Dying for a Cookie: Seemingly Harmless Foods That Aren't

2. Sugar: In Places and in Quantities You Wouldn't Expect

In his TED talk, Jamie Oliver wheels out a wheelbarrow full of sugar as a demonstration of how much a child might consume by having chocolate milk at school for five years. (13:00) into the video)
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3. PCBs: In your fish oil Supplements?

If you're taking fish oil for your health, you may want to rethink your next pill. According to a lawsuit filed in California, many popular fish oil companies knowingly sell products with unnecessarily high levels of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) compounds--despite claims on the label that the product has been treated and is safe from PCB contamination. PCBs are a toxic manmade chemical thought to cause birth defects, cancer, and disruption to the endocrine, reproduction, immune, and nervous systems, so their presence in a supplement taken strictly for health benefits seems a little counterproductive.

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4. Is Agave Worse Than High Fructose Corn Syrup?

There have been some articles surfacing that claim agave nectar is no better than high-fructose corn syrup-a statement that, as a vegan baker and agave-lover, flabbergasted me, to say the least. How could my beloved, natural, organic, alternative agave be no better than processed, Monsanto-sprayed, genetically modified high fructose corn syrup? Is my beloved brownie-sweetener really nothing more than glorified high-fructose junk?

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5. Battles over Bovine Growth Hormones

That is the headline on our first post on bovine growth hormone, five years ago this month. Back then we wrote:

The product is now sold in all 50 states. According to Monsanto, approximately one third of dairy cattle in the U.S. are injected with Posilac -- approximately 13,000 dairy producers use the product. It is now the top selling dairy cattle pharmaceutical product in the U.S. The FDA does not require special labels for products produced from cows given rbST.

Since that time, there has been an ongoing public relations war over whether dairies can label their product with "absence labels" that declare it hormone free

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Wal-Mart To Monsanto 'No Thanks For The Bovine Growth Hormone'
Starbucks Switches To Hormone-Free Milk
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6. Is Soy Good for You? Separating Soy Fact from Soy Fiction

Soy has been considered both a saving grace and an instigator of evil, all within its 10 short years of being in the spotlight of the media. Many rumors stem from the fact that soy contains phytoestrogens, which function similarly to the natural form of estrogen. While there is some evidence to suggest these phytoestrogens can alter the processes of certain parts of the body, most research has discovered their influence very weak in comparison to the real deal. But let's put all rumor aside, and take an honest look at both the fact and the fiction of soy.

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See also: Dairy Gives You the Willies But Is Soy Milk a Safe Alternative?

No More Amazon Deforestation for Soya, Says McDonald's

There are also problems with the production of soy and the loss of rainforest. McDonald's has agreed to stop Amazon deforestation for soya farming, a huge move for this fast food giant. Used to feed chicken, soya is one of the main threats to the world's largest rain forest, according to Greenpeace.

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See also: Responsible Soy Producers Agree to Pretty Basic Sustainable Production Standards
It's Time To Get GMO Soy Lecithin Out Of Certified Organic Food

7. Bisphenol A is in your Tomato Sauce

By now just about everyone knows about BPA in polycarbonate bottles, but the stuff is also used in the epoxies that line cans.

The Globe and Mail and CTV have tested a range of canned foods and found that they are leaching more than double the amount of the stuff than the baby bottle and Nalgenes that everyone has been dumping. Tomato sauce had 18.2 parts per billion, kid's ravioli 6.2 ppb and tomato juice 14.1 ppb. "These results provide further evidence that we are marinating in this chemical on a daily basis," said Rick Smith, executive director of Environmental Defence.

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See also: Is There Bisphenol A In Your Home Canning?
Bisphenol A Found in Baby Food in Glass Jars

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