Understanding Obesogens

There’s a new group of secret saboteurs in the war against weight gain. They’re called obesogens, and they are all around us. Here’s how to track down the enemies to win the battle of the bulge.

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How to avoid obesogens:

  • Buy wild fish (such as salmon, which is packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids) and meat products that are hormone- and antibiotic free.
  • Install a granular activated carbon filter on your faucet to filter out chemicals such as atrazine.
  • Use aluminum water bottles or those that are BPA-free.
  • Steer clear of plastics with the number 3 or 7 on the bottom, which may leach BPA. Instead look for the numbers 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6, which are unlikely to contain BPA.
  • Keep water bottles cool (warm temperatures increase BPA leaching) and never microwave plastic.
  • Eat fewer canned foods. Opt for frozen or fresh instead. Tuna can be found in pouches that do not contain BPA.
  • Get rid of your non-stick pans if possible. If you must use a Teflon pan, never use a metal implement on it that can scratch the surface and release the chemicals inside, and throw away any scratched non-stick pans.
  • Buy meats straight from the butcher counter (instead of pre-packaged) and ask that they wrap them in brown paper.
  • Skip the air fresheners, open the windows, and try a vase of dried lavender instead.