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Foods Experts Warn Against

What the Experts Won't Even Eat

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.
  • To hear what other items the experts avoid,


  • 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.

Check out the rest of Prevention's list to find out what other foods the experts avoid, and be sure to get up to speed on what foods you should always consider buying organic.

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Little-Pepper Little-Pepper 6 years
I do remember reading somewhere and seeing it on tv too, that canned tomatoes can actually protect you against skin cancer, more than fresh tomatoes... I am starting to think that everything is bs, even if you buy organic, you don't know if it's truly organic...
ckeller825 ckeller825 7 years
it's a good thing I don't eat any of these! Not because I found them to be risky to my health, but b/c I didn't like any of them from the get-go.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 7 years
I don't have a microwave and haven't for 5 years so not worried there, although I LOOOOOVE to eat canned tomatoes...just straight out of the can, warmed up on the stove, some pepper and sea salt...YUM!
amandaaa amandaaa 7 years
haha...uh ohh
clearskies clearskies 7 years
Ugh microwaves have always given me the hebegeebees (sp?), I'm not surprised...easy enough to toss my microwave popcorn..we weren't too attached anyways. Potatoes not so hard either just grab the organic ones. But canned tomatoes! Seriously! They are so convenient and delicious! So I decided, that the nutrients in the tomato will combat the BPA or whatever is wrong with the can! I can only buy into so much.
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 7 years
I'm still going to eat canned tomatoes. I might switch to organic potatoes, because it's cheap and easy. The thing the article said about not being able to sprout a conventional potato is total BS. I at a conventional potato, which had started to sprout just today.
pixiedusk pixiedusk 7 years
i thought canned tomatoes is as good as fresh ones... Ugh! Im so wrong good thing i read this article!!!
jelibeann jelibeann 7 years
yeah, i'm also curious about "boxed tomatoes"...not that i plan to switch...i can't imagine whatever tomatoes in a box are can replace canned
rivekkah rivekkah 7 years
I don't know how I feel about this. I definitely eat mircowave popcorn, but I'm not a fan of potatoes. However, if they are all so bad, why are people able to sell them? It all seems so backwards..
ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
good to know!
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
uh oh - i love and eat canned tomato paste ALL THE TIME... and by the can... and then i lick the can when it's empty! i guess i am screwed!
biarose biarose 7 years
tlsgirl- I get what you mean.. after a while it's just like bloody hell! I just can't care anymore! There's just too much to worry about.
wolfjinx25 wolfjinx25 7 years
It's all bunch of scare tactics. I still eat microwave popcorn every once in a while. I buy baby organic sweet potatoes and I don't use canned tomatoes anyways. Food is food and we consume it. We're not living forever. Besides, are these items as harmful to us compare to fast foods? Anything with hydrogenerated oil is the problem and it's best to avoid foods with it.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
This article kind of irritates me. It's total scare tactics, pure and simple. These "experts" are going to be hyperaware of ANY risks associated with the products they test, so of course they're going to know the ones that are worse than any other one. But I'm pretty sure the guy who doesn't eat canned tomatoes probably eats microwave popcorn because he doesn't really know too much about the dangers associated with it. If the popcorn gives him cancer, is that really any better than the BPA from the can giving to to him? Really, everything gives you cancer or does SOMETHING to you; sometimes ignorance is bliss. Just try to avoid chemicals if/when you can and eat lots of fruits and veggies to get plenty of antioxidants.
wren1 wren1 7 years
I had no idea. I'll definitely stop buying regular potatoes and canned tomatoes. I wonder what he means by boxed tomatoes?
bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 7 years
Microwave popcorn just tastes gross. I'll change potatoes. I'm not stopping the canned tomatoes. It's not like I use those in place of fresh ones. I use canned for sauces and other recipes. Will not lose them!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Yeah, I'll still be using canned tomatoes, bagged popcorn, and non-organic potatoes. I just don't care anymore. Bring it on.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
I don't care much for microwave popcorn, and I only buy produce from a local farm anyway, but canned tomatoes?? I use them ALL the time! Sigh.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
My mom is getting rid of her microwave and is trying to get me to do the same. The darn thing makes steaming, reheating, etc. easy tho. Guess I'll be more careful about my potatoes now.
syako syako 7 years
And then we find out that Prevention magazine has stock in air poppers. :oy:
psterling psterling 7 years
Wow, I eat all three of these items. Not anymore I guess...
TammyO TammyO 7 years
Well, too bad I have loads of these already in my house and will probably continue to eat them anyway.
kia kia 7 years
These are three I do not trust. The microwave popcorn and non-organic potatoes have made sense to me for years. The canned tomatoes are only in the last year.
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