Does Your Favorite Candy Have GMOs?

Before I knew anything about food and its effects on the body – I was a candy addict. To my family and friends, I was the queen of candy! I knew every brand, every flavor, and always had candy with me. And then, during my wellness journey years ago, when I discovered all my beloved candy had chemicals, trans fats, preservatives and petroleum based artificial colors added to it – I flipped. I immediately banned all major brands of candy and haven’t looked back.

Just look at the ingredients in Starbursts & Twizzler Twerpz and you’ll see what I mean.

I also found out these brands contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms) – something I hadn’t given much thought to until recently.

And then I thought about the upcoming holiday and how many people are going to be buying this junk and giving genetically modified candy to their friends, neighbors and families.

If you’ve already bought your Halloween candy and it’s one of these brands on the left of this chart below – you might want to start looking for your receipt.

I created this chart to help navigate better candy choices without the added chemicals, preservatives, trans fats, artificial colors and GMOs.  The brands on the right are amazing GMO free substitutes that are very similar tasting to the popular candy brands on the left.

Many of the better and GMO free candy options are available to purchase at local health food stores, on the internet and at even some mainstream stores like Target.

If we all take a stand and stop supporting companies that use these chemicals and GMOs in their products – eventually there will be a tipping point. A tipping point, where food manufacturers will willingly remove these ingredients from their products.

Tell all your friends, neighbors and family members you want a GMO free Halloween this year and share these ideas with them.


Food Babe

P.S. Don’t forget to read my full investigation on chocolate and my other favorite chocolate brands here.

P.P.S. If you’d like to keep your Halloween completely candy free and GMOfree – Check out these adorable jack-o-latern faced tangerines a fan posted on my Facebook page and 100 Days of Real Food’s 20 ways to do Halloween without candy.


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204 Responses to “Does Your Favorite Candy Have GMOs?”

  1. Stacey

    Unreal #77 tastes just like, if not better than, Reese’s!

    • Arliss (to Stacey)

      how do they compare price wise?

    • rob johnson (to Stacey)

      Boycott Annie’s. They just sold out to General Mills. Sales from Annie’s will go to fight against food labeling

      • Edward smokes (to rob johnson)

        The non-gmo store in my town has taken ALL Annie’s products off their shelves in response to General Mills buying them out. I stocked up before the buyout.

  2. Jill

    Food Babe,
    I just looked at the Unreal candy labels and they have soy lecithin in them. Yuck. I don’t want soy. Can you find me some chocolate – that isn’t just a bar – with no soy in it?

    • Michelle (to Jill)

      Jill-have you looked at Theo Chocolate? No soy, organic, Made in USA… plan to order some today.

    • Susana (to Jill)

      Equal Exchange has delicious chocolate candy bars, a variety of flavors. Also raw chocolate is aaaamazingly good. and have a fairly bi g sized bag for I think 12.95. Also this is from exqual exchange:
      Traditionally, conching has been an extended process of mixing the ingredients for long periods of time, often for days. It is now common for companies to use soy lecithin, an emulsifier, to help blend the ingredients, allowing them to drastically cut down on conching time and costs. We are proud to say that Equal Exchange does not use soy lecithin in any of our products. Instead, our bars are crafted using extended conching for a period of 24-72 hours depending on the bar. It is our belief that this method creates a superior chocolate that is both incredibly smooth and full of well balanced flavors.

    • Tati (to Jill)

      Coracao Confections!

      The best organic, soy free, gmo free, low-glycemic, gluten free, diary free, grain free, vegan, paleo, raw

      & this candy is the real deal, tastes so so good

      They’ve got
      The Berkeley bar, which is better then snickers. Rawmond butter bar for the resses peanut butter cup fans. Carmel cups for rolo lovers. Blondie bars if you’re into cookie dough & countless other candies that are so so so good!


      • cherree (to Tati)

        Fully agreed the Coracao confections are the best, actually even better than the ones they are trying to replicate. They are pricey though….so for me and my budget….it keeps me from over indulging.

    • Alex (to Jill)

      I know you said you were looking for chocolate that’s not just a bar, but one kind of chocolate bar that I found that I like is Nirvana. Just thought I would let you know.

    • Angela (to Jill)

      Hey Jill, we like Enjoy Life Choco Chips. They don’t use soy or dairy. They have small chips or chunks. I melt them down to make different things.

  3. Ian

    Foooddude-go ahead and eat them. By all means if you are cool with being a test rat have at it. I have yet to see one reputable unbiased study that says GMO are safe. All I know is organic foods are safe and therefore wil eat them.

  4. Tehchronotrigger

    I LOVE the unreal candy!!!! it tastes soooooooo good. They have new wrappers and names now since they first came out. Check them out at The candy’s Foodbabe has listed here are the gimme ones, nutty ones, loaded one, and double one.

  5. alva

    Too bad the organic food is way more expensive! If we all had money then of course we would buy that way. But not everyone can afford it.

