Healthy Living: Food

How we nourish ourselves through food is as fundamental to our health as the air we breathe and the water we drink.

What you can do:

  • Choose locally grown, organic produce whenever possible. Apples, grapes, green beans, pears, peaches, strawberries and spinach have been shown to have especially high pesticide residues.
  • Avoid food preservatives such as saccharin, aspartame and olestra.
  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Know where your fish comes from. Unfortunately, fish-an intrinsically healthy food-often contains PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and/ or mercury. Choose smaller fish, which do not bioaccumulate as many toxic chemicals and choose fish from more pristine waters such as those in Alaska.
  • After you make these smart food choices, enjoy eating and know you are doing your best for yourself and your family.