Kids love Halloween because it is full of wonderful treats and surprises. Unfortunately, these treats are often loaded with unsafe ingredients that would make even the most frightful ghoul scream. Green Halloween and the Non-GMO project have teamed up to help you sort through the junk food and source fun treats that are free of Halloween horrors.
Here’s a list of 10 genetically modified organisms (GMOs) ingredients to avoid in Halloween Candy:
1. Sugar (GMO sugar beets)
2. High fructose corn syrup (GMO Corn)
3. Corn Starch (GMO Corn)
4. Soy lecithin (GMO Soy)
5. Soybean oil (GMO Soy)
6. Modified corn starch (GMO Corn)
7. Fructose, dextrose, glucose (GMO Corn)
8. Cottonseed oil (GMO cotton)
9. Canola oil (GMO canola)
10. ‘Other’ ingredients: Isolates, isoflavones, food starch, and vegetable oil
Currently commercialized genetically modified crops in the U.S. include corn (88%), cotton (90%), canola (90%), sugar beets (95%), soy (94%), Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%), zucchini and yellow squash (over 24,000 acres). When buying Halloween treats and candy, look for organic, locally produced and Non-GMO project verified treats for the trick-or-treat basket.
Giving away non-GMO goodies to trick-or-treaters is a great start, but there are other people and planet-friendly choices to consider. Begin your planning now to help ensure that your children have a Halloween that is both fun and healthy. Happy Halloween!
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