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Comparing the Nordic, Mediterranean, Pan-Asian, and Paleo diets

How does the Nordic diet differ from the Mediterranean diet, the Paleo diet, or the Pan-Asian diet?The Nordic diet means basically eating more vegetables and seasonal organic food from the region, according to the article, "The delicious and healthy New Nordic Diet." And in the article, "Nordic Diet Could Be Local Alternative To Mediterranean Diet," researchers designed a Nordic diet that's similar to the Mediterranean diet, without the olives and olive oil of the Mediterranean diet.

Comparing the Nordic, Mediterranean, Pan-Asian, Paleo, raw, and Marcrobiotic diets.
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For designing an easy to obtain Nordic diet, eaten by those living in Nordic countries such as Scandinavia and Finland, nutrition researchers in Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway set out to design a diet with locally produced healthier food items.

The Nordic diet included foods eaten by people in the North European areas such as like herring and bilberries, which is similar to blueberries. Instead of butter, canola oil was used since olive oil is more difficult to find in areas far away from where olives grow.

The nutrition researchers prescribed the Nordic diet to people with metabolic syndrome — a precursor to diabetes. What many people in Nordic countries are eating is too much red meat and white bread.

If you read about the randomized study of the Nordic diet, it lasted 18 to 24 weeks in 2009 and 2010, with 96 people in the healthy diet group and 70 in the control group. The healthy Nordic diet group ate mostly berries (currants, bilberries and strawberries), canola oil, whole grains, root vegetables and three fish meals (preferably fatty fish like salmon and mackerel) per week, and avoided sugar. The rest of the time, they could eat vegetarian, poultry or game, but no red meat. The researchers provided them with some of the key ingredients for their meals.

The control group, on the other hand, ate fewer berries and vegetables, and had no restrictions on red meat, white bread or sugar intake

The researchers didn't find changes in blood pressure or insulin sensitivity in the people on the Nordic diet. But what changed was the participant's LDL to HDL, that is bad cholesterol to good cholesterol ratio. The cholesterol ratio improved and also did one marker for inflammation. The good part is the inflammation marker might point to a 20 to 40 percent reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes for people on the healthy diet, according to the study. The participants in the study changed from butter to canola oil.

You can check out the study, "Effects of an isocaloric healthy Nordic diet on insulin sensitivity, lipid profile and inflammation markers in metabolic syndrome a randomized study (SYSDIET)." The 2013 study is published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

Adherence to dietary recommendations is weak among people suffering from metabolic syndrome or having increased risk for metabolic syndrome, according to the Nordic SYSDIET study led by the University of Eastern Finland, reports a January 3, 2014 news release, "Nordic study: Few persons with metabolic syndrome adhere to nutrition recommendations."

In most cases, the diet is too high in salt and saturated fat, and too low in dietary fibre and unsaturated fat. Furthermore, many don't have a sufficient intake of vitamin D. Metabolic syndrome is becoming increasingly widespread, and it is associated with an elevated risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. From the viewpoint of the prevention of these diseases, adherence to dietary recommendations is of vital importance for those belonging to this risk group.

Published in Food & Nutrition Research, the study was the first to investigate adherence to the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations among persons with metabolic syndrome or having increased risk for metabolic syndrome.

A total of 175 persons fulfilling at least two criteria for metabolic syndrome – for instance elevated blood pressure, elevated fasting plasma glucose concentration or abnormal blood lipid profile – and who were at least slightly overweight, took part in the study. The participants represented all other Nordic countries except Norway. The intake of nutrients was assessed by food diaries kept for four days.

The diet in more than 80% of the participants was too high in hard, saturated fat

Correspondingly, the intake of soft, polyunsaturated fat was sufficient only in one third of the participants. More than 75% of the participants had too low dietary fiber intake, while 65% had too much salt. Furthermore, the intake of vitamin D was insufficient among 20% of the participants, and one third of men and one fourth of women consumed too much alcohol.

According to the researchers, the low adherence to nutrition recommendations is likely to further increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, and the results indicate that the Nordic countries should increasingly invest in dietary assessments and counseling aimed at persons exhibiting features of metabolic syndrome.

