Food Safety Experts Say
They Won't Eat These 7 Foods
Want to know the foods that the food safety experts
wont eat? Prevention
Magazine decided to ask. They posed the question, What
foods do you avoid? to the people whose work is to uncover
what's safe to eat or not. Here's what they said:
1. Canned Tomatoes
Fredrick vom Saal, PhD, who studies bisphenol-A
(BPA), says the linings of tin cans contain BPA, a synthetic estrogen
linked to reproductive problems, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
The acidity in tomatoes causes BPA to leach into food.
2. Corn-Fed Beef
Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farms says cattle evolved to
eat grass, not grains. Farmers today feed cows corn and soybeans
to fatten them faster. A USDA
study found that grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene,
vitamin E, omega-3s, calcium, magnesium and potassium; lower in
inflammatory omega-6s; and lower in saturated fats.
3. Microwave Popcorn
Olga Naidenko, PhD, with the Environmental
Working Group says chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic
acid, in the lining of the microwave
popcorn bags, are part of compounds that may be linked to
infertility in humans. In animal testing, the chemicals cause
liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer.
4. Non-organic Potatoes
Jeffrey Moyer, chair of the National
Organic Standards Board says potatoes are treated with fungicides
during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides. Then
potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting.
5. Farmed Salmon
David Carpenter, MD, wrote a study in the journal Science on contaminated
fish. He says fish shouldnt be jammed into pens and fed
soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. As a result,
salmon is lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including
brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and
6. Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones
Rick North, from the Campaign
for Safe Food, says milk producers treat dairy cattle with
recombinant bovine growth hormone(rBGH). And rBGH
increases udder infections and even pus in the milk. It leads
to higher levels of the hormone insulin-like growth factor(IGF-1).
In people, high levels of IGF-1 may contribute to breast, prostate,
and colon cancers.
7. Non-organic Apples
Mark Kastel, from the Cornucopia
Institute, says apples are sprayed very frequently. The industry
maintains that these residues are not dangerous. But Kastel counters
that it's common sense to minimize exposure by avoiding the most
sprayed produce, like apples.
For a list of the top 12
most pesticide contaminated foods, click here for the "Dirty
Reference Sources: examiner.com
December 21, 2009