In the Fridge & Pantry
9. Eat local and organic foods as much as possible. They’ll be packing considerably fewer (if any) endocrine-disrupting pesticides and herbicides than the factory-farmed versions.
10. While fresh and raw is best, you can also get your beans and soups out of a box or carton – but skip the cans, unless they’re clearly marked “BPA-free,” to insure they’re not lined with endocrine-disrupting BPA (plastic) film.
11. After grocery shopping, before you put your purchases in the fridge or pantry, remove plastic cling wraps and packaging. Then decant items into glass or ceramic containers for storage, to keep EDs from leaching into the food.
12. Drink fewer EDs by brewing your own organic teas and sports drinks instead of buying sugary beverages in plastic bottles.
13. Meat-eaters should look for fresh, organic, grass-fed meats, raised without antibiotics or hormones. Factory-farmed animals tend to store environmental toxins in their fat, which gets passed on to you when you eat it.
14. For poultry fans, free-range organic, is the gold standard, but it can be expensive. Contain costs by alternating organic poultry with local or less expensive antibiotic and hormone-free. Just be sure to avoid factory-farmed or processed chicken products.
15. Get to know the Dirty Dozen/Clean 15, the Environmental Working Group’s list of fruits and veggies raised with the most and least amount of endocrine-disrupting pesticides, and buy accordingly.