Reduce toxicants in your diet: Use Food Scores!

diet kitchen 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
Ezekiel_Sprouted_Grain_Bread Food For Life Ezekiel (bread) 1.4
Food for life english muffin Food For Life English Muffins Sprouted Grain 1.4
Organic Vegenaise Follow Your Heart Organic Vegenaise Regular 8.0
Sprouted Bagels Alvarado St. Bakery, Sprouted Wheat Bagels or Sprouted Wheat Onion 3.5
Stonyfield Peach Smoothie Stonyfield Organic, Smoothie Peach or Wild Berry 6.0
Stonyfield strawberry smoothie Stonyfield Organic, Yogurt Smoothie Strawberry 7.0
Raspberry smoothie Stonyfield Organic, Yogurt Smoothie Raspberry 5.0
Stonyfield smoothie strawberry lowfat Stonyfield Organic, Lowfat Yogurt Smoothie Strawberry 3.5
ronnybrook creamline milk Ronnybrook Farm Dairy Creamline Milk 4.5
sunflower seed butter Once Again Organic Butter Sunflower Seed 3.0
 Woodstock almond butter Woodstock Crunchy Almond Butter 1.5
Maranatha almond butter Maranatha, Almond Butter Spread Creamy 4.0
Artisana almond butter Artisana Almond Butter 1.0
Maranatha raw almond butter Maranatha, Organic Raw Creamy Almond Butter 1.0


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