4. Apple Juice
And speaking of arsenic, there’s apparently quite a bit of it in apple juice. Back when we were kids, we drank the stuff by the gallon. Thanks to Dr. Oz, we now know that we were basically drinking sippy cups filled with toxins!
Oh, and that sippy cup you were drinking apple juice from? It probably had BPA in it. That’s Bisphenol A, a chemical that the Environmental Working Group describes as being “linked to a wide variety of ills, including infertility, breast and reproductive system cancer, obesity, diabetes, early puberty, behavioral changes in children and resistance to chemotherapy treatments.” BPA has been banned from children’s drinking cups and bottles since 2012, but is still present in many canned goods, plastic water bottles, and other products.
6. Antibacterial Soap
At some point in the nineties, it was decided that these soaps and washes were key to fighting off germs, illness, and cooties in general. Now it turns out that not only are some antibacterial products totally ineffective, but their active ingredients may actually have harmful effects.
Back in the day, our moms called it a simple stomach bug. They hadn’t yet met the new strain of Norovirus known as GII.4 Sydney that can cause explosive vomiting. The symptoms will fade after a couple of days. But the memories will scar you for life.
15. Sitting Down
You’re at your desk all day… then you drive home… then you sit down to dinner or hunker down in front of the TV. Sound familiar? Unfortunately, a new study has shown that sitting down can be really bad for you. Like, really, really bad. As in, taking years off your life.
17. “The Dirty Dozen”
OK, well, fruits and vegetables are definitely good for us, right? Uh, yeah. But the Environmental Working Group has a list of a dozen types of fruits and vegetables that have an icky level of pesticide residue when you buy the non-organic kind. And let’s just say this has not been a good time for apples as of late.
Something about a tuna-fish sandwich just screams “childhood.” But not only does industrial pollution result in an extra helping of toxic mercury, the methods of catching and killing tuna are inhumane and affect dolphins, too (even when tuna is marketed as “dolphin safe”). :-(
29. Fake Burgers
Nope, sorry. They’re often made with “hexane, an EPA-registered air pollutant and neurotoxin.” EW.
30. Talcum Powder
Buy talc-free, cornstarch-based baby powder instead!
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