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LET’S ASK MARION: HOW DO WE EAT “LOW ON THE FOOD CHAIN?”
Submitted by KAT on Wed, 06/20/2007 - 7:21am.
kat : Here’s something I want to get off my chest. Evidence is growing that diet and environment may be key culprits in causing breast cancer, according to a recent report on PRI's Living On Earth. A professor of epidemiology, Dr. Devra Lee Davis, emphasized the importance of "eating low on the food chain." What constitutes a low-on-the-food chain diet?
Dr. Nestle: This is an old idea that received wide attention when Frances Moore Lappé
kat: Dr. Davis also noted that low-on-the-food-chain foods “are low in pesticides--the fatter the food, the more opportunities it has to absorb toxic chemicals, so eating a diet that is low in animal fat is important." Why do fatty foods absorb more toxins, if this is not too technical a question to ask?
Dr. Nestle: Of course not. Most toxins are organic compounds that are soluble in fat,
kat: But are all animal fats created equal? Is all red meat bad, or do
Dr. Nestle: The fat issue is really about ruminants--beef cattle--and you have to be
kat: Robinson also maintains that the CLAs in full fat grass-fed dairy
Dr. Nestle: The research on CLAs is preliminary but suggests that grass-fed beef is
kat: OK, so the jury’s out on whether grass-fed meat and dairy can reduce your cholesterol levels, but steering clear of factory farmed meats full of hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and chemicals may decrease your risk of cancer, and eating humanely raised (i.e. grass-fed) meats is bound to boost your karma!
Dr. Nestle: I couldn't agree more.
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