Smoking was proven to be cancer-causing, tanning beds were shown to be on par with arsenic, but what about canned tomatoes, corn-fed beef, conventionally grown potatoes? What would it take to convince you to clean out your pantry and change your eating habits?
1. Canned Tomatoes
Tin cans are lined with a resin that contains the synthetic estrogen bisphenol, which has been linked to a slew of health problems including heart disease, diabetes, reproductive problems, and obesity. In addition, the acid in tomatoes breaks down that bisphenol-A, leaching it into the food.
The Solution: If you love the taste of “canned” tomatoes but prefer to skip the bisphenol-A, select glass bottles instead.
2. Corn-Fed Beef
Cattle are naturally grass eaters… not grain eaters. In order to fatten the animals (and profit margins), farmers feed them corn and soybeans. And while the farmers are beefing up their earnings, they are minimizing the nutritional benefits.
The Solution: Pretty straight forward- opt for grass-fed beef instead.
3. Microwave Popcorn
It’s not the popcorn itself, but the chemically-saturated lining of the bag including a compound called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) that, according to a recent study from UCLA, may be linked to infertility.
The Solution: Pop your popcorn the way they did it in the olden days- in a pot.
4. Non-organic Potatoes
Herbicides and pesticides may not be sprayed directly on root vegetables (since they’re underground), but they absorb the chemicals through the soil and water. In order to maintain a potato’s health, the potatoes are treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting.. Once they’re dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting.”
The Solution: Another no-brainer; Only buy organic potatoes.
5. Farmed Salmon
When salmon is crammed into pens, fed soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers (obviously an unnatural environment for the up-stream swimmers), they’re levels of healthy vitamin D lowers as the contaminants increases.
The Solution: Avoid farmed salmon and instead select wild-caught Alaskan salmon. But make sure the packaging reads “wild.” If it just says “fresh Atlantic,” according to the article, “it’s farmed.”
6. Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones
Unlike in the olden days when fresh was some of the purest nutrients you could get, dairy cows today are fed growth hormones like rBGH and rBST to increase milk production. Problem is, while they may be making more milk, they are also increasing their chances of udder infections (which can lead to pus in the milk). More than that, high levels of IGF-1 from the rBGH may play a role in the development of breast, prostate, and colon cancers.
The Solution: Read the labels and be sure that your milk doesn’t contain rBGH or rBST and that it is labeled organic or “produced without artificial hormones.”
7. Conventional Apples
Apples are the recipient of the most pesticides of all Fall fruits. Chemical producers swear that the residue is not harmful for human consumption, but the Yahoo! Article goes on to quote Kastel in saying that “Farm workers have higher rates of many cancers.”
The Solution: Buy organic apples where available or at least thoroughly wash and peel apples before eating them.