What a disappointment that a classic American cereal contains GMOs, and that General Mills, the owner of Cheerios, contributed $1.1 million to the “No on Prop 37” campaign in California, which would have required companies to simply label genetically modified food. Who would have guessed that Cheerios were actually not as good as we once thought they were? “Cheerios, made from all grain natural oats, is the only leading cold cereal clinically proven to lower cholesterol.” As a consumer reading the box, that just sounds so healthy! And they even have the health check from the Heart & Stroke Foundation in the bottom corner. Check the ingredients…corn starch (genetically modified), tripotassium phosphate (food additive), and vitamin E or tocopherol (derived from genetically modified soy or corn). Cheerios are no longer welcome in this house.

This information would have been helpful 2 years ago when I was feeding my then 9-month old some of her first finger foods…Cheerios! Doesn’t everybody? Pediatricians recommend it! Perhaps an adult digestive system and liver have an easier time detoxifying the body from genetically modified organisms, but an infant with a developing system? Time to clean out the pantry and find some healthy non-GMO alternatives.

Try the following non-GMO cereal brands:

Ambrosial Granola

Barbara’s (organic line)

Cascadian Farms



Golden Temple

Grandy Oats

Health Valley (organic line)

Lundberg® Purely Organic
Rice Cereal

Nature’s Path Nonuttin’

Peace Cereal Organic

Safeway O brand (organic)

Simple Sweets

Sunridge Farms

Whole Foods 365 (great O’s alternative)

While reading labels, look out for:

Corn: corn oil, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, corn meal
Soy: soy protein, soy lecithin, soy oil, soy sauce, soy isolates
Canola: canola oil
Cotton: cottonseed oil

***UPDATE FEBRUARY 2014: Thank goodness for social media which gives consumers a voice and readily allows information to get into our hands. General Mills has responded to consumer demand and has decided to drop GMOs from Cheerios. Now that is a victory! Well done General Mills. Read the full article here: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-cheerios-gmo-20140104,0,4949616.story#axzz2tt1A9klZ