As the desire for healthful living increases across the county so does the desire to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs) — and with good reason. While most of us are aware that the bulk of U.S. corn and soy crops are genetically modified, you might not be aware that sugar cane, alfalfa, tomatoes, potatoes, papayas, flax, canola, and dairy products — among many other crops — are also very commonly affected. The higher levels of pesticides in these foods can pose a potential health risk, and while big corporations maintain that they are perfectly safe (little surprise given their financial interest), there have yet to be any long-term studies on the effects of GMO consumption. Unfortunately an increasing body of research shows that our increased reliance on GMOs has great potential to harm our well-being. Remember it wasn’t long ago that big corporation insisted, under oath, that smoking was harmless…
With that in mind, here’s a look at 10 totally delicious non-GMO snacks you can munch on with a clear conscious.
1. Blue Diamond
You probably know Blue Diamond as the maker of Almond Breeze Almond Milk, but there’s so much more where that came from. In addition to 100-calorie almond snack packs, it has an extensive line of traditional, oven roasted, and bold flavored almonds. Flavors range from Sriracha and wasabi and soy sauce to dark chocolate and blueberry. It also has a line of almond-based crackers. The brand uses California almonds grown by grower co-operative members without the use of genetic engineering or gene manipulation (i.e. all of its almond varieties are developed using traditional agricultural breeding techniques).
Flax is a common victim of GMOs, but no so with this brand. All of Flax4Life‘s flax based products are made in a dedicated gluten-free and dairy-free facility and these delicious non-GMO brownies – made with zero fillers – are about as healthy as brownies can get. Aside from being made with natural ingredients (no compound words in the ingredients list here), there are no preservatives, trans fats, or cholesterol. They also pack in some fiber and protein, which will help curb a sugar rush.