GMO’s are lurking everywhere. They are popping up in places they shouldn’t be and are in foods we wouldn’t dream they would be. The word “healthy” has lost it’s meaning since it can be slapped on basically any food product and cleverly labeled as if it is healthy.
Take this package of Newman’s Own Newman-O’s. The front labeling states it is made with organic sugar and organic flour. Since GM ingredients are not allowed in anything organic, you would automatically assume these cookies would be free and clear. Bingo, right?
Ehh, not so fast! Don’t put it in your buggy just yet…
If you turn the package over and take a look at the ingredient list you’ll notice canola oil and soy lecithin. Since genetically engineered soy and canola dominate the industrialized U.S. food supply, it would be a safe bet to assume the canola oil and soy lecithin use in these mint cookies are derived from their GE counterparts.
You sneaky devils, you.
Not trying to get all conspiracy-theorist status on you but with all these manipulation tactics Big Food throws out there, I am very skeptic… about everything.
Why not just use organic canola and soy Newman’s Own?
Well, the main distinction between an artificial flavor and natural flavor is the source of where it was derived. Natural flavors come from anything that can be eaten (vegetable, milk, etc). Artificial flavors come from anything non-edible, like petroleum.
These words mean “mainly for flavor” and “is not synthetic, or synthetically derived/obtained/processed.”
However, the FDA treats GMO’s as no different that natural foods. They are basically considered the same as the original manipulated plant or animal – completely interchangeable. So what that means is natural and artificial flavorings may be genetically modified and we would never know!
What to Buy Instead
- Nutrient-dense “Thin Mints” from Nourishing Our Children
- Grain-free Thin Mints from Clean Eats in the Zoo
- Chocolate Mint Cookies by Good Girl Gone Green
- Gluten-free Chocolate Mint Cookies by Healthy Green Kitchen
- Dark Chocolate Thin Mints by Healthy Living How To (these are no cookies but they sure look delicious!)
- Homemade Thin Mints by Homemade Dutch Apple Pie