5 Tips on How to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods

While we’re on the diet, it is strongly recommended to patronize organically grown produce to get the most out of the foods we’re taking. By avoiding genetically modified foods, we are actually nourishing our metabolism. Let’s find out how!

GMO foods(such as corn, soy, dairy products, etc) contains chemicals, pesticides and hormones that contaminate our foods. Which in the long run, wreck havoc to our metabolism and stresses our liver and adrenal gland. Instead of doing good to our body like burning fats and keeping metabolism on fire, it does the opposite.

5 Tips on How to Avoid Genetically Modified FoodsBut in the world where GMO products are rampant and distributed just anywhere, how do we ensure that we’re avoiding all types of GMO products in the food we eat? Here are the tips you can apply in identifying GMO produce and how to avoid them:

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  1. Choose Organic!

The best thing that we recommend to you, as first stated in the book, ┬áis to simply choose organic products. Organic foods don’t contain GMO products, so you are 100% sure that what you’re eating is safe and healthier! Choose the products with the label USDA Certified Organic.

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  1. Read Labels

If buying organic food is really hard for you, then resort to reading the labels carefully in order to identify what the GMO products are and what’s not. Are you familiar with those PLU codes you see on fresh produce foods? It helps the cashier at a grocery store identify the difference between the foods, whether it’s GMO or organic. It is important for you to remember this:

Any five digit number that starts with “9” signifies that the product is organic. While a five digit number that starts with “8” signifies that it is a GMO product.

But, I am confused. There’s nothing in here that starts with label 9 or 8. How should I identify if the food is GMO or not? If there’s no label for five digit numbers, then your next bet is to look for products labeled as GMO-free.

Note: If the product is not labeled as GMO-free, don’t assume that the product is GMO free. Don’t buy it. Only buy products with a GMO-free label.


  1. Familiarize yourself with aliases and variations of corn and soy

Many of the corn and soy-variety products are disguised under different name. Here are some of corn’s disguised names:

  • Maltodextrin (destrin)
  • Dextrose
  • Caramel
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Iodized Salt

Soy disguised names:

  • Kinako
  • Miso (Fermented Soy)
  • Natto
  • Soy Sauce
  • Soya
  • Soybean

All of them are GMO products, so be sure to familiarize yourself with different names to avoid consuming these type of foods.


  1. Buy Ingredients, Instead of Food with Ingredients

Aside from checking the label, don’t forget to check the ingredients of the food you’re buying. This is to ensure that not only you are consuming fast metabolism diet phase-specific foods, but you’re also consuming the non-GMO ones. Better yet, buy the ingredients personally and cook it on your own. Homemade foods are simply the best food you can make! Because it is filled with fresh, healthy ingredients and a dash of love!’


  1. Patronize Organic Farmer’s products than shopping in a grocery store.

If you are living near an organic farm field, choose to shop products from them instead of shopping in a grocery store where commercialized and GMO products are promoted. Aside from that, you’re helping the farmer’s livelihood while promoting wellness.

So there! We’ve mentioned some important guidelines in buying organic foods. Hope you find these tips valuable enough while undergoing the diet.

2 Comments on 5 Tips on How to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods

  1. Susan Connor
    August 5, 2015 at 7:13 pm (4 years ago)

    You are saying Miso is all GMO as well. I was under the impression fermented soy is good for you.

    • admin
      August 6, 2015 at 6:07 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Susan! Yes Miso soup is not allowed in fast metabolism diet because it is made from soy, which is a GMO product. The only thing the no-soy rule is allowed to be broken is when you’re a strict vegan. You can have some exceptions to eat soy(e.g. edamame, tempeh) during phase 2. Hope this helps!


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