Everyday foods that are bad for you

Strawberries top the list of fruits and vegetables containing the most pesticides. Analysis of a single sample revealed residue from no less than 22 different pesticides


It can have harmful effects on the hormonal system, and California has listed it as a known carcinogen.


Fiddleheads, or croziers, as they’re also known, are a spring delicacy…if you cook them right. They have to be soaked and rinsed at least three times, steam-cooked for at least 10 minutes


Legumes are an excellent source of vegetable proteins and minerals, but it’s vital to soak them and make sure you cook them long enough

Kidney beans

They literally leave a bad taste in your mouth: pine nuts can cause dysgeusia, or a metallic taste in your mouth. The cause is unknown

Pine nuts

Nitrites in deli meats recently, as they’ve been linked to cancer. Although nitrites are naturally occurring and the body eliminates most of them,

Deli meats

That beet spaghetti you made with your spiralizer might be pretty, but it could also be dangerous. Between 2014 and 2018, Quebec’s department of agriculture, fisheries,


Potatoes, it’s probably your best bet. Since potatoes are sprayed intensively with pesticides and insecticides throughout the growing season


Contrary to what you may have heard, celery is not made up of mostly water. More than 95 per cent of celery tested by the Environmental Working Group


The ethylene that bananas give off causes a chemical transformation in carrots and parsnips leading to dysgeusia, a bitter taste in your mouth that can last for several days.

Carrots and parsnips

They contain anthraquinones, which can cause severe reactions such as vomiting, cramps, convulsions, and in rare cases, coma and death.


Baby rice cereals contain worrying levels. Unlike Europe, where legal arsenic limits are in place, Canada currently has no legislation on acceptable levels of arsenic in baby food.

Baby rice cereal

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