Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Are You Getting GMOs in Your Vitamins?


We find it discouraging that GMO's are found in many common Vitamin brands on the shelves today, even in the so-called "natural" section of your grocery store! Many of these "vitamins" contain corn derivatives and soy, and some apparently utilize GM microorganisms in manufacturing their products.  It can be quite challenging to find truly organic and non-GMO supplements amongst the many "natural" labels that populate the shelves in local stores.

However, we found this link to a Shopping List that is very helpful in sourcing non-GMO vitamins. It contains over fifty different brands, like Vega, Chosen Foods and Tree of Life that you can click on to check out which of their supplements is actually non-GMO.  Unfortunately, the "Nature Made" brand didn't make the list, folks!  Oh, well - thankfully, there are many others to choose from.

It can be difficult enough to research, purchase and incorporate non-GMO food sources into your diet, let alone having to be concerned about the vitamins you purchase and consume, as well.  Here is a tip that will help even the most scrupulous non-GMO consumer:  "Follow the Seal!"
According to the Non-GMO, (they) "do require testing of all ingredients.  Following the test, which must indicate that the ingredient is below 0.9% GMO (in alignment with laws in the European Union), we require rigorous traceability and segregation practices to be followed in order to ensure that the tested ingredients are what get used in the product."
"So in short, what our seal means is that a product has been produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including testing of risk ingredients...Companies enrolled in the Non-GMO Project are serious about keeping GMOs out, and work hard to do so. The Non-GMO Project is the only organization offering independent verification of testing and GMO controls for products in the U.S. and Canada."  

This is very helpful.  At, we're  striving to be well-informed about purchasing vitamin supplements that are not only health and beauty-enhancing, but non-GMO and non-offensive to our environment, as well.