Organic Milk – Always check the label to ensure the milk is produced without artificial hormones: it’s usually labeled organic mild. Dairy farmers use recombinant bovine growth hormone to boost milk production. These hormones (rBGH or rBST) have been banned in most industrialized countries (but not the U.S.) as per Rick North, the project director for the Campaign for Safe Food at Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Organic Potatoes – Always look for the organic potatoes or purchase your potatoes from a supplier whose potatoes actually sprout in the bag before they rot. People don’t really think about this, but potatoes (and all other root vegetables) absorb anything that is sprayed or tilled into the soil. When you feed your family non-organic potatoes you are actually giving them a dose of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. If your older potatoes don’t sprout, they have absorbed too many chemicals.
Grass-Fed Beef – Always hold out for grass-fed beef. Cows aren’t supposed to be nomming on corn and soybeans, they were meant to eat grass. The corn and soybeans are used to fatten them up more quickly. A study recently conducted by Clemson University and the USDA shows grass-fed beef to be higher in beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and omega-3s. It’s also lower in heart disease- inducing saturated fats.
Old Fashioned Popcorn – Go for the old fashioned, pop it in a popper kind of popcorn to save yourself from all sorts of chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). It vaporizes from the linings of those special microwave bags directly into your popcorn during the microwave process and is suspected to cause infertility in humans. You can re-think this in 2016 because DuPont and other manufacturers are under a voluntary EPA agreement to clean this mess up by 2015.
Tomatoes – Purchase the ones processed in glass jars or a box (like at Trader Joe’s) rather than cans; or can them yourself. The linings of cans can contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that can leach into those acidic tomatoes and has been linked to reproductive problems, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.