Waiter, there’s a soy in my tuna

2 Apr

I was having Easter dessert with a cousin of mine and we were talking about food and healthy eating and he asked me what is in my can of tunafish.  Well the obvious, right?  Tuna, water, maybe some salt.  He smirked at me and said, “Go look at the can.” I did, and was shocked to find…

tunasoy

Soy? Soy.  Why? Apparently soy is used in many foods as a filler and other uses.  In this case, it is in the vegetable broth that is added to the tuna.

This is directly from the Bumble Bee website: Bumble Bee uses commercially available vegetable oils (e.g., soybean oil) from licensed manufacturers or distributors. These oils are purchased only from approved suppliers that source from a wide range of approved crops. Soybeans grown in commercial quantities in the United States include both GM and non-GM varieties, but current regulations do not require the identification and labeling of these varieties. Consequently, our products containing refined soybean oil may or may not be produced from GM soybeans. Labeling either as containing or not containing could be equally inaccurate. FDA does not permit food to be labeled inaccurately.

Considering that 93% if the soy crops grown in the U.S. contain GMOs I think the chances are pretty good that the tuna contains GMOs.

When they say GM they are talking about Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs.  There is a lot of information on the internet about GMOs and the possible dangers associated with them. It’s a controversial topic and the bottom line is that there isn’t enough research to support the safe use of them.  So why are we being the lab rats.  It’s enough for me to know that the use of GMOs has been banned in some European countries.  Will we ban them here?  Probably not?  Why? Money.

The information in this article is enough to make me want to stay away from them, but the problem is that they are EVERYWHERE and they’re hidden.  There is no requirement that companies label for this.  Who would have thought that tuna contains anything other than tuna, water, and some salt? Here are some helpful tips to try to avoid GMOs.

The lesson here for me is to always read labels and never assume anything.  I’m not naive to the fact that I am consuming things on a daily basis that are bad for me, but sometimes I just assume that something is more of a healthy choice.  In this case I was wrong.  This was a healthy reminder that I need to stay aware.

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