How Many GMOs Do You Think You Are Eating?

How Many GMOs Are You Eating?

Did you know that most Americans eat their weight in genetically modified organisms (GMOs) each year?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) calculated that the average adult American annually consumes genetically engineered foods in these quantities: 68 pounds of beet (table) sugar, 58 pounds of corn syrup, 38 pounds of soybean oil, and 29 pounds of corn-based products, for a total of 193 pounds per year.[1]

In other words, most U.S. adults consume more than their weight in GMO foods. It may be that children consume even more, relatively speaking. Around the world, GMOs are considered so dangerous that they are banned, or at the very least heavily regulated and labeled, so informed citizens can avoid them. In the U.S. they are not labeled or regulated, and those who support labeling face an uphill battle.

In contrast to the healthiest developed nations, which either prevent or strictly regulate genetically engineered crops, the U.S. takes the opposite tack. We can claim that 91 to 93 percent of our soybeans and canola (Rapeseed)[1], 85 percent of our corn, and up to 95 percent of our sugar beets are now genetically engineered. Most people do not realize that 50% of the sugar supply in this country comes from sugar beets, so a majority of all table sugar is genetically engineered. Not only is the table sugar genetically engineered, but it is also primarily a chemical with no nutritive value whatsoever.

Our foods are loaded with GMOs and pesticides. GMOs were designed to fatten livestock. They do the same thing to us. Pesticides contain Glyphosate, which, has been shown to cause weight gain. Eliminating them from your diet will change the way you think about eating. Eating clean allows me, as well as the majority of my patients, to eat 1/3 to ½ more calories per day without weight gain. There are a few exceptions. Cheese and nut butters as well as nuts, must still be eaten in moderation. But organic vegetables and fruits, and sea vegetables (seaweed, kelp, etc.) as well as 100% grass-fed animal protein, wild-caught fish, seeds, good fats, and eggs can be eaten in significantly larger portions than the polluted versions with no weight gain or dangerous health hazards.

Foods that are certified organic must be 100% Organic and Non-GMO to be as safe as possible. Loopholes that still exist in the laws mean that we can still be ingesting GMOs unless it says Non-GMO. The worst part is that GMOs may take over completely and we will not be able to get GMO-free foods, especially if the labelling laws don’t change.

My advice?


-Dr. Norton




[1] The word ‘canola’ was coined in 1978 from ‘Canadian oil, low acid’. Canola Oil actually comes from the Rapeseed plant, which causes severe allergic-like reactions in most humans and animals, possibly resulting from the high levels of erucic acid it produces. Euric acid damages cardiac muscle and glucosinolates, the nutrients that cleanse the body of free radicals. Sahasrabudhe, M. R. (1977). “Crismer values and erucic acid contents of rapeseed oils”. Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society 54 (8): 323–324.

[1] Thursday, October 18, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer for