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Do you love potato chips? Well then, you'll probably hate this…
Turns our there are a lot more harmful ingredients than saturated fat and empty calories in a bag of potato chips!
The medical experts on televisions The Doctors warn that the same chemical ingredient, acrylamide, that is found in cancer-causing cigarettes is also found in potato chips!
In fact, potato chip makers in California are being forced to put a warning on their bags by 2012 or change the way that they make their product because acrylamide is a bi-product of the manufacturing process for the popular snack food.
What else is gross in our food? Bugs!
Some studies claim Americans eat an estimated one pound of bug and rodent parts each year without even knowing it.
Dr. Travis Stork, co-host on The Doctors and emergency room physician, says while bugs are gross, he'd be more worried about harmful pesticides, explaining:
"Yes, it's disgusting and shocking and no, no one wants to go in and eat a bug leg or a bug wing when they eat a snack, but I would argue as a physician that perhaps sometimes there are other things that you also can't see that are more harmful to your health."
He recommends buying organic fruit and vegetables as much possible, continuing to say:
"It's a fine line, because you don't want to eat bug and rodent parts, but you also don't want to use too many pesticides to try and eliminate that."
Check out the video above in which the doctors discuss the cancer-causing chemical, acrylamide, found in potato chips!
Check out this awesome video (above) from Fitperez contributor and certified nutritional therapy practitioner, Margaux J. Rathbun, who takes a moment to teach us how to shop for food like a nutritionist!
First of all, NEVER go food shopping on an empty stomach!
That's when we let all of our cravings get the best of us and buy food that are unhealthy or we don't need, contributing to weight gain.
Another great tip, that we never really considered, is to always shop the PERIMETER of the grocery store where all the "living foods" like produce, meat, and dairy are located.
While Margaux recommends to buy organic produce, she realizes not everyone's budget allows for this healthy luxury. If that's the case, she advises to at least buy organic strawberries since they grow low to the ground and are often loaded with chemical pesticides.
Like what you hear so far? So do we! Watch Margaux's video above to get more great advice!
With our nation becoming increasingly focused on enriching our bodies every possible way we can, organic food has become a staple in American food culture.
However, organic sometimes means more expensive, so here are a 6 foods that DON'T need to be organic and are very unlikely to be affected by those dangerous chemicals we're so afraid of.
Avacados: Thick skinned fruits and vegetables like avacados are pretty safe from being affected by any chemicals. To be safe, just wash the skin before cutting to get rid of any residue.
Eggs: Research has shown that factory eggs don't have higher quantities of contaminants than organic eggs.
Frozen Food: The chance of ingesting harmful chemicals from frozen food in plastic bags is pretty low since the risk of exposure to dangerous chemicals is heightened by heat.
Spices: According to experts, when using spices we consume such small amounts of the actual root vegetable, that the risk of any chemical exposure is very small.
Clothing: Organic cotton is great for the enviroment, but the benefits to your personal health are unclear because it is unlikely that pesticides remain in clothing in quantities large enough to seep into our bodies.
Pesticides are used on all crops, but they have more of an effect on some. Here's a list of foods that you should buy organic, because even after vigorous washing, traces of harmful pesticides can still be found on them:
Sweet bell peppers
Spinach, kale and collard greens
Willie Nelson wants YOU to buy local produce, in an effort to support U.S. farmers.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Farm Aid, a charity Nelson co-founded with John Mellencamp and Neil Young, the trio hosted a benefit show in Milwaukee. They used stage time to encourage their audience to go local.
Here's what Nelson said to the concertgoers:
"We should be interested in knowing where our food comes from. If it comes from soil that is organic, that is grown by our family farmers, we know that it's more healthy than the food grown by big corporations that saturate the soil with chemicals and pesticides and fertilisers."
"Thank you for those farmers who are doing their part, doing organic farming, and who need our support. That's why we're here, 25 years in a row."
Eating local, healthy produce is certainly a smart, safe bet.
We're right there with you, Willie!
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