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The 7 Most Toxic Foods in Your Grocery Store


With all of the conflicting dos and don’ts of diets these days, it’s nice to get some clear guidance. This list from Prevention explains the dangers of common food items such as canned tomatoes, microwave popcorn and non-organic potatoes. And while we’re sure we could think of several foods to add to this list of dietary no-nos, it’s certainly not a bad start.

1. Microwave popcorn: In addition to the butter in microwave popcorn being linked to Alzheimer’s Disease, the chemicals used in microwave popcorn accumulate in your body and stay there for years to come. Read More.

2. Non-organic potatoes: Most conventional potatoes don’t sprout—and that should tell you something! When grown conventionally, these porous root veggies are doused with herbicide, pesticide and fungicides prior to being harvested. Post-harvest, they’re drenched once more to prevent sprouting. Ew. Read More.

3. Farm-raised salmon:We’ve talked about farm-raised salmon before, so it’s no secret that we’re adamantly opposed. But this paints an even bleaker picture than we thought. Read More.

4. Hormone-laced milk: In his interview with Prevention, Rick North, project director of the Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, pointed out that “when the government approved rBGH, it was thought that IGF-1 from milk would be broken down in the human digestive tract,” but unfortunately, the casein in the milk protects it, so it’s never fully broken down. Most conventional farmers treat their cows with rBGH in hopes of increasing milk production, but, in addition to pumping the American public full of hormones, it also leads to some pretty foul side effects for the cows. Read More.

5. Conventional apples: Not only do you have to be on the lookout for GMO apples these days, apples are among the most sprayed fall fruits. Read More.

6. Corn-fed beef: Sure, some might marvel at the marble, but when you see a picture of grain or corn-fed beef next to grass-fed beef, there’s a notable difference in favor of grass-fed. Read More.

7. Canned tomatoes: This isn’t your run-of-the-mill BPA scare. Not only do canned tomatoes come in cans lined with BPA, the acidic nature of tomatoes leaches the BPA from the lining of the can, causing greater amounts of the endocrine disruptor to end up in the food you eat. How much BPA can you find in a can of tomatoes? That number is alarming… Read More.


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7 responses to “The 7 Most Toxic Foods in Your Grocery Store”

  1. mike kosturko says:

    Hello: I appreciate your Live in the Now articles very much. Your recent comments about micro wave popcorn and tomatoes in BPA lined cans was particularly alarming. My wife is an O. Reddenbacher consumer and we do use canned tomatoes. I noted that Bush baked beans seem to have the same can lining. Do Bush beans pose similar health threats? Do any of these companies plan to remedy this source of harmful contamination? I look forward to and appreciate your reply. ~ Mike Kosturko

    • Casie Terry says:

      Hi Mike,

      Im hesitant to tarnish the Bush name without knowing for sure, but I will say that most canned products do in fact come in BPA-lined cans. To my knowledge, these companies are not planning to change their ingredients for products—but here’s hoping I’m wrong! In the meantime, there are several companies that offer BPA-free products. Check into Eden Organics — we wrote a great piece about their dedication to clean ingredients a while ago that I think you’ll enjoy

  2. gary gill says:

    You’ve got to be kidding, right? You better go and read up more on chemistry to understand what chemicals do and don’t do to food. Your “chicken little” hysteria clear indicates that you haven’t a clue about what you are talking about. Organic food is unsustainable and unsafe as well (unless it is boiled for ground vegetables) in most applications.

    But by all means, if you can afford the high price shenanigans known as “organic” then go for it and feel good about thinking you’re better than everyone else. We’ll just keep on laughing.

    • Casie Terry says:

      Hi Gary,

      Thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately there is too much science to ignore the fact that conventionally raised chicken comes with several health risks. I’d certainly encourage you to do some independent research. Feel free to shoot us an email if you have any additional feedback. All our best!