What is GMO?

What is a GMO?: Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are made by forcing genes from one species, such as bacteria, viruses, animals, or humans, into the DNA of a food crop or animal to introduce a new trait.


Why Should I Avoid GMOs? The American Academy of Environmental Medicine reported, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. They urge physicians to prescribe healthier non-GMO foods too everyone


Four simple tips to avoid GMOs:

Tip #1: Buy Organic
Organic producers cannot intentionally use GMOs.
Tip #2: Look for “Non-GMO” Verified Seals

Tip #3: Avoid At-Risk Ingredients
If it’s not labeled organic, or doesn’t have a
Non-GMO Project Verified Seal, then avoid processed food products ingredients made with these GM crops: Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed and Beet sugar.

  • Corn flour, meal, oil, starch, gluten, and syrups
  • Sweeteners such as fructose, dextrose, and glucose
  • Modified food starch*


  • Soy flour, lecithin, protein, isolate, and isoflavone
  • Vegetable oil* and vegetable protein*

Canola: Canola oil (also called rapeseed oil)
Cotton: Cottonseed oil
Sugar: Avoid anything not listed as 100% cane sugar since GM beet sugar recently entered the food supply. To avoid it, look for organic and non-GMO sweeteners, candy and chocolate made with 100% cane sugar, evaporated cane juice or organic sugar.
Aspartame: An artificial sweetener also known as NutraSweet and Equal, is derived from GM microorganisms.

Also, more than 50% of Hawaiian papaya is GM, and a small amount of zucchini and yellow squash.

Become familiar with our list of invisible GM ingredients. You can download their list.

The Sneaky Chef Came for Dessert

On February 18th I participated in the Kitchen on a Mission 10 week healthy cooking series that was hosted by the Concord Food Coop and organized by Maria Noel Groves, the Co-op Wellness Coordinator. The event was held at a local hotel so it could hold the 200 attendees signed up to learn more about cooking and healthy eating. My topic to present was called “The Sneaky Chef Comes for Dessert”; such a fun title. Although I thought I had a lot of healthy recipes in my book that does sneak in healthy ingredients, I had fun developing a few new ones for the event. I did a powerpoint presentation which included some show and tell guess the sneaky ingredients and prizes were given out. We also offered a raffle for an hour of music, help with menu planning, and serving. The evening ended with us doing a book signing. Steve and I would like to thank Maria for putting this series together and everyone who attended. In case you missed this great series, you might want to see when the next one will be. In honor of the event you will find, Chocolate Spinach-Cream Cheese Brownies, a new recipe from the presentation, now posted on my site. Have fun trying this new sneaky dessert!


Return to the Herbal Path

The local author and musician team of No Fret Cooking returned to the Herbal Path on Thursday, February 7th in honor of National Heart Health Week, and Valentine’s Day coming up next week. Heart healthy samples and chocolate treats were enjoyed by all as Steve delighted staff and customers by playing songs from the cookbook and a few Valentine standards. As theme for the day was “heart health, I developed a special sample for this day. To see a picture and get the recipe, go to the website www.tinygreenmom.com. My salmon pate recipe was the  featured recipe on February 10, 2013.herbal_path_20130207_11