Dietary assessment was conducted in the run-in period of the SYSDIET study. The study also included a six-month dietary intervention which established that the recommended diet consisting of Nordic ingredients improved serum lipid profile and, consequently, reduced the risk of coronary artery disease. The healthy Nordic diet also decreased the inflammation factor levels associated with metabolic syndrome.

Mediterranean diet

As far as the Mediterranean diet, it's similar to the Nordic diet, with more sardines instead of herring, and extra virgin olive oil, preferably cold pressed and not heated instead of canola oil or other liquid vegetable oils. See, "Mediterranean diet for heart health -," and "Mediterranean Diet Review: Foods & Weight Loss Effectiveness." You're basically eating An analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated that following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of death from heart disease and cancer, as well as a reduced incidence of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. Basically, you're eating roots, fruits, greens, and beans, unsalted nuts and grains.

The Mediterranean diet, according to the Mayo Clinic's site

  • Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
  • Replacing butter with healthy fats, such as olive oil
  • Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
  • Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month
  • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
  • Drinking red wine in moderation (optional)

The diet also recognizes the importance of being physically active, and enjoying meals with family and friends. But many people don't have family members living close by as children move across the coast, and for isolated seniors, it's more difficult to find friends as one becomes low-mobility or doesn't venture out after dark, is a nondriver, or is low-income, or lives in a neighborhood not too safe for seniors. Also, to get an idea of what the Mediterranean diet was like in ancient times, see the article, "Researchers Uncover Surprising Diets of the Middle and Lower Class in Pompeii ."

The Paleo diet

The Paleo diet doesn't include any dairy products or anything from the age of agriculture such as cereal grains, legumes, beans, refined sugars, or processed foods. The Paleo diet is based upon eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era, the time period from about 2.6 million years ago to the beginning of the agricultural revolution, about 10,000 years ago.

These foods include fresh meats (preferably grass-produced or free-ranging beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and game meat, if you can get it), fish, seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and healthful oils (olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut and flaxseed). Dairy products, cereal grains, legumes, refined sugars and processed foods were not part of our ancestral menu, according to the article, "The Paleo Diet | Dr. Loren Cordain, Founder of the Paleo Diet."

The only issue is that geneticists did find cardiovascular diseases in prehistoric human remains. The question is what was their diet, cereal-based or Paleo? Were they farmers making cheese, fishing, and growing grains, or were they hunter-gatherers, living on meat and berries, raw liver, watercress, and fish? And are the genes still the same as in Paleo times or did they change with the Neolithic revolution that led to farming? See, "Prehistoric Hunter Gatherers Had Clogged Arteries - Popular Archaeology." Is what you eat more about your genes than your diet? Or do both play a role in your health?

Researchers found probable or definite atherosclerosis in 34 percent of the mummies studied, with calcification of arteries more pronounced in the mummies that were older at time of death. Artherosclerosis was equally common in mummies identified as male or female. Even babies are found with plaques on their arteries. Studies that show larger plaques in children exposed to household tobacco smoking or who are obese, according to the March 10, 2013 USC news release, "Prehistoric Hunter Gatherers Had Clogged Arteries - Popular Archaeology."

The Pan-Asian diet

Vegetables, rice, and seafood dominate the Pan-Asian diet along with spices, onion, celery, green vegetables, and garlic, with no dairy products. See, "Pan-Asian-Modified-Mediterranean-Diet at Dr Sinatra." Some people combine the Pan-Asian diet with a modified Mediterranean diet. See, "Studies Confirm the Best Heart Health Diet is the Pan-Asian Mediterranean Diet." See, "Pan-Asian Mediterranean (PAM) diet." Others customize the Pan-Asian diet to be all vegan.

he Pan-Asian Mediterranean combination diet also may suggest reducing omega-6 oils, such as corn, safflower, soy, and canola oil. You'd also reduce a lot of bread such as sandwiches on a pan-Asian diet. However, a Mediterranean diet uses bread. But you'd reduce starchy vegetables such as corn, peas, and carrots and full-fat dairy. You'd have to customize the diet to your own metabolism if combining pan-Asian with Mediterranean.

