5 Foods you should stop eating (according to this)

According to the magazine "Prevention", here are five foods you should never eat, because they're loaded with toxins and chemicals.  And chances are, you eat ALL of them regularly.



#1.)  Canned Tomatoes.  The linings in tin cans contain a synthetic compound called BPA that's been linked to reproductive problems, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.  And it's especially bad for kids.  (--BPA stands for bisphenol-A.)



--Some canned foods are fine, but the acid in tomatoes causes BPA to absorb into the food.



--So instead of canned tomatoes, you should buy the ones that come in glass bottles.  They're more expensive, but they don't have BPA.



#2.)  Corn-Fed Beef.  You've probably heard this one before:  Cows are supposed to eat grass, but they fatten up more quickly if they eat corn.  Plus, it's a lot cheaper for the cattle farmers.



--Grass-fed beef is more expensive at the store, and you might have to go to Whole Foods to get it.  But corn-fed beef isn't nearly as good for you.



--According to a study at Clemson University, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.  And it's lower in saturated fat, which is linked to heart disease.



#3.)  Microwave Popcorn.  According to a recent study at UCLA, chemicals in the lining of the bag might cause infertility issues.



--And in animal testing, chemicals that are similar to the ones found in popcorn bags caused liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer.



--Manufacturers have agreed to stop using the chemical, but it won't be phased out until 2015.



#4.)  Non-Organic Potatoes.  Potatoes are the most-popular vegetable in America, but since they're root vegetables, they absorb more pesticides from the soil.



--And to prevent sprouts from popping out, non-organic potatoes are treated with chemicals AGAIN after they're picked.



#5.)  Milk Made Using Artificial Hormones.  Most dairy farmers use a growth hormone in cows to boost the production of milk.  It works, but it also leads to higher levels of a hormone called IGF-1, which could cause cancer.



--Researchers still need to do more research to see if it DEFINITELY causes cancer, but the growth hormone has been banned in most industrialized countries.



--To make sure your milk doesn't have it, look for a label that either says, "RBGH-free" or "RBST-free."  Or just buy organic milk.