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7 foods you should never eat

March 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Here’s a great post about seven foods you should never eat. Mostly because of high levels of contaminates and chemicals, which can lead to all sorts of health problems.  I won’t go into the studies and reasons why each one is on the list (you can read the original article for that).  I just wanted to give you the list.  So here it is:

  1. Canned tomatoes
  2. Corn-fed beef
  3. Microwave popcorn
  4. Non-organic potatoes
  5. Farmed salmon
  6. Milk produced with artificial hormones
  7. Non-organic apples

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mmmm, newspaper ink

March 8, 2011 Leave a comment

I heard an interesting program on BBC Radio 4 this morning about toxins from packaging potentially leaking into your food.  The main culprit is recycled cardboard.  It if is recycled from newspaper, the toxins in the ink can potentially get into your food at dangerously high levels.  And the longer it sits on the shelf the more ink leaks in. 

Some companies are taking action and making sure that their packaging doesn’t have mineral oils, which are the chemicals from the ink.  At its worst, significant ingestion of mineral oils can cause the inflammation of internal organs and even cancer.  The best course of action is to check companies’ websites to see if you can find information on their packaging.  Otherwise, buy the freshest possible products – the more time they sit on the shelf, the more time there is for toxins to seep in.  There’s also a good article here with more information.

the dirty dozen and clean fifteen

April 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Ever wonder whether to buy organic or not?  Is it worth the extra money?  I like using this popular ‘dirty dozen’ list as a guide to what’s worth buying organic and what’s not.  This list ranks fruits and vegetables by pesticide contaminates (from most to least).

So, the dirty dozen have the most pesticide and would be best to buy organic because it means you’ll be eating less chemicals.  The clean fifteen have the least pesticide and are fine to buy non-organic.

The full list comes from US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration and is based on 87,000 pesticide tests between 2000 and 2007.

The Dirty Dozen (from most pesticide contaminates):
1.    Peach
2.    Apple
3.    Sweet Bell Pepper
4.    Celery
5.    Nectarine
6.    Strawberries
7.    Cherries
8.    Kale
9.    Lettuce
10.    Grapes – Imported
11.    Carrot
12.    Pear


The Clean Fifteen (from least pesticide contaminates):
1.    Onion
2.    Avocado
3.    Sweet Corn – Frozen
4.    Pineapple
5.    Mango
6.    Asparagus
7.    Sweet Peas – Frozen
8.    Kiwi
9.    Cabbage
10.    Eggplant
11.    Papaya
12.    Watermelon
13.    Broccoli
14.    Tomato
15.    Sweet Potato