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7 Foods You Should Never Feed Your Kids

Most parents I know are aware of  the most contaminated fruits and vegetables (aka “The Dirty Dozen”) and at least try to buy organic when possible. It’s definitely always in the back of my mind (and the frequent cause of anxiety) when shopping the produce section of the grocery store for my family.

Now there’s a new list of foods probably on your child’s plate right now that parents should also watch out for, shown in the gallery below — 7 foods that food science experts claim you should never eat.


  • Microwave Popcorn 1 of 7
    Microwave Popcorn
    Toxicologist Olga Naidenko claims that cancer-causing chemicals in the lining of bags of microwave popcorn migrates into the popcorn. "They stay in your body for years and accumulate there." Microwave popcorn has also been linked to infertility. Pop natural kernels on the stove instead.
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  • Canned Tomatoes 2 of 7
    Canned Tomatoes
    Endocrinologist Fredrick Vom Saal studies bisphenol-A at the University of Missouri and warns that the acidity of tomatoes causes the BPA in tin cans to leach into the food. This synthetic estrogen is linked to reproductive problems, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. If you need canned tomatoes, try buying them in glass bottles or Tetra Pak boxes instead.
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  • Conventional Apples 3 of 7
    Conventional Apples
    Organic foods expert Mark Kastel explains that because individually grafted apples are sprayed frequently to ward off pests, they are the fruit "most doused in pesticides." Recent studies are starting to link a "higher body burden" of pesticides with Parkinson's disease. Be sure to wash and peel apples before eating, but your safest choice would be to buy organic apples, period.
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  • Corn-fed beef 4 of 7
    Corn-fed beef
    Sustainable-farming author Joel Salatin won't eat corn-fed beef. Today's farmers feed their animals corn and soybeans to fatten them up faster for slaughter despite the fact that cattle evolved to eat grass. Corn-fed beef has far less nutrition value than grass-fed beef. Why even bother feeding it to your kids? Salatin states, "We need to respect the fact that cows are herbivores, and that does not mean feeding them corn and chicken manure." Buy grass-fed beef from a farmer near you or at specialty grocers, markets, or Whole Foods.
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  • Non-organic potatoes 5 of 7
    Non-organic potatoes
    Farm Director Jeffrey Moyer, chair of the National Organic Standards Board will not eat non-organic potatoes. Potatoes are not only treated with fungicides during the growing season, they are also sprayed with herbicides before harvesting and then again to prevent sprouting. Moyer states, "I've talked with potato growers who say point-blank they would never eat the potatoes they sell. They have separate plots where they grow potatoes for themselves without all the chemicals." Only buy organic potatoes. Washing regular potatoes is not enough.
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  • Farmed salmon 6 of 7
    Farmed salmon
    Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany, Dr. David Carpenter found that farmed salmon is higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT. High levels of antibiotics and pesticides are also used to treat these fish. Dr. David Carpenter recommends only eating wild caught Alaskan salmon which can also be found canned.
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  • Milk produced with artificial hormones 7 of 7
    Milk produced with artificial hormones
    Rick North, former CEO of the Oregon division of the American Cancer Society, won't drink milk produced with artificial hormones. The recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST) that dairy cattle are treated with increases milk production but may contribute to breast, prostate, and colon cancers. Buy milk with labels that say rBGH-free, rBST-free, produced without artificial hormones, or organic.
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Read Stephanie’s posts at Strollerderby and her personal blog, Adventures in Babywearing.

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