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.
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.
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.