    • Amber (to alva)

      I basically posted the exact same thing on Facebook. It CAN be expensive to eat more pure and not everyone in this country has the budget to do this. Plus, certain parts of the country may not supply a good chunk of the alternatives to mainstream candy.

      Vani, I sometimes wonder if you’re not considering the fact that everyone’s budget is different. It’s really hard for low income familes to even try to eat organic, so that’s why they reach for the GMO products. Please consider giving us options for those who may not have a decent amount of funds to do this.

      • thesingingchef (to Amber)

        I think this is asking too much from the lady. Pointing out healthier food options is her ethos for the blog. She can’t help the fact that smaller suppliers must make a greater profit on each ind. item sold – that’s a fact of economics. But there is, of course, a cheaper option to mass-produced candy: make your own.

      • Angela (to Amber)

        Money is no excuse. Candy isn’t a necessity, so eat good quality less often and you will spend just as much money. Try making your own or stick to the not so fancy stuff like chocolate chips and lollipops. If you want to give something to trick-or-treaters than consider giving them something other than candy.

    • Sara (to alva)

      The money you don’t spend on buying safer food, you will be spending on medicine and doctors visits.

    • goose (to alva)

      Your Health is priceless! You cannot enjoy your life of you’re unhealthy. Know what’s more expensive, being treated for the sicknesses that these ingredients are precursors of.

      • Julia (to goose)

        Yes, I totally agree!

      • Darel (to goose)

        I agree Goose! Your health is priceless. I know my food bill is higher because I only purchase Organic GMO free foods. That is were my priority is, with my and my children’s health!

    • Angela V. (to alva)

      Money is no excuse. Candy isn’t a necessity, so eat good quality less often and you will spend just as much money. Try making your own or stick to the not so fancy stuff like chocolate chips and lollipops. If you want to give something to trick-or-treaters than consider giving them something other than candy.

  6. Cowgirl

    You can’t buy any food that hasn’t been genetically modified in some way. Unless you have old seed (heirloom) that your great grandparents produced and saved from before the 1940’s and 50’s, you can’t even grow food that hasn’t been genetically modified. Getting legislation passed isn’t going to change anything but the labeling; but it is going to be very very expensive and those food producers are going to pass that cost on to the consumer and the food will still be genetically modified. I was raised on a farm and my husband is in the grain industry. I don’t want genetically modified foods either, but to some degree, there is no escaping them. The best thing we can hope for right now is to get rid of pesticides. That will make the biggest change in the safety of our food. (and get rid of Monsanto)

    • Indi (to Cowgirl)

      FYI: Consumer Reports recently released some research on GMOs. Their findings are many. But one finding, in particular, is their estimate on how much extra it will cost the average household for GMO labeling: $2.45. And there are other reports that it won’t cost anything since most manufacturers change their labels regularly and rather than losing customers, they eat that cost themselves.

      As for heirloom seeds, organic farmers do not use GMO seeds. You can go down to the store and purchase organic seeds as well as organic dirt. The word “organic” is labeled on the seed packs and packages of dirt as well as on fruit trees, vegetables, etc. GMOs are not allowed in organic, and there is the non-GMO project that verifies the absence of GMOs. So, there are plenty of foods and food products out there that have no GMOs. You just have to read. Again, look for the word “organic” or “non-GMO certified”.

  7. crystal

    well if the good stuff was not so dang costly more people would buy it !!!!!!

    • Megan (to crystal)

      The reason it’s expensive:

      • thesingingchef (to Megan)

        Funny, but misleading. If I sell a million candy bars a day, I can easily make a profit even if it’s only 1/2 a penny on each unit. If I sell 1000 candy bars a day, that 1/2 cent profit is not going to keep me in business. The healthy stuff costs more because they sell fewer units per day. (This is why McDonald’s can sell you a burger for less than a buck, but the Mom – n- Pop store can’t).

    • goose (to crystal)

      It’s expensive because more people DON’T buy it. Consumers control the market. Organic food sales aye booming thus more companies going that route and offering options. Heck even blah Walmart is changing up what they stock to appease that market

      • KRISTA (to goose)

        This is so true.. the more it catches on the more prices will drop. It called supply and demand. I have noticed more of a drop and more options and places to buy organic and more and more of it sold in mainstream grocery stores- including Walmart.

  8. Sima

    Food Dude watch a movie called Bitter Seeds to see what GMOs do to farmers, families and communities. As for those who complain organic food is expensive so is healthcare.

  9. Wubben

    I love to trick or treat, so we do! Then I tell the kids if they can read the ingredients and tell me what plant it came from they can eat it. OOOPPPS!!!!!!!! So we break out the Yummy Earth and enjoy GREAT CANDY!!! I felt guilty the first time I disposed of the contaminated chemical garbage but now I look at as part of the price we pay to participate in a fun holiday. If you get past the chemicals maybe the idea of what might contain food being GMO will stop you from poisoning your little ones. So, I say play the game its fun

  10. Judi

    Do you know if Panda Licorice blueberry is GMO free? Specifically mentioned are raspberry and cherry–blueberry is pretty tasty!

