Surprising Foods Experts Wouldn’t Touch


Using canned tomatoes to make sauce? Chilling out with a movie and a bag of microwaveable popcorn? Enjoying a glass of milk before you start your day?

Simple choices like these are potentially dangerous to your health—and we don’t just mean to your waistline. According to Prevention‘s panel of experts, canned tomatoes, microwave popcorn and hormone-treated milk were amongst things they would never eat.

Fredrick vom Saal, PhD, an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri, explained that canned tomato containers contain a resin lining that have a synthetic estrogen called bisphenol-A. Tomatoes, with their high acidity, cause BPA, which can lead to everything from heart problems to fertility issues, to absorb into the food. “I won’t go near canned tomatoes,” vom Saal says.

Olga Naidenko, PhD, a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group, chose microwaveable popcorn as off limits. She explained that chemicals in the lining of the bag including perfluorooctanoic acid have been linked to infertility. “They stay in your body for years and accumulate there.”

Nonorganic potatoes and apples also made the list. Root vegetables are particularly susceptible to the chemicals they use to prevent fungus and kill off the vines. “I’ve talked with potato growers who say point-blank they would never eat the potatoes they sell. They have separate plots where they grow potatoes for themselves without all the chemicals,” Jeffrey Moyer, chair of the National Organic Standards Board, says. Apples are another fruit that are highly treated with chemicals because they lack a resistance to pests. Studies are even finding links between pesticides and Parkinson’s disease.

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