During the holiday season there are a few foods that we have come to enjoy and expect. Unfortunately many of these favourites are in a list of dangerous and just plain icky, that are best avoided.
If you know what to look for, you CAN still enjoy all these party favourites.
Cranberry Sauce, Creamed Corn, Pumpkin Pie† and Soft Drinks
The one thing that all these delightful foods have in common is that they come in cans. Most cans are lined with Bisphenol A (BPA), or Bisphenol S (BPS).† BPS is also found in many plastic containers.
In a host of studies on animals and humans, BPS has been linked to obesity, neurological issues, thyroid disruption, breast cancer, prostate cancer, reproductive abnormalities, brain tumours, chronic inflammation, heart disease and diabetes.
Itís especially harmful to prenatal babies and very young children. For this reason many countries including the US and Canada have banned BPS in baby bottles and baby foods. Donít think that just because you bought organic soup from a health conscious company that the can is BPS free. There is no guarantee.
There is so much BPS being used world wide that it is also contaminating the environment.† Everyone has some BPS in them, even if you donít use cans, so it is worth while avoiding any extra when you can.
Therefore avoid canned food and polycarbonate plastic containers (which shares resin identification code 7 with many other plastics) unless the packaging indicates the plastic is bisphenol†A-free. To avoid the possibility of BPA or BPS leaching into food or drink, the National Toxicology Panel recommends avoiding microwaving food in plastic containers, putting plastics in the dishwasher, or using harsh detergents.
The easy way to deal with this is to cook food from scratch.† Believe me, itís worth it.† Pumpkins and cranberries are amazing powerfoods with many health benefits.† Click here for a sugar-free cranberry sauce and healthy drinks.
Platters of Toxins Ė the Trouble with Shrimp
Have you ever been to a party with a huge platter of tasty shrimp on display?† Chances are 80-90% that those scrimp were produced in toxic ponds in Asia or Latin American.
Many people, like me, naively think that farmed shrimp come from the ocean where they use nets to contain them, but in fact they probably come from converted rice fields and mangrove swamps.
Millions of shrimp are crowded into ponds which have little fresh water or drainage and no symbiotic species so they must sit and grow in their own waste. They are fed artificial feed and chemical additives. To contain the inevitable disease growth these ponds must be pumped with chorine, antibiotics, pesticides and fungicides.
These intensive shrimp operations produce an amazing 40,000 kilograms of shrimp per acre. They last for only seven years before the level of pollution and pathogens within the pond reaches a point where shrimp can no longer survive.
Scientists say that over time, eating seafood contaminated with such chemicals could cause anaemia, cancer and even birth defects. North American caught and farmed shrimp is carefully controlled so is safer but so much is imported that regulatory agencies cannot test or control it all. The laws on labeling vary for different situations so read labels carefully or specifically ask the restaurant or caterer.
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