  11. Angela

    Foodbabe, your argument is floored. Not saying the GMO fight isn’t a worthy cause but the amount of candy you were eating strongly points to you being a sugar addict and blaming your lacklustre health on gmo’s when you were eating your way into type 1 diabetes is like an alcoholic blaming hangovers on dodgy food.

    • Julie (to Angela)

      Agreed … most of her arguments are completely specious.

    • Pam (to Angela)

      to Angela

      You do not eat your way into Type 1 diabetes, it’s an autoimmune disease. Please do some research before making such statements. Thanks.

      • My2wins (to Pam)

        I don’t disagree that sugar is harmful. But you *can* eat your way to an auto immune disease.

  12. KS Granny

    FoodDude, in my opinion there is nothing inherently wrong with GMOs. If they want to combine the best properties of several varieties of tomatoes, I’m in favor.

    However, there are two GMOs that are making the news.

    Bt corn produces its own Bt (a naturally occurring soil bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis). When ingested by caterpillars (including the corn borer), the bacterium causes inflammation of the gut, and very quickly the insect dies of septicaemia. It is supposed to be very species-specific, not even harming other types of insects. But no long-term studies have been done to confirm that it would not harm humans when ingested as a regular part of the diet. With our tendency to develop allergic reactions to things we’re exposed to a lot, I think it’s unreasonable for them to dump this, unidentified, into our food supply; if someone does get a bad reaction to it, they’ll never be able to trace it to the source.

    Roundup Ready corn, soybeans, and other crops are engineered to be resistant to glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer). The genetic composition of these crops is not an issue (unlike Bt). The issue is how the crops are grown. Since they are resistant to glyphosate, a farmer can spray his entire field, supposedly killing the weeds without harming the crop. There are two problems with this concept, though:
    First, it means that the food you buy has been sprayed with a potent poison. Is it taken up into the plant? I don’t know. Is it toxic to humans? Supposedly no, but has it been adequately tested? The EPA does not conduct studies; it has no funding for it. So they have to accept the results of the manufacturers’ studies as gospel truth. History demonstrates the fallacy of that approach.
    Second, the Roundup-resistant gene has now spread from GMO crops to weeds, spreading like a virus. This means that the farmer has to use much more herbicide, more often, in order to keep down weeds. This is a real cash cow for Monsanto, which sells more and more Roundup every year, and soon will have to come out with another herbicide, so the cycle will start all over again. Meanwhile, unprecedented amounts of poisons are soaking into our soil and washing into our streams and lakes.

  13. KS Granny

    Cowgirl, GMO foods have only been on the market since 1994, according to Wikipedia. You are perhaps confusing genetic engineering with hybridization? They are emphatically not the same or equivalent.

  14. Sherry

    Thanks for your great advise. My treats this year have no GMO’s , HFCS and are organic. Feeling good about what we are handing out. Hoping that the parents of the kids will see better choices for their kids too!

  15. Sarz

    Seems like the misinformation trolls are at it big time on this page. That means you are doing something right Foodbabe!!! Hats off to you.

    I am giving jars of play-doh and mini-slinkies for halloween. I was also the candy queen until about 2 yrs ago. It has been a combination of discovering how much garbage is in candy…(so many ingredients that you can’t pronounce), to me realizing that sugar in general is awful for you and basically attacks the immune system.

    Keep up the great work Foodbabe!

  16. GungHo (to food dude)

    Dude of Food… Just come clean and admit that you are a paid slave by the powers of the GMO industry to try and manipulate and discredit the ” Truth Revealers” like the Food Babe. I think you should change your handle to “Doody Foody”. I can always spot a shill when they spout how knowledgable they are in a subject matter, and yet can only resort to bashing and name calling without bringing forth any of their supposed subject matter expertise. You’re Fired Dude!

  17. Joshua

    For those ignorant people going on about cults, conspiracies, and GMO vs Hybridization. Go take your negative approach about someones information, and sharing of knowledge somewhere else. If you choose not to adhere to the healthy choice, and beneficially governing information world wide, then so be it.

    World wide, Europe especially being one of the biggest places that ban GMO. GMO = Genetically Modified Organism. This process is not “hybridized” plants, they genetically alter the DNA, mixing, and adding, in a labratory. Not in a field with multiple cross-bred plants, like some of these people here believe that is what GMO’s are. GMO is made in the lab.

    Hybridization is a process of getting two species of plants to create a hybrid, mix bred species. This is done in fields, in an all natural environment. This is how you get “gluten” as well. Gluten is a process which came about from cross-breeding wheat for a very long time. Gluten is on it’s own a whole different sanction of issues, opposed to GMO. So don’t get your stuff wrong.

    Do some home work, if you just get all your information from the News, don’t waste others time by repeating false misinformation. News is not a reliable source of information. If anyone believes that, clearly they may not have been educated long enough.

    Those spouting negativity about others positive information, slandering it based on your own ignorance, you all should be ashamed of yourselves.

