The Foods the Experts Don't Want You to Eat

You may think you're filling your plate with healthy foods, but are you really loading up on hormones and pesticides? Learn how to avoid the foods the experts won't touch.

The Foods the Experts Don't Want You to Eat

Are you piling your plate with foods the experts won't even go near? You may be surprised to learn what seemingly healthy foods are packed with hidden pesticides and hormones that could be sabotaging your health. Keep reading for the secrets to shopping for safer versions of your favorite foods.

Oncologist Dr. Marleen Meyers Won't Drink: Milk With Artificial Hormones

Why? It could increase your risk of breast cancer. In the 1980s, farmers began to inject cows with bovine growth hormone (rbGH) to speed their growth and increase milk output. While rbGH itself is thought to be inactive in humans, it leads to significantly higher levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in milk. IGF-1 affects cell growth and death cycles and can contribute to tumor growth. Specifically, studies have linked increased IGF-1 levels to breast cancer, in addition to prostate and colon cancers.

Is This the Best Snack to Help You Maintain Your Weight Loss?

It could also help lower your heart rate and bad cholesterol.

Is trying to lose weight — and keep it off — driving you nuts? Well, maybe it should drive you to nuts. New findings published in the journal Nutrients highlight the power nuts may have on successful weight loss.

Nuts vs. Pretzels

UCLA researchers put 95 overweight or obese folks ages 30–68 on a diet that provided 500 calories less than needed to maintain their resting metabolic rate for 12 weeks, then maintenance for another 12. The diet included 1.5 ounces of mixed nuts for half the group and pretzels for the others (both "snacks" delivered the same amount of calories).

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