Foods that experts do not eat

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For many reasons (economic and political) it has made us think that everything that is sold in the supermarket is good, clean, healthy, nutritious, suitable to feed our children.

However, an article published in American magazines ( and, among others) casts doubt on these ideas, showing the 7 food experts or eat.

1. The genetically modified organisms

Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception and founder of the Institute for responsible technology, suggests that GMOs require for its cultivation an enormous amount of herbicides that contaminate soil, water bodies, animals and human beings, resulting in these recent damage and genetic mutations. The GM crops are most common: corn, soy, potato, alfalfa, canola, papaya, rice, honey, pumpkin, tomato, tobacco and beans or beans.

Option: buy organic, plant your own garden or purchase rural cooperatives, and review labels. Some countries requires the producer to state whether it's a GMO. If no demand legislators (which in theory, represent the interests of those who elected) imposed a clear regulation on the labelling of food.

2. Canned tomatoes

Fredrick vom Saal, endocrinologist at the University of Missouri, expert on bisphenol researcher, explains the internal coverage of cans (and many other plastic packaging) is made from Bisphenol, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to problems of sterility, diabetes, obesity and heart attacks. Bisphenol reduces sperm production and damages the reproductive cells of animals. Particularly, the acidity of the tomatoes for that substance is released from the can.

The option: If you can sow them or buy them at an organic market, prefers those who come in tetra-pak or glass jar.

3. Beef fed with grains

Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farms and author of several books on sustainable farms explains why:
Most of the beef that we find in the supermarket is fed with a mixture that includes grains of corn, soybeans, and bird droppings. This makes the beef fattening faster, that there is more meat and lower the price. However, the nutritional concentration of this meat is poor: has very low levels of beta carotene, vitamin E, omega 3s, linoleic acid, magnesium and potassium. It also contains fats related to cardiovascular diseases. Salatin insists that the fact that cattle are herbivores must be respected.

Option: buy free grazing beef, usually the label specified you, and if not, ask the butcher. This meat is more expensive, which would reduce the consumption of meat. Where is visible, it is healthier in the long run.

4. Microwave Popcorn

Olga Naidenko, doctor in Sciences of Environmental Working Group, warns that popcorn bags contain chemicals such as the perfluoroctanoico acid (PFOA), which has been linked in a UCLA study with problems of infertility in women. When it has been tested in animals, causes cancer of the liver and pancreas. The microwave make the PFOA to evaporate and to accede to the food. This acid can not be metabolized, so it accumulates in the body. Companies such as DuPont plan eliminate it from their products until the year 2015, meanwhile, will remain.

Option: make them at home, to the former. Do not take more than five minutes and can saborizarse naturally with butter, spices, salt, dried herbs, muscovado sugar etc.

5. Salmon farm

David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany, has published numerous articles on fish contaminated in the Journal of Science. Carpenter insists that nature did not make salmon to live crammed in a farm eating soy, hydrolysed feather of bird guano. This power makes the salmon too little vitamin D, as well as build PCBs, carcinogens such as DDT, antibiotics and pesticides to combat the bacteria appearing in the farms, chemicals are passed directly to our body. The expert notes that most polluted salmon occurs in Northern Europe and is exported to America.

Option: eat local fish which, in addition to being more frescoes have been caught living in freedom. Alternatively, opt for the Alaska salmon.

6. Milk with hormones

Rick North, director of the project Campaign for Safe Food and the American Cancer Society.

Dairy farmers treat cows with growth hormones (rBGH or rBST) to accelerate the production of milk. However, this hormone causes the udder infections and increases the presence of pus in milk.

In addition, triggers the production of a hormone (IGF-1) which raises insulin. The growth hormone is related to breast, prostate and colon cancer. Previously it was believed the human body to synthesize that hormone, but is now known to be present in milk casein avoids breaking the molecule. For this reason, the rBST has been banned in many countries, however, not all countries have legislation in this regard.

Option: buy organic milk or produced without these chemicals (in some countries required clarification on the label).

7. Conventional apples

Mark Kastel, co-director of the Cornucopia Institute, points out that apples are fruits that receive more doses of pesticides.Of course, plants generate resistance to fungus and pests. This resistance is saved as information in the genetic material of the seeds. However, since the apples we eat come from many years of the same tree, that resistance has not gone to other generations of apples. This means that every year they have to spray with great amount of chemicals to combat pests and ensure production. The industry insists that these residues are not harmful, because it scans the contents of a single Apple-, however, when we eat them frequently, the diagnosis changes. It is verified that farmers who work with these pesticides develop levels higher and more aggressive cancer, in addition to pesticides have been intimately linked with Parkinson's disease.

Option: buy organic apples. If they are very expensive, be sure to wash them thoroughly and remove the shell, this slightly reduces the harmful effect.

Finally, one wonders why this information is not accessible to everyone. The answer give numerous activists is that industries have invested millions of dollars in research and infrastructure, so it disclose this information massively would make the investment is disposed of, besides that it would collapse the market.

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