    This article is awesome, and it actually helps hundreds if not thousands of families, to choose the right choice! You should NOT be endorsing GMO, and you should NOT be handing out GMO junk to your children, or others children!

    Don’t be a negative cynical being, just because you don’t believe in something, doesn’t mean it’s not true. If you just follow along what everyone else believes you will never know the truth. Always do the research yourself. Take the time to listen to others, and always have an open mind. No matter the debate, or issue.

    • KRISTA (to Joshua)

      Thank you!!! i should print out your post and carry it with me since i get so much negativity from trying to eat better. I think most times its a case of a guilty conscience

  18. Christie T

    Gung Ho took the words out of my mouth!!

  19. YaRight

    Oh please. I WOULD NEVER waste money on organic anything for a bunch of strangers that wouldn’appreciate it. Organic candy for trickortreaters!? Hah! The good stuff is for my kids. Other parents can worry about their own.

  20. Drew Silver

    You give that candy to kids in my neighborhood, and you can bet on your house getting egged later tonight.

  21. LexD

    Food Dude, you haven’t seen a report showing the bad effects of GMOs because the only reports issued are sponsored by Monsanto, and not one of theirs studies effects for more than 90 days.

    I remember back in the 60s when the tobacco companies offered the same “scientific” assurances that there was nothing harmful about their products either. We need independently-funded, long term, proper-protocol studies to determine the effects (if any) of GMO foods. Until then, I will avoid them.

    If they are so good for us, why are Monsanto and the “big” food industry spending millions of dollars to prevent labelling – labelling, not a ban, just letting people know what they’re consuming. Seems to me that if GMOs are the panacea for all our problems, they’d want people to know about it.

  22. Skrotnik

    Anyone who hands out tangerines for Halloween deserves to get their house egged… hopefully some GMO eggs.

    Happy holidays, buzzkills!

  23. Adalia

    I want to try the tangerines pumpkins. Look so GOOD!!

  24. Jenny

    Unfortunately I can guarantee every last one of my favorite types of candy contain ingredients that are completely detrimental to my health >_<

  25. Emily

    I was finally able to make it to Target to get the Unreal candy and I love it! I am knew to all of this and I am trying to make healthier choices. But I notice on package it listed Soy Lecithin in it. Does that mean it contains GMO’s?I am just curious, this is all new and confusing.

    • Shannon (to Emily)

      They have it at Target? I had no idea! I’m definitely looking next time I go!

  26. Emily

    I was finally able to buy the Unreal candy and I love it. But I noticed in contains soy lecithin. Is that a GMO, does anyone know? I am new to all of this and it is still confusing.

    • Free (to Emily)

      Soy Lecitin, Citric Acid – GMO. Molasses can be GMO too. All Natural doesn’t mean GMO free.

  27. FoodTeacher

    Thank you, Food Babe! Keep up the great work! :)

    The bio-tech shills and naysayers can gladly have my share of GMOs, and most politely, they can also KMA. I don’t need any studies to convince me; I am my own proof. I have had an increasing list of health problems for fifteen years.. autoimmune, gastrointestinal, thyroid, heart, brain fog, fertility, uterine, liver, arthritis, skin, and the list goes on. I’ve stumped many specialists as to why I had ANY of these problems, since I’ve been an otherwise thin, athletic, healthy individual (to see me, you wouldn’t think I had one health issue). I have always been conscious about what I put into and onto my body, so I was clueless as to what was triggering my body to malfunction in so many ways. I never smoked, nor did drugs, and I drink only on rare occasion. I went through a gamut of trial and error; nothing made a significant difference.

    Then finally, after learning about hidden GMOs and eliminating them from my diet, my gut is finally healing and my symptoms continue to disappear. I am finally becoming my healthy self once again! During a routine checkup, my MD was very impressed and wanted to know exactly what I was doing, and—let’s just say– she took notes and has since been encouraged to work towards changing her own family’s diet. Furthermore, several of my family members and friends who have eliminated GMOs are also surprised and pleased by how their health is improving.

    So, to each his own; I’m personally done with preaching to deaf ears. There is, after all, this wonderful thing called natural selection; survival of the fittest. Knowledge is power–always has been, always will be. Choose to use it or not. Those who would like to trust the government instead of educating themselves, good luck with that. Go ahead and play Russian roulette with your health and that of your children, and like Jane (from October post) said… be sure to sign up for Obamacare. Like the government, big pharma also loves you and wants to take care of you on your way out.

  28. Deb

    I just have to say that I get tired of the whole organic is better blah blah blah, I am a farmer and we do use chemicals, but nothing systemic. It is all washable and we use overhead sprinklers and run them within 4 hours of spraying. we only use to kill bugs and stop disease. If we did not do that it would cost way more and we would lose half our crop. How is that utilizing the land by wasting it. I think people just need to be smarter about sprays. My family has been doing it this way for 40 years and nobody has ever gotten sick or diseased. As far as the whole food thing goes. One day they say something is bad for you and 2 months later they will say it is good again. If people want to go organic fine, but good for them to have the extra money to do so, cause I sure don’t. Plus I know that the way we farm is just fine and hurts no one. Let people choose and don’t push your way

    • Michelle (to Deb)

      Are all organic foods considered non-GMO?

