3. Microwaveable Popcorn
You may think microwaveable popcorn is a "healthy snack" but don't be fooled. Microwaves cause the chemicals in the bags to vaporize and migrate into the popcorn kernels. Then, the chemicals accumulate in your body, and they can stay there for years.
Some evidence links the chemicals in microwave popping bags to infertility as well as to liver, pancreatic and testicular cancers. Chemical manufacturers promised to remove these chemicals by 2015 under a voluntary agreement with EPA, but millions of these popcorn bags will still be sold before then.
Pop organic kernels the old-fashioned way - in a skillet. You can add some real butter and dried spices for flavor. To add a little healthy and delicious fat, you can use organic coconut oil. it doesn't smoke or burn when hot.
Eating a potato every once in a while isn't going to harm you, but don't make it a regular habit. Technically, potatoes are complex carbohydrates, but they act more like simple sugars in the body (which mean once eaten, they turn to sugar), and they cause spikes and drops in sugar, insulin and energy.
When, and if you do eat potatoes, make sure they are organic. They cost about $1-2 more per pound than conventional potatoes but are well worth the occasional splurge.
Most conventionally grown potatoes go through intense chemical treatments. As root vegetables, potatoes absorb herbicides, pesticides and fungicides that are present in the soil. Then, during the growing season, conventional farmers treat potatoes with a fresh round of fungicides. Next, they spray the potatoes with herbicides to kill off the vines before harvesting. Finally, after they dig up the potatoes, they spray them again to keep them from sprouting.
Try to get your potatoes to sprout by storing them in a dark pantry. If you can't get a potato to sprout, you shouldn't even think of eating it.
5. Farm-raised Fish
There are benefits in eating fish, and of course, the Mediterranean diet includes fish as a significant part of the diet, but you have to be careful about what kind of fish you buy, and Avoid Farm-raised Fish altogether.
For example, salmon in Fish Farms are crammed into small pens. They are feed soy, poultry droppings and hydrolyzed chicken feathers and waste. Salmon from farms contains just a small fraction of vitamin D compared to wild-caught Salmon, and farmed salmon have high levels of contaminants such as brominated fire retardants, dioxin and DDT.
Some of the most contaminated fish come from Northern Europe. Experts estimate that you can probably eat farmed salmon twice a year without accumulating contaminants in your body but any more than that, and you're playing with fire.
It's best to stick with wild-caught Alaska salmon. If the package says "fresh" Atlantic salmon, it means it come from a farm. There are no wild caught salmon from the Atlantic anymore.
Many celebrities are promoting milk these days and make it seem like it's important to drink milk in order to be healthy. The fact is you don't need milk beyond infancy, and if you do, cow's milk is not the best option.
Like most beef, regular milk contains loads of artificial hormones. In fact, milk producers treat their dairy cattle with synthetic recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) to boost milk production. This practice increases udder infections and puts pus in the milk. It's a nauseating fact, and it leads to higher levels of the hormone insulin-like growth factor in milk which may contribute to glandular cancers, like breast, colon and prostate cancers.
If you enjoy milk, drink raw milk. Of course, there are bureaucrats who think they are protecting us from bacteria in raw milk - a problem that hasn't existed since the 1920s, but this outdated regulation is still on the books. There are people who cross state lines or travel miles regularly to get raw milk. So far it's not a federal offense. If you don't live in or near a city or state where you can get raw milk, at least buy organic milk with the artificial hormones.
More than 90% of the soybeans grown around the world are genetically modified (GM), and GM soybeans are put into everything. Read your ingredient labels and you'll find soy in some form. Soy adds texture, bulk and protein which lends to its use in lots of processed foods from cereal bars to corn chips to chicken nuggets. Stay away from anything that contains GM soy or soybeans. Even so-called "healthy" veggie burgers and soy milk are GM soy, and it affects your hormonal balance. it may also increase your risk of cancer.
Fermented soy is the only kind of soy you should ever consider eating. Fermented soy is in traditional foods like tofu, tempeh and soy sauce, but make sure to buy brands made with organic soybeans. Otherwise, you can guarantee they used GM soybeans to make their products.
Avoiding these seven foods will be significant contributions to a healthier body and wouldn't it be worth trying to feel better whenever you can?