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Risky or healthy?

October 8, 2009

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The Center for Science in the Public Interest recently released a report with a list of the top 10 riskiest foods regulated by the FDA. Interestingly enough, many of the foods listed are some of the healthiest for us, including leafy greens, sprouts and berries. This may leave the public even more confused about what to eat. However, the nonprofit group doesn’t suggest eliminating these foods from our diets, but asks the FDA to enforce stricter standards on food producers.  An increased number of inspections could lead to a decline in foodborne outbreaks and illnesses.

As consumers, what can we do in the meantime? Continue to eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and high-quality proteins. Foods like leafy greens will boost your immunity and keep your system strong enough to handle infections. Be sure to handle all your food carefully. Wash produce thoroughly and use different utensils and cutting boards for raw meat. Whenever possible, buy local and organic so you know where your food is coming from.

While reports such as these may come as a shock initially, look at them as simple reminders to make the best possible choices when it comes to your food. A few extra precautions will keep you and your family safe and healthy.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.