The 4 Most Common Food Toxins And What To Do About Them

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Surprising fact: 95.4% of the detected pesticide residues in our food were from chemicals that are less toxic than the caffeine that is in your coffee each morning! (credit: ultrakml)

This article is part of the What We Should Really Be Eating? series.

Last week I showed why every Detox Diet Plan is a scam, and yes I’m not exaggerating. Detox diets don’t “detox” your body, yet they charge you a premium for this. Today I’ll follow up on this topic with real information about the toxins in our food and what to do about them.

My big question: Should I really be afraid of toxins? Is my food chock full of toxins that I should vigilantly watch out for? Or am I safe?

So I did my research – over 15 hours of research without including the time to write this article. My conclusion? I’m safer than ever. There are so many things I could be worrying about but food toxins is not one of them. I’m not saying I should neglect it, it’s just that I shouldn’t worry about it.

The brilliant Alison Bernstein, PhD – also known as Mommy, PhD – has joined forces with me to help you better understand what’s in our food. Let’s go!

Here’s what you’ll learn (click to jump to each section):

  • A. What’s the big deal about toxins in our food?
  • B. What are the most common food toxins you should know about?
    • Lead
    • Mercury
    • Phthalates (used in plastics)
    • Pesticides
  • C. Can safe doses of toxins accumulate in the body?
  • D. Best resources for your own toxin research
  • E. How much should you really worry about toxins?
  • F. What if you’re mom and worry for your kid?
  • G. How dangerous are food toxins in the grand scheme of things?

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Read This Before You Start A Detox Diet Plan

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Is your detox diet plan innocent? Credit: Suzette –

 This is part of the “What we should really be eating?” series. I’ve already covered why we should do our own research when it comes to food, and whether eating synthetic or artificial foods is actually safe or not

You’re about to spend $10, $50, or $400 to get on a detox diet plan. Before you open your wallet though, you should know that this detox diet plan you’re considering is a scam.

Even though I don’t know which plan you’re considering, I can still confidently say, it is a scam. In this article I detail why.

This is a long article, so quickly jump to each section by clicking on one of the links below:

  • A. How detox diets mislead you into believing you actually need them
  • B. Why detox diets don’t work in any way other than emptying your wallet
  • C. Why people are often feeling well when on a detox diet
  • D. When detox diets become dangerous
  • E. The most common detox diet red flags
  • F. The fail-proof way to optimal health and sexy results

Ready? Let’s start with the latest detox diet plan gimmick a quick Google search uncovered. Read More

Natural vs. Synthetic Foods: What’s Really Safe?

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Always checking the label.

This is part of the What We Should Really Be Eating Series. Today’s topic is natural vs. synthetic substances. Find all the posts from this series here.

A few weeks ago my husband and I were grocery shopping. Checking product labels, we were immediately disregarding everything that had the word “artificial” in it. We also put back on the shelf any products that contained synthetic substances.

As a consumer I had never done any research to educate myself about synthetic substances.

However, I thought, you can’t go wrong by choosing “natural,” can you? It just seems safer to choose natural over synthetic or artificial.

I’d normally keep choosing natural and keep not doing any homework to back this choice. However, the recent events I described in the introductory post for the “what we should really be eating” series, prompted me into action.

I’m no longer going to tolerate making uninformed food choices: because I think, or someone told me, or I read something, etc. I’ll pull my sleeves up and start researching.

Natural vs. Synthetic

This is my first assignment. What is better, natural or synthetic? Or none of the two? Read More