In the past month, three friends have been diagnosed with cancer. One thing they spoke about was their diet and how they 'watched' what they ate... meaning they ate an average diet with a couple of pieces of fruit a day, some meat, fish, pulses, salads. Is it enough to watch what you eat or must one walk the extra mile and be more cautious about what we put on our dinner table ? Where does our food come from ? Is it a toxic stew of ingredients ?
I personally believe that it is not enough being careful with what we eat. It is a number of factors which we must be aware of and apply to our lives. It is the air that we breathe, water which we drink, our exposure to toxins, proper nutrition, the addition of herbs, whole food supplements such as spirulina or chlorella which aid detoxification, our frame of mind and our ability to cope with stress.
Consumers' Right To Know.
We all want to make intelligent informed shopping decisions. The guidance we receive from food and product manufacturers are often misleading and are not objective sources of information.
It is the consumers' right to know what ingredients are in the products they use daily, and what alternatives may be available.
Carcinogens in Fruit.
Artificial colours: avoid eating Florida oranges which are dyed with Citrus Red No. 2 which is carcinogenic.
Pesticides: Most fruits are sprayed by a host of carcinogenic pesticides. Your best bet is to buy organically grown or whenever possible grow your own. To be realistic organic produce can be quite pricey ... when buying commercially grown fruit make sure to wash it in white wine vinegar or a very mild soapy liquid to wash off the pesticide before consumption.
Radiation: Apple juice concentrate sometimes contain radioactive contaminants (cesium-137 isotopes) becuase of Chernobyl nuclear explosion in 1986.
Waxes: contain fungicides such as benomyl and sodium orthophenyl phenate, both are carcinogenic. Fruits most likely to be waxed include apples, avocados, cantaloupes, grapefruits, lemons, limes, melons, oranges, passion fruit, peaches and pineapples. Peel the skin before you eat the fruit.
Carcinogens in Vegetables
Pickling Vegetables: Consuming pickled vegetables has shown evidence of posing a high rate of stomach and nasopharyngeal cancer.
Pesticides: Vegetables are also contaminated with a wide range of carcinogenic pesticides. It is best to buy organically grown vegetables when possible.As above, was in white vinegar or very mild soapy solution to remove pesticides.
Radiation: Avoid wild European mushrooms such as boletos and chanterelles. They still have excess radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Waxing: contain carcinogenic fungicides. Vegetables to avoid which are most likely waxed are: cucumbers, eggplants, parsnips, peppers, pumpkins, rutabagas, squashes, and sweet potatoes. Peel skin before consumption, buy organic or grow your own.
Carcinogens in Grains
Generally free from carcinogenic residues (except products from India). Farmers who use herbicides are at risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, brain cancer, multiple myeloma and leukemia.
Colours in Cereals. Avoid the following colours as they have been shown to be carcinogenic.
FD & C Blue 1
FD & C Green 3
FD & C Red 4
FD & C Red 40
FD & C Yellow 5
FD & C Yellow 6
To be continued - - - Part two will be on Meat, Poultry and Fish.
If you are aware of any health problem which may compromise your general health, it is important to seek treatment. A Health and Wellness Counselor may help you, to bring you back in balance and to good health through healthy eating and living, especially a proper diet suited for your condition and the use of natural remedies, herbs and supplements.
Barbara is a qualified nutritionist offering Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling. She gives Healthy weight loss advice and promotes the Mediterranean diet. She is the author of the Med Life Diet - creating healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life !