    • karin (to Deb)

      I have to disagree, you spray crops and within 4 hours turn on sprinklers, those sprinklers are washing it off food and putting it into the soil which then gets sucked up in the roots into the plants, and the veggies. there is a way to control bugs, weeds naturally, a farmer in Lancaster (amish) wrote a whole article on it.

      • deb (to karin)

        Again, to each their own. We sell our stuff to tons of people in our area with no complaints and my family is and has always been very healthy, and with most organic farms, they do waste a lot of land for the stuff that ends up being overridden by disease and bugs( I associate with many organic farmers), The cost is too much and I think it is more of a trendy thing now anyway. They continue to do studies and are showing more and more that there is no difference in the nutritional value either way organic or not. I have no quarrels with those who go organic. If that is how they want to eat and they can afford it, then fine by me, but if any sprays are bad, then I guess my whole family should have been ill decades ago,and the bees in our fields should be disappearing, and that is not the case, so I just don’t see the need. We all have our way of thinking, and I just get tired of people trying to force it on others. Live your way, love it, and move on

  29. Michelle

    Are all organic foods considered non-gmo?

  30. Kellie

    It seems that most of the candy has “natural flavors” as an ingredient. After seeing the video about these coming from beaver tush, I’m a little paranoid….thoughts? Should I be a little more lenient because it is candy? Thank you!

  31. Vikram aka Food Hunk

    What’s a jack-o-latern?

  32. Mary Bissell

    Yay, I love Endangered Species Bars. They’re like eating chocolate marshmallows. A little expensive for this chocoholic, though, at $2.25 or so at my health food store. I also like Dagoba’s xocolatl (not on the list, but as far as I know Dagoba bars are okay). It’s also a lot, but because it’s made with chili peppers and is quite spicy, a little goes a long way. My health store (BJ’s, for those in the High Desert) also has healthy lollipops for the surprisingly low price of 20 cents each. I don’t remember if they were organic, but the ingredients were good. They also have awesome faux peanut butter cups made with sunflower seeds.

  33. Tammy

    I don’t give out candy at all. Even the bad stuff is ridiculously expensive. I will buy the “good” stuff for my kids at Christmas. :)

  34. Outi

    Nice to see, that you have found Finnish brand Panda! :)

  35. Sandra

    Maybe it’s there, but I don’t know if I saw this addressed:

    Many will think I am being persnickety, but do we really want to support cheap Chinese crap and use the troops as dumping grounds of poisonous junk we don’t want our own families to eat?

    I understand our options are limited – but they are limited because we keep buying into it and we keep supporting really bad things.

    We all take our stand, where we take our stand…but, keep thinking… go farther, try harder wherever you can.
    I mean no disrespect, but I know it will still ruffle some who feel pushed to the limit as it is.
    I understand. I really do. It doesn’t mean we can’t keep taking the next step to do a little better (all of us, me included)

  36. Hannah

    Food babe army: Silence hurts the most- don’t respond to the haters, just Ignore them!! I seriously get a good laugh reading their comments, it’s like watching a toddler have a temper tantrum!! Haha
    Food babe you are amazing! You changed my life and you’ve made it so simple to cut out processed foods. You’re the best! Xo

  37. Don

    Hi Vani, I noticed on this blog you didn’t underline “sugar” as a bad ingredient. I think you should since at least 50% of the sugar used in this country comes from GMO beets, if I’m not mistaken. So that is a risky ingredient as well as the others you highlight. Thank you. -Don

  38. Rob Johnson

    Just remember, Annie’s has just sold out to General Mills, which will be using it’s profits from Annie’s sales to fight food labeling. Boycott Annie’s.

  39. Dean

    Can someone please tell me why the Food babe has not said one word bout Dow Chemicals new gmo that just got passed.I have emailed her several time to speak up about it and nothing.It goes like this round-up is now failing to kill some weeds.The weeds have now become resistant to round-up the are know as super weeds.The farmers have been complaining that round-up is no longer killing the weeds.So now here comes Dow with its new gmo that has been engineered to withstand several applications of 2-4-D.What is that you ask ….its half the component of AGENT ORANGE! So in closing I’m calling out the Food babe to please get the Food babe army out there to call the representative to express the discontent with this new gmo being fed to Americans ,

  40. Green Girl

    I love the tangerine jack-o-lanterns! Even though your candy list is a better alternative, it is still not a good idea to get kids hooked on anything with concentrated sweeteners or that comes in a marketed package.

  41. Norma Goward

    I’m all for healthier versions of candy & food, but can’t they come up with more appealing names for them?? What child, or adult, will want something called “Unreal”, “Yummy Earth”, or “Annie’s Organic …doesn’t make me want to go out & buy them.

  42. jef

    Why does anyone want or need candy? Is this what Halloween was based on?

    I have an answer for the fast food vs organic food vs cost

    Use the power of the government.

