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Dont Foods: Experts Weigh In on the Foods to Avoid

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Dont Foods: Experts Weigh In on the Foods to Avoid

As many lists as there are concerning foods to seek out for their nutritional excellence or cancer fighting compounds, there exist countless other lists of foods to avoid at all costs. There are the obvious ones, like shelf-stable, highly processed, beef jerky and caffeinated booze, and then there are the ones that tend to trip up the most conscientious consumers, like grapes, wheat flour, and tofu. Add on top of this a fair amount of controversy, as well as disparity, between experts and consumer advocates and you have a great deal of consumer confusion. That said, there are a few notable foods (both processed and not) that more than a handful of influential experts agree are verboten.

A site, not so subtly, called recently published a selection of foods, as dictated by food experts to be the foods to steer clear of at all costs, and they are:

1) Genetically Modified Foods: As Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception and founder of Institute for Responsible Technology tells it, GMO foods are all around bad for the environment, as well as those who choose to eat them. Smith claims that scientific studies have shown the RoundUp Ready genes in GMO foods to transfer to our intestinal flora and the pesticide producing genes, called Bt-toxins, to be present in both unborn fetuses and their mothers. In short, they pollute nearly everything they come in contact with. Common GMO foods are corn, soybeans, sugar beets, potatoes, alfalfa, canola, potato, papaya, rice, honey, squash, rapeseed, tomatoes, sweet corn, tobacco, peas, and there are more making their way. The alternative is to buy organic and/or local products that you can be sure are not impacted by genetic modification.

2) Canned Tomatoes: While there is nothing inherently wrong with canned tomatoes themselves, it is the lining of the cans that severely compromises the safety and integrity of the product. The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, and the acidity of the tomatoes causes the BPA to leach out of the lining into your food. Either buy fresh tomatoes or go for glass bottled, or jarred, tomato products.

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Apptit among other publications.


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12:26PM PST on Feb 4, 2013

@Anne G. that's my question too - are the tetrapaks of passata ok to use? I must avoid ingesting any synthetic or physiological oestrogen due to having oestrogen receptive ovarian cancer.

3:22PM PST on Dec 19, 2011


7:54AM PST on Dec 14, 2011


5:32AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Thank goodness for tomatoes in "Tetra Pak", or is there something wrong with that? It would be wonderful to be able to avoid all the bad things out there, but it isn't all that realistic, but it is good to know what is going on to help with the decisions.

1:52AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

3:45PM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Not the foods themselves but the unnatural preserving methods.

12:01PM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Wow great article. check out for your non-GMO shopping guide. This should help cut out a lot of bad stuff for everyone!

5:23AM PST on Dec 12, 2011


4:57AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

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1:11AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Thanks, unfortunately there are still a lot of product's packaging we can't check...

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