7 common foods that you should avoid

COLUMBIA (WACH) â?? According to, here are 7 foods that are loaded with toxins and chemicals that you should avoid, and many of them can be found right in your cabinet.

  1. Canned Tomatoes- The resign linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes and obesity. The acidity in tomatoes causes BPA to leach into your food. Substitute bottled pasta sauce for canned tomatoes.

  2. Corn-fed beef- Cows are fed corn and soybeans by farmers to fatten up the animals faster for slaughter. Grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Itâ??s also lower in inflammatory omega-6s and lower in saturated fats that have been linked to heart disease. Grass-fed beef can be found at specialty grocers, farmersâ?? markets and Whole Foods.

  3. Microwave popcorn- The lining of the bag include perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA), which may be linked to infertility in humans, according to a study from UCLA. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving cause the chemicals to vaporize and migrate into your popcorn. Pop natural kernels in the skillet and use real butter or dried seasonings for flavoring.

  4. Nonorganic potatoes- Potatoes are treated with fungicides during the growing season and then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. Buy organic potations, which are only $1 to $2 a pound.

  5. Farmed salmon- Farmed Salmon is fed soy, poultry litter and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. It is lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT. Switch to wild-caught Alaska salmon. If the package says fresh Atlantic, itâ??s farmed. There are no commercial fisheries left for wild Atlantic salmon.

  6. Milk produced with artificial hormonesâ??Milk producers treat their dairy cattle with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH and rBST, as it also known) to boost milk production, but also increases udder infections and pus in the milk. In people, high levels of IGF-1 may contribute to breast, prostate and colon cancers. Rick North, project director of the Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility says that IGF-1 is banned in most industrialized countries.

  7. Conventional apples- Apples are sprayed with pesticides frequently. Buy organic apples. If you canâ??t afford organic apples, be sure to wash and peel them.

Sonya Jones, the Director for the Center of Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities says that the foods on this list are all foods that people should include in a healthy diet, and that the list is really focused on questionable farming, processing, and packaging practices.