I’ve been interviewed and quoted by Prevention magazine a few times about food safety stuff. They didn’t seem any worse or better than anyone else and I always took the time to explain things from my world of microbial food safety and what makes people barf.
But their latest story, which did not include me or any other food safety expert I know, claims to present, The top 7 foods avoided by food safety experts.
Greg Johnson, editor of the Kansas City-based The Packer went twitterlistic, writing that the "7 foods experts won’t eat, from Prevention mag lists conventional apples and potatoes. Too bad "experts" are bunch of leftist hacks.”
Not sure if it’s a left or right thing – the U.S. is big on moral dualism. Maybe it’s a dumb or smart thing.
Liz Vaccariello, editor in chief of Prevention Magazine, recently interviewed several experts on food healthfulness and safety. She asked, “What foods do you avoid”, and was surprised by some of the answers.
1. Canned Tomatoes, Canned Soup, Canned Green Beans
Something to do with BPA. Risk is minimal. Canned tomatoes are a great source of antioxidants. Canned soup and green beans are great comfort food. Food safety is impeccable.
2. Corn-Fed Beef
Something to do with nutrient profiles and blowing Whole Foods. Corn-fed beef rocks.
3. Microwave Popcorn???
Something about the chemicals. Eat real food, not popcorn.
4. Nonorganic Potatoes and Carrots???
Something about root vegetables absorbing pesticides. I worry more about microorganisms, and eating enough fruits and vegetables.
5. Farmed Salmon???
Something about chemicals in farmed salmon, which are far below acceptable government limits. Farmed salmon preserves the environment.
6. Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones???
Something about rBST and this is the best someone at the Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility can come up with, when 30 per cent of all people in all countries get sick from the food and water they consume each year, and none of it has anything to do with genetically engineered hormones.
7. Nonorganic Apples and Pears???
Something about pesticide accumulation. Total BS. Bring on the conventional apples and pears. My kid loves them.