Happy Friday! 😀 Bring on the weekend, right?!
I left for work at 6:30am yesterday and didn’t walk in the door til 8pm! Loong day! Last evening was the Bariatric Surgery Support Group I lead and the turn out was excellent! My group continues to grow and I have learned SO much! While I think there’s a “right” and a “wrong” candidate for bariatric surgery, the bottom line is that people are going to get weight loss surgery somehow…some way. As a dietitian, it is my duty and my job to help these individuals make the right surgical or non-surgical decision for THEM and to help them adopt lasting lifestyle changes in their eating and exercise habits. It has been very rewarding once I was able to put personal biases aside.
Today I wanted to discuss an article called “The 7 Foods Experts Won’t Eat” . Seven different medical and nutrition experts each listed a different food they strictly forbid in their diet. I thought the list was not only interesting, but controversial and I was curious to hear some feedback from you all! So here it goes…
1. Canned tomatoes shunned by Fredrick vom Saal, PhD, an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol-A.
The issue: The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Unfortunately, acidity (a prominent characteristic of tomatoes) causes BPA to leach into your food. Studies show that the BPA in most people’s body exceeds the amount that suppresses sperm production or causes chromosomal damage to the eggs of animals .
The solution: Choose tomatoes in glass bottles.
2. Corn-fed beef shunned by Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farms and author of half a dozen books on sustainable farming.
The issue: Cattle evolved to eat grass, not grains . Grain-fed beef have less nutritional value and are higher in saturated fat than grass-fed beef.
The solution: Purchase and consume grass-fed beef.
3. Microwave popcorn shunned by Olga Naidenko, PhD, a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group.
The issue: Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans, according to a recent study from UCLA. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer .
The solution: Pop popcorn in a skillet.
4. Nonorganic potatoes shunned by Jeffrey Moyer, chair of the National Organic Standards Board.
The issue: Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil .
The solution: Buy organic.
5. Farmed salmon shunned by David Carpenter, MD, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany and publisher of a major study in the journal Science on contamination in fish.
The issue: Nature didn’t intend for salmon to be crammed into pens and fed soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. As a result, farmed salmon is lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT .
The solution: Switch to wild-caught Alaska salmon. If the package says fresh Atlantic, it’s farmed .
6. Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones shunned by Rick North, project director of the Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and former CEO of the Oregon division of the American Cancer Society .
The issue: Milk producers treat their dairy cattle with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST, as it is also known) to boost milk production .
The solution: Check labels for rBGH-free, rBST-free, produced without artificial hormones, or organic milk. These phrases indicate rBGH-free products .
7. Conventional apples shunned by Mark Kastel, former executive for agribusiness and codirector of the Cornucopia Institute, a farm-policy research group that supports organic foods .
The issue: Apples are heavily sprayed with pesticides.
The solution: Buy organic. Otherwise, wash and peel apples before eating.
Question: Do you avoid any of these 7 foods, too? Are there any you disagree with? Any changes you may make in your grocery purchases?
I think I will make apples and potatoes 2 produce items I purchase organic. I buy wild-caught fish and grass-fed beef, and I never eat popcorn. Canned tomatoes are a tough one, but if jarred tomatoes are safe…I can do that! And I always buy milk that does not contain rBGH-free.
Any fun weekend plans?
I can’t wait to relax!