The Truth About Heavy Metals
The Truth About Heavy Metals
Written by: Emilyn Gil
I first learned what toxic meant when I was 3 years old.
See, my dad used to buy us glow sticks for Halloween and we loved snapping them and watching the liquid light up in different colors. But, despite countless warnings from my parents, I had a nervous habit of chewing on the end of my glow stick.
Finally, at the end of the night, the glow stick exploded and splattered the toxic liquid into my mouth and eyes. After a good cry and a good bath I was fine, but the moral has stuck with me to this day.
Keep toxic things out of your mouth.
Does Your Food Contain Toxic Heavy Metals?
But what about all the heavy metals in your food? Are those toxic? How can you make sure you and your family aren’t eating dangerous chemicals and minerals?
Actually, the heavy metals in your vegetables aren’t as dangerous as they sound. Allow me to explain.
Heavy Metals Are Natural
Heavy metals are everywhere and they are actually natural. Heavy metals are found in the soil and are absorbed by crops, but in small, non-toxic amounts.
Also remember that many minerals and metals such as iron, zinc and copper are not only good for you, but are essential for keeping your body functioning properly.
Organic Vs Inorganic
That said, just because metals are good for you doesn’t mean you should start snacking on nails or ripping bites out of your pots and pans. These types of metals are inorganic, which means that the minerals are isolated and toxic. The metals found in foods are organic metals, which means they are not toxic.
Heavy Metals Good, Pesticides Bad
The way crops are grown also has a role in heavy metal content. If the crops are grown with the use of pesticides, this prevents the plants from absorbing minerals from the soil, which makes them less nutritious.
Organically grown crops have a better chance of absorbing the right heavy metals and nutrients in non-toxic amounts, which makes them a much healthier option.
The When And Where Of Your Heavy Metals
The amount of heavy metals in plants can also depend on when and where the crops are grown. Growing vegetables isn’t like following a recipe. Each plant gets a different amount of vitamins and minerals from the soil. The season, the location and so many other factors go into growing a good plant and it’s hard to know exactly how much you’re getting out of a vegetable.
But, as mentioned above, organic vegetables are going to be your best option if you’re looking to get the most out of your vegetables.
Calm Your Heavy Metal Worries
So take a deep breath and relax, because there’s really not much to worry about when it comes to toxic heavy metals in your vegetables. Shop in the organic isle and you can sleep peacefully. Keep the glow sticks, nails and cookware out of your mouth, but the carrots and celery are safe to go in.
Happy healthy eating!
And remember, we’re in this together.
Emilyn Gil is a 22 year old English Major at UVU. She started writing at age 6, and since then has won several awards including the Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key and was featured in the Kolob Canyon Review in Cedar City. Aside from the written word, her other passions include performing in the occasional musical theater production, and playing piano, guitar, and ukulele. Some of her favorite pastimes are baking, napping, and spending time with family. She likes monkeys, homemade rolls, and the color yellow. She has traveled to Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico, and Canada, and currently resides in Orem, Utah with her husband Jorge. You can find more of her work online at emilyaddn.blogspot.com or on Instagram at @emilyncan.
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