More Sh*t To Avoid…..

More Sh*t To Avoid is the second posting about sh*t I’m never eating again.  Wondering what the first posting was?  Read this post titled appropriately enough Sh*t I’m Never Eating Again and you will see what is and is not being consumed by me, although mostly NOT being consumed.

A couple of days ago I received an email from Food Matters titled 7 Supermarket Foods To Avoid.  Obviously I was intrigued by the title alone but I also wanted to see what they thought should be avoided.  Since this is a plant-based website I was sure that I would not see things like:  Beef.  Sure enough it was the 2nd item listed, but not in a vegan/vegetarian way that said to just avoid beef altogether.  There were reasons behind it as well as the other 6 items and they all made sense to me.

Here are the 7 Supermarket Foods To Avoid:

1. Canned Tomatoes

An endocrinologist and expert on the topic of the synthetic oestrogen bisphenol-A (BCA), linked to heart disease and infertility, won’t go near canned tomatoes. Tin cans are lined with a resin containing BCA which is especially a problem with canning tomatoes, as the acid in tomato breaks this down in dangerous amounts. This is a serious health concern for everyone who loves a Spag Bol, especially children. My advice: if you still want the convenience of stored, ready-to-cook tomatoes, opt for sauces and passata in glass bottles.

If you are wondering what you can buy outside of the glass bottles I would suggest Pomi.  I have used their products for years because of a better taste but add in the fact that it is BPA free and the likelihood you will find this in my house increases even more.

2. Conventional Beef

For fat cows (and fat people) feed them grain, corn and soy. This is what farmers do to increase profits. The end product is meat that is nutritionally inferior. Cows were meant to eat grass. Studies show that grass-fed beef (compared to corn-fed) is higher in important vitamins, minerals and the heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory fats. Then there’s also the issue of all the antibiotics used on those inappropriately-fed, sick cows… My advice: Look for “grass-fed” or “pasture-fed” organic beef from strong healthy beasts.

I am a no meat athlete but I do not profess to anybody that living he no meat lifestyle is the only way to go.  If you do eat meat then make sure it is good for you in the sense that it is grass-fed and not corn-fed so that you get the nutrition that your body needs.

3. Microwave Popcorn

Another poisonous packaging issue: Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) lines the bags of those popcorn bags, and the heat in the microwave leaches this straight onto your movie munchies. The UCLA links this compound to infertility. My advice: Corn kernels + butter + sea salt + plus a big pot (with a lid!) Simple.

This is a popcorn house, well Karen is a popcorn fan.  I mean to the point that she has it every single night.  The beauty is that she does pop her own popcorn in a big pot.  She uses a dash of olive oil and corn kernels and then a dash of sea salt to finish it off.  Lately she has been dipping it into mustard and at first I was grossed out but have come to find out that it is quite tasty.  She used to buy microwave bags, but one day while I was grocery shopping I compared prices and found out that the kernels were much cheaper and converted and haven’t looked back.  So better for you and cheaper….do it now!

4. Conventional Potatoes

More than any other vegetable, non-organic potatoes are heavily sprayed with herbicides, pesticides and fungicides throughout every stage of their growth, harvesting and storage. So much so that potato growers never eat the potatoes they sell and grow their own separate plots without all the chemicals. My advice: Organic or Bio-dynamic potatoes only.

Pretty scary when potato farmers won’t even eat their own produce.  Off to make sure that the sweet potatoes that come into the house are organic.

5. Farmed Salmon

This is particularly scary considering that in Australia, the only fresh Salmon we have access to is farmed; all farmed, this includes “Atlantic” Salmon. These fish are crammed in pens and fed all manner of junk from soy and hydrolyzed chicken feathers and pellets. A scientific study on fish contamination showed high levels of DDT and PCB’s (carcinogens). So serious were the findings that the director for the Institute for Health warns that any more than one salmon meal every 5 months increases your cancer risk. Not to mention that fact that the levels of Omega 3 and Vitamin D are devoid in these poor factory-versions that their wild, up-stream-swimming ancestors contain. My advice: For fresh fish, choose small & wild varieties wherever available. For salmon in Australia, your only wild option is out of a tin. Look for brands like Paramount Wild Alaskan Salmon, or other brands form Norway and Canada are often wild too. Even still, eat these only occasionally.

Any more than 1 salmon meal every 5 months?  That is nuts.  And then the whole concept of eating salmon for Omega 3 and Vitamin D are out the window is crazy.  Is there a reason to eat farmed salmon at all?  Maybe wild is more expensive but in the long run your health costs would be diminished to the point that it would be cheaper than farm raised.

6. Conventional Milk

Dairy cows today are fed growth hormones to maximize milk production. Not only does this make for a potentially breast/prostate/colon cancer milk shake, but it also leads to increased incidence of udder infection for the poor cow, leading to pus in the milk. My advice: if you do drink cows’ milk, make sure it states clearly on the label that it is produced without artificial hormones, and ideally choose organic whole milk from pasture-fed cows.

I don’t eat cheese or consume dairy and this was a health choice after reading all these article about why cow’s milk is not all its cracked up to be.  Throw in the words PUS in the milk and I’m definitely not drinking this stuff ever again.

7. Conventional Apples

There’s no coincidence that farm workers have higher rates of many cancers. Of all common fruits, apples are the most heavily and frequently doused with pesticides. Pesticide reside on conventional fruits is also linked to Parkinson’s. To limit exposure, be wary of apples especially. My advice: Organic. Or at the very least, wash and peel.

I LOVE apples.  Love them, love them, love them.  Every grocery trip I get 3 apples and they are almost always Pink Lady.  Now I knew that the apple was one fruit at the top of the list of being sprayed with pesticides.  I also knew that washing it wasn’t enough but that didn’t stop me.  I always thought that the best part of the fruit was in the skin so I always ate that.  Now I will be buying organic apples only, even if that means going away from the Pink Lady.



I hope this helped and thank you for reading.

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  1. Jon says:

    This is the 2nd time I have read/heard about potatoes and apples as being sponges for pesticides :(

    I <3 pink lady apples too! Boo!

    MMMMmmmm, "breast/prostate/colon cancer milk shake", mmmmmmmm
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  2. Jeff Irvin says:

    You should do a post titled, “SH*T We Can Actually Eat …”

    Guessing it might be a short post! ha!
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  3. Mittel says:

    I am a meat lover but when it comes to selecting a type, I try to pick the best one which is healthy & ‘real’.
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  4. Jen says:

    Yep, yep. I’ve been avoiding these for a while now. The more I learn, the more my head wants to explode. I mean, it wasn’t enough to start eating healthier by incorporating apples, potatoes, salmon and even canned tomatoes in your diet – those can kill ya too. Ugh.

    But what can you do? Knowledge is power and all you can do is gather information and then make decisions. For myself and my family, our decision has been to buy organic when possible, eat as lean and clean as possible and avoid crap food, chemicals, processed foods and other poisons.
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  5. katie says:

    I’m starting to be convinced that basically no food is safe except dirt. And maybe not even that.
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  6. jen says:

    By the way, the tomato thing goes for all canned foods – which for some reason (DUH) I didn’t consider, so while I’ve been carefully avoiding tomatoes, I’ve still been using (organic) canned black beans and chickpeas. I guess going to the bagged dried legumes won’t just save me money but will save me from BPA.
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