Safe Non-Organic Foods
In The Thyroid Cure, I suggest you buy organic food whenever possible, but I promised to include information on this site about which foods are safe to buy even if conventionally farmed. This information comes from the Environmental Working Group and other sources. The list is mostly based on which foods have been found to have the lowest pesticide residues. I want to preface this list by saying it’s not always a simple call.
For example, sweet corn is on the EWG’s 2013 list of 15 conventionally grown foods that are safe to eat, because it comes in at the bottom of the list for pesticide residues. The problem is that beginning in 2012, Monsanto began introducing GMO sweet corn with Bt toxin genetically introduced right into the corn, aiming at 40% of the sweet corn market in the US. Bt toxin is a pesticide that organic farmers are allowed to use, but they use as little as possible and you can wash it off organic produce. When the pesticide is engineered right into the food, you can’t wash it off. There are limits to the amount of Bt toxin allowed on produce, but the EPA has made special exceptions for the crops of corn, and in February 2014, soy (after being petitioned by Dow AgroSciences). The GMO companies say it’s safe, but a mounting body of evidence has demonstrated the BT toxin can make it through stomach acids into the intestines. Bt toxin actually kills pests by breaking down their intestinal lining. Yikes! I wouldn’t trust it with my intestinal lining. Because of that, I removed sweet corn from the list. Besides, corn is not on the Eating for Your Good Genes program anyway.
Because even organic farming uses certain pesticides sparingly, I recommend you wash all fruits and produce that don’t have a thick removable skin, whether it is organic or not.
I should also note that some of these foods are off-limits during the Sensitivity Discovery phase of the nutrition program in The Thyroid Cure. It’s very important to discover what foods you might be sensitive to by removing them from your diet for a time, and adding them back one-by-one to determine your body’s reaction. For example, I recommend that almost everybody with an autoimmune condition give up foods that contain gluten, whether it’s in organic handmade wheat bread, or made with conventional wheat.
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These lists are far from comprehensive, and many foods fall somewhere in-between.
List of Safe Non-Organic Foods ok for Eating for Your Good Genes
- Cantaloupe (domestic)
- Sweet potatoes
- Macadamia Nuts
- Sesame Seeds
Foods that are particularly important to buy Organic
- Cherry tomatoes
- Kale/collard greens
- Summer squash
- Milk and Dairy