GMO Kitchen Cabinet Awareness Challenge

Where are the GMOs in your kitchen? If you live in the United States or Canada, chances are you have several sneaky little products in your kitchen cabinet that are full of genetically modified ingredients. Mamavation is organizing a kitchen cabinet awareness challenge to help moms find them. I’m NOT asking moms to throw these items away, I’m only asking you to find them in your cabinet, take a picture of them and write about what you found. (There are also some stickers you can print out and label if you want to as well.) If you want to throw the GMOs away, go right ahead, but I recognize that some people MAY not have the ability to throw away food. That’s okay. But let’s educate ourselves and our communities on where they are.

Where are the GMOs? GMOs are NOT labeled, so you are going to have to do some label reading and take some general guidelines from Mamavation when searching for them. This can be tricky and you will have to educate yourself a bit, but I’m going to try and make it very easy for you here.

What to do: Go to your kitchen cabinet and pull out 10 items. You should do your entire cabinet, but only 10 at a time to get used to what you are looking for. You will be reading the ingredients portion of the label for each item and deciding whether it is a potential GMO or not. If you believe it has genetically modified ingredients in it, separate it in a pile. When you are finished, take a picture of that pile of food and write a post about what you learned.

Actual stickers you can label products with

Rockstar Options: If you want to up the ante, you can print out stickers and label all your items BEFORE you take a picture AND another thing you can do is choose five or more brands that are questionable and ask them on their Facebook page whether they contain GMOs.

Okay, are you ready? There are three main categories to look for.


Category One: The Main Offenders (1st Generation GMOs)

Look for corn, “sugar”, canola, soy, aspartame, or cotton (Hawaiian papaya and some squashes and zucchinis are also offenders, but a minority)

90% of canola is genetically modified
88% of corn is genetically modified
90% of cotton is genetically modified (cottonseed oil in food)
94% of soy is genetically modified
95% of “sugar” is genetically modified. (“Sugar” is sugar beets, which is 95% GMO, BUT “cane sugar” is completely safe.)
100% of aspartame is genetically modified


Category Two: Dairy (2nd Generation GMOs)

Conventional feed for cows consists of genetically modified corn and soy. Therefore the only safe dairy source is from “grass fed” cows. If the product contains milk or any dairy product and  doesn’t say “organic milk” or “organic dairy” you can assume it is from cows that have eaten genetically modified feed.


Category Three: Hidden ingredients made of GMOs (This list was taken from the Non GMO Shopping Guide Here.)

Aspartame (also called AminoSweet®,    NutraSweet®, Equal Spoonful®, Canderel®,  BeneVia®, E951)
baking powder
canola oil (rapeseed oil)
caramel color
citric acid
cobalamin (Vitamin B12)
condensed milk
confectioners sugar
corn flour
corn masa
corn meal
corn oil
corn sugar
corn syrup
cottonseed oil
food starch
fructose (any form)
glutamic acid
glycerol monooleate
high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
hydrogenated starch
hydrolyzed vegetable protein
inverse syrup
invert sugar
lactic acid
malt syrup
malt extract
milk powder
milo starch
modified food starch
modified starch
mono and diglycerides
monosodium glutamate (MSG)
oleic acid
phytic acid
protein isolate
soy flour
soy isolates
soy lecithin
soy milk
soy oil
soy protein
soy protein isolate
soy sauce
stearic acid
sugar (unless specified as cane sugar)
teriyaki marinades
textured vegetable protein
tocopherols (vitamin E)
vegetable fat
vegetable oil
vitamin B12
vitamin E
whey powder
xanthan gum


If you would like to join this special challenge, please help us share on twitter and facebook! Here is a suggested tweet that you can also use for facebook:

I’m joining the #GMOAware Kitchen Cabinet Challenge with #Mamavation! How many GMOs are in MY kitchen cabinet?

When talking about this challenge, please use #GMOAware and #mamavation in your tweets. If you are planning on joining the challenge, please leave a comment below and when your post is done come back here and link it up below on the linky. Please also link back here if you are joining the challenge so others know where this all started.

Leah Segedie is the Founder of Mamavation and Bookieboo, a blogger network. After losing over 100 lbs, she started a career mentoring women in health and since then has assisted in over 3,500 lbs lost via the Mamavation community. Leah and her work has been mentioned in Ladies Home Journal, Reader's Digest, Fitness, Women's Day, CNN, ABC, CBS, the O'Reilly Factor, AOL, Entrepreneur, and Yahoo to name a few. She works from home in her fuzzy slippers.


  1. DOOODE! I can’t WAIT to see how bad our cabinets are… it’s kinda scary but necessary to look for sure.

    Count me in!

  2. Wow… this is going to be enlightening….

  3. What is horrible is I can name 10 items in my cabinet right now that are GMO and I’m not even at home

  4. I’m in…& I already know I’m not going to like it…

  5. I think my home will look like old mother hubbards very soon :( But I’m willing to try

  6. I was shocked with all the information I have been aware of for awhile to find one unsuspecting item with corn syrup in it….vanilla


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