Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Eating More Healthier in the New Year

There was a recent article my husband sent me, probably from Yahoo!, regarding foods that food experts won't eat. This is just a quick summary (#5 is the worse!). These are food experts that are at the front of food safety. What foods do they avoid?

1. Canned tomatoes. The resin linings of tin cans contain a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to many ailments, made worse by acidity. Makes growing and canning your own tomatoes very important!

2. Corn-fed Beef. Cattle eat grass, not grains. Today's farmers feed their animals corn and soybeans to fatten them up faster. Cows are herbivores and that does not mean feeding them corn and chicken manure. Buy grass-fed beef.

3. Microwave Popcorn. Chemicals in the lining of the bag are linked to infertility and cancer and accumulate over years. There are voluntary phase outs but they're not effective until 2015. Pop the old fashioned way.

4. Nonorganic Potatoes. Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides and fungicides that wind up in soil. These potatoes won't sprout and spoil quickly. Potato farmers grow their own potatoes to eat separately without all the chemicals. Washing or peeling isn't good enough. Buy organic.

5. Farmed Salmon. Nature didn't intend for salmon to be crammed into pens, fed soy, poultry litter or chicken feathers. Farmed salmon is high in contaminants, carcinogens, PCBs, bominated flame retardants, antibiotics and pesticides. You can only safely eat one of these salmon dinners every five months without increasing your risk of cancer. Look for wild-caught Alaskan. If it says Atlantic it's farmed. There are no commercial fisheries left for wild Atlantic salmon.

6. Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones. Dairy cattle treated with hormones boost milk production but also udder infections, pus, and a hormone that contributes to different cancers. When the government approved this milk it thought the hormone would be broken down in the human digestive tract but the casein in milk protects most of it. Check for labels with rBGH free, rBST free, or produced without artificial hormones.

7. Conventional Apples. If fruits held a "most doused in pesticides contest," apples would win. Apples descend from a single tree so that each variety maintains its distinctive flavor. As such, apples don't develop resistance to pests and are sprayed frequently. The industry maintains that these residues are not harmful, but apple workers have a higher rate of many cancers and studies are linking this with Parkinson's disease. Buy organic. Or wash and peel.


Becky said...

Yep...knew this. Sometimes I'm better than others. I always buy wild salmon and pop my own popcorn. Depending how rich I am in a particular week I will buy organic apples and potatoes. I always buy milk without artificial hormones and we don't eat beef...only buffalo, but the canned tomatoes I didn't really know. Makes sense. Wish organic was cheaper.

LL said...

WOW!!! this causes me stress.
I better just stick to McDonalds :)

Jenny said...

Ditto LL.
(My aspirations of lower grocery bills just flew out the
But thanks.