You have seen articles about food safety and food additives in the news lately. I dug up an article from Prevention Magazine written by Liz Vaccariello entitled “Seven Foods Even Food Safety Experts Won’t Eat”. Bon appetit!
- Canned Tomatoes – resin linings of tin cans can contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen. Acidic contents (such as tomato sauces) cause BPA to leach into food. Solution – choose fresh tomatoes or ones packaged in glass bottles or waxed boxes.
- Corn-Fed Beef – cattle evolved to eat grass, not grains. According to a Clemson University study grass-fed beef, compared to corn-fed, is higher in beta-carotene, Vitamin E, conjugated linoleic acid, calcium, magnesium and potassium; lower in the inflammatory omega-6′s; and lower in saturated fats. Solution – buy grass-fed beef.
- Microwave Popcorn – the problem is the chemicals in the lining of the bag. Solution – pop it the old-fashion way in a skillet or pan.
- Potatoes (non-organic) – root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides during the growing season. Because these chemicals are absorbed they cannot be washed off! Solution – buy organic potatoes.
- Farmed Salmon – nature didn’t intend for salmon to be artificially fed in pens. Farmed salmon tend to be lower in Vitamin D and higher in contaminants including carcinogens, PCB’s, and pesticides. Solution – switch to wild-caught Alaska salmon. If the package says fresh Atlantic, it’s farmed. No commercial fisheries remain for wild Atlantic salmon.
- Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones – bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST) is used to increase milk production but may have a deleterious effect on humans. Solution – check labels for rBGH-free, rBST-free, produced without artificial hormones, or organic milk.
- Conventional Apples – fall apples are sprayed with pesticides because, as individually grafted trees, apples don’t develop resistance to many pests. Solution – buy organic apples or at least wash and peel them first.
As you can see, there are a few relatively easy and not very expensive ways to protect yourself from potentially harmful food products.