How to get rid of your ‘toxic’ fast food by putting it in a compost bin
MOST PEOPLE will find themselves in a food court after being exposed to unhealthy food in one form or another.
But it’s important to get those ‘toxins’ out of the system before they can spread and cause health problems, experts say.
As well as contributing to obesity and a host of other chronic diseases, processed food also puts people at increased risk of diabetes and heart disease, which can lead to a range of chronic illnesses, from cancer to strokes.
And in some cases, these toxins can be linked to cancers of the pancreas, heart and colon, or even kidney, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
In a 2015 study of food from McDonald’s, researchers found the majority of samples contained at least some type of pesticide.
(CBC) “Food has a very high concentration of pesticides and, therefore, a high concentration that you can’t remove,” said Dr. Richard Besser, a senior nutrition scientist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
“The more pesticides you have in food, the more they’re going to have a big impact on the body.”
And it’s the same for people eating junk food: It can have a direct impact on a person’s health, he added.
Bessar said the number of people who are obese and at high risk for diabetes is on the rise.
“It’s just a big problem, and I think it’s just going to continue to get worse,” he said.
“We have a lot of food that’s not as nutritious, it’s not really good for you.”
Food and waste are the biggest contributors to the rising incidence of chronic diseases in Canada, with about 70 per cent of those linked to food, according the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
But there’s another factor at play, said Dr and director of nutrition services for the Canadian Public Health Association, Dr. Christine Ladd.
She said the more time a person spends in food-based settings, the longer it takes for the toxins to accumulate.
“The more time you spend in a restaurant or restaurant setting, the faster you accumulate those toxins,” Ladd said.
That could mean it takes longer for people to develop chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes, and in turn, for them to get sick.
In Canada, about two million people are overweight or obese, according a 2013 survey of Canadians aged 18 and over.
Nearly three in five people with obesity have some form of diabetes, which has also increased by one in five in the last 10 years, according health officials.
Ladd said the public health system is working hard to address the issue, but she believes the public needs to get involved.
“There’s a lot that needs to be done to ensure that people don’t get into food-related situations in the first place,” she said.
“We have an obesity crisis in Canada,” LADD added.
“If we’re going not to get to the point where obesity rates are low, we’re not going to get a long-term solution.”
The problem is that most people don’ have the money to buy healthier food.
And the government doesn’t have a long history of making changes to food-service standards.
In 2014, the federal government agreed to reduce the number and price of packaged foods from $1.50 to $1 a serving.
The new rules also limit the amount of sugar and fat in packaged foods and limit the types of food sold in grocery stores.
While the new rules have been applauded by some, there are also concerns that the change won’t help people with a variety of chronic conditions, including those who struggle with food cravings, such as those with chronic liver disease, diabetes or ulcerative colitis.
But the government says the changes will help people in some circumstances.
New foods and packaging guidelines were introduced in 2015.
As part of the plan, the government will limit the number that can be sold in Canada’s grocery stores to one per person per day, starting in April 2019.
Meanwhile, the Canadian Cancer Society is working on a proposal to ban the sale of food products containing added sugar, but not other ingredients, such that food sold at a low price will still contain sugar.
Last year, the country’s government introduced a national ban on sugar in all processed food products, including foods with added sugar.