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Let's Talk Toxins

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 30, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Everyone throws the word "toxins" around now, referring to food based as well as environmental sources. For example, I was telling someone about how I enjoy eating liver, especially because it's one of the most nutritious foods per gram in the world. Their response? "It's also one of the most toxic." All kinds of people recommend a variety of foods because they have less "toxins", from vegans to zero-carb paleos, to everyday standard-American-dieters.

This question asks what people do to avoid them, but I'd like to more about them in general.

So, from a Paleo perspective, what is your take on toxins? Which ones are the worst, and importantly, why should we worry about them? Which ones aren't really a problem? I think a list with some hard science evidence would a great resource for Paleo beginners and the community in general, since it seems to be a very important part of the diet and lifestyle.

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on May 21, 2011
at 03:01 PM

what about methyl-parabens in blueberries as a toxin? It is certainly a xenoestrogen. BTW: would you know what ALEs are and a good source primer on this topic. PALEOHACKS seems a little lacking in that area.

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on January 20, 2011
at 11:51 PM

I'll tackle a comprehensive answer this weekend...

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on December 31, 2010
at 12:02 AM

Great question. Here's a great, timely, blog posting... http://blog.cholesterol-and-health.com/

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on January 21, 2011
at 01:16 AM

I avoid the following toxins: gluten, linoleic acid, fructose, ethanol, lectins, aflatoxins, acrylamides, BPA, chlorine, parabens, sulphates, perfluorooctanoic acids, nitrates/nitrites, fluoride, VOCs, radon, pesticides

I still consume: oxalates, glycoalkaloids

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on May 21, 2011
at 03:01 PM

what about methyl-parabens in blueberries as a toxin? It is certainly a xenoestrogen. BTW: would you know what ALEs are and a good source primer on this topic. PALEOHACKS seems a little lacking in that area.

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on January 20, 2011
at 11:43 PM

I eat way too much fish and may end up with the toxin MERCURY in my brain!

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on January 21, 2011
at 01:27 AM

liver filters out the crap of an animals diet.

If that animal eats crap then the liver is most likely not going to be that good If you are eating liver from a grass fed animal, then eat away.

Liver is great, as well as bacon and chicken hearts.

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