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7 Foods to Avoid for a Healthier You

A few weeks ago my husband forwarded me a great article from Food Consumer.  It had experts weigh in on certain foods to avoid, with some pretty provoking reasons. It has changed the way we have been eating in 2010, so I thought I would share.

Here is the list:

Canned Tomatoes –
The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Acidity — a prominent characteristic of tomatoes — causes BPA to leach into your food.

Baby Bodyguards Solution-We have switched to boxed tomatoes. Trader Joes, makes a great product

Corn-Fed Beef
The expert: Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farms and author of books on sustainable farming
Cattle were designed to eat grass, not grains. But farmers today feed their animals corn and soybeans, which fatten up the animals faster for slaughter. A recent comprehensive study found that compared with corn-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene,

Baby Bodyguards Solution-We have switched to grass-fed beef. I have to admit, it tasted very different. I don’t know if it is my pregnancy hormones that are increasing my sensitivity to the taste. Grass-fed beef goes great in this Shepherds Pie recipe.

Microwave Popcorn-

The expert: Olga Naidenko, PhD, a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group

Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize — and migrate into your popcorn.

Baby Bodyguards Solution – We have switched to air popped. It is not as convenient as the microwave, but just as tasty

Non-organic Potatoes-

The expert: Jeffrey Moyer, chair of the National Organic Standards Board

Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. In the case of potatoes they’re treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they’re dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting.

Baby Bodyguards Solution-We have switched to organic potatoes sold at our local farmers market. For information about Farmers markets by you visit http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/

Farmed Salmon-
The expert: David Carpenter, MD, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany

Nature didn’t intend for salmon to be crammed into pens and fed soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. As a result, farmed salmon is lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT.

Baby Bodyguards Solution-we have switched to Atlantic Wild Salmon. Fresh Direct, sells a great product.

Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones-

The expert: Rick North, project director of the Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

Milk producers treat their dairy cattle with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST, as it is also known) to boost milk production. But rBGH also increases udder infections and even pus in the milk. It also leads to higher levels of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor in milk. In people, high levels of IGF-1 may contribute to breast, prostate, and colon cancers.

Baby Bodyguards Solution- We had already been drinking hormone free milk. Most milk says in small print “our cows are not treated with rBST”

Conventional Apples-

The expert: Mark Kastel, codirector of the Cornucopia Institute

If fall fruits held a “most doused in pesticides contest,” apples would win. And increasing numbers of studies are starting to link a higher body burden of pesticides with Parkinson’s disease.

Baby Bodyguards Solution-We have switched to organic apples not treated with pesticides. It costs about $1 more a pound, but is not worth  the risk.

Review of Beaba Babycook as Baby Mania Continues

I made all my own baby food with my first born. I would have a pot of water boiling, steam or boil some fruits, veggies, or soup. Then I would have to take out the blender, and blend away before letting the food cool off in ice cube trays and store away. It seemed easy enough, but cleaning pots and blenders is not fun. Occasionally, due to how sleep deprived I was, I would forget to shut my boiling water until there was hardly any water in the pot, along with some unrecognizable food item.

This time around I am being a bit more realistic. I wouldn’t characterize myself as lazy by any means, but I am definitely overwhelmed, and the baby hasn’t even arrived yet. When I heard about the Beaba Babycook, I was super interested in trying it because it just seems like such a cool gadget and I’m a Gadgetnista! I had some apples I got from our farm visit last week, and made the most delicious applesauce with it.

This cool gadget multitasks as a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster to prepare fresh, healthy meals for baby. It starts by steam cooking vegetables, fruits, meat and fish in less than 15 minutes, preserving their vitamins and flavors, then purees or blends them to your desired consistency. You can also use it to quickly reheat or defrost precooked foods.

I was thinking that the Beaba Babycook, was too good to be true. It must have BPA. I contacted the manufacturer and was assured that all components coming in contact with food are made of polypropylene (PP) and polysulfone (PSU) – all BPA and PVC-free materials.

The Babycook is not cheap. It retails for about $150, but if you consider how much buying baby food is, especially organic baby food, it is a pretty good deal.

Store Your Baby’s Food in Baby Cubes

I love cooking for my son, and started as soon as I got the okay for him to eat solids. What I didn’t like was the hassle of making his food, and then having to pour it into ice cube trays, and then into zip lock storage bags. What sucked even more, was then having to transfer his food to a container if we were going to be eating outside of the house.

While at a baby shower a few weeks ago, I discovered Baby Cubes. Baby Cubes properly store and freeze home made baby purees. They come in trays of 8 cubes and have lids attached to them. They are stackable which saves space in the freezer, and are great for eating on the go.

Baby Cubes are free of BPA and phthalates are are completely non-toxic. For all of you concerned parents out there, Baby Bodyguards gives Baby Cubes two safety thumbs up