The best foods to eat are organic and rarely should contain additives. Here are seven foods you should never eat and other alternatives for a healthier lifestyle for you and your family:
1. Conventional Apples
Conventional apples are sprayed with the most pesticides of almost any fruit because their growing method means they don’t develop natural pest resistance.
Make the switch: Buy organic apples! If you can’t afford organic, be sure to wash and peel apples before eating (although that won’t rid the fruit of all pesticides).
2. Conventionally Grown Potatoes
Potatoes take up and store more of the chemical fertilizers, fungicides and pesticides that conventional farmers spray on their crops. Also,conventional potatoes are treated with another chemical to prevent them from sprouting on the shelf. Even scrubbing and washing the potato won’t get rid of the chemicals!
Make the swap: Buy organic potatoes—even frozen ones.
3. Corn- Fed Beef
The biggest problems with corn-fed beef is with the corn. Eating corn actually makes the cattle sick, requiring that farmers dose them with high levels of antibiotics. But feeding corn to cows isn’t just bad for the cows; it’s bad for the environment. Conventionally grown corn requires tons of fertilizers and pesticides that pollute the environment.
Make the swap: Buy grass-fed beef instead of corn-fed. Look for cheaper cuts on the bone to help offset the premium price for grass-fed beef.
4. Canned Tomatoes
The resin used to line tin cans to protect from corrosion by the acid in tomatoes contains bisphenol-A, or BPA, which acts as a synthetic estrogen in the body. It can cause a variety of problems, like chromosomal and reproductive system abnormalities, impaired brain and neurological functions, cancer, cardiovascular system damage, adult-onset diabetes, early puberty, obesity and resistance to chemotherapy. Unfortunately, the acidity of tomatoes helps break down the BPA which leaches into the food, making canned tomatoes one of the biggest culprits when it comes to ingesting BPA.
Make the swap: The best solution is to look for brands sold in glass jars or Tetra Pak boxes.
5. Microwave Popcorn
Chemicals like perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) found in the lining of the bag and diacetyl, which is used in the butter flavoring, could cause major health problems. Microwaving these chemicals causes them to vaporize, and then the miniature particles can make their way into your popcorn and your lungs if you inhale the steam from the bag.
Make the swap: Pop your own kernels the old fashioned way. You’ll be able to add your own natural seasonings, and as a bonus, unpopped popcorn kernels are dirt cheap.
6. Milk With rBGH
rBGH stands for recombinant bovine growth hormone, and it’s given to dairy cows to boost their milk production. But, it’s been shown to increase udder infections and even lead to pus in the milk! It also increases a hormone called insulin-like growth factor, which is thought to be linked to an increased risk for breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer and early puberty.
7. Farmed Salmon
Farmed salmon live in horrible conditions. In addition to overcrowding, farm salmon are fed a diet of soy, poultry litter (which means chicken poop) and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. They also have been found to be contaminated with all kinds of chemicals. The Environmental Defense Fund lists farmed salmon as an eco-worst choice.
Make the swap: Look for wild-caught Alaskan salmon. The brand Wild Catch is almost the only brand which sells canned wild salmon.
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