Again this month, new research shows that if we are what we eat, a lot of us are in trouble.
Imagine, we need to take care to keep arsenic out of our diet! The Dirty Dozen list identifies apples, celery, and cucumbers as particularly likely to contain a lot of pesticide residue. This is not to mention what happens to our cows as they are turned to beef…
While we know that these chemicals can be toxic and carcinogenic, the FDA tells us their concentrations are too low to have an impact on our health.
New research published by the Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) can help us see the limitations of this judgment.
The study found that when exposed to low-levels of common food pollutants, in other words, levels that have been considered safe, the glucose tolerance of obese female mice deteriorated, meaning that their insulin signaling mechanism went awry. Their male counterparts experienced a different but equally disconcerting effect. Their livers were affected, resulting in poorer cholesterol synthesis and transport.
“More and more pollutants are contaminating the air we breathe and the food we eat, and we are starting to see that concentrations considered to be safe in isolation may give rise to disease when mixed together. The resulting cocktail has significant impact on public health and contributes to the epidemic of chronic diseases we are currently facing.”
While the study did not directly look at impact of the air we breathe on metabolism, it is not far-fetched to think that air quality can also have similar impact on health, respiratory and otherwise.
There are 3 ways we can exert our wellness leadership, and say that enough is enough!
- Educate, educate, educate! Ignorance can be bliss, but knowledge is power. Tell your most enthusiastic participants about the dangers of air and food pollutants. Their best efforts at becoming healthy may be void otherwise. Share this article. If we can start attracting more people’s attention to these issues, reduce the demand for food that’s been produced through doubtful processes, and shed more media light on the problems of pollutants in combination, the companies who are perpetuating these unsafe practices will have to consider alternatives.
- Get involved! Please consider joining some of the organizations that dedicate their energy to putting pressure where it will be felt to make sure the food we eat and the air we breathe become cleaner. If a money donation isn’t in the cards for you right now, you can still show your support by participating in their email campaigns. Here are the ones I personally and actively support:
- Mom’s Clean Air Force rallies forces to protect our children’s right to clean air.
- Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible, and sustainably produced.
- Greenpeace. While I love animals, I make sure my donations go to preserve the planet so all creatures can enjoy it for years to come.
- Re-confirm your commitment to organic food, or re-evaluate your doubts about the expense, at least for the Dirty Dozen. In addition to maintaining your own health, you’ll be supporting farmers and merchants committed to providing cleaner food.
We can’t be fully healthy living in an unhealthy environment, so I’d love to hear what you’re doing to help make our food sources as clean as possible. Please share!