Seven Foods Experts Won’t Eat by Liz Vacariello: A Short Review

In the food as in the health industry, profit can have a subversive effect on the health of the people. Yes, there is a place for healthy skepticism when it comes to the motives of the food and health industries around profit and where they put the health of the public in the hierarchy of things.  On this score, food production and processing is one area in which the buyer needs to look out for himself. Beyond certain broad regulatory parameters the industry looks out for the number one named profit after grabbing our elected reps by  the short hairs through greasy lobbyists.

That leaves the consumer to fend for himself. While cost of organically produced food is currently an inhibiting factor, it behooves the consumer to put the ultimate price tag on his or her health. Voting with one’s feet aided by creative alternatives is a way to start moving the needle in the right direction.

In this connection the article by Liz Vacariello of PREVENTION magazine makes  a very interesting read. People might be skeptical about her motivations or way of looking at the food industry and consumer health, but they should not entertain that to the point of throwing out the proverbial baby with the bathwater for reasons aforementioned.

What I find surprising is that she limited herself to just seven foods.  There is no way this list covers the entire list of foods that should be besmirched. Yes, the problems she adumbrates points to a bigger problem of the environment modern society is creating, but that should not stop people from minimizing the effects by taking small, finite steps. A cursory perusal of the food list shows that there about two or three that one can drop without breaking a sweat:

The Seven Foods Experts Won’t Eat:

1. Canned Tomatoes (Culprit: bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen in resin linings of tin cans)

2. Corn-fed beef (Culprit: Low nutrition, high fat and inflammatory Omega6s)

3.  Microwave popcorn (Culprit: Disease causing perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in the lining of the bag)

4.  Non-organic potatoes (Culprit: herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides absorbed from soil)

5.  Farmed salmon (Culprits: Low levels of vitamin D and high levels of contaminants,  carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT)

6.  Milk produced with artificial hormones (Culprits: Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST, as it is also known) which  leads to higher levels of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), high levels of which may contribute to breast, prostate, and colon cancers.)

7.  Conventional apples (Pesticides)

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