Grains fatten some people or cause gastric upset, but are soothing to others. And dairy products don't agree with people who can't tolerate them without gastric upset. You'd eat steel-cut oats or whole oat groats instead of oat meal, for example. And focus on slow-burning, low-glycemic index vegetables, such as asparagus, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, and spinach. The focus would be on the low-glycemic foods that don't quickly turn from starch to sugar in your bloodstream.

And for more variations on a theme of diets, you can explore the vegan macrobiotic diet, where a lot of the food is cooked as in the lightly boiled salad, "Vegan Macrobiotic Diet -" Or see a site describing the raw food diet, "Starting a Raw Food Diet." Or for raw vegan diets, check out the sites, "Raw Food Vegan Diet" and "Reality Check: 5 Risks of a Raw Vegan Diet: Scientific American."

Are scientists who examine and detect GMOs in seeds, feeds, and foods more chempetitive, or rather more competitive when it comes to sharing their findings?

Who's currently analyzing GMOs in foods, feeds, and seeds? A study published on May 2, 2013 in PLOS ONE finds that Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR™) technology is suitable for routine analysis of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food, feed, and seeds. Beware of GMO so-called "designer diseases" made by humans to rid an area of unwanted pests, numerous studies warn.

More than 60 countries representing 40 percent of the world's population require labeling of food and feed when GMOs reach certain thresholds. Screening for and quantifying GMOs is essential to the integrity of this labeling policy, according to a May 2, 2013 news release, "PLOS ONE study: Droplet Digital™ PCR works for GMO quantification."

You also may be interested in a study about Designer diseases and how it relates to GMOs.

In another study, scientists discuss how much better it would be to have a kinder, gentler form of pest control, one that renders female mice infertile, preventing plagues before they start and leaving native wildlife untouched. Once released, human-made GMO so-called "designer diseases" made to get rid of excess mice in certain areas of the world or other unwanted creatures will be as hard to control as any other wildlife disease. The drawing board needs to be gone back to a lot of times, say some researchers.

And that is just what the Pest Animal Control-Cooperative Research Center (PAC-CRC) in Canberra hopes it has created. Its agent could be undergoing contained field trials in Australia within two years, and be commercially available within five.

But there's a catch. The agent in question is a genetically modified virus designed to replicate and spread. It is a new, man-made disease, one of several being developed (see "On the drawing board", opposite). Once released, they will be as hard to control as any other wildlife disease. Like natural diseases, they could be accidentally or deliberately taken to other countries. They could mutate or recombine with other viruses. They could jump species. The consequences could be disastrous.

"The public is not even aware of developments of transmissible GMOs, possibly useful in places like Australia, with its vast tracts of sparsely populated land. But the job of pest control must be done safely, s before human-made diseases are let go, rather than pick up the pieces later, according to the August 27, 2003 news release, "Designer diseases." You also can check out the publication, New Scientist.

Meanwhile, on a small island in Spain, a transmissible GMO with quite a different purpose has already been tested. It is a living vaccine that protects rabbits from myxomatosis and calicivirus. These diseases have decimated Spanish rabbit populations, causing consternation among hunters as well as affecting predators such as the threatened Iberian lynx and the Spanish imperial eagle. Australian farmers, by contrast, were only too happy when calicivirus escaped from a research station on Wardang Island in 1995. For them, the arrival of the Spanish virus would be a disaster, allowing rabbit populations to boom, notes the August 27, 2003 news release, "Designer diseases."

What's the scientific benchmark in quantifying GMOs in seeds, feeds, and foods?

"Droplet Digital PCR could replace or be a good alternative to qPCR, the current benchmark in GMO quantification," said Dr. Dany Morisset, according to the news release. Morisset is the paper's lead author and a researcher at Slovenia's National Institute of Biology. Dr. Morisset, in collaboration with the EU Reference Laboratory for GM Food and Feed (EU-RL GMFF), also coordinates an international R&D project to standardize screening methods for detecting GMOs in food and feed.

The paper showed that Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR™) technology is more accurate and reliable than real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) for quantifying GMOs, especially at low levels. Study authors also found that the ddPCR method meets international food standards of applicability and practicality.

qPCR has Drawbacks for Detecting GMOs

The most common technique for quantifying the presence of GMOs is qPCR, thanks to its accuracy and precision. However, according to Dr. Morisset, qPCR has several drawbacks. It is often unreliable and inaccurate when quantifying very small numbers of DNA targets or when those targets are part of complex matrices such as foods or feed that contain inhibitory substances.

