When "hormone-disrupting chemicals" come to mind, food is one of the more obvious culprits. Luckily, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has made our lives a little bit easier by putting together a list of the most heavily sprayed produce each year as well as a list of the least sprayed produce. This is a great way to prioritize which produce you will buy organic, and which produce you can get away with non-organic, if needed.
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas
- Hot Peppers
Animal products are another critical area to look at for hormone-disrupting chemicals. Commercially-raised meat and dairy products contain significant levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals. I recommend always purchasing organic meat and dairy products.
If this is not available to you, getting leaner cuts of meat and reduced-fat dairy can help minimize exposure. This is the only time you will hear me say to reduce your fat. We need adequate levels of fat for healthy hormones.