Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 2 (Summer 2016) - Page 68

CHILDREN, PESTICIDES, AND FOOD - Kolmes all the ingredients in the label. So read the label and, if you don’t recognize the ingredients, don’t buy it. Woman 13: Can’t they hide a certain amount from the label based on trade secrets? SK: They can. There are certain circumstances in which there is proprietary information that they can hide. But they can’t hide all of it. In general, if you see a whole long list of chemicals, you shouldn’t buy the product. Go to the “Skin Deep” database. There are lots of things you can do with that information. Some of the substances present in personal care products can be hidden. They don’t have to list formaldehyde. It’s a known human carcinogen. It’s in your personal care products, but it’s not listed for various reasons I can’t go into. You’ll never know about that one. On the other hand, laurel sulfates are right there on the label. What is that ingredient anyway? If you don’t know, don’t spread it on your head. If it says, “fragrance,” don’t buy it. Artificial fragrances are almost all estrogenic. They give you a little hormone boost and it’s not good for you. If the label says fragrance, you shouldn’t purchase that material. Buy things you understand. If the label doesn’t have strange things on it, it’s probably pretty good for you. Woman 14: I like to eat apples. Should I not feed my children apples unless they are organic? SK: If you can afford it, I would try to avoid that. If you can’t do that, I would peel them. But even peeling them is not going to do any good for arsenic because the arsenic is going to be in the flesh of the apple. Apples are at the very top of the “Dirty Dozen.” If there was one food you were going to buy organic, I would buy apples. And for milk, the lower the fat concentration of the milk, the less contamination it has because most contaminants are fat soluble. Whole milk has more contaminants in it than 2 percent, and 2 percent has more than 1 percent, and 1 percent has more than skim. So you go for the lowest fat milk you can tolerate even though it starts tasting like white water. Thank you. You’ve been very patient. 65