In Part 1 of the Dr. Oz Obesogens article we found out how they work on our bodies to maintain obesity, regardless of our attempts at weight loss. Now we will find out exactly what they are and how to avoid them, or at least be aware of them.
#1 was High Fructose Corn Syrup an ingredient in most packaged and processed foods. This product causes the phenomenon of insulin resistance by working on the liver to drive the pancreas to produce more insulin and by acting on the brain to not know when it is full. This is then creating a vicious cycle of increased eating when the body does not recognize that it no longer needs fuel. Back in the 1900’s the average daily amount of sugar a person got was 15 grams. Now it is up to 90 grams of sugar per day. The average American consumes about 156 pounds of sugar per year. The main problem is that because it is so abundant and so cheap, it has found its way into foods that should not have this as an ingredient like pretzels and hamburger buns.
#2 is Animal and Fish Protein. In many animals, Obesogens are stored in their fat. If you think you are doing yourself a favor by eating salmon because of the Omega 3 elements, be aware of Atlantic and Farm-Raised fish. These farm raised fish have more pesticides in them and actually salmon that is raised on these farms is white in color; not pink or red as wild salmon. The farm-raised salmon is artificially colored to look like wild salmon. Farm salmon do not get to eat the krill and algae that make the wild salmon’s flesh naturally red or pink. The farm salmon are actually fed dye pellets that color their flesh from the inside to make them look like the rich Omega 3 flesh of wild salmon. The doctor also pointed out that we look for marbling in our meats which is actually muscle insulin resistance which can be passed along from the animal’s body to our own.
#3 is Tap Water. Because of the pesticides used in farming, those pesticides seep into the soil and the water table below. When it rains it cycles again pushing those things further into the soil and into the water table. The main Obesogen is Atrazine a pesticide that affects thyroid hormone metabolism thereby slowing your metabolism and causing obesity. Another Obesogen is tributyltin that is a fungicide that is used on the bottom of boats to prevent barnacles and also stimulate fat cell production. So the best way to prevent these Obesogens getting into our drinking water is to use a granular activated carbon (GAC) filter for our water purification. Dr. Oz also told us that we can check our municipal water supplier for their report.
#4 are things around your house that contain Obesogens. First is Bisphenol A or BPA a synthetic estrogen found in many plastics. This has been banned from baby bottles for years, but baby formula in cans is lined inside the can with BPA also fatty and acidic foods that come in cans are lined with BPA, like tomato products and tuna. They recommend purchasing tuna in pouches that do not contain BPA and limiting the tomato products to those in jars or to do your own canning of tomato products. The other things to worry about are hard plastic water bottles with#7 in the triangle stamped on the bottom. Never microwave in containers made of plastic. BPA-free plastics contain triangles on the bottom with numbers 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6. Plastics with numbers 3 or 7 have no guarantee that they do not contain BPA.
Perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA is another concern found in the home. It is a substance that makes things on-stick, such as Teflon. PFOA can impact your thyroid gland and when using non-stick cooking utensils; you should use wooden utensils for cooking because metal can scrape the coating and it will be in the food. It is also found in microwave popcorn and pizza delivery boxes.
Lastly, be aware of polyvinyl chloride or PVC which release phthalates which lower testosterone and lowers metabolism so fat cannot be burned efficiently. These are found on vinyl shower curtains, especially liners, when taking a shower, combined with hot water, we are in a phthalate bath and inhaling all things bad. Meat from the supermarket is wrapped in see-through plastic wrap is loaded with PVC in the industrial/commercial strength, but Saran Wrap is not. The doctors suggest going to a butcher who will wrap meat in brown paper instead.
So be aware of the things that can hinder your metabolism and hurt you and your family.