Grocery shopping can be a daunting task. That's why a recent article from Prevention magazine really caught my eye. The magazine asked experts who work in the field of food safety what they avoid eating at all costs, and though some of their answers were things I already knew, others were pretty eye opening. Here are a few items to think twice about the next time you're out buying food.
- Microwave popcorn. Popcorn usually makes a great snack, but the bags used to make microwave popcorn are lined with harmful chemicals that are "linked to infertility in humans." Prevention warns that these chemicals are transferred to popcorn upon microwaving and can live in your body for years to come. Instead of buying microwave popcorn, make it on your stove or use an air popper instead.
- Nonorganic potatoes. You'd think that root vegetables would be protected since they grow underground, but they absorb all the pesticides and fertilizers that are in the soil. And potatoes are treated with harmful toxins multiple times — while growing, being harvested, and after they're picked. Always, always buy organic potatoes since "washing isn't good enough if you're trying to remove chemicals that have been absorbed into the flesh."
- Canned tomatoes. It's been shown that there are harmful levels of bisphenol-A (BPA) in canned goods that can migrate onto food. Expert Fredrick vom Saal, PhD, an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies BPA, told Prevention that this is especially true of canned tomatoes, which can contain up to 50 mcg of BPA per liter. As a result, vom Saal won't go near canned tomatoes and opts for boxed and fresh instead.
To hear what other items the experts avoid, read more.