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Dining Out Non-GMO Guide

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Chipotle Starts Labeling GE Ingredients on Website Menu                         June 19, 2013
Chipotle recently became the first fast food chain to label genetically engineered ingredients, by posting the information on the company's website. Brought about by consumer demand, Chipotle is confident that this decision will only strengthen their relationship with consumers.  According to their spokesperson, "Any downside there may going to be eclipsed by the upside with being transparent."  The company also has plans to reduce the number of genetically engineered ingredients in its food, although they anticipate difficulty in finding non-GMO suppliers

Dining Out Non-GMO Options

If you have a favorite restaurant, and you eat there often, you should only need to ask these questions once. It's helpful to have a knowledgeable server or chef guide you through the menu to help you avoid GM foods. It's not too hard to identify the non-GMO options.

dine out non gmoA good first question is, "What oil do you cook with?" If they use soy, cottonseed, canola, or corn oils they are likely GM if they are not organic. If so, ask if they have anything that is cooked without oil, or if olive oil or some other oil can be used. If they say they cook in "vegetable oil" or margarine, it will almost always be soy, cottonseed, canola, or corn oils. If they have olive oil, be sure it's not a blend. Many restaurants blend canola and olive.

Since most processed foods contain GM derivatives (corn and soy, for example), ask what foods the chef prepares fresh, and choose those items. But check if packaged sauces are used.

Try to avoid processed foods with the oils mentioned above, or with soy and corn derivatives, including: soy flour, soy protein, soy lecithin, textured vegetable protein, corn meal, corn syrup, dextrose, maltodextrin, fructose, citric acid, and lactic acid.

Other potential sources of GM foods at restaurants include salad dressings, bread, and mayonnaise, and sugar from GM sugar beets.

To avoid dairy products from cows treated with genetically modified rbGH, in U.S. restaurants you will likely have to avoid menu items with dairy, unless the restaurant uses organic products or buys from a dairy that is on our list of those that avoid rbGH. Industrialized nations outside the U.S. have not approved rbGH.

Avoid the tabletop sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet® or Equal® which is now being rebranded as AminoSweet®), which is genetically modified.

Other Sources of GMOs

Most Hawaiian papayas are GM, as are small amount of zucchini and yellow squash. Ordering these products are a gamble. Food additives, enzymes, flavorings, and processing agents, including rennet used to make hard cheeses, can be GM, are harder to avoid. It is also difficult to avoid meat, eggs, and dairy products from animals that have eaten GM feed, unless the restaurant uses organic, 100% grass-fed, or wild caught. Honey and bee pollen may have GM sources of pollen.

Some of the Foods That May Contain GM Ingredients:

Infant formula, salad dressing, bread, cereal, hamburgers and hotdogs, margarine, mayonnaise, cereals, crackers, cookies, chocolate, candy, fried food, chips, veggie burgers, meat substitutes, ice cream, frozen yogurt, tofu, tamari, soy sauce, soy cheese, tomato sauce, protein powder, baking powder, alcohol, vanilla, powdered sugar, peanut butter, enriched flour and pasta.

If you plan ahead, you can call or email the restaurant you plan to visit and ask for a list that let’s you know.

Going through this process will not only give you a superb list of healthy eating options, but informs the restaurant that you prefer healthier non-GMO options when you dine out - a win-win situation for everyone.

For more information on non-GMO in different foods that you might buy, check out the website below. Download the non-GMO shopping guide on our home page.

Connecticut, Maine Pass GE Labeling Bills

In early June, Connecticut became the first state to pass GE labeling legislation, after an amended bill passed through the state's government. Last week, a bill to label genetically engineered foods passed easily through Maine’s House and Senate, furthering the New England as a leader in the right-to-know movement.  While both states' bills contain clauses that require a number of neighboring states to enact similar legislation before they can go into effect, the historic votes mark continuing momentum at the grassroots level on this issue.


Livonia Chiropractor | Dining Out Non-GMO Guide. Dr. Sherry Yale, DC is a Livonia Chiropractor.