Jun 30, 2015
Since I was young, I've always been interested in food. I remember being excited to learn about the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that certain foods offer my body. In recent years, I learned about toxicants in food, including ones that can disrupt our biological processes.
Some are inevitable because our environment is polluted. Others are avoidable. Prepackaged foods often contain additional contaminants from the food preparation process and from food packaging. We should be considering toxicants in our food as often as we think about their calories, fat and nutrition.
The Environmental Working Group recently released a new tool: Food Scores. It rates foods based on nutrition, ingredients and processing concerns. I checked a few of our household staples since they would be providing chronic sources of exposure. Below are the results, with 1 being the best and 10 being the worst.
I recommend looking up your household staples. I'm glad I did it because reviewing results informed me of alternative products with lower ratings and reinforced some of my choices. Afterwards, we can grocery shop with more relevant information. Let me know what you learned in the Comments box below!
|Household Staple||EWG Food Score|
|Food For Life Ezekiel (bread)||1.4|
|Food For Life English Muffins Sprouted Grain||1.4|
|Follow Your Heart Organic Vegenaise Regular||8.0|
|Alvarado St. Bakery, Sprouted Wheat Bagels or Sprouted Wheat Onion||3.5|
|Stonyfield Organic, Smoothie Peach or Wild Berry||6.0|
|Stonyfield Organic, Yogurt Smoothie Strawberry||7.0|
|Stonyfield Organic, Yogurt Smoothie Raspberry||5.0|
|Stonyfield Organic, Lowfat Yogurt Smoothie Strawberry||3.5|
|Ronnybrook Farm Dairy Creamline Milk||4.5|
|Once Again Organic Butter Sunflower Seed||3.0|
|Woodstock Crunchy Almond Butter||1.5|
|Maranatha, Almond Butter Spread Creamy||4.0|
|Artisana Almond Butter||1.0|
|Maranatha, Organic Raw Creamy Almond Butter||1.0|
Each month, we will "meditate" on a body part or system. The goal is to connect with our body, senses, and symptoms to rely on this curiosity and "listening" as guidance for a gentle, detox journey.
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Access Sophia's shopping list for her household staples. They're her favorite low toxic items that she can't live without. Also see which EMF protection products she uses.