December 30, 2009
Maybe trading prime rib for tofu isn't the most important New Year's resolution, but eating healthier is a good idea. Here are some changes to consider:
- Grass fed beef--compared with corn-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
- Wild-caught salmon--farm raised salmon is lower in vitamin D. Farm raised fish are also contaminated with cancer-causing PCBs, flame retardants, dioxin and DDT. Maybe that's because they're fed poultry litter and hydrolyzed chicken feathers!
- Local, organic, raw milk--look for products labeled rBGH or rBST free. These growth hormones are given to cows to boost milk production. Side effects include udder infections which lead to milk contamination and higher levels of insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1). IGF-1 is implicated in the development of breast, prostate, and colon cancers.
- Organic potatoes and apples--If buying 100% organic produce doesn't fit in the family budget, these are the two items that are definitely worth it. Potatoes are sprayed with fungicides while growing, with herbicides at harvest, and again to prevent them from sprouting during shipping. The USDA's publicly reported Pesticide Data Program ranks apples among the top ten most contaminated fruit year after year. Even chlorpyrifos, a previously banned neurotoxin and carcinogen, is used on apples. Considering how much applesauce and juice are consumed by young children, buying organic products makes better sense.