    Increase the tax on fast food. If you don’t have to cook it up. It cost double or five times
    If it is brought up on a local farm without dodgy sprays or feed. it is taxed less. Fruit should be almost free and subsidized by the sugar industry.

    If it costs 3 bucks for an organic chicken and 15 for a big mac people will sway their choice by force of cost via the government

  43. Amelia K

    I’m all about eating healthy foods but those substitute candies do not seem to be an equal swap. I’m fine a few times a year (Halloween, Christmas, Easter) to be a bit naughty and have the regular candy.

  44. Jennifer

    On the comments of price and how expensive it is to switch to non-GMO and organic: I pick one or two things every pay day and switch that product out. First it was milk to almond milk, then it was butter to an organic non butter substitute, then bread, noodles, then other things. I picked the things i eat the most of and could get the biggest bang for my buck.

    Then I eat a lot of raw vegetables and buy what is on sale. Different veggies and fruits are always on sale in the summer. As I feel better, it encourages me to keep going. I also pick one new food regularly and try it, like quinoa. If pay days are slim, then I just keep up with what I have switched out already.

    I visit the organic section of the grocery stores every week to see if there are discounts because the sales don’t make it in the ads. That is often how I try new products.

    Come income tax refund season, I stock up on organic essentials for my emergency food pantry for those weeks i am not working as much. It’s a good time to invest a little in switching out for more organic foods, too.

  45. Josh

    Watch out for anything that says “All Natraul” this doesn’t mean anything, many GMOs and chemicals are hidden inside products with this label. Also anything with “Natural Flavors” in the ingredients could be anything. look for double certified Organic, and check all ingredients for stealth GMOs. If it has more ingredients than the size of your thumb the chances are its not good for you, that’s my rule of thumb.

  46. Armando G

    I love it how everybody says organic is healthier but yet nobody has even had the time to check the REAL NUTRITIONAL values of each product vs its conventional counterpart.
    If people really did the chemistry behind it, they would know that organic does not always mean better nutritional value. And also would know that organic biocides and pesticides ALSO leave residues in the food which were applied to, and that also can he harmful to you (dosage is the key, being synthetic or organic, everytime)

  47. Ha ha cult (to FoodDude)

    So since there is no scientific report you will just take the Government for their word that the food is ok. Do you believe all of what the government tells you….. when has the government been right lately!!! Heheheeee Cult!!!!! Reality Dude!!

  48. glitter (to FoodDude)

    Well there, FoodDude, who thinks this is a Cult, why don’t you just do a little bit of research, and I will just start you with this:

    How about you look and see what companies were behind the creation of Agent Orange, and if for some INSANE reason, you don’t KNOW about AGENT ORANGE and it’s affects, do a little bit of reading. Then, notice and disover that the company behind the creation of Agent Orange, Monsanto, is the company that is NOW behind that ever so trustworthy Government approved GMO food that you eat and are feeding your kids. Do some more reading, and see how much (providing you can find out TRULY how much) power that Monsanto, this company that the Government has given it’s blessing for Agent Orange AND to create GMO foods for us has in our very own government. See how many offices in the government Monsanto runs and how many laws this company can possibly bend or maybe pay to have bent for them. Maybe find out who they have in their pockets (hint, a lot of politicians, from the bottom to very very high up!).

    I’m not saying it’s a conspiracy theory even though I guess I just made it sound like that, I’m just saying that the company who created a dangerous chemical like Agent Orange sure as hell is not going to be the ones feeding my children if I can do anything to avoid it! And if there are any politicians in their pockets that are voting in THEIR best interest instead of mine, then I will vote against them, if I find out who they are! It’s that simple, just like any corporation. Just do your research. duh.


  49. Rachel W. (to FoodDude)

    FoodDude, perhaps you should look at the studies the EU looked at when they decided to ban GMO ingredients. It’s also been shown, over and over again, to have extremely negative effects on rats and mice. While I don’t support animal testing, I do believe that since we have the tests, we should put them to good use and ban GMOs. At the very least, they need to be labeled so people can make informed choices. Whether you choose to eat GMOs or not is your choice, but for those of us who don’t want to be the test subjects for these things, we’d like to know what we’re eating. That’s why Food Babe is such a great resource.

  50. Laughin' Attem (to FoodDude)

    Thank You FoodDude for having the courage to point out that the Emperor’s Cult of the non-gmo’s is wearing no clothes. Like naked little nut-jobs, they wander the streets, crying out that the sky is falling…. the sky is falling… the sky is falling.

  51. Jane (to FoodDude)


    I fear my words are falling on the deaf ears of a bio-tech shill.

    I have proof with my own improved health what dumping the chemical laden, genetically modified slop that makes up the Standard American Diet (SAD) can do. I dropped the SAD in March. Since then I’ve lost weight, haven’t had a migraine headaches and my knees have stopped aching. I don’t need a scientific study to tell me it’s the nutritious, organic food I’m eating that’s doing the trick.

