Foods That May Cause You Problems
Canned Tomatoes – Why not eat these? There is a resin lining in the tin can that contain a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to reproduction problems, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The acid content of tomatoes causes the estrogen to leach into the food. So, purchase tomatoes in glass bottles as they do not have the resin lining.
Corn Fed Beef – cattle are supposed to eat grass. Farmers are needing to fatten them up quickly to get them to market faster. They are using grains and corn (maybe some of that new genetic corn) which means that we are not getting the nutrition we used to get. Like beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid (what is that?), calcium, magnesium and potassium along with lower omega-6s and lower in saturated fats that have been linked to heart disease.
Buy grass fed beef that can be found at places like Whole Foods, specialty grocers or farmers’ market.
Microwave Popcorn = There are chemicals that line the bag. The chemicals can cause liver, testicular and pancreatic cancer. The microwave process makes the chemicals vaporize and migrate into your popcorn.
They stay in your body for years and just accumulate. The big guys, such as DuPont have agreed to phase out the chemical PFQA by 2015. So, get you an air popper or do it the ol fashion way and use a skillet or pot. Use natural flavorings like real butter, dillweed, vegetable flakes or soup mixes.
Conventional grown potatoes not organic – as potatoes are planted, farmers are spraying them with fungicides and then sprayed with herbicides as they are harvested. Then they are treated again after that. Have you had any potatoes sprout lately in your pantry? Probably not. Go to local farmers market or Whole Foods to get your potatoes.
Farmed Salmon – Some of the salmon we eat have been harvested in pens. They are fed soy, poultry litter and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. I guess fish will eat anything. These farmed salmon contain carcinogens, pcbs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT. Farmed salmon mostly comes from Northern Europe. However, if you get wild caught Alaska salmon. If it says Atlantic, then it is farmed.
Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones = If you do not know but milk producers are treating dairy cattle with rBGH or rBST to boost production. However, it has been found that the human digestive tract does NOT breakdown these hormones. There is not enough proof that this is increasing cancer in humans but it is banned in most industrialized countries. So check the labels on the milk cartons and look to ensure that these hormones are not in the milk. Otherwise, you may want to switch to soy, almond or other varieties.
Conventional Apples – These are the most doused with pesticides. Apples do not resist pests very well so they are sprayed frequently. There are a number of studies that link a higher body of burden of pesticides with Parkinson’s disease. There are other studies that apple farmers are more exposed than used to be.
The best thing that can be done to apples right now is to wash them and then peel them. Otherwise, try and buy organic. Maybe.
If you are a boomer, all the food that we grew up on has changed drastically. The reason, of course, is the population explosion. I am sure that it is really hard for the farmers to keep up the pace with the costs, weather and other issues that confront them on a daily basis. But it is time for us to be diligent in what food we eat.
So hang in there, Skippy!
Food …. as the green future unfolds.