What You Should Know About Non GMO

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Clif Bar & Company.  All opinions are 100% mine.

South Mountain National Park

Living in Phoenix, I am outdoors all year long and our community is very active.  Road and mountain biking, hiking, walking, running, swimming, and extreme sports are a way of life for Phoenicians.  With a health-minded community, we are always on the look out for new products that fuel an athletic lifestyle.  Oh, and the product need to taste good and be healthy and these days I look for Non GMO products.

The team in the Clif kitchen has created a different kind of energy bar and it’s delicious!  The CLIF® Nut Butter Filled Bar is an organic, Non GMO energy bar with a creamy nut butter center.  I’ve had the opportunity to try two of the four bars that have recently hit the market.  Not only do the bars deliver sustained energy, they are fresh and taste good.  They can be enjoyed while you take a break or while you are in motion.  I can pull out a bar and eat it while I’m on the trail riding my bike.  The bars are rich in nutrients and offer 7 grams of protein.  They are low on the glycemic index, USDA organic, and Non GMO.  The Nut Butter Filled bars are available in Chocolate Hazelnut Butter, Coconut Almond Butter, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Peanut Butter.  Ingredients will vary depending on the bar you choose, but to give you a glimpse of the goodness inside my favorite flavor, Chocolate Hazelnut Butter, I’ve included the list of ingredients for you to check out.

Ingredients:

Organic Nut Butter Blend (Organic Hazelnut Butter, Organic Cashew Butter, Organic Almond Butter), Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Pea Protein, Organic Date Paste, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Organic Cane Syrup, Organic Rice Starch, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Rice Flour, Organic Alkalized Cocoa, Vegetable Glycerin, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Organic Coconut, Organic Cocoa, Sunflower Lecithin, Mixed Tocopherols (Antioxidant).

Nutritional Value:

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CLIF non GMO Nut Butter Filled Bar

CLIF Nut Butter non GMO energy bar

I didn’t realize how much being outdoors and staying active can elevate your mood and the way you feel.  Coming from Los Angeles, I wasn’t surrounded by land, trails, and opportunities to be outdoors.  I lived under a blanket of smog.  Now, living in Phoenix, being outdoors and active is a new lifestyle.  Most of the time, I enjoy hiking because I can do it on my own or with my pup and I have access to South Mountain National Park.  The back entry is walking distance from my home and I can access hundreds of trails!

Telegraph Pass Phoenix

There is so much to explore.  Caves, wildlife, birds, rock formations, insects, and reptiles are all things I love seeking out!  It’s easy to spend half the day just exploring the trails.  The longer I’m in Phoenix, the more I seek out a healthy, active lifestyle and better nutritional choices.

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hiking with non GMO energy bar
Telegraph Pass Trail South Mountain Phoenix what are GMOs

non GMO products

I regularly shop for products that are organic and Non GMO.  You may hear a lot of buzz about foods that Non GMO.  Want to learn more about Non GMO?  Now is your chance and trust me, no one is judging you if you are confused about what Non GMO really means.  Many consumers are not sure but I have some basics to share that will help you understand it.  As you read about what GMOs are and where they appear in foods, take note that purchasing organic foods decreases support for GMO farming and puts food in your hands that don’t contain GMO products.

What are non GMOs?

What are GMOs?

GMOs are organisms, including plants and vegetables, that have been genetically engineered using DNA from bacteria, viruses, or other plants and animals.  It’s sort of weird that a plant or vegetable, something in a natural form, would be re-engineered, but this is what is being done.  There is GMO corn and soybeans that have had their DNA altered to make them resistant to certain chemicals or capable of producing their own pesticides.  It’s kind of creepy when you think about it, right?  Lab experiments take things from nature and create products that aren’t natural.

Where do GMOs show up in our foods?

Mainly, GMOs are in processed foods.  While there are only a handful of GMO crops, it’s estimated GMOs are present in approximately 70% of processed foods.  GMOs were introduced in 1994 and more than 60 countries require GMO labeling.  GMOs are banned in some countries but obviously not the United States.

Why avoid GMOs?

Studies show that GMO crops lead to an increased use of toxic chemicals, herbicides, and pesticides in conventional farming.  This increases public exposure to toxins particularly in farming communities.  Toxins and pesticides have been linked to birth defects, nerve damage, and cancer.  They also pollute the oceans, air, and waterways.  Pregnant women are especially at risk.

Organic and natural food champion

Kate Geagan, MS, RD is an award-winning dietition and “America’s Green Nutritionist”.  She has been helping people turn to foods that promote a high energy life.  She is an internationally known author, speak, consultant, and nutrition communications expert.  Kat is also a spokesperson for several global brands in the organic and natural space.

Called “a global thought leader in her field” by Discovery Health of South Africa, Kate is helping lead a national conversation which champions cleaner food choices to support a thriving body and planet. She is the author of Go Green Get Lean: Trim Your Waistline with the Ultimate Low- Carbon Footprint Diet.

Kate has partnered with Clif Bar and put together a wonderful infographic: Tips You Need to Know to Shop Non GMO.  Check it out as it’s a great source to help guide you to finding better foods that are healthier and will avoid GMOs coming into your home.  She points out that even foods labeled as “natural” may still contain GMOs.

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That concludes GMO 101!  It’s more straight-forward than you may have though, right? I hope you found some valuable answers to questions you may have had.  You will find the the USDA Organic certification on CLIF Nut Filled Energy Bars.  You can feel confident with what you consuming to energize your athletic lifestyle is Non GMO and a better choice!

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