New Years Resolutions 2012

Now that 2012 is under way,  most people’s New Years Resolution is getting healthy and fit. Cheapeats wants to help you keep those resolutions by devoting the month of January to the cause.


Cheapeats recently attended a conference on this subject matter at the New York Academy of Medicine , and we wanted to share what we learned.

Pesticides and Food – The pesticides that are used by conventional farmers is getting into our food system and affecting our children.  Endocrine Hormone Disruption is an increasing syndrome that is occurring. Girls are developing quicker and testosterone levels in boys are decreasing. Because it’s rampid in our food chain, children are being born pre-polluted. Due to this endocrine disruption, we’re seeing increased cases of Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism and Asperger.

Chemicals that are Developmental Neurotoxicants:

  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • DDT
  • Alcohol
  • PCB
  • Arsenic
  • Manganese
  • Chlorpyrifos (most common agricultural pesticide)

Plastics – The need for convenience has increased the use of plastics in our lives. But did you know that many of the things that touch our bodies everyday are increasing our toxins levels?


  • Vinyl Curtains
  • Vinyl Flooring
  • Plastic Toys
  • Perfumes
  • Nail Polish
  • Lotions/Shampoos
  • Food Packaging
  • IV Bags & Food Tubes used in hospitals
  • Pill Containers

BPA Bisphernol A are found in:

  • Soda Cans
  • Lining of canned foods
  • Dental Sealants
  • Baby Bottles
  • Thermal Receipts

By now you’re thinking; ‘So should I just shut the door and never leave my house?” No, that’s not what we’re saying. We’re encouraging you to be the ‘”CEO OF YOUR HOME.” By taking some of these steps, you will help bring about a change.

  • Avoid canned foods – use fresh or frozen whenever possible
  • Wash hands after handling thermal receipts
  • Avoid plastics labelled 03, 06, 07 –
  • Use safer plastics – 01, 02, 04, 05
  • Buy PBA free bottles
  • Avoid products saying “Fragrance”
  • Don’t microwave plastic
  • Use DBP nail polish
  • Use more glass
  • Buy furniture and clothing made out of natural fibers
  • Avoid products that contain parabens
  • Don’t smoke
  • Eat foods that are low on the food chain – Plant based
  • Eat Organic whenever you can – Save $ by joining a Food Co-op
  • Use plant based or non-toxic cleaners
  • Read labels

Foods that have the fewest pesticides:

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Cantaloupe
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Onions
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet Corn
  • Sweet Peas
  • Sweet Potato
  • Watermelon

Foods that are higher in pesticides – buy Organic

  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Blueberries
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Imported Grapes
  • Kale & Collards
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

We need to put increased pressure  on our leaders to stop the use of these toxins and put regulatory measures in place.




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About The Author

A fierce love of food and twin careers in real estate and fashion taught Rose to look for the hottest item and the hottest deal. Perfect attributes for creating When friends and clients needed a great meal at a great price, she could rattle off restaurant names the way a sports nut ticks off batting averages—but with a lot more home runs. Now it’s all at Cheapeats, where you’ll find “Happiness, $25 and under.”


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