3 more ways to stay safe at the grocery store
If you caught last week’s blog I mentioned that I would be following up with three more healthy tips for grocery shopping. As I mentioned before buying organic is a good place to start, but there are other things to consider:
Milk and eggs. Whether you are on the side that thinks we drink way too much milk or not, most people agree that it’s better to buy and drink organic milk than the regular grocery store variety because of the artificial hormones. Eggs, on the other hand, are not the same story. Chickens are not, as a rule, given artificial hormones. Cage-free eggs might have more nutritional value than chickens from a factory farm, but not likely to make a dramatic difference. (I’ll be explaining the reason for this in next week’s blog.)
And it’s never necessary to buy eggs labeled vegetarian fed because chickens are not vegetarians. Chickens eat a variety of grasses, seeds, grains, bugs and gravel when they have a well-balanced diet. About 20 percent of their diet should come from live insects such as earthworms, grasshoppers, and beetles. It’s not uncommon for a chicken to eat frogs and mice (and sometimes even a snake) as well. Chickens are omnivores and should never be fed a vegetarian diet. I recommend sticking with simply cage-free and/or organic eggs.
Non-stick pots and pans. They might be convenient but they pose a health risk. The non-stick coating gives off a toxic fume when heated to high temperatures and the coating breaks down over time which gets cooked into food. I recommend using stainless steel cookware instead.
Household cleaners. When you consider that about 80% of what touches the skin is absorbed into the body, it’s important to try and minimize harsh chemicals that come in direct contact with skin. Check out some eco-friendly products. These are not just good for the environment, they are often better for your health as well. For years, I’ve been using just mild soap, lemon juice and Method Home cleaning products. Method’s formula is one of the mildest out there, but I still use gloves when I come in contact with them.
What other things do you think about when considering product safety and the grocery store?