GMO Ingredient List


Watch out for these items if they are non organic. These are the food crop items that are officially in GMO production and highly likely to be genetically modified if they are not certified organic.  If they are certified organic then they are not genetically modified. 

Corn & Corn oil

Soy & Soy Oil

Veggie Oil

Canola Oil

Zucchini and crookneck squash

Sugar and Sugar beets  (Cane juice is not in production so for now it is ok if not organic)



“All natural/ Antibiotic Free / Free Range” Meats

“All natural/ Antibiotic Free / Free Range” Cheese

“All natural/ Antibiotic Free / Free Range / Vegetarian Fed / Free range” eggs

"Farm Raised Fish and some Wild Caught Fish" are raised on GMO feed.  Look for Alaskan Wild Caught Fish to get true wild non GMO fish.  See this article for more info. Also be aware that GMO salmon is currently in the process of being approved. (where the animal itself is genetically modified as well as fed GMO feed) 

Avoid Non organic meat, dairy, eggs and poultry because the animals eat GMO feed and then you eat the GMOs by eating the animal product. I have yet to find an “all natural / free range / hormone free" meat, dairy, or egg company that do not feed GMO feed to the animals.  It must be certified organic or 100% pasture raised and grass fed/grass finished to not be fed GMO feed. 

Summary What to Look for to Avoid GMOs at Restaurants: 

Oils - Certified organic oils, or grapeseed, coconut oil, pure olive oil, rice bran oil.  (These few are not in GMO production yet) 

Beef & Lamb - certified organic or 100% pasture raised and grass fed and grass finished.

Chicken - Must be certified organic to not be GMO. Pasture and organic is ideal. 

Eggs - Must be certified organic to not be GMO. Pasture and organic is ideal. 

Cheese - Must be certified organic to not be GMO. Grass fed and organic is ideal. 

Vegetables & Fruits - Certified organic or avoid zucchini and crookneck squash, papaya, sugar, and sugar beets, all corn products, all soy products. 

Health Supplements also contain a lot of GMOs.  (not related to restaurants, but important to be aware of) 

Be sure to look for the Non GMO certification label while grocery shopping. This verifies there are no GMO ingredients.  Also see the shopping guide below to learn how to avoid GMOs.

LONGER LIST- More Detailed

Here is a more extensive list of GM Crops from Seeds of Deception website. 

GMOs in Food

Here is a summary of crops, foods and food ingredients have been genetically modified as of May, 2010:

Currently Commercialized GM Crops in the U.S.:

(Number in parentheses represents the estimated percentage that is genetically modified.)

Soy(91%) Cotton(71%) Canola(88%) Corn(85%) Sugar Beets(90%) Hawaiian papaya(more than 50%) Alfalfa (at Supreme Court), Zucchini and Yellow Squash(small amount) Tobacco(Quest® brand)

Other Sources of GMOs:

• Dairy products from cows injected with the GM hormone rbGH
• Food additives, enzymes, flavorings, and processing agents, including the sweetener aspartame 
  (NutraSweet®) and rennet used to make hard cheeses
•  Meat, eggs, and dairy products from animals that have eaten GM feed
• Honey and bee pollen that may have GM sources of pollen
• Contamination or pollination caused by GM seeds or pollen

Some of the Ingredients That May Be Genetically Modified: Vegetable oil, vegetable fat and margarines (made with soy, corn, cottonseed, and/or canola)

Ingredients derived from soybeans: Soy flour, soy protein, soy isolates, soy isoflavones, soy lecithin, vegetable proteins, textured vegetable protein (TVP), tofu, tamari, tempeh, and soy protein supplements.

Ingredients derived from corn: Corn flour, corn gluten, corn masa, corn starch, corn syrup, cornmeal, and High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).

Complete List of Invisible Ingredients

Some of the Foods That May Contain GM Ingredients:

Infant formula
Salad dressing
Hamburgers and hotdogs
Fried food
Veggie burgers
Meat substitutes
Ice cream 

Frozen yogurt
Tamari?and Soy sauce
Soy cheese
Tomato sauce
Protein powder
Baking powder 
Any sugar not 100% Cane
Confectioner’s glaze
Vanilla (may contain corn syrup)
Peanut butter
Enriched flour
White vinegar

Non-Food Items That May Contain GM Ingredients:
Bubble bath


Natural Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, US Department of Agriculture: Acreage. Click here to download PDF (2009)

Ruth Winter , A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives: Descriptions in plain English of more than 12,000 ingredients both harmful and desirable found in foods, 6th ed. (New York: Three Rivers Press, 2004).

Robert S. Igoe , The Dictionary of Food Ingredients, 2nd ed. (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1989).

Research Triangle Institute, “Economic Characterization of the Dietary Supplement Industry” March 1999.Click here to download PDF

Codex General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA) Online Database of the World Health Organization(WHO) Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO) of the United Nations and the reports of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). Available at:

The University of Maryland Medical Center database of supplements by name:

Archives of the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA:

Reports of the European Commission Scientific Committee for Food:

U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) PubMed Central (PMC):