Does Cooking Potatoes Reduce the Potential Pesticide Residue?

(This post was originally a response to someone asking whether cooking non organic potatoes reduced the amount of pesticide residue. I decided to post my answer here)

Okay, so we’d all probably prefer to buy organic all the time, but it’s certainly not the cheaper option. So let’s say you decide to buy some conventionally grown potatoes, with all the potential lovely chemicals. You of course have to cook the potato to eat it (if anyone out there actually eats raw potatoes, let me know, because that’s weird), so does cooking it make the whole pesticide residue issue less of an issue? Let’s take a look. Continue reading


Can Environmental Toxins Make Us Fat?

Fat cells are metabolically and hormonally active cells. They burn calories and secrete hormones that affect energy expenditure and satiety. There are a number of toxins which are stored in fat, so it has been hypothesized that these toxins may have negative effects on weight by negatively affecting such processes. I looked at this theory, specifically looking at the effects of PCB’s, organochlorines, bisphenol-A, synthetic estrogens, and phthalates on weight. Continue reading