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What Monsanto foods should you avoid?

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Monsanto doesn't sell food; the company creates genetically modified seeds farmers use to grow crops. Food crops most often grown from these seeds include corn, canola, alfalfa, papaya, sugar beets, soy, zucchini and yellow summer squash.

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About 80 percent of all processed foods in the United States contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, grown from Monsanto's biologically engineered seeds. Common ingredients sourced from GMOs include high-fructose corn syrup, canola oil, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, maltodextrin and xanthum gum. Additionally, many additives used to preserve processed foods, such as sodium citrate and ascorbic acid, are likely to contain GMOs, as are the sweeteners aspartame and sucrose.

The Non-GMO Project, a U.S. nonprofit devoted to expanding the non-GMO food supply, provides an extensive list of verified non-GMO products on its website. These include dairy products, fruits and vegetables, oils and condiments, breads and baked goods, and cereals from brands such as Annie's Homegrown, Bob's Red Mill and 365 Everyday Value from Whole Foods.

As of 2015, GMOs are banned or heavily regulated in over 60 developed nations around the world, including all European Union countries, Australia and Japan. However, as of June 2015 the United States permits unlimited use of these products, and no federal law requires labeling of GMOs.

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