As you know, I am committed to keeping GMOs out of my family’s gluten-free diet. With that said, I have finally resorted to making almost all of their food, and even though I am grain free, my husband and my girls are not. Nevertheless, I have had tremendous success with modifying Babycakes NYC‘s recipes, Welcoming Kitchen‘s recipes as well as many others to suit our dietary needs and my standard of health expectations (I prefer to use coconut oil, almond meal flour, flax or hemp milk, etc.), and I have been uber successful with modifying recipes to my family’s tremendous delight.
However, even though I now keep our freezer stocked with backed goods made with love and without GMOs, my husband still keeps a lookout for prepackaged healthy options, and yesterday, he came home with two boxes of Nature’s Path’s non-GMO, organic waffles.
However, like Vans Foods’ gluten-free waffles, Nature’sPath waffles contain soy.
However, unlike Vans Foods’ waffles, Nature’s Path uses non-GMO organic soy ingredients and their gluten-free products are Non-GMO Project verified.
Do I know for certain if Vans Foods uses GMO soy? No because they won’t fess up and because I haven’t had their GF products non-GMO verified, so in all honesty, I do not have concrete proof that Vans GF product do in fact contain GMO ingredients.
After emailing Vans Foods three times regarding their use of GMO ingredients, they evaded my question the first two times and completely ignored my most recent and final email as seen below.
Here is my GMO correspondence with Vans Foods:
Priscilla Matuson: “Does your company use GMO ingredients in any of your products?” (Email: October 2012)
Vans Foods: “Thank you for your inquiry. Van’s has proudly baked great tasting, nutritious frozen breakfast foods for more than 20 years. We take great pride in offering health-conscious consumers a wide range of choices including such favorites as our Gluten Free, 8 Whole Grains and Organic waffles.
“We seek to use minimally processed ingredients that you would find in your own kitchen. Van’s products contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and have no high fructose corn syrup or trans fats. Our three Organic waffles (Totally Natural, Blueberry and Flax) are certified non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project. We care about this issue and we are actively working on certifying additional items with the Non-GMO Project in 2013.
“In addition, our gluten free waffles, pancakes and French toast sticks are certified gluten free by the GFCO organization.
“As a small company with a passionate team committed to our mission, it’s our goal to earn your trust and loyalty by offering delicious foods that fully meet your health and nutrition needs. For more information on our entire line, please visit the products section of our website at http://www.vansfoods.com/The_Goods/#/all_products” (Email: 16 October 2012).
Priscilla Matuson: “Do your gluten-free waffles contain GMO ingredients? My family of four are all celiacs” (Email: 20 October 2012).
Vans Foods: “Currently, our three Organic waffles (Totally Natural, Blueberry and Flax) are certified non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project. We care about this issue and we are actively working on certifying additional items with the Non-GMO Project in 2013” (Email: 23 October 2012).
Priscilla Matuson: “Thank you but that still doesn’t answer my question. Do your gluten-free waffles currently contain GMO ingredients?” (Email: 24 October 2012)
Okay. I have officially given up and accepted the fact that Vans Foods’ non-reply and evasion of my multiple GMO inquiries speak louder than words.
Even though Nature’s Path waffles contain organic soy, I am okay with our girls eating an occasional Nature’s Path waffle, especially if I need a day or two to restock our homemade gluten-, soy-, corn-, rice-free vegan donuts (modified Welcoming Kitchen recipe), muffins or waffles (modified Babycakes’ recipe) stock in our freezer.
Here are the ingredients in Nature’s Path Buckwheat Wildberry Waffles: