“Enjoy Your Holiday Dinner — Chemicals and All!,” By American Council on Science and Health.
The focus of the ACSH holiday menu is on “carcinogens,” defined here as chemicals, either natural or synthetic, that cause cancer in rodents when consumed in large amounts. A related topic, however, is that of “poisons,” technically known as toxicants. Just as it is scientifically unwarranted to believe that the food supply is free of natural rodent carcinogens and mutagens, it is equally unrealistic to equate “natural” with safe. Foods abound in natural chemicals that are toxic or potentially toxic—because all chemicals will be toxic at some dose. Read more.
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