Major toxic foods are those which tend to keep blood sugar higher that it should be for longer, any food which is essentially all carbohydrate and loaded with simple sugars like white sugar itself, white rice and white bread or white bread products. Indeed, it’s best to avoid white sugar completely. Also, you can avoid white bread substituting whole grain bread or muffins. It’s a good idea to avoid wheat or wheat flower containing items if you are on a mission to reduce abdominal fat — a condition sometimes referred to as “wheat belly.”
White rice should be substituted with wild rice or at least with wild rice mixed in. Also, add vegetables such as sweet red pepper and broccoli both cut up in small pieces and mixed in about equal portions with a wild-white rice mixture. You can also add Tofu cubes briefly broiled after coating with cut up almonds and first covering with an olive oil – after brushing with an egg white, curry, olive oil mixture whisked together. After the Tofu cubes are papered add a few to the vegetable-rice mixture and sprinkle with a little soy sauce. This is one of many ways to keep a bit of white rice in your diet if you must.
In addition to getting the white bread, white rice and white sugar out of your diet, you should also remove most salad dressings and fried foods. Most salad dressings add little and often contain white sugar or excessive fat. A bit of olive oil and a dash of vinegar will do nicely to impart a nice flavor to your salad. Most often you don’t need that just add sprinkled fresh or freshly dried herbs and a few cranberries, nuts and or raisins.
Fried foods particularly those fried in a hot pan can be filled with adherent degradation products of the oils used in cooking. These include materials that are often carcinogenic and therefore dangerous in the long term. Traces of such materials are often found in food that is cooked in a variety of ways including frying, but they are generally eliminat during the digestive process. However, in many cases they reside for longer periods in the gastrointestinal tract and will increase one’s risk of developing cancer later.
In addition to these foods many additional food that are highly processed or contain additives that are preservatives are of dubious value. As a general rule if lists of ingredients on packages include items your ten year old grandson can’t pronounce, then stay away from them. Sodium nitrate or nitrite, sodium benzoate or butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) containing foods are best left on the shelf. Avoid foods with high fructose corn syrup, palm oil, lard, artificial sweetness, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and various artificial coloring agents.
Many foods contain environmental toxins including heavy metals like mercury, arsenic and lead that have been spread around from coal ash and other industrial contaminants. These may have made their way into some fish raised in fish farms and some fruit juices. While the levels of heavy metal contamination may be reasonably low it is important to remember that often after absorption heavy metals like mercury may accumulate over a life time and may remain in some tissues over a lifetime. The exact form taken by mercury or other metals, that is whether it is organic bonded mercury or inorganic mercury will determine its toxic level — organic bonded mercury is more toxic than inorganic mercury.