These days it’s wise to avoid all processed/packaged & adulterated food containing artificial ingredients & colours in packets & boxes, take-ways including pizzas, processed deli meats, trans fats in most oils including vegetable, sunflower, canola, etc., commercial icecreams, non-gluten or non-sprouted breads, noodles, spaghetti (contain sugar & carbs), all rice products (including organic rice – known to contain arsenic), plus all those items whose label names you cannot pronounce.
The emulsifiers used in packaged foods is in bread, mayonnaise, & icecream are known to increase intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome) & to cause a chain reaction of inflammatory conditions & autoimmune disease/s.
Sulfites are used as an additive in many processed foods as a preservative to retard spoilage or prevent discolouration which destroys vitamin B1, brings on asthma attacks & stimulates allergies. Watch out for foods containing sulfites like: dried fruits (apricots should be brown not orange), & prepared foods where they may occur as sulfur dioxide, sodium sulfite, or sodium or potassium bisulfite & meta-bisulfite – so read all labels.
Pesticides residues are found in many foods. Heavy & lighter metals may also be toxic in certain circumstances, such as beryllium and lithium. Not all heavy metals are toxic, & some are essential, such as iron. The definition may also include trace elements when considered in abnormally high, toxic doses. An option to treat metal poisoning may be chelation therapy or eating coriander/cilantro.
You are wise to abandon use of the microwave oven since they are known change the molecular structure of all food & are also harmful when left on at the wall.
Cut out all soft drinks, sugary juices including commercial orange juices (rots childrens’ teeth). Diet soft drink consumption may increase one’s risk of stroke & cause kidney damage, due to the phosphoric acid used as an acidifying agent to give soft drinks their tangy flavour.
Foods left out of the refrigerator longer than 2 hours are rife for food poisoning whilst food left in the refrigerator for more than 3.5 days (be wary of seafood) is a risk to consume. Rice left out on the bench picks up bacteria very quickly. If you wish to defrost food, don’t leave it on the bench for hours, particularly in a warm climate; it’s safer to defrost it in the refrigerator.
Food handling is very important. Many people fail to wash their hands prior to food preparation & it is for this reason so many people get food poisoning which burdens the body. Many people don’t store their food in either airtight bags (use a straw & suck the air out) or containers, & thus the product loses its ‘lifeforce’ which is also the case leaving food on the bench under a fluorescent light & it wilts! Use a suitable place mat if you have glass shelves in your refrigerator & place leftover warm foods in a glass-lidded container immediately & pop into the refrigerator & label it with the day the food was prepared so you don’t consume it more than 3.5 days after you cooked it – otherwise freeze it to avoid getting food poisoning.
The compounds in plastic drink & food containers are phthalates which can leach out. Bisphenol A (BPAs) are used in tough polycarbonate products & epoxy resins that line tin cans.
Tests by the U.S. Centers For Disease Control & Prevention in 2004 found BPA in 93% of urine samples taken from a group of 2,517 people. A report on BPAs published in 2008 by the U.S. National Toxicology Program concluded that there were concerns over BPAs effects on the brain, behaviour & prostate gland development in foetuses, infants & children. It also found that due to the ratio of body weight to exposure, ‘the highest estimated daily intake of Bisphenol A in the population occurs in infants & children’. It may be wise to consider changing over to wooden spools, etc. in lieu of plastic in the kitchen & drinking from glass or stainless steel flasks.
BPAs and phthalates act as ‘environmental oestrogens’, so-called because they mimic the hormone estrogen in everyone’s bodies. This can lead to low testosterone in males, loss of libido, male boobs, and more. It has been proven in tests in several developed countries, including Israel & Denmark, that male fertility rates have fallen by around 50% & rates of testicular cancer have soared since the use of plastics became so widespread after World War II.
Minuscule amounts can make a huge impact & many studies have shown that small amounts affect the development of foetuses in the womb. Scientists say that environmental oestrogen can also act as an ‘endocrine disrupter’ (substances that alter hormone function), i.e. it can affect sexual development, leading to breast, prostate & testicular cancer, reduced levels of fertility, undescended testes & more.
In some polluted rivers, it has led to some fish & molluscs changing sex from male to female.
There are 25 different known kinds of phthalates & several are already banned in childrens’ toys in the EU & some food packaging.
Research shows that babies who are breast fed on demand are more likely to have a higher IQ & perform better at school. Breastfeeding also protects the baby from a long list of illnesses, childhood obesity, enhanced immune system (so that in their adult life they don’t contract MS), developing allergies, reducing the baby’s chance of SIDS, & for the mother it can reduce the mother’s stress levels, the risk of postpartum depression, & may reduce the mother’s risk of some types of future cancer.
You probably can’t avoid BPAs & phthalates these days. They are all around us: in new carpets, car parts, compact discs, floor tiles, non-organic cosmetics – the list is endless. All plastic that is soft and pliable is due to phthalates (foods microwave-heated in plastic, drink containers left in a hot car). Have you observed how your re-used water bottle has become brittle over time? That’s because the phthalates have leached out of the bottle & you have ingested them.
Today it’s wise to eliminate all plastics out from your life. Juliette Scarfe says: ‘I know so many women who are having difficulties conceiving & I am convinced it is because of hormones in the plastics around us. My partner & I plan to start a family, so I’m steering clear of them as much as I can.’
Thirty-six-year-old singer/songwriter Daniella Hunter is another turning her back on plastic. ‘It’s a work in progress, but as anything plastic wears out, I’m replacing it with glass, wood or ceramics,’ she says.
Daniella says she began to have doubts about the safety of plastics when her oldest son, 11-year-old Luca, was instructed by his school in Camberley, Surrey, to take a particular polycarbonate water bottle into class each day.
‘It had that horrible plastic smell & when I washed it I thought it stank. Later, when I researched Bisphenol A and phthalates, it really worried me and I threw it out.’
‘When my five-year-old Kai started school, I refused to use the school-issue bottle & I got him a stainless steel flask. This issue has slipped below most people’s radar because we take plastic for granted, but we should be asking about these health implications.’