    Eat what you want pal – just make sure you sign up for Obamacare so you can get your insulin, statin drugs and anti-depressants……

  52. JMC (to FoodDude)

    We do NOT NEED a study to tell us that a plant that creates its own insecticide is not “okay” we have the ability to judge, reason, and think!

  53. Krysta (to FoodDude)

    Oh you must mean the people who want healthy, safe, and nutritious food cult. I take it you have a vested interest in GMO’s in some way, food dude

  54. Honour (to FoodDude)

    Trust the government and what they tell you….hmmmm. Just taught my nephew about the smallpox blankets and radiation experiments and our government.

  55. Cecelia Jernegan (to FoodDude)

    If you want do some research. You will see rats with huge tumors. Cancer, Diabetes, Autoimmune diseases, Farah Fawcett, Steve Jobs, Patrick Swayze just to name a few baby boomers that have died early. Our kids are sick. The baby boomer generation is dying at alarming rates. Oh, back in the 1940’s the government said nicotine was okay too. Keep your head in the sand. Good luck to you and God bless.

  56. Justin (to FoodDude)

    Think about this. Deer love corn. I mean LOVE it. If you put out 2 ears of corn, one GMO and one Non-GMO, they will devour the non-GMO corn and will hardly touch the GMO corn. Even deer know that it is poison.

  57. Tyler Stiles (to FoodDude)

    Oh really you haven’t eh? What that movie I bet it will scare you.

  58. Gabby (to FoodDude)

    Do some research, gmo’s are known to cause cancer and other side effects. If they weren’t as bad as the government claims, why won’t they label them like people have been requesting? The company Monsanto also has protection against any law suits. It’s also so ironic that, the white house and the Monsanto serve nothing but organic food in their cafeterias.

  59. Diana (to FoodDude)

    Research has been conducted with mice. Within a few weeks after being given corn with GMO’s they developed grossly deforming tumors all over their bodies.

  60. Debbie (to FoodDude)

    I have been working in a clinical laboratory for over 7 years. The upswing in celiac testing/diagnosis and food allergies is enough proof for me. I’d also like to add wheat started being genetically modified way back in the 60s. Just because something does not kill you, does not mean it isn’t bad for you. It is causing other illnesses and these combined have made us a much unhealthier, sicker society. It is a cumulative effect.

  61. Jode (to FoodDude)

    Would you spray Round Up (glypgosate) weed killer in your mouth every day or give it to your kids? The governments in Europe, Japan and Aus. have banned GMO foods! Check it out.

  62. Grace Slow (to FoodDude)

    If you haven’t seen any studies linking GMOs to health concerns, you’re not looking very hard. There have been numerous studies published in scientific journals that link GMOs to tumors, infertility, and other health problems. Anyone with doubts should not take my word for it. Just google “GMO rat tumor” or “GMO pig uterus” to find info on some of the most worrisome animal studies. And consider the fact that there has NEVER been a long term study of GMOs on humans. So we really don’t know what the effects are, but these animal studies are showing cause for concern.

  63. Steve Packard (to glitter)

    I for one, believe the science and the basic facts, regardless of what the government says. It is just as stupid to presume the government is always saying something false as that it is always true.

    If the government says it is 70 degrees out, it feels like 70 degrees and a thermometer says it is 70 degrees, it’s probably 70 degrees.

    Considering that I am pretty well versed in science, I am capable of comprehending the basic facts and they all would indicate there’s absolutely no reason to think GMO’s are unsafe.

    All plants are actually GMO’s… it’s called mutation and selective breeding.

    But non-gmo’s are made of what? Water, salt, cellulose, simple carbohydrates, some proteins. What are GMO’s made of? same damn stuff.

  64. Marie (to glitter)

    Steve Packard….
    I don’t think you understand what GMOs are, maybe a little more erase arch and you can see that a natural hybrid that occurs is not a GMO.

    “Genetic engineering, also called genetic modification, is the direct manipulation of an organism’s genome using biotechnology. New DNA may be inserted in the host genome by first isolating and copying the genetic material of interest using molecular cloning methods to generate a DNA sequence, or by synthesizing the DNA, and then inserting this construct into the host organism.”

    I don’t know about you but I certainly do not believe Corn that is resistant to herbicides, not properly tested and known as “Round Up Ready” is any good to consume by my standards.

    I grew up eating homemade food. We didn’t have money to go to restaurants but my parents always said it was better to know what you eat. They did not know about organic or GMOs, it’s just what they also grew up with my dad was born in the 1933 and my mom in 1945 both raised in farms when young moved to LA in the early 80’s.
    At the Time I did not understand what they meant and as I grew older I strayed from that objective. Took me seven years to retrain myself read, research and understand food better for my four boys, I’m 29 now and I feel better my skin is better and I don’t feel groggy all the time. That to me is worth it!

    This coming from a girl that matured too early I use to drink milk as a little as it was going out of style… Full of hormones I’m sure. I knew I was early at 10 years old to hit puberty! My mom and my sister (who is 11 years my senior) both matured at 15. My mom drank milk from cows raised in her parents farm not liaised with antibiotics and hormones and my sister, well after breast feeding didn’t drink milk not something she liked. When I was doing my research I looked back at my own family background … I’m sorry but that right there is proof enough for me.

