Do you know what contaminants and toxins are in your food


Bisphenol a

Drinking clean, clear spring water is one of the best things you can do for your health. But there may be danger lurking in the container. A recent study published in Toxicology Letters found that polycarbonate water bottles, exposed to regular conditions, contain harmful levels of bisphenol A (BPA). Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor that acts like estrogen in the body, triggering … [Read more...]

aflatoxin in peanuts


Aflatoxin: A Cancer-Promoting Substance in Common Foods Aflatoxin is a potent cancer-causing toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus that primarily infects grains and peanuts. They are probably the best known and most intensively researched mycotoxins (mold toxins) in the world. Researchers believe that aflatoxin promotes cancer by inactivating a tumor-suppressor gene called p53. The … [Read more...]



Excitotoxins are a class of substances that cause neurons to fire spasmodically. This eventually burns out, or damages, the neurons through overactivity. Excitotoxicity has been found to be involved in migraines, hypoglycemia, spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) such as Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, … [Read more...]

pfoa in nonstick pans

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

Think your non-stick pan is saving you time and making for an easy cleanup? Possibly, but there’s something else it’s doing that you may not know about: leaching toxic substances like trifluoroacetate (TFA) and perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) into your foods and the air you breathe. These chemicals, collectively called perflourinated compounds, are xenoestrogens (act like estrogen) and have … [Read more...]



Obesogens are chemicals that are foreign to the body that can disrupt normal development or homeostasis (usually concerning metabolism and use of lipids, or fat). Obesogens can effect the distribution of fat and sexual characteristics by disrupting genes. For example, if an obesogen affects where fat deposits are located, it could do so by disrupting the genetic expression (by increasing or … [Read more...]



Xenoestrogens are a group of chemicals that are hormonally active agents. They differ from phytoestrogens (which are estrogenic substances from plants), and act as false messengers disrupt the process of reproduction. Xenoestrogens also are believed to have an effect on oncogenes (cancer genes), specifically in relation to breast cancer. Xenoestrogens include: Methylbenzylidene camphor … [Read more...]



Mercury is an element that is found in air, water and soil. It has several forms. Metallic mercury is a shiny, silver-white, odorless liquid. If heated, it is a colorless, odorless gas. It also combines with other elements to form powders or crystals. Mercury is in many products. Metallic mercury is used in thermometers, dental fillings and batteries. Mercury salts may be used in skin creams … [Read more...]



Dioxins are a broad group of environmental contaminants lurking in many of the foods you think are safe and even healthy. With names like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polychlorinated dibenzo furans (PCDFs), and polychlorinated dibenzo dioxins (PCDDs)-these dangerous contaminants have been characterized by the Environmental Protection Agency as carcinogens. They have also been found to … [Read more...]

avoid heterocyclic amines

Heterocyclic Amines (HCAs)

If you like your steak well done, I have some unappetizing news: You’re being exposed to dangerous carcinogens called heterocyclic amines (HCAs). Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are formed when muscle meats –beef, pork, poultry and fish—are exposed to high temperatures. More specifically, it is the reaction between amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) and creatine (a chemical found in … [Read more...]



Acrylamide is a compound found in carbohydrate-rich foods that have been fried or baked. It is considered a potential human carcinogen and has been shown to cause cancer in lab animals. Acrylamide is primarily found in french fries, potato chips and other carbohydrate-rich foods cooked at high temperatures. Click here to see the complete list from the FDA on acrylamide levels in hundreds of … [Read more...]

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