A 2010 research study found that chamber digital PCR (cdPCR) delivered accurate quantification at low target copy number without the need for a standard curve. The matrix also did not inhibit cdPCR because as an end-point assay the data are less affected by amplification efficiency. However, Dr. Morisset says its high costs make cdPCR impractical for real-world use.

The ddPCR System Meets or Exceeds International Recommendations for Performance Parameters

Dr. Morisset learned about Droplet Digital PCR technology, which was developed as an alternative to cdPCR due to its easy workflow, low cost and high throughput. Commercialized as the QX100™ Droplet Digital PCR system, the ddPCR system provides thousands more partitions than in cdPCR, resulting in greater precision and per-sample costs that are up to 150 times less.

The Slovenian researchers analyzed food and feed matrices containing different percentages of a well-characterized GMO transgene. They found the ddPCR system's performance parameters (precision, accuracy, sensitivity, and dynamic range) complied with the guidelines of the EU-RL GMFF and were comparable or superior to those for qPCR. Compared with the conventional qPCR assay, the ddPCR assay offered better accuracy at low target concentrations and greater tolerance to inhibitors found in matrices such as wheat flour and feed.

ddPCR Technology is Practical for Everyday Lab Use

International food safety standards specify that new methodologies should be easy for labs to implement in terms of cost, time, and workflow.

In the authors' hands, a ddPCR assay requires 190 minutes and a qPCR assay takes 160 minutes for the typical number of samples run in parallel in mid-size GMO laboratories. However, due to the greater number of PCR reactions required per sample in the qPCR assay, the time and expense of the qPCR assay grows rapidly with increasing sample throughput. Droplet Digital PCR is also simpler to set up and involves less hands-on labor than qPCR.

Dr. Morisset's findings reveal that ddPCR is a less expensive alternative to qPCR due to the lower number of reactions. Droplet Digital PCR capitalizes on its ability to "duplex" as opposed to qPCR's traditional approach of performing separate assays for both control and transgene targets. The ddPCR assay also doesn't require reactions for a standard curve or dilutions due to lower anticipated inhibition.

Regarding funding sources, this work was cofinanced by the Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Metrology Institute (MIRS) in the frame of contract 640118/2008/67 on performing activities as a holder of the national standard MIRS/NIB/FITO for the amount of substances in foods of plant origin. You also might be interested in looking at the Chempetitive Group site.

Who's currently taking GMOs out of certain flavors of popular cereals?

What happens when a huge food manufacturing company makes changes to its sourcing as Cheerios just did when it announced it is taking out GMO ingredients but only from its original flavor of Cheerios, at least at this time?

A company's sourcing refers to not only from where it gets its grains, but also whether it uses cane sugar which usually is not GMO or whether any given company uses GMO beet sugar. And there's other additives in various companies' cereals. When it comes to persuading companies to change to GMO ingredients, how powerful are consumers and organizations made up of consumers who create tipping points?

Green Americans who don't want GMOs in their foods, create tipping points, according to the site, "How Green Americans Create Tipping Points." Green America is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982. (It went by the name "Co-op America" until January 1, 2009.) Its mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.

The organization's vision is to work for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the bounty of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come. You can check out the site, "Green America: Economic Action for a Just Planet."

Green America focuses our campaigns on hitting irresponsible companies from multiple angles. The goal is to engineer a market tipping point in favor of social and environmental responsibility, and tip the company toward green.

Here are three examples of the results of its campaigns to motivate corporations to change for the better of humankind and health, according to the Green America website.

1. Raise the Bar, Hershey

The campaign: Get Hershey to eliminate child labor from its supply chain through Fair Trade certification. Individuals: For months, we got tens of thousands of potential customers to bombard Hershey with e-mails, phone calls, petitions, student letters, and Facebook messages, demanding that it cut its ties to child labor.

Regarding the media, the organization staged several protests in front of Hershey headquarters, drawing considerable media attention. As far as it affects shareholders: Hershey owns a majority of its own stock, making it difficult to pressure the company through this avenue. Elizabeth O’Connell spoke to company management about the effect of its ties to child labor on its bottom line at the company’s annual meeting last year.