    You don’t have to agree but before you make claims that it’s the ” same damn stuff ” I strongly suggest more reading on the subject if not for you then for children or grand children

    Sorry this is so long …

  65. Neurotic Knight (@Neurotic_Knight) (to glitter)

    Volkswagen built tanks for nazis, what is your point?

  66. April (to Laughin' Attem)

    the idea is not a new one and there is verifiable scientific research to back up that GMO’s are not good for you.

    But you do have a point, there has been not a lot of studies to test GMO’s and why is that I wonder. Well, one real reason is that there are restrictive end-user agreements that limit what can be done with GM seeds. The patent owners do not wish their GMO seeds to be used in such studies as will verify whether they are truly safe or not. It is kind of hard to do studies when you could actually go to jail for it, or be taken to court, regardless of what your findings are, but I wonder, if GMO seeds are so safe, why are there these restrictions? If something were safe, and it could be proven, wouldn’t the people that hold the patents welcome tests being done by others to prove just that and yet, the restrictions are not those crazy peoples idea, they are the patent holders. Hmmm?

    Another tactic of the GMO patent holders in manipulation of data that can be found on the net and in the media at hand. You don’t want people to discover what is in their food, so you fight against labelling the food, in whatever form it is. If GMO’s were safe, why fight labelling them? Why go out of your way and hire people to spread misinformation about the food, like telling the public that there have been GMO’s forever, when there have not been. There is a difference in blending species, which has indeed been around forever and genetically changing the very dna of a plant. And here is why, when you combine zucchini and brocolli to make a new plant, your not adding genetic code, your combining items that have been around and have been found to be safe for long term food supply of people for a very long time. The new code entered into Corn to make something totally new and alien to not only the population as a whole but to the natural world is incredibly short sighted and dangerous. There is a very good reason countries do not allow you to bring in food items from other countries and why your not allowed to just bring into a new environment plants from your country, it could devastate the delicate eco system of the country you would bring such food into and ruin it.

    What is a more delicate balance than the eco system we people live in, albeit somewhat removed. When new organisms are brought into this balance, the consequences could prove to be disastrous and species of plants and animals could disappear completely, being overwhelmed by the new addition to that ecosystem. It has already happened in the past, and GMO’s, especially corn have been shown to take over fields of corn where they have just blown in and have ruined generations of hard work by the farmers whose crops they bonded with, this is not new, this has been demonstrated time and time again. In fact, those patent holders have actually sued these same farmers for inadvertently breaking their patent by growing their corn.

    I do not know why you fools have bothered to demonstrate your incredible ignorance, I can only assume you work for the GMO company’s and are here trolling to make some lame proposition that will confuse the average food consumer. That is another tactic of the GMO people, to troll and spread misinformation about their product.

    If GMO’s were safe, they would not fight labelling them.
    If GMO’s were safe, they would not spread the misinformation that GMO’s are just another way to breed new food, which has been around forever. GMO’s are not like that, they change the genetic make up of food, adding animal DNA to food when that DNA seems to make sense, the problem here is that there is no long term study on the nature of the new species and how they will interact with their new environment outside the laboratory. As we have seen with GMO corn, it just takes over. Consider the many generations of farmers whose seed has been destroyed by GMO corn, and that should be enough there.
    If GMO’s were safe the companies behind them wouldn’t have had to sneak the Monsanto Protection Act out, they wouldn’t need to hide the label, they would be the first to do and to pay for independent studies on the safety of such items.

    I could go on but that is enough for now.
    People are not nuts when they are concerned for the health and safety of their children, for all the children for that matter. I take it you don’t have children, or if you do, I can only feel a great sorrow for the fact that you are not more concerned about what goes into their bodies.

    Now either make a valid point, or get the hell out of the way of the people that are trying to do some good for every bodies kid.

  67. Nancy Colistro (to Jane)

    I went off the SAD January 5th of this year (2014). In 2 1/2 months, I have lost 25lbs (without dieting!), my blood sugar is under control (i am a diabetic) and I have more energy and strength than I can remember having in years…literally. I am ALSO a two time cancer survivor (colon and cervical), which sorta goes to show you what the SAD did for me after 47 years of consuming it regularly. Nowadays, I pretty much only drink water..tho i used to swig soda as though it was going out of style…..and I limit my added sugar to two TBSP a day, raw organic. Say what you want about all the additives and preservatives that are in the SAD being okay to eat….and that we should trust our gvmt when it comes to food safety. Trusting the gvmt for 47 years almost killed me…twice. From now on out, I choose to trust my own brain and instincts when it comes to the food i consume.

  68. (to Ha ha cult)

    To FoodDude;
    You are absolutely correct! There is no reason that YOU should not eat more GMO’s. Prove us all wrong and keep eating it. Have a nice, short, life. Moron!


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