What Chemicals Are in Food? Simple Solutions to Avoid Harmful Toxins in Food

By Melinda Wenner Moyer, "How you can avoid BPA, mercury, pesticides and more chemicals in your food.," September/October 2011

How you can avoid BPA, mercury, pesticides and more chemicals in your food.

"Thank you for this article. This has long been a concern for our family. Luckily my in-laws raise grass fed beef, chicken, and organic pork. I would love a source for more food companies that have eliminated BPA and other toxins from...

More on the Potential Dangers of Phthalates

Swan has also found that men with higher levels of phthalates in their blood are more likely to have thicker waists and insulin resistance, a strong predictor of type 2 diabetes. And a 2011 study published by other researchers at Mt. Sinai found that children who had been exposed to high levels of phthalates in the womb were more likely to show signs of behavioral impairment—attention problems, aggression and disruptive behavior—during their early school years.

The good news is that, as Rudel’s study suggests, phthalates do not stay in our bodies for long—we clear them within hours—and limiting them in our diets may significantly reduce our levels. Upon reading about her study, I, too, made a commitment to opt for fresh, unpackaged, minimally processed foods whenever possible—and not just for three days. Making this change wasn’t easy. I started buying celery and carrots at the farmers’ market instead of commercially wrapped at the grocery store and baking homemade granola bars instead of buying them. This not only made me feel good about reducing my exposure to phthalates—everything tasted better. Plus, I also loved knowing exactly where the food my family was eating was coming from.

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