Green America worked with businesses. For example, the organization worked with its Green Business Network to get over 40 food co-ops to pledge not to carry Hershey products. Then the organization asked Whole Foods to follow suit. When it refused, we followed up with thousands of emails to Whole Foods managers from our individual members. After eight days, Whole Foods pulled Hershey’s Scharffen Berger line from its shelves.

The measurable results revealed that within a week of Whole Foods’ announcement, Hershey buckled and agreed to certify 100% of its cocoa by the year 2020

What Green America does includes empowering individuals to make purchasing and investing choices that promote social justice and environmental sustainability. The organization demands an end to corporate irresponsibility through collective economic action.

Green America promotes green and fair trade business principles while building the market for businesses adhering to these principles. And it helps builds sustainable communities in the US and abroad.

Cheerios, original flavor, changes to non-GMO ingredients

Cheerios will take out the GMO ingredients only in its original flavor, but not in any other Cheerios flavor, such as Multigrain or Apple Cinnamon versions. The change is in response to consumer demand, according to the January 3, 2013 USA Today news article, "Cheerios drops genetically modified ingredients."

If it weren't for the constant pressure from activist groups and general consumers, General Mills may or may not have stopped using genetically modified ingredients to make its original Cheerios cereal. But the other flavors such as multigrain? Consumers figure the word multigrain itself means many different grains, and that flavor will not be changed at least for the present time, and neither will the sugar-whacked flavors such as Apple Cinnamon. Those will not be 'reverted' to a non GMO status. See, "Cheerios Now GMO-Free: Will General Mills Remove GMO Corn ."

Oat grain itself that's used by Cheerios is not GMO, but what about all the other ingredients?

Since Cheerios is supposed to be an oat cereal, it should be common knowledge that the oats used to make Cheerios have never contained any genetically modified organisms (GMOs). What happened is that the company made changes to its sourcing. In the sugar-added flavors, at least now you will get sugar that's non-GMO pure cane sugar instead of beet sugar, according to the USA Today article, "Cheerios drops genetically modified ingredients." But consumers are thinking, why is sugar added in the first place to cereal?

If you give your baby a cereal without sugar, it won't get hooked on the taste of sugar. So why add it? If you want sweet taste with your cheerios, it's just as easy to add a few blueberries or raisins than have to metabolize any type of added sugar to cereals. Want oats by itself? Buy raw organic whole oat groats and cook them into a cereal or porridge or eat them like a rice pilaf as people do in other countries or as folk did a century ago.

You can buy in most natural food stores a package of organic whole oat groats or look in the bulk bins. The real issue is people rush out in the morning without having time to cook cereals the old fashioned way, slow simmering or steaming. You could make the whole oat groats the night before, put it in the refrigerator, and warm it up in the morning.

Company listened to consumers' suggestions

As far as General Mills taking out the GMO ingredients only from the original Cheerios flavor, several weeks ago the company made the changes. What's good news is that the company does listen to suggestions of consumers. But has the company gone far enough in providing the heart-healthy grains it advertises on TV? Well, at least the shoppers' voices are heard, and some changes have been made. It's a good start.

Too many companies are listening more too scientific studies that says GMOs are safe and not listening enough to scientific studies that says GMOs are not safe. For example see, "Longest-Running GMO Safety Study Finds Tumors in Rats." Check out the PDF format article, "Genetically Engineered Foods FAQ - The Alliance for Natural Health."

Consumers are having a difficult time asking companies to label all foods that do contain GMOs ingredients such as corn, wheat, or soy

Here, in the Sacramento area, some food markets are requiring suppliers to label food products with GMOs. For example, in 2012, nationally, Whole Foods became the first national grocery chain to require all of its suppliers to label all products that contain GMOs by 2018. In 2013 the restaurant chain, Chipotle announced plans to phase out GMOs. If you buy Kashi whole grains cereals and other grain products, it's also news that the company is taking action to phase out GMOs.

When it comes to huge corporations such as General Mills, at least this week it has no plans to phase out GMOs from its other cereals in the U.SA. But if you travel to Europe, you'll notice that overseas most Cheerios varieties sold in Europe are made without GMOs. Have you ever wondered why it's okay to have them taken out in Europe but not here in the USA where the companies are based?

