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The Health Risks of Eating Conventionally-Grown Potatoes

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Whenever I think about a lot of the food that I ate growing up, it isn't overly pleasant. It was the standard American diet with all of the processed, fast food that most of the country still consumes today.

Fortunately, my childhood took place before the emergence of GMOs (mid-90s) and growth hormone milk (late 80s), so I escaped some of the really bad things when my body was in its crucial stage of development.

One food that I fondly remember eating, and loving, at family dinners was potatoes. And it wasn't just the insides of the potatoes. I particularly loved eating the skins. Yet, little did I or my parents know just how toxic they were.

When many people think of the most important foods to be eating organic, potatoes do not immediately come to mind as quickly as apples, grapes, or spinach do. But they should and here's why.

THE PROBLEMS WITH CONVENTIONAL POTATOES

1) According to the USDA's Pesticide Data Program, 37 different pesticides have been found on conventional potatoes.

And out of these 37:

- 7 are known or probably carcinogens

- 12 are suspected hormone disruptors

- 9 are neurotoxins

- 6 are developmental or reproductive toxins

The chemical that is found on 76% of all conventional potatoes is chlorpropham, an herbicide that is used to stop the growth of weeds and to inhibit potato sprouting.     


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