In a recent Food Matters article, seven nutritionists, doctors and farmers were asked which foods they avoid. Their answers reflected their expert knowledge on how certain seemingly healthy foods are produced and packaged. Their answers are below:
Canned tomatoes: Tin cans are lined with a resin containing BCA, which can be linked to heart disease and infertility. This is especially problematic with canning tomatoes, because tomatoes easily break down BCA.
Conventional beef: Cows raised on conventional farms are fed grain, corn and soy. Because cows are meant to eat grass, conventional meat is nutritionally inferior to grass-fed beef. Grass-fed beef is higher in important vitamins, minerals, and heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory fats.
Microwave popcorn: Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) lines microwave popcorn bags, and the heat in microwaves leaches the acid directly onto the popcorn. PFOA has been linked to infertility.
Conventional potatoes: Non-organic potatoes are heavily sprayed with herbicides, pesticides and fungicides.
Farmed salmon: Because farmed salmon is fed everything from soy to hydrolyzed chicken feathers and pellets, studies have shown that the fish have high levels of DDT and PCB (which are carcinogens). Also, these fish don’t have the same levels of omega 3 and vitamin D that make wild salmon so healthy.
Conventional milk: Dairy cows are fed growth hormones to maximize milk production. Not only have these hormones have been linked to breast, prostate and colon cancer, but they also lead to increased incidences of udder infection in the cows, leading to pus in the milk.
Conventional apples: Apples are the fruit that is most heavily and frequently doused with pesticides.