If you are horrified by the idea of ingesting chemicals and toxins, you might want to check your fridge and pantry. The following 5 foods are riddled with harmful chemicals and toxins, and common enough to be stocked in most households.
1. Canned Tomatoes: BPA (bisphenol-A), a chemical added to the linings in tin cans, has been linked to health issues like reproductive problems, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Because of the highly acidic composition of tomatoes, BPA is even more readily absorbed when this fruit is canned. Consumers can avoid this potential health hazard by buying tomatoes stored in glass jars.
2. Corn-Fed Beef: While feeding corn to cows is a cost effective measure for farmers, the end result is not nearly as beneficial for consumers. Sure the beef is cheaper to produce and purchase, but it’s also significantly riddled with saturated fat and vitamin deficincies. When it comes to grass fed beef vs. corn fed beef, you definitely get what you pay for.
3. Microwave Popcorn: While we all love the smell and convenience of microwaved popcorn, the chemicals in the lining of the bag have been shown to cause infertility issues, as well as liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer! In the end, taking a little extra time to pop your own kernels will prove to be a much better decision.
4. Non-Organic Potatoes: As potatoes grow underground, they absorb more pesticides from the soil. Once they’re ready to be plucked from the Earth, these roots are treated with a secondary set of chemicals to prevent further “sprouting.” Organic is, without a doubt, the way to go.
5. Milk Made With Artificial Hormones: One of the more common practices for today’s dairy farmers is the utilization of growth hormones as a means to increase milk production. In this case, quantity wins over quality, as the milk is now laced with higher levels of hormone IGF-1, which can be cancerous. While growth hormones have been banned in most countries, they are still permitted in the US. The best way to avoid these toxins is to either go organic or spring for milk bottles with “RGBH-Free” or RBST-Free” printed on the labels.