If you are someone who pays attention to nutrition — and if you have diabetes you should be — you will realize there are reasons other than controlling your blood sugar for avoiding some foods. This article explains why avoiding some foods is important for our health and for our world.

  • Swordfish. This fish is loaded with mercury, which can cause damage to developing children and prompt heart attacks in adults. Choose wild-caught Alaskan salmon, Atlantic mackerel, or pole- or troll-caught Pacific albacore tuna for your dose of omega 3’s.
  • Nonorganic Strawberries. If the strawberries you buy aren’t organic, then they have been treated with pesticides. Those pesticides are applied by workers who are required to wear hazmat suits. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
  • Diet Soda. Regardless of where you stand on the artificial sweetener argument, it makes sense to limit your consumption. Opt for plain old water or healthier beverage options.
  • Any fast food. No matter which company you are apt to choose in the fast food industry, they are all modifying the food they prepare to make it more appealing and increase its “shelf life.” None of that is good for you. Cook your own.
  • Canned Tomatoes. The BPA found in cans is not good for our health. It has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Buy your tomatoes in glass jars or can your own!
  • Bread. Another controversial subject is whether or not we should be eating today’s wheat. It’s highly modified and doesn’t resemble your grandmother’s wheat. Try removing wheat products from your diet for a time and see if you don’t feel better.
  • Sprouts. Sprouts sound healthy, right? Unfortunately, sprouts of all sorts have been at the center of many food recalls; prompting over 40 major illness outbreaks over the last 20 years. Use shredded cabbage instead.

The article covers some other unsavory foods that we find on the market. The bottom line is you should pay attention not only to what is in the food you buy but where it came from and how it was produced. Buyer beware!