Wellness Wednesday - Identifying Genetically Modified Organisms in Supplements and Foods

With many riders seeking GMO-free foods for themselves, their families, pets, and horses, it is important to understand just how wide and deep the penetration of GMO’s are in our food supply. Feeds, foods, and supplements containing Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), flavorings, Vitamin E from soy, B-2, B-12, some amino acids, some yeasts, maltodextrin, modified food starch, xanthan, hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, MSG (Glutamic Acid) citric acid, soy protein isolate, autolyzed yeast extract, and some digestive enzymes are in most cases derived from GMO raw material. Several biotech companies have recently received patents to produce vitamin A (beta carotene) and other vitamins from Genetically modified microorganisms.

Many feeds, and food products containing GMOs are commonly referred to as Fortified. In my opinion a product that is “fortified” is not too healthy to begin with. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine stated: “Genetically modified foods have not been properly tested and pose a serious health risk. There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation.” (June, 2009)

Non-GMO sources of some ingredients are getting harder and harder to find. The yeasts that provide much of the B-complex vitamins in their whole food form (nutritional yeast, and brewers yeast) have to be sourced from Europe to be GMO-free. Nearly 90% of all the vitamin C is made in China from GMO corn. In fact China is now the world’s leader in Vitamin C production. Vitamin E can be processed from soy or palm. Palm is GMO free, but unfortunately the extraction process of both soy and palm uses the neuro toxin solvent Hexane. Maltodextrin can be found in numerous formulations and supplements including the sweetner Stevia (malto dextrin is not found in the herb Stevia).

Many important amino acids: Lysine, Tryptophane, Methionine, Threonine, Phenlyalanine, Arginine, Leucine, Glutatamic Acid, and Cysteine are the by-product of GMO yeast, GMO soy, GMO enzymes, and or GMO microorganisms. GMOs are not only a health risk, they are an environmental hazard, depleting the soil, killing the important microbiome of plants and soils, and increasing dangerous pollutants: inorganic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, which in turn kill the pollinators, and pollute our air and water.

Biostar is holding a webinar on GMOs, Thursday, May 30, at 8pm. For more information on this fee-free webinar please contact Kat Wojtylak, Public Relations for Biostar EQ: Kat@BiostarEQ.com