Did you know that some cereals that add sugar to cereals and other products may use beet sugar instead of non GMO cane sugar? Some people worry about finding no added sugar products that don't contain artificial sweeteners but when they see beet sugar, they're thinking of organic beets. But no, the beet sugar that some companies use usually is GMO beet sugar, not evaporated organic beet juice. And sugar beets are a different variety from supermarket beets you eat or juice.

GMO ingredients added to non-organic foods usually come from GMO seeds in crops such as corn, soy, or beet sugar. Cereal manufacturers usually aren't moving en mass to organic non-GMO unless they already say that they're ingredients are all non GMO. In some cases you have some cereal varieties non GMO and others GMO because of the grains or the sugar.

On the other hand, just because a huge manufacturing company such as General Mills taking a step toward making the original variety of Cheerios non GMO might give other food makers a bright idea to please a lot of consumers, if they listen to consumers and activist groups instead of thinking of these groups as somehow marginal or eccentric. For decades, numerous huge food manufacturing companies that serve large populations of the general public may have preconceived notions of what the great mass of public wants in a particular type of food such as a cereal.

Besides taste, a lot of people don't want grain brains and wheat bellies from added sugar, artificial sweeteners, or GMO grains that studies say don't make them a lot healthier. The standard Western diet is not considered healthy by many who don't have the type of genes where they can eat almost anything and live beyond a century in good health.

At least the huge corporations are listening to green economy activist groups instead of thinking of them as unwashed, dizzy, half-asleep hippie types living off the dole. Check out the excellent research by groups such as Green America, "Green America: Economic Action for a Just Planet." Or see, "Green Business Directory Featuring Sustainable Business Products."

What will be the next major brand of packaged food eaten by millions to step up to the non GMO plate?

How many other companies will be inspired by General Mills original Cheerios flavor to move to non-GMO in all ingredients? And would the smaller non-GMO cereal manufacturers competing with them be happy about that when until now, they had a corner of the market of consumers who went out of their way to find non GMO products?

If you check out sites such as "Green America," you can read about how in 2012-2013, social media helped to bring consumers together, how the group acted as a catalyst, to ask General Mills to come out with a non-GMO version/flavor of Cheerios. Often a baby's first solid food is eating Cheerios off of a sanitized food tray placed on a high chair. At least you see that in so may TV ads about Cheerios.

The ad shows a baby eating one Cherrio morsel at a time, and comely music is played while the word 'love' appears on the screen as a woman's soft, motherly voice hums a few bars of a tune without words. Cheerios is selling motherly love and protection in food. So shouldn't the baby be getting non GMO ingredients as nature made before humans changed the way seeds react to environment? Of course. See, "."

Manufacturers advertise taste but rarely mention how many ways the various ingredients contribute to health

In advertising food products, taste is what is broadcast to the public. As far as Cheerios, the taste is the same. What consumers like about taste is that it's not supposed to change. The point is if it's not broken, you don't change it, as far as taste goes. But what consumers don't want is for others to come along with the notion that if it's not broken and it's selling well, you bring in somebody who will break it and make new rules and new ingredients and change the taste.

No, that's not going to happen. Before GMO existed, there first was the taste, and with the GMO ingredients not in there any more, the taste is the same as always generation before generation. The point is you don't need to genetically modify any ingredients to create a specific taste if people like the taste of what non GMO ingredients taste like in the first place. And so, Cheerios original flavor will not have GMO ingredients. But at this time, the other Cheerios flavors such as Apple Cinnamon or Multigrain will still have the GMOs.

To get a handle on what other cereals for the present time have GMOs see, "Top Breakfast Cereals that Contain Monsanto's GMO Corn." Or check out, "The top 10 breakfast cereals most likely to contain Monsanto's GMO." Considering the date on the article, you need to find out whether things changed since last year on any of the cereals listed. What shoppers need to know is that only 1% of U.S. cropland is organic and around 70% of packaged foods contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms), according to the site, "Our Commitment - Kashi." Also, you can read articles such as, "Study Finds GMOs Hiding In “GMO-Free” Cereals | Food Renegade."

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