Dirty Dozens: Awareness is Key to Healthy Living

February 12, 2015

Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) puts out a list on the top 12 foods you ought to purchase organically, and the Clean 15 you can pick up in the grocery store (and properly wash and prep once you get home). While the organization isn’t the end all, be all of research into the harmful affects of chemicals, they are committed to bringing you, the consumer, the latest research being done and what is happening in Washington, D.C. with regards to appropriate food labeling…or lack thereof.

In the most recent IDEA/ACE Fitness Journal (February 2015), it was announced that the EWG has recently come out with a Food Additives Dirty Dozen. In their press release, one of their senior scientists stated that while not all food additives are cause for concern, those found on this list are good to identify, especially (the article includes) since so many of them are restricted and/or banned in other countries. The list includes chemicals like nitrates/nitrites, potassium bromate, and propyl paraben. (The full list is linked above.)

While browsing their latest research page, I also discovered a Dirty Dozen Endocrine Disruptors list that I thought I’d post along with the others. While BPA is possibly the most well-known on the list due to its risks highlighted associated with plastics (mainly, but also canned goods) in the last several years, others, like phthalates, are also good to keep in mind when out shopping not only for food but also for health/beauty products. Again, the full list is posted above.

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2 Responses to “Dirty Dozens: Awareness is Key to Healthy Living”

  1. habisha said

    Europe and Australia have a list of food additives and give each a number. It’s very helpful for knowing what is in something. It runs to pages, but you can easily look up the unknown additive. Wish the States would do something like this.

    I just bought a box of mango mocha and found two ingredients I didn’t know. They both had these additive numbers. I looked them up on Wikipedia and found they were safe enough. Not sure why we need additives in our food anyway.

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