10 Ways to Protect your Family from Toxic Food
And it’s harder than ever to know what is truly healthy and nourishing for your body.
Companies can use words or images on the front of their products that are often misleading (such as the terms “All Natural” as opposed to “Organic”). Which is why looking at the nutrition facts and ingredients list on each product is so important!
And don’t forget, GMO products don’t need to be labelled in the U.S. so it can be difficult to know if the food product you are looking at contains GMO ingredients or not.
But it doesn’t have to be hard to protect your family from toxic food. It’s all about knowledge and making the right choices!
1) Buy Organic.
From my article Top 5 Food Myths: Debunked, “‘Organic’ is food that has been grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation.
Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones. Also, if there is an organic label on the product, there are legal implications if the standards are not met.” 
So by buying and eating organic, you’re avoiding all the dangerous additives and chemicals that are in processed and non-organic foods.
2) Avoid GMOs.
Plain and simple, food that contains GMOs are unhealthy. They cause numerous health problems in both animals and humans.
From ResponsibleTechnology.org, “The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. They cite animal studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility.
Human studies show how genetically modified (GM) food can leave material behind inside us, possibly causing long-term problems. Genes inserted into GM soy, for example, can transfer into the DNA of bacteria living inside us, and that the toxic insecticide produced by GM corn was found in the blood of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses.” 
3) Wash all your fruits and vegetables before eating or peeling.
It’s important to wash all fruits and vegetables under running water before you eat or prepare them.
Washing all produce under running water helps to reduce bacteria and wash away dirt. This should be done even if you’re not planning on eating the skin.
The FDA suggests drying your fruits and vegetables with a clean paper towel in order to further reduce surface bacteria.
4) Don’t cut your veggies and meat on the same cutting board & always wash your cutting boards thoroughly.
According to North Carolina State University, “if you cut up a raw chicken, and then use the same cutting board to slice a tomato for your salad, you run the risk of cross-contamination – with bacteria from the chicken being transferred to the tomato. That, of course, would be bad.
And vegetarians aren’t off the hook either. Fruits and vegetables can also carry pathogens (and transfer them to cutting boards).” 
Also, the type of cutting board you use makes a difference when reducing bacteria. In general, using a plastic board is better for cutting meat while a wood board is better for fruits and vegetables.
To learn more about cutting boards, click here.
5) Avoid buying food that contains these 10 dangerous ingredients.
To learn more about each of these, click the printable or click this link, “10 Dangerous Ingredients in the Food you Love to Eat.”
6) Avoid food that is heavily processed.
It’s just a fact – our western diet is full of processed food.
If a food product is “processed”, it has been chemically produced. It’s food that is made from artificial and refined ingredients.
Processed foods are full of refined carbohydrates, high fructose corn syrup, and unhealthy fats. Many also contain other unhealthy things like preservatives, chemicals, additives, and colorants.
Most processed foods are also very low in nutrients so they don’t do much good for your body. And in some foods, synthetic vitamins and mineral may be added. However, this is not a good alternative to natural vitamins and minerals found in real food.
7) Encourage your family, especially your children, to drink more water and less soda and juice.
Both soda and juice are FULL of sugar (keep in mind they are different types of sugar, however a lot of sugar in any form isn’t good)!
Compare Welch’s Grape Juice (8 fl. oz. – 36 grams of sugar) and Pepsi (8 fl. oz. – 28 grams of sugar).
To learn more (and see an infographic) about how sugar affects the body read my article, “How Does Soda Affect Your Body?”
8) Make yourself knowledgeably on the difference between organic and non-organic.
Because this is so important to know in order to keep your family healthy, I created this quiz: Test Your Knowledge on Organic Food!
Take this 10 question quiz to find out how much you know and learn some quick facts!
9) Monitor your children’s meals and snacks.
As a parent, we generally have control over what they put in their mouth. Make the most of this and try to feed them healthy, nutritious snacks and meals.
A child who eats fast food and sugary sweets all the time is not going to be as healthy, or ready for a long day at school, as a child who regularly eats food that is nutritious and healthy.
10) Teach your children how to avoid toxic food.
Teaching your children how to make healthy food choices is one of the best things you can do for their health.
By doing this, you’ll be helping them make better choices about what they put in their body for the rest of their life.
And the best way to teach them how to eat healthy is by example – showing them how to cook, how to shop for nutritious and healthy food, how to tell the difference between healthy and unhealthy food, etc.
Choosing to buy and consume food that is healthy and nutritious is one of the best ways to protect your family from the unhealthy and toxic foods that are so prevalent today.
And remember, keeping your family healthy by protecting them from toxic food doesn’t have to be hard, and by following these 10 tips, you’ll find it even easier!