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9 Dangerous Holiday Foods

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9 Dangerous Holiday Foods

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.

shrimp platter

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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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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1:37PM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Thanks! Sharing

3:09AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Interesting.........thanks for helping!

5:53PM PST on Dec 16, 2012


1:29PM PST on Dec 15, 2012

I recently discovered I can buy a 250 gram (about 1/2 a pound) package of frozen, cooked coldwater shrimp at IKEA for CDN$5.49.

3:11AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

Interesting article...too bad about the always has to know the sources and trusted ones in this day and age. Nothing like an organic garden be it veggies, fruit, meat and cooking from scratch and avoiding if at all possible the nasty processed foods.

12:47AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

Nooooo! not cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie!! Lucky it's only once or twice or maybe three times a year. And maybe a few second helpings.

6:41PM PST on Dec 14, 2012

Thank you.

1:32PM PST on Dec 14, 2012

The shrimp information was highly disturbing. Thank you for reminding us all why it is so important to make conscious choices.

1:31PM PST on Dec 14, 2012

The shrimp facts were highly disturbing. Thanks for reminding me why it is so important to make conscious choices.

12:38PM PST on Dec 14, 2012

Thanks for reminder!

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