5 Items to Ban From Your Shopping Cart

We have recently discussed partially hydrogenated oils, so consider that one to be a part of this list too.  In light of labeling confusion and as well as all the things manufacturers are not forced to tell us, here are another 5 foods you should be avoiding.

With so many bad choices lurking in the shopping isles of our grocery stores, it can be stressful deciding what items to put in your cart.  Don’t feel overwhelmed being a conscious consumer.  Its a very good thing to understand what it is you are putting in to your body.  Here’s a quick cheat sheet of items you should definitely bypass, always..

  • Canned tomato – Typically cans used to store food are lined with bisphenol A- also known as BPA.. This chemical is linked to reproductive issues, cancer and obesity to name a few.  So why are tomatoes singled out??  The acidity in this fruit causes the BPA to leech into the product easily.  Try bottled or fresh tomato instead..


  • Farmed fish- farm raised fish live in small overly crowded tanks and fed corn meal, soy, and genetically modified canola oil.  Antibiotics, chemicals and added growth hormones may be used to allow for speedier production.. yuck.


  • The ingredient “cellulose” –  Turns out this item is “wood pulp” masquerading as fiber.  Yes, that’s right, they are feeding us wood.. This ingredient is added to products to bulk them up making us think we are getting more food, pretty sneaky huh?


  • Bottled water – Did you know that bottled water is actually less regulated than our tap water?  Our tap water has to go through rigorous testing before it comes out of our faucets.  Also, the bottling and shipping is taxing on the environment and bottles obviously create too much waste – my suggestion is to buy a filtration system.


  • Non organic corn, soy or canola products – These items will almost surely be genetically modified.  And as we know, there is currently no laws requiring companies to label when GMO’s are contained.

Have any items you want added to this list, leave a comment for me!


** Married mommy of two beautiful girls , residing in San Diego. Practice manager/Veterinary nurse working in the field for 11 years.

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2 Responses

  1. Quiana G. says:

    Hi, love the blog. So when you say bottled tomatoes, will this include jarred tomatoes as a safe food? Also “cellulose” this is the first time I’m ever hearing this word… What type of foods might this be found in?

    • admin says:

      Good morning! Thank you for leaving your questions.. Yes, I would consider jarred tomatoes safe as long as there isn’t a long list of preservatives or an excessive amount of added sugar as sometimes jarred tomato sauces can contain. Basically, all of our canned foods will contain BPA because the cans are lined with it, but tomatoes are so acidic that they allow the chemical to leech into the food easier. As far as I know our glass jars are not treated, except for the inside of the metal lid, which will have far less exposure to the contents.
      Cellulose is typically made of wood pulp or cotton, small cellulose particles impart a smooth consistency, and stickiness to products such as salad dressings, barbecue sauces and, ice cream.. Its pretty low on the gross out factor but not something that I like the idea of consuming regularly..
      Please forward me any other questions!!

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