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Where Do Chemicals in Our Food Come From?

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Where Do Chemicals in Our Food Come From?

To me, healthy eating simply means removing, or limiting, the foods in your diet that could be harming you; and eating enough of the foods that contain the nutrients essential to your health. So, what foods could be harming you? Ones filled with chemicals. Here are some of the main sources of unhealthy chemicals in our food:

Chemicals and drugs used in raising livestock
Researchers feel that this is probably the biggest problem and none of these are required to appear on the label. Over 70 percent of all antibiotics used in the USA are used in raising livestock to prevent infection because the animals are kept in cramped inhumane conditions.

Steroids are also given to increase milk production and speed growth. The feed given to these animals is full of chemicals as well and pesticides and chemicals accumulate in the fat of these animals that we then eat. So if you do eat dairy or animal protein, eating organic is important to decrease your chemical burden.

Chemicals used in pesticides and fertilizers
Although the use of pesticides has made our food production more efficient, it has placed a huge/large toxic burden on us and the earth. In 1995, more than 5 billion pounds of pesticides were sold worldwide, more than 1 billion pounds in the USA. FDA inspections have found legal residues on two thirds of food sampled, therefore these pesticides remain on our food.

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), you can lower your pesticide consumption by nearly four-fifths by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and instead eating the least contaminated produce.

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7:29AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

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7:09PM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

Excellent information, thanks! A better title might be "Where Do Harmful Chemicals in Our Food Come From?" since life results from chemical processes. It's amazing how many people say they don't want any chemicals in their food, when they really mean they don't want dangerous ones added.

10:55AM PDT on May 15, 2011


7:08PM PDT on Aug 4, 2010

It's great to get this info from a doctor. So often nutrition is not particularly addressed in check-ups. Thanks Dr. Frank Lipman.

8:25AM PDT on Jun 25, 2010


6:59AM PDT on Jun 25, 2010

Good to know. Thanks :-)

4:28AM PDT on Jun 25, 2010

Good information, thank you....

3:45PM PDT on Jun 24, 2010

thank you.

11:59AM PDT on Jun 24, 2010

Thanks for the information.

7:49AM PDT on Jun 24, 2010

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Dr. Lipman

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