Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The 10 Dirtiest Foods You Are Eating

Dirty Food = Getting Sick. Hard to have a well protected food supply without regulating it into the dirt (no pun intended). Aside from existing regulations and controls believes that the market will go along way in regulating itself, even in the supplement market. Government regulation, intending to regulate behavior to make the public safer, often degrades personal freedoms….plus drives costs up. Let the buyer beware to a certain extent. The consumer has to have some responsibility over what they buy and consume. One of the ways to become a better and safer consumer is to arm yourself with knowledge. We found this article on Dirty Foods from Men’s Health. However, you’ll have to click on the link at the bottom to get to the full story that outlines the specific problems with the ten dirtiest foods.

By Bill Phillips and the Editors of Men's Health, June 21, 2011

I got this email from a colleague the Tuesday after Memorial Day: “Can’t come in today. Stomach bug.”

I’m no detective but—with barbeque season officially starting the day before—a prime suspect immediately jumped to mind: the norovirus, the most common cause of food poisoning in the world.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 200,000 Americans contract food poisoning every day. But Philip Tierno, Ph.D., a microbiologist at New York University medical center and author of The Secret Life of Germs, believes the actual number is closer to 800,000.

And in 4 of 5 of food poisoning cases, the attack happens at home—right (on the plate) under your nose.

"Everyone in this country will have at least one incident of sickness this year attributable to a foodborne virus, bacteria, or toxin," Tierno told Men’s Health. Except that most of us won't know what hit us. Like my colleague, we'll chalk up the usually mild symptoms—nausea, diarrhea, cramping—to a stomach bug that's going around.

We asked Men's Health contributor Jim Gorman to help us identify the 10 dirtiest foods we put on our plates. His report is shocking, in that it reads like the average American’s grocery list. Read on for the dirt about your favorite foods—and how to protect yourself at the supermarket and your dinner table.

Chicken, Ground Beef, Ground Turkey, Eggs, Oysters, Cantelope, Peaches, Lettuce, Cold Cuts, Scallions

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