15 December 2015

You may think alfalfa sprouts and tomatoes are great for you. Not so, according to a recent CNN story. Sprouts are a surprisingly frequent cause of food-borne illnesses. And for tomatoes, the health benefits you receive can depend on packaging.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta recently discussed not-so-obvious food risks with David Jack, a Men’s Health magazine contributing editor. And as they point out, many healthy foods that taste good may also contain harmful components.

Consider strawberries. Low in calories, rich in fiber and packed with more vitamin C per serving than an orange, they consistently appear on healthy food lists worldwide. But strawberries sprayed with pesticides can put you in danger, and the common strawberry has 13 of these chemicals.

Tomatoes provide another important example. Studies show the lycopene in these super fruits benefits your eyes, skin, brain, heart and more. It can lower your chance of contracting various diseases and even promote healthier sleep. But canned tomatoes can be harmful, noted Jack, who encourages consumers switch to cartons or glass containers to benefit from this powerful antioxidant.

Many Millennials already see foods in cartons as more tasty, natural, fresh and healthy. But given the research, cartons may be the best way to combine taste, health and convenience all in one functional package.

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