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persistent organic pollutants

Food sources associated with the highest levels of persistent organic pollutants: fish (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here), fish oil (see here, here, here, here), and chicken (see here, here). There also may be concerning levels in fast food, dairy, creatine supplements, and some Ayurvedic medicinal preparations. Chemical obesogens (industrial chemical pollutants) may play a role in the current obesity epidemic. Those eating plant-based diets have been found to be significantly less polluted with industrial toxins than omnivores.

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