Americans pay less attention to ‘organic’ and ‘GMO’ in weighing food health benefits, survey finds

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Determining what exactly is a “healthy” food has us all scratching our heads.

A new survey suggests that most Americans are confused about what counts as a healthy food choice.

About eight in 10 survey respondents said they have found conflicting information about what foods to eat and what foods to avoid — and more than half of them said the conflicting information has them second-guessing the choices they make, according to the International Food Information Council Foundation’s annual Food and Health survey….

The survey involved 1,002 American adults, who completed it online in March. Nearly 60% of respondents ranked being “high in healthy components or nutrients” as one of the top three factors for a “healthy” food.

Slightly more than half of respondents ranked “free from artificial ingredients, preservatives or additives” among the top three factors, and nearly 50% ranked “part of an important food group that I need to build a healthy eating style” among the top three factors.

Factors such as “organic” and “non-GMO,” or genetically modified, were less likely to be ranked.

“Looking at the survey results, it’s positive that the public recognizes the importance of foods being high in healthy components, nutrients, and part of an important food group and correctly pay less attention to criteria like GMO or organic,” [said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, who was not involved in the new survey.]

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  • Bucky Boynton

    People just need to be in formed of the dangers of the attitude you say is out there. I do not purchase anything that is GMO or even non organic. This is because I looked into all of this deeply.
    Also I divested my portfolio of Monsanto stock long ago. I buy none of their products.
    As to your survey, liars figure and figures lie, when you compile them.

    • Kevin Patti

      You say you looked into all of this deeply.
      You do realize that browsing NaturalNews doesn’t qualify as “Deeply,” right?

    • catz1515

      LOL Brilliant response!! This is paid propaganda for by the GMO brigade.

      • Kevin Patti

        [citation needed]

        • catz1515

          ahhh nope, nothing is needed…

          • Kevin Patti

            You claimed I’m paid for this. I asked for proof. If you have no proof, you are lying.

          • catz1515

            wrong. it was for the other guy….but no one owes you anything anyway.

          • Good4U

            Wrong. YOU owe him your life. You depend on him for the food he produces, and which you have no ability to produce for yourself. You’re a leech.

          • catz1515

            LOL….alternate facts. BTW – that was just weird.

  • catz1515

    What a lame article! Organic food is a now close to a $45 BILLION industry. GMO co.s are scared. People are waking up to the scams and fake propaganda.

    • Good4U

      What you say may be true, but it’s just one more illustration of the fact that the “organic” industry is just a house of cards. If it were forced to stand on its own without subsidy from uber-affluent airheads, it would fall flat in a microsecond. If you support “organic” then you are a victim of marketeering. It’s time to learn something, not just jump on the organic bandwagon just because it makes the loudest music..

      • catz1515

        lame comment too!

        • Good4U

          Lame you are, in the cerebral cortex.

          • catz1515

            copy cat!!!

          • Good4U

            One thing for sure, I’ll never copy you as long as both sides of my brain are working.

  • Good4U

    I use the Non-GMO label as a turning point in my purchasing decisions. If the product bears a NON-GMO symbol, it stays on the shelf. In addition, I also make the grocery store managers aware of my buying decisions.

    • catz1515

      good! more for us!