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Obesogens:Do They Make Us Fat? Chemicals, Foods, Hormones and Pesticides in the Green Scheme
Foods/Diet/Cooking as Obesogens
Artificial hormones in conventional dairy products A study in the International Journal of Obesity from researchers at 10 different universities,including Yale University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University, foundthat the use of steroid hormones on conventional dairy farms could be a possiblecontributor to the obesity epidemic. We know what happens to the body when itreceives large doses of steroids over a short period of time, but there islittle research on the effects of small doses over years.
Chicken: Chickens that once ate natural grasses and foraged for bugs noweat a high-energy diet with soybean meal as a large component. The soy they eat is passed onto us.
But more important, a lot of obesogens arefat soluble, so they accumulate in fatty tissues. Skinless chicken breastscontain 223% more fat than they did just 30 years ago. In fact, Britishresearchers found that supermarket chicken now has two-to-three times more fatthan protein.
Processed Foods These foods contain fragmentedfoods, particularly dairy, soy, and corn as well as chemical and other additives
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)is found in many different foods and products from sodas to yogurt to bread to cough syrup. It makes ourliver insulin resistant. It interferes with leptin, a hormone that regulatesappetite and can increase our hunger.
Beef, Trenbolone acetate (TBA) is also given to cattle to "beef themup." TBA is an anabolic steroid that’s eight-to-ten times as potent astestosterone, which is an endocrine-disrupting chemical by definition. As longago as 1999, an European study concluded that people who eat meat from cattletreated with growth hormones are taking in hormones and their metabolites:estrogens, progesterone, and testosterone. .
In addition, conventionally-raised cattle arefed corn and soy and injected with six different steroids (all obesogens).Therefore, the typical conventional steak has seven and a half times as muchfat as a steak normally should have. Those obesogens — and the fat theycreate — enter our bodies when we eat that steak.
Farm-raised salmon Most of the salmon we consume are raised in ocean netpens, essentially a saltwater feedlot. They are fed pellets of ground up fishmeal and oils to make them grow quickly. They’re given antibiotics (an obesogen)to fight disease. Their flesh is white or gray, not pink. To create that healthypink salmon color, farmers use pellets of pink dye. Farmed salmon arealso very high in pesticides.
Tuna Canned tuna is one of the most BPA-heavy foodsavailable. BPA leaches into foods and interferes with thehormones that tell our bodies that they are no longer hungry..
Natural hormones such as those found inmilk, cheese, and soy Dairy and soyare ingredients of many, many processed foods, usually in fragmented form ratherthan as whole foods. In addition, most food animals,including salmon, are fed soy, passing this on to us whenever we eat thoseanimals.
Food grown with pesticides:Stephen Perrine in his book TheNew American Diet;observedthat the average American is exposed to 10-to-13 different pesticides every day and that nine out of ten of the most commonpesticides are endocrine-disrupting. The fruits our children choose to eat(apples, pears, peaches, imported grapes and strawberries) are dangerously highin pesticides.
How do we avoid obesogens?
As bad as it sounds, being aware of a problemis the first step in the solution. We can learn to avoid obesogens, lose weight,and, in general. feel better and be healthier.
Can we avoid all obesogens?
Probably not but it seems the more of these endocrinedisruptors we avoid, the better chance we have of losing weight. Theendocrine disruptors are also suspected in other health problems. too, frombreast and prostate cancer to sperm quality, so the benefits of avoidance seemto accrue exponentially.
First, be aware that there are important distinctions between estrogenic compounds of industrial origin(chemicals) and those that come from plants like broccoli and soy (phytoestrogens). Fruits and vegetables in their whole form (as they come fromthe ground or plant) are beneficial. But many are fragmented in the preparationof processed foods. That is when they become harmful. Second, vary your foods.No one food should be eaten over and over, maybe not even each day. Exceptfor rice and soy, eating a very largevariety of foods and not repeating them the next day is the basis of the healthyJapanese diet.
Eat whole foods. Several foods like soy, dairy, andcorn are used piecemeal in processed foods. Avoid processed food whenever possible bothin and out of your home. In doing so, you will avoid eating mass quantities ofhidden and fragmented dairy, soy, and corn–as well as unhealthy additives that cause or add to otherhealth problems.
Make this your mantra: NO plastic item ever goes into the microwave or the oven. Heat can not only damage plastic, it can also increase leaching.
Carry a ceramic mug with you and use it!. In particular, avoid drinking coffee or other hot beverages out ofplastic. Nix plastic water bottles immediately.
Quit eating canned foods. Many canned foods are highlyprocessed but regardless of how processed the food is or is not, just phase themout of your pantry. Buy frozen vegetables in bags instead of canned produce.Exception: Eden Foods canned beans and jarredfoods are in BPA-free packaging.
Filter your water (use a granular activatedcarbon filter) and drink fluids and eat/drink from glass, ceramic, or stainless steelcontainers. Use filtered water for cooking, too.
Cut down on dairy consumption and eat onlyorganic dairy and cheese. Cut the cheese and dairy in restaurants unless theyserve organic dairy and cheese–be aware that very, very few serve organic.
Cut down on meats, fish, and chicken, too, particularly asserved in restaurants and sold in supermarkets. When you do eat meat andchicken. eat organic meats at home or in the few restaurants that serve grass-finishedbeef (the key word here is finished) and organic chicken. And if you buymeats, buy them wrapped in brown paper; never buy pre-packaged meatsshrink-wrapped (BPA) in Styrofoam containers. The easiest fix for canned fish isto buy in BPA-free pouches. Before you eat tuna al all, though, remember how much mercury tunaand other large fish have now.
Avoid Styrofoam containers. Eat your food onceramic or glass plates. Either stop frequenting eateries that serve in or have to-go containers ofStyrofoam or carry your own to-go container.
Use natural household cleaners.
Do not use air fresheners or most scented candles. Open your windows for30 minutes every other day (unless you have a home system to import fresh air)and try dried lavender, lemons, or rose petals for a nice smell.
Do not use coated cookware. It is almostimpossible to avoid nicking the coating so learn to cook in stainless steel andcast iron cookware.
Be aware that pesticides are sprayed directlyon the leaves of leafy vegetables and, of course, you can’t peel themoff. Eat organic fruits and vegetables at leastfor leaves and the "dirty dozen."According to the Environmental Working Group, you can greatly reduce your pesticideexposure by choosing organic versions of the 12fruits and vegetables shown in its tests to contain the highest pesticide load.The group calls them the Dirty Dozen: In order of pesticide load, they arepeaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, kale,lettuce, imported grapes, carrots, and pears. There’s a Clean Fifteen, too, agroup of conventionally grown fruits and vegetables with the least pesticideresidue: onions, avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, mangoes, asparagus, sweetpeas, kiwis, cabbages, eggplants, papayas, watermelons, broccoli, tomatoes, andsweet potatoes.
What about those fruits and vegetables in between the Dirty Dozen andthe Clean Fifteen? Consider eating organic there, too.
Avoiding obesogens is lifestyle changing for most of us but the end resultshould be "Goodbye big tummies and wide rear ends!" Experts seem toagree, though, that health and weight loss both still take someexercise.
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Sources:Environmental Health Perspectives, 2010; Stephen Perrine’s TheNew American Diet;International Journal of Obesity; Dr. Oz; MasterYour Metabolism; Newsweek, 2009; University of California, Irvine;Ecostiletto; CBS; Cornell University; BioScience, 2008; Environmental WorkingGroup; U. S. Environmental Protection Agency; International Programme on ChemicalSafety