Transcript: Food Sources of Flame Retardant Chemicals
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.
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Kerry Skinner.
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