10 Foods that Food Experts Wouldn’t Eat
Although you may not believe it, many foods that we eat daily can be dangerous if a series of basic rules for their production have not been followed.
There are some foods that don’t have proper safety control and food experts would never eat them.
According to studies conducted at the Center for Disease Control in the United States, millions of people become ill due to foodborne pathogens.
Many are hospitalized, and others die because of illnesses contracted through the food they eat.
This happens because of the way they process food, and in the way that food pathogens find ways onto our plates.
It’s very difficult to trace the sources of diseases and researchers cannot find the cause of these diseases.
List of Foods
1. Unpasteurized juices and milk
These foods may be contaminated with viruses, parasites and bacteria such as Salmonella, E coli and Listeria.
Between 1993 and 2006 some 1,500 people became ill in the United States for consuming unpasteurized raw milk or any derived products.
Raw foods are 150 times more likely to cause disease than pasteurized dairy products.
Whenever you drink juice or milk, check that the label says: “pasteurized”.
2. Canned tomatoes
Canned foods are dangerous because of the resin coating of the cans.
It contains a toxic chemical (BPA) that has been linked to heart problems, diabetes, and obesity.
- To avoid this dangerous substance, it’s best to avoid canned foods.
- Also, it’s also recommended that you eat fresh fruits and vegetables, especially acidic ones such as tomatoes.
3. Sprouts or bean sprouts
According to several nutrition experts, raw or slightly raw bean sprouts, as is the case of alfalfa or soy, could be linked to different bacterial outbreaks (mainly Salmonella and E. coli).
Any type of sprout can spread bacterial infection that originates in the seeds. However, specialists say that if we eat them cooked there is no such risk.
4. Sugary soft drinks
They’re directly related to obesity. Many are made from tea extract or plants with added sugar.
In addition, they don’t just encourage weight gain, but also increase the possibility of developing cavities.
- The WHO recommends not consuming more than 50 grams of sugar per day. A sugary drink usually contains 35 grams.
- Food experts reject these drinks because they have a high concentration of sugar, and are associated with diseases such as cardiovascular problems or the possibility of suffering type 2 diabetes.
5. Raw oysters and molluscs
Molluscs, and in particular oysters, are the source of many poisonings.
Oysters, being filtering animals, collect everything that’s in the water. Therefore, they absorb many bacteria and, if they are in your system, they will pass them on to your body.
So, experts say that it is not worth the risk.
6. Traditional apples
Apples are grown individually so that each variety maintains its distinctive flavour. Therefore, they don’t develop resistance to pests and are frequently fumigated with pesticides.
- These pesticides and toxins are beginning to be linked to Parkinson’s disease.
- It’s best to eat organic apples.
- Otherwise, you should wash them well with neutral soap and a brush, or peel them before you eat them.
7. Raw or half-cooked eggs
The problem with this food is that it can infect you with the Salmonella virus.
8. Inorganic Potatoes
They’re treated with fungicides during the growing season and are sprayed with herbicides to kill the fibrous vines before harvesting.
After collecting them they are again treated to avoid sprouting.
The solution is to buy organic potatoes, since washing is not good enough to eliminate the chemicals that have been absorbed.
9. Microwave Popcorn
According to a study carried out at the University of California in 2009, the lining of a popcorn bag contains chemicals such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which is linked to infertility in humans.
- Tests have been performed and chemicals have been shown to damage the liver and can cause testicular problems and pancreatic cancer.
- The problem is that microwaves cause the chemicals to vaporize and migrate to the popcorn. These chemicals accumulate in the body for years.
- This can be avoided by using organic popcorn kernels and cooking them in a pan.
The problem with soy is that 94% of the soybeans that grow in the United States are transgenic.
Glyphosate can cause damage to the DNA and chromosomes of mammals and also in human cells.
Therefore, it is not advisable to consume it, unless in a fermented form.