto, which synergistically enhances the damaging effects of other chemicals and has been scientifically linked to cancer, autism, diabetes, MS, celiac disease, Parkinson’s, obesity, and Alzheimer’s disease.
How to Avoid GMO Beet Sugar?
Labeling GMO beet sugar is not required by law. It is usually called “sugar” and sold in commercial chains such as StarBucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Walmart, Western Family, Alberstons, and Safeway. It is sold as an ingredient to restaurants and bakeries as Beet Sugar, Pioneer Sugar, BigChef, and Michigan Sugar. Beet sugar is cheaper to produce than cane sugar. Since cane sugar is often seen as superior, most manufacturers will call it “cane sugar”. When you see “sugar”, you can fairly assume it is GMO beet sugar.
TIPS FOR AVOIDING GMO’s from the Non-GMO Shopping Guide:
Tip #1: Buy Organic
Certified organic products cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredients. Buy products labeled “100% organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic ingredients.” You can be doubly sure if the product also has a Non-GMO Project Verified Seal. Read more about organic standards…
Tip #2: Look for Non-GMO Project Seals
Products that carry the Non-GMO Project Seal are independently verified to be in compliance with North America’s only third party standard for GMO avoidance, including testing of at-risk ingredients. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to providing consumers with clearly labeled and independently verified non-GMO choices. Look for dairy products labeled “No rBGH or rBST,” or “artificial hormone-free.”
Tip #3: Avoid at-risk GMO ingredients
If it’s not labeled organic or verified non-GMO: Avoid products made with ingredients that might be derived from GMOs (see list). The eight GM food crops are Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed, Sugar Beets, Hawaiian Papaya (most) and a small amount of Zucchini and Yellow Squash.
Sugar If a non-organic product made in North American lists “sugar” as an ingredient (and NOT pure cane sugar), then it is almost certainly a combination of sugar from both sugar cane and GM sugar beets.
Dairy Products may be from cows injected with GM bovine growth hormone. Look for labels stating No rBGH, rBST, or artificial hormones.
Tip #4: Download our Shopping Guides
Use either IRT’s new Non-GMO Shopping Tips brochure or redesigned Non-GMO Shopping Guide to help you identify and avoid GM foods. We devote an entire page in each guide to help you uncover hidden GM ingredients on food labels that often read more like a chemical periodic table. If you have an iPhone, download our ShopNoGMO guide for free from the iTunes store.