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Seven experts in fields pertaining to both food and the environment answered one simple question: “What foods do you avoid?” Their answers, published in an article entitled “7 Foods the Experts Won’t Eat” on Yahoo! Shine, will make you re-think food. When it comes to food and its affect on your health and the health of this planet, this is what they answered:
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1. Canned Tomatoes

The Reason: Tin cans are lined with a resin that contains the synthetic estrogen bisphenol-A, which has been linked to a slew of health problems including heart disease, diabetes, reproductive problems, and obesity. But that’s not the biggest problem. The acid in tomatoes breaks down that bisphenol-A, leaching it into the food, and not just in insignificant amounts. According to the article, Saal comments that “you can get 50 mcg of BCA per liter out of a tomato can, and that’s a level that is going to impact people, particularly the young.” That’s why he’s not touching the stuff.

The Solution: If you l0ve the taste of “canned” tomatoes but prefer to skip the bisphenol-A, select glass bottles instead.

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2. Corn-Fed Beef

The Reason: Cattle are naturally grass eaters… not grain eaters. In order to fatten the animals (and profit margins), farmers feed them corn and soybeans. And while the farmers are beefing up their earnings, they are minimizing the nutritional benefits. The article mentions the findings from a recent USDA-conducted study comparing corn-fed beef and grass-fed beef showing that grass-fed beef is “higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), calcium, magnesium, and potassium; lower in inflammatory omega-6s; and lower in saturated fats that have been linked to heart disease.”

The Solution: Pretty straight forward: Opt for grass-fed beef instead.
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3.Microwave Popcorn

The Reason: It’s not the popcorn itself, but the chemically-saturated lining of the bag including a compound called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) that, according to a recent study from UCLA, may be linked to infertility. Microwaving vaporizes the chemicals as they move from coating the bag to lining the popcorn. But it’s not like this fact is un-acknowledged. In fact the article points out that DuPont, as well as other manufacturers, have “promised to phase out PFOA by 2015 under a voluntary EPA plan, but millions of bags of popcorn will be sold between now and then.”

The Solution: Pop your own popcorn the way they did it in the olden days–in a pot.
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4. Conventionally Grown (Not Organic) Potatoes

The Reason: Herbicides and pesticides may not be sprayed directly on root vegetables (since they’re underground), but they absorb the chemicals through the soil and water. Because potatoes are considered the nation’s most popular vegetable, producing a healthy crop is essential to keep up with demand. In order to maintain their health, the article exposes the scary fact that “they’re treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they’re dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting.” But here’s the scary thing, Moyer says that he’s talked to potato growers “who say point-blank they would never eat the potatoes they sell. They have separate plots where they grow potatoes for themselves without all the chemicals.”

The Solution: Another no-brainer— Only buy organic potatoes.
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5. Farmed Salmon

The Reason: When salmon is crammed into pens, fed soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers (obviously an unnatural environment for the up-stream swimmers), they’re levels of healthy vitamin D lowers as the contaminants increases. Those contaminants include carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides (like DDT). The article points out that DDT has been linked to both diabetes and obesity, quoting Carpenter in saying that “You can only safely eat one of these salmon dinners every 5 months without increasing your risk of cancer… It’s that bad.”

The Solution: Avoid farmed salmon and instead select wild-caught Alaskan salmon. But make sure the packaging reads “wild.” If it just says “fresh Atlantic,” according to the article, “it’s farmed.”
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6. Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones

The Reason: Unlike in the olden days when fresh milk was some of the purest nutrients you could get, dairy cows today are fed growth hormones like rBGH and rBST to increase milk production. Problem is, while they may be making more milk, they are also increasing their chances of udder infections (which can lead to pus in the milk). More than that, the article points out that high levels of IGF-1 from the rBGH may play a role in the development of breast, prostate, and colon cancers… which is why North says that “it’s banned in most industrialized countries.”

The Solution: Read the labels and be sure that your milk doesn’t contain rBGH or rBST and that it is labeled organic or “produced without artificial hormones.“
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7. Conventional Apples

The Reason: Apples are the recipient of the most pesticides of all Fall fruits. Chemical producers swear that the residue is not harmful for human consumption, but the Yahoo! Article goes on to quote Kastel in saying that “Farm workers have higher rates of many cancers.”

The Solution: Buy organic apples where available or at least thoroughly wash and peel apples before eating them.
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Grow my own, no pesticides, natural fertilizers (worm castings) from my own bins, my own compost, rain water from barrels whenever possible.

Monsanto, Bayer, kiss my ass.

The popcorn, well, we all have our shame.
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You know, this info sucks because I eat a fair amount of salmon and mahi mahi and the wild caught is a ****load more expensive. I mean, we're not talking a *little* more expensive. We're talking like 10x more expensive. I used to buy the wild exclusively, and then just recently bought a big bag of the farmed. I got a bag of the farmed for SO much cheaper and I just reasoned to myself, "How much difference could there REALLY be? Fish is fish, right?" So I bought the farmed.

Guess I'm going back to the wild caught, and just not having it as often.
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Grow my own, no pesticides, natural fertilizers (worm castings) from my own bins, my own compost, rain water from barrels whenever possible.

Monsanto, Bayer, kiss my ass.

The popcorn, well, we all have our shame.
Well, I don't compost (live in a townhouse with dogs and neighbors running around LOL) and I can't really farm much where I'm living now either. But I do get my meat and produce from local, organic farmer co-ops in the spring/summer/fall. I'm going to grow some bell peppers in pots this year though, because I never have them when I want them. I might do some tomatoes too. And get a lemon tree. And an herb garden of course. (my herb garden last fall failed miserably LOL) But all of that was planned prior to reading this.

I used to eat microwave popcorn, but now I eat air popped. With the news of my gluten intolerance, it's pretty much eliminated any ability to eat processed food. Which is fine, I had already very nearly cut it out. But then I had to cut out the few remaining things I was eating for convenience - microwave popcorn being one of them.
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Well, I don't compost (live in a townhouse with dogs and neighbors running around LOL) and I can't really farm much where I'm living now either. But I do get my meat and produce from local, organic farmer co-ops in the spring/summer/fall. I'm going to grow some bell peppers in pots this year though, because I never have them when I want them. I might do some tomatoes too. And get a lemon tree. And an herb garden of course. (my herb garden last fall failed miserably LOL) But all of that was planned prior to reading this.

I used to eat microwave popcorn, but now I eat air popped. With the news of my gluten intolerance, it's pretty much eliminated any ability to eat processed food. Which is fine, I had already very nearly cut it out. But then I had to cut out the few remaining things I was eating for convenience - microwave popcorn being one of them.
My herb garden failed last year too. Too much rain.

You can grow quite a number of veggies in pots, just make sure whatever tomatos you grow are "determinate" in size. Indeterminate, and you may need a machete to get to your door.

Health issues of my own have curtailed certain foods, but we eat fairly healthy to begin with. Gluten allergies can make life difficult, along with my alergy to herbecious pepper (black, white and red) so yes, processed foods go on the nope list.

I don't do the popcorn too often. But buttery fingers is an indulgence.
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