Various shelves throughout every aisle of your grocery store
are stocked with wolves in sheep's clothing. Colorful packaging,
appetizing pictures, and nutrition claims hide the truth:
unhealthy chemicals are lurking in many these seemingly
harmless foods. Here are some tips to help you steer clear
of hidden toxins that masquerade as safe products.
1. Stay away from processed
meats like bacon, hot dogs, and sausage. Sodium
nitrate accounts for their appetizing red hue, but this
additive can also cause the formation of nitrosamines in
your system, which can lead to cancer.
2. Stick to low-mercury fish like tilapia instead
of swordfish or tuna. Overexposure can cause memory problems,
fatigue, and other health issues, and besides, most wild
fish stocks are threatened these days. (Looking for an alternative?
the fish you've never heard of.) Try our mercury
calculator to find out your mercury exposure through
various types of fish.
3. Reduce the amount of canned food you consume. Cans
are commonly lined with bisphenol-A, an organic compound
that, according to the Lang study, may be associated with
diabetes and heart disease.
4. Cut back on meat and dairy products. These animal
products may contain trace amounts of harmful contaminants
diphenyl ethers, polychlorinated biphenyl and dioxins.
Although many of these toxins
have been banned, they are still present in the soil. Reducing
your intake of animal products is also more friendly to
5. Skip the
diet soda and artificial
sweeteners. Prolonged exposure to aspartame,
a neurotoxic chemical additive in these products, can lead
to nerve cell damage, dizziness, and headaches. Besides,
anything that gives rats brain tumors is worth avoiding
in my book.
6. If you must eat farmed fish, choose it carefully.
Studies show that farm-raised
fish contain more polychlorinated biphenyl and over
ten times the amount of dioxin.
7. Avoid manufactured snacks. Hydrogenated
oils are used to lengthen the shelf life of products
like crackers and cookies, but they are also associated
with diabetes and heart disease. Another reason to stay
away from the middle aisles: snack foods are generally loaded
with salt, corn syrup and other unhealthy ingredients.
8. Stay away from artificially-colored
foods like candy, maraschino cherries, and gelatin.
Mice and rats exposed to blue 1 and 2, red 3 and yellow
6 suffered from brain, adrenal gland, thyroid, and kidney
9. Always buy organic
produce. This one's a no-brainer, but the list wouldn't
be complete without it. Lingering pesticides can lead to
nervous and reproductive system damage, not to mention cancer.
10. Use stainless steel or cast iron cookware to prepare
your meals and never use a microwave. The Teflon
used to create nonstick surfaces can release noxious gases
when exposed to high temperatures, which puts you at risk
ovens heat food through a process of creating molecular
friction which quickly destroys the delicate molecules of
vitamins and phytonutrients (plant medicines) naturally
found in foods. One study showed that microwaving vegetables
destroys up to 97% of the nutritional content (vitamins
and other plant-based nutrients that prevent disease, boost
immune function and enhance health).