- There are many additional environmental ingredients added to our food that potentially have a bad impact on our health. These additives are used to enhance food flavors or extend their shelf-life. There may be some connection to the increased rates of obesity and these additives.
- Certainly increased food intake, decrease activity, and increased processed foods have added to the obesity epidemic, there is some indication that environmental chemicals may be a component.
- Phthalates: Used in food production during processing and production can increase fat storage in humans.
- Organotins in seafood and shellfish modify fat storage and energy metabolism.
- Heavy Metals in rice, spinach, lettuce, and some herbs causes endocrine disruption and other metabolic issues.
- Bisphenol A in polycarbonate bottles and canned food disrupts the endocrine system.
- Persistent organic pollution in oils, seafood, berries, animal products disrupts sugar and fat metabolism.
BPA is released more from containers when they are heated or an acidic food is placed in them, whereas persistent organic pollutants enter the food chain as animals and plants accumulate the toxic materials ans pass it to others. The bottom line is a disruption of endocrine regulation.
How to avoid the toxins: Never heat items in a plastic container and do not place plastic containers in the dishwasher. Plastic items with the codes 3 (Phthalates), 6 and 7 ( contains BOA) should be avoided. It is best to make your food from scratch to avoid processed foods that may have these items in them as flavorings or to enhance shelf life.