Stig’s commandment – Avoid/minimise contact with environmental toxins (video)
Stig teaches us about environmental toxins
Pesticides and other chemicals have been linked to a range of diseases, including diabetes, neurological disorders, and various types of cancer (source).
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In his column, Professor Stig Bengmark draws attention to the fact that there are a number of chemical substances whose long-term consequences are still unknown, especially when the substances are mixed together. Some chemicals that have been given a lot of attention in recent years for their effects on health are parabens and phthalates, which can be found in skin creams, make-up and plastic toys, among others.
Another type of environmental toxin is pesticides. Pesticides are used to protect crops from insects, weeds and other factors that can damage the harvest. It’s basically impossible to completely avoid exposure to pesticides, as they can remain in any food that has come into contact with them. Even organic goods may have been sprayed with pesticides, but organic pesticides are used in this case.
Although it’s not possible to completely avoid pesticides, the amount of pesticides that different foods contain varies. One example of fruits and vegetables that generally contain high levels of pesticides is ‘the dirty dozen’. These should either be bought organic, or replaced with other plant foods that contain lower levels. Similarly, there are also lists of fruits and vegetables that usually contain low levels of pesticides.
Read more about environmental toxins in Stig’s column: Become a poison hunter – It’s worth it
See all the videos about Stig’s 12 commandments here: Stig’s commandments