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Their experts tested spinach sold by major companies including Target, Trader Joe's, Safeway, and others, and found cadmium present in dangerous levels in many spinach products.
cadmium can, among other issues, cause "development toxicity" (hampering proper neurological development of children), "male reproductive toxicity," cancer, and other maladies as well.
OEHHA considers the "Maximum Allowable Dose Level" of orally ingested cadmium to be just 4.1 micrograms per day. However, according to the As You Sow report, spinach from many of the brands inspected contained more than double that amount in a single serving. And the worst offenders had more than 25 times that figure in a single serving–one sample yielded 107.1 micrograms of the heavy metal in the portion tested, a serving that may well have been sold to the public were it not acquired for testing.
The problem of cadmium in spinach is well-documented (e.g. FDA Total Diet Study from 1991-2017; Wolnik et al (1985)) yet the majority of the spinach industry has failed to take effective steps to reduce consumers’ exposure to this harmful metal
But in the back of my head i have always known we should not get our foods from supermarkets.
Oh is this one of those circumstances where it leads to the conclusion that everything is effed? As an aside I do notice a correlation between "healthy" solutions, technology, and some element winding up being poisonous.
originally posted by: tamusan
a reply to: JAGStorm
Agriculture had been in my family for generations. They owned a lot of land in Virginia, what would later become West Virginia, and western Maryland. One of my great-grandfathers was well known for getting stuff to grow that shouldn't have easily grown in the Appalachians. He had beautiful, decorative gardens around his home. He passed some years before my great-grandmother, and after she died, we sold that house to someone who bought it just for the gardens, and then everything died in short order. Unfortunately, my grandparents and parents chose careers outside of agriculture, and all of the knowledge has been lost to us.
Big companies add toxic materials in small amounts to food grade consumables and deodorant/ skin/hair care products because it's easier to sell these toxic wastes to willing bio filters , (cheaper) then to actually dispose of it in a safe manner or not create them at all..
originally posted by: JAGStorm
a reply to: tamusan
My mom and dad both come from agricultural backgrounds.
My mom always told me to be very careful with spinach, to always wear gloves when planting as it is poisonous.
There are many foods with a similar flavor profile that are probably a lot safer to eat.