What’s the one food you refuse to eat? Peas, tofu, liver and onions? Whatever it is, it’s probably because you don’t like the way it tastes, not necessarily because it contains ingredients suspected of causing cancer or because it was picked by farmers wearing Hazmat suits.
Yet, there are still a lot of those foods on store shelves, and food-industry insiders, who know what goes on behind the scenes, refuse to eat them. Take note so you, too, can avoid the worst of what grocery stores have to offer.
1. Canned Tomatoes
Danger of BPA
Of all fruits and vegetables, tomatoes fare the worst when stored in cans. This is because tomatoes are very acidic and the acidity will cause the chemical that lines the cans to permeate into the food. Cans are known to contain about 50mcg of the toxic bisphenol-A, or BPA, which can severely affect adults and especially children.
Consumer Reports’ latest tests of canned foods, including soups, juice, tuna, and green beans, have found that almost all of the 19 name-brand foods we tested contain some BPA.
Background: BPA is a toxic chemical linked to reproductive abnormalities, neurological effects, increased risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, heart disease and other serious health problems.
When food is stored in an aluminium can, over time, it will gather some of the aluminium that it is stored in. This is especially so with tomatoes with its high acidity.
To avoid the toxic BPA, avoid canned foods completely and consume fresh fruits and vegetables. Another way is to switch over to brands that use glass containers instead—especially for acidic foods like tomatoes.
2. Processed Meats
Deli meats, summer sausage, hot dogs, bacon, and many other meats sold at the grocery store are often loaded with sodium nitrite and other chemical preservatives that have been linked to causing heart disease and cancer
Indeed, a review of more than 7,000 clinical studies examining the connection between diet and cancer came to a stark conclusion: No one should eat processed meats at whatever amounts.
Quotes from report by the World Cancer Research Fund:
“There is strong evidence that … processed meats are causes of bowel cancer, and that there is no amount of processed meat that can be confidently shown not to increase risk … Try to avoid processed meats such as bacon, ham, salami, corned beef and some sausages.”
This is the biggest study ever done on processed meats and was funded by monies contributed from the general public. Thus, not influenced by any corporate vested interests. From the study, it is clear that no amount of processed meats is good for your health.
If you eat meat, stick with uncured, nitrite and nitrate-free varieties, and preferably those that come from organic, grass-fed animals.