Nutritionists with the help of experts from various fields of science have decided to expose food toxins and chemicals in the light of the day, and suggest simple substitutions for establishing cleaner eating habits and thus improving their own health. Experts endocrinologists, agronomists, toxologists and other colleagues explain why they would never eat one of these six foods.
Eating healthy means choosing fruits, vegetables and meat that are breeding and sold with minimal processing. In most cases, it is a so-called “organic” foods that very rarely (if any) contain additives. But very often, the methods of modern food producers are neither pure nor sustainable and result in damage to human health and the environment. It is precisely why the experts mentioned are asking questions about the safety of certain foods, and they are other than tips on how to avoid food, suggesting very healthy substitutions that will make you more satisfied and healthier.
- Endocrinologists would never … eat canned tomatoes
Answer of Frederick Vom Saal, an endocrinologist from the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol A.
Problem: The composition of the can in which are stored tomatoes includes bisphenol A, synthetic estrogen, which is associated with reproductive system diseases, heart disease and obesity. Tomato acidity affects the release of BPA into the contents of the can, while studies show that this substance in most people exceeds the permitted limits and may affect reduced sperm production and cause damage to the egg chromosomes.
Solution: Purchase tomatoes in glass container, as this type of packaging does not contain BPA.
- Farmers would never … eat cattle fed with maize
Answer of Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farms and author of several books on sustainable livestock farming
Problem: Cattle evolved to eat grass, not cereals. However, modern farmers still feed their animals with corn and soybeans to quickly fertilize the animal. However, more money for cattle farmers and lower prices for beef at the store also mean much less nutritional value for humans. The recent USDA and Clemson University researchers have demonstrated that meat of cattle fed with grass, compared to cattle fed with corn, is richer in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), calcium , Magnesium and potassium, and contains less inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids and less saturated fats, which according to some studies are associated with heart disease.
Solution: Buy meat of cattle fed with grass. If you cannot find such meat in the supermarket, inform yourself in local shelters.
- Toxicologists would never … Eat popcorn baked in a microwave oven
Olga Naidenko, an Environmental Counselor from the Environmental Working Group, agrees
Problem: Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) is an integral part of a bag with “microwave popcorn” and a recent study from UCLA University says it belongs to the class of substances related to infertility in humans. Also, it has been proven that processing popcorn in microwaves simply “moves” these chemicals out of the bags into popcorn, and then into the human body, where they remain and accumulate for years.
Solution: Take an old pot, a little oil and a bag of organic corn seed. With a bit of effort and imagination you can create popcorn with home-made butter and with various aromas.
- Fishermen experts would never … eat breeding salmon
Answered by Dr. David Carpenter, Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany; Author of major studies on fish contamination, published in the journal Science
Problem: The natural salmon habitat is not a cage nor a natural nutrition of this kind includes soy and chicken scraps. The result of this kind of cultivation is salmon with less vitamin D and more contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs and pesticides such as dioxins and DDTs. Most of these fish come from northern Europe.
Solution: Try to get wild salmon. Guaranteed wild is the one imported from Alaska. Or get any other fish.
- Oncologists would never … use milk produced using growth hormones
It is the answer of Rick North, the campaign director for Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Problem: Milk producers treat their cattle with recombinant bovine growth hormone somatotropin (rBGH or rBST) to increase milk production. The same hormone causes infections and the appearance of pests in milk. Furthermore, the use of this hormone leads to an increase in insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in milk, which can affect men’s, prostate and colon cancer.
Solution: Buy organic milk, grown without hormones.
- Organic food experts would never … Get an apple from the supermarket
Mark Kastel, agronomist and former agro-businessman, now one of Cornucopia’s institute managers, a group of researchers promoting the importance of organic food
Problem: If there was a competition in pesticides, the apple would win the first place. Why? In order to retain a characteristic taste, apples are subjected to individual vaccination, which makes them very unsuitable for pests. That’s why they are most often “spotted”, which apple producers do not of course consider to be harmful. Castro does not agree and adds that farm workers usually have a greater chance of cancer, while recent studies link the increased burden of body pesticides with the onset of Parkinson’s disease.