Posted by Rachel on:
My mission to capture sneaky shots of food items that are less than healthy are proving to be difficult, probably because I shop at Trader Joe's. Most of the purchases customers toss in to their trolley are generally healthy and nutritious. Yet rest assured, as always, I can still find something to rip on!
The picture I have covertly snapped of some unsuspecting shopper's check-out items for you are of mostly packaged veggies. Good right? Well, yes...generally speaking, veggies are exactly what you should be eating. But, these plastic packages are often wrapped in polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which unfortunately, is a potentially carcinogenic chemical. There have been studies suggesting that the prepackaged plastic leach PVC and other chemicals into our food when heat is used to seal a product. Ick.
When buying; meats, poultry, fish and other foods be aware that PVC is present in all these foods. You may have heard of PVC in the form of pipes, films, toys and so on. Though it is a stable material and is used in many house hold items, it's probably not good to take the risk. Research has linked PVC to increased risks of cancer in people who work in manufacturing and industrial professions. The data on whether food based products with PVC causes cancer has not been well studied yet, but the toxic potential is probably still worth avoiding - don't ya think?
My advice....would be to buy fewer packaged and plastic-wrapped foods. Local and organic foods are always best!
How do you feel about this? Do you think your prepackaged plastic-wrapped foods should mention PVC in food labels?
"Ingredients: Polyvinyl chloride and Broccoli "
* Thanks to my Boyfriend for the help on the title!