What five foods should you never eat to avoid toxins?


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A variety of foods, such as canned tomatoes, microwave popcorn and nonorganic potatoes, should be avoided because of industrial toxins, pesticides and unsustainable production methods. For example, canned tomatoes pose a threat due to the presence of BPA, a synthetic estrogen in the linings of the cans. BPA may cause reproductive problems, diabetes and heart disease, according to Prevention Magazine. The acidity in canned tomatoes causes BPA to leach into the food.

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What five foods should you never eat to avoid toxins?
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Consumers should avoid microwave popcorn, because it contains perfluorooctanoic acid in the bag lining that vaporizes during the heating process. As the acid vaporizes in the bag, the cooked popcorn absorbs the toxin. Perfluorooctanoic acid is linked to cancer and infertility, according to a study conducted by UCLA. More importantly, perfluorooctanoic acid accumulates and stays in the body for many years, which can lead to disease later in life.

Nonorganic potatoes, the most popular vegetable in the United States, should be swapped out for organic potatoes. The soil in which potatoes grow is full of herbicides, pesticide and fungicides that the potatoes absorb during the growing process. After harvesting the potatoes, farmers treat the crop with another round of herbicides to prevent sprouting after delivery to the store.

Other foods to avoid include corn-fed beef, farmed salmon and milk produced with hormones.

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