Thursday, May 7, 2015

GMO Free Foods: Real or Fake?

Within the last few weeks, a few major food chains have announced that they're getting rid of GMO's and "unacceptable ingredients." In one sense this sounds fantastic. It gives customers the peace of mind that they're eating healthier and they're not pumping artificial preservatives or fillers into their body.

Places like Chipotle and Panera Bread have taken the initiative over the last two years to "be mindful" of these GMO's and are now showcasing large lists of ingredients that you will not find in their food. Consumers have become increasingly wary of genetically modified food, believing consumption of it could lead to health problems such as food allergies and resistance to antibiotics. That belief is not born out of science.

The National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the European CoConsumers all agree that GMO foods are safe to eat. Being supported by this is a 2013 study that finds no "significant hazards directly associated with GMO's."

Essentially what this comes down to is that places like Chipotle and Panera have developed a reputation of a responsible corporation, so if they remove something out of their ingredient list, then it clearly must be bad. 

We also can't forget that with our sources of food today, it is almost impossible to rid our ingredients or sources of GMO's. For example, GMO's are fed to the animals that are used for the meat at both of these restaurants. Other than purposely switching to a free range meat (which is considerably more expensive for the company) they have no say in whether the meat that they buy is fed with non-GMO products.

And it's not just the meat that contains this. Many ingredients such as baking powder, almost anything with corn in it, and sugar are products of GMO's. And since prices haven't risen dramatically in either of these restaurants, I think it would be safe to assume that switching to all organic or free-range meat has not happened.

So prepare yourself because here comes my shameless plug. No, we do not pride ourselves on being GMO free... like I mentioned above, it's nearly impossible to avoid them. We can, however, pride ourselves for voiding our food of artificial preservatives and fillers. Everything that you'll find on our menu is made from scratch, in house.

We make our soups, sauces, and dressings daily so that we can guarantee the maximum possibility of freshness as it hits your table (or carryout box if you're going home). During the warmer months, we showcase items that are grown locally within our community, allowing you to follow the food from the source to the plate.

Unlike our chain competitors, we're not boastful about what's not in our food... only about the quality ingredients that make your dish!

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