Top 10 Cereals That Contain GMOs

GM Foods in Your Cereal

Unless stated on the label, all cereal products sold in the US contain one or more GM food crop.

Given the fact that the majority of the corn grown in the country are genetically modified, there is a very high likelihood that your breakfast cereal is filled with GM corn.

In a recent survey of the most popular cereals sold in the US, the 10 most likely ones to contain GM corn are:

  • General Mills Cocoa Puffs
  • General Mills Corn Chex
  • General Mills Kix
  • General Mills Honey Nut Chex
  • Kellog’s Frosted Flakes
  • Kellog’s Corn Flakes
  • Kellog’s Corn Pops
  • Quaker Honey Graham Oh’s
  • Kashi Heart to Heart
  • Barbara’s Bakery Puffins Peanut Butter

While these are popular brands of breakfast cereals, there are many more cereals containing GM corn being sold and these include some cereals carrying “natural” labels.

In fact, manufacturers of breakfast cereals know that most consumers shop for natural products. Therefore, they label their products as natural even when it contains wholly synthetic ingredients and even include GM food crops.

Some breakfast cereals start out as natural as claimed on the label. However, the manufacturers may switch to GM corn to increase their profit margins and yet retain the “natural” labels.

Good examples of such “all natural” products now containing GM corn are Peace Cereal from Heartside Food Solutions and different products from Barbara’s Bakery.

Therefore, you should not trust the “natural” label carried by food products any longer.

Big brands with cereals labeled natural but wholly containing GM grains include:

  • Kashi
  • General Mills
  • Nutritious Living
  • Mother’s
  • Bumper
  • Hi-Lo
  • GoLean

In 2011, a class-action suit was brought against Kashi and Kellogs for knowingly misleading the public in labeling its GM corn-containing products as natural.

The deceit and substitution of GM corn in place of natural corn extend beyond product labels. Even members of the Non-GMO Project (a non-profit organization committed to sourcing and selling non-GMO products as well as educating the public on the dangers of GM foods) are known to include GM crops in their products.

Barbara’s Bakery’s Puffins and Whole Foods’ Corn Flakes are two breakfast cereals from Non-GMO Project members containing more than 50% GM corn.

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Brad Chase

I am a husband and a father constantly searching for ways to improve my own health and the health of those around me. My exercise is crossfit and my diet is paleo (well...mostly!). I own and operate

One thought on “Top 10 Cereals That Contain GMOs

  • January 9, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Brad, great article. Most people have no clue what’s in their diet in terms of GMO’s.


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