Other than pet food and fish, which may be most contaminated, how do fire retardant chemicals (PBDE) and polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCN) concentrate in the American food supply?
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What are they eating in New York? I bet its more than just big apples. You may remember me covering this study a few years ago, which showed that the primary source of flame retardant chemicals in the American diet (with the exception of infants, who get all the pollution straight from their moms) is meat, fish, dairy, and eggs.
But which kind of meat is the worst? We didn't know, until recently. We know fish is the worst. And this is for halibut, which is actually one of the least contaminated. But in terms of other meats. Second only to fish in terms of contamination, poultry, then pork, then beef.
What's this one here, though, between chicken and fish? Turkey.
So bottom-line, white meat is more contaminated with flame retardant chemical pollutants than red. Though the highest concentrations, are actually found in our dogs and cats food
What about polychlorinated naphthalenes? Until this study was published “Information on the occurrence of toxicologically significant [industrial pollutants] in food, or on human exposure, [was] sparse. “ PCNs are chlorinated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, a potentially vast group of little-known environmental contaminants of human origin, whose chemical structure “can bestow a dioxin-like mode of toxic action. Say no more.
Though banned in many countries, which aisle might we still find the most in the grocery store? The bread shelves? Dairy case? Deli? Egg section? Fish counter? Produce department?
The worst was fish, with the worst of the worst, farmed salmon, followed closely by organic salmon. Then comes poultry and eggs. Let's zoom in a bit. Red meat has less… the worse being lamb. then comes dairy, and at the bottom of the food chain, vegetables, fruit, and bread, so about ten times less than meat dairy eggs, and about a hundred times safer than fish, which gives as an idea of the route we might want to take through the supermarket.
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My mention of New Yorkers is a reference to Friday’s NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day Pollutants in Californian Breast Tissue. The PBDE video I then refer to is Flame Retardant Chemical Contamination. The highest levels of pollutants in fish should come as no surprise. Everything eventually flows down into our oceans, which have become humanity's de facto sewer. This is exemplified in videos such as Food Sources of PCB Chemical Pollutants, Is Distilled Fish Oil Toxin Free?, and Xenoestrogens & Early Puberty. Then there's the whole mercury issue. For videos on that, see Nerves of Mercury, Hair Testing For Mercury Before Considering Pregnancy, and The Effect of Canned Tuna on Future Wages. Tomorrow we look at how much of the banned pesticide DDT we're still passing along to the next generation in DDT in Umbilical Cord Blood.
For some context, please check out my associated blog posts: Pollutants in Californian Breast Tissue, Protecting Our Babies From Pollutants, Why Are Children Starting Puberty Earlier?, and Fukushima Radiation and Seafood
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