Are Your Cranberries Contaminated with THESE?
Turkey, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie… and cranberries. Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be complete without a dose of these tart little fruits.
In fact, each year, approximately 80 million pounds of cranberries are enjoyed during Thanksgiving week alone, starring in everything from fruit salads and festive cocktails to baked dishes and desserts.
And cranberries are loaded with health benefits. They rank second only to blueberries in antioxidant capacity (among fruits). They also act as a strong alkalizing agent in the body, reduce the risk of urinary tract infections and promote cellular health.
But I have some very bitter news to share…
Cranberries contain high levels of dangerous pesticides.
Cranberry Sauce… with a Side of Chlorpyrifos
The main pesticide used on cranberries is chlorpyrifos (or Dursban).
This organophosphate – a group of compounds originally developed as chemical warfare agents by the Nazis in the 1930s – damages DNA while also causing toxic effects to the brain and nervous system.
Like other organophosphates, chlorpyrifos is also an endocrine-disruptor, causing a wide variety of effects on your hormonal system – from promoting weight gain to increasing the risk for diabetes and infertility.
And get this: Dursban is so dangerous that many of its uses were banned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2000. However, it hasn’t been entirely eliminated. Existing supplies are still being used while the chemical is “phased out.” And much of that ends up on conventional crops.
Take a look at the research on the effects of chlorpyrifos:
But it’s not just cranberries that are contaminated with organophosphates – its many “healthy” fruits and veggies. To learn more about which foods to avoid (and always buy organic), and the easy ways you can to detoxify, read Organics: Beyond Green in Healing Gourmet’s The Food Cure series.
And this Thanksgiving, bring organic cranberries to the table to avoid that side of chlorpyrifos. Not only will you reduce your family’s exposure to harmful toxins, but you’ll also get more antioxidants while protecting the environment too!
Low Glycemic Cranberry Sauce
Forget the high-fructose syrup-laden, canned and contaminated cranberries! You can bring this fresh, tangy, wholesome, low glycemic cranberry sauce to your table this Thanksgiving with just a few minutes of prep time.
And while most cranberry sauces have 20 grams of sugar and 86 calories per serving, this just-as-sweet sauce has a mere 2 grams and only 18 calories.
Start to Finish: 15 minutes
Yield: 12 servings of 3 Tbsp. each (about 2 cups)
Nutrition Information per Serving
18 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 5 carbohydrates, 2 g sugars, 1 g fiber, 0 g protein
Stay tuned for more healthy holiday tips, comfort food makeovers and delicious holiday delights including Gluten Free Low Carb Gravy…Paleo Pumpkin Pie and much, much more!
To Your Health,
CEO & Editor-in-Chief