How Pesticides In Food And The Environment Could Be Making You Fat

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, 1 in 4 adults in the UK are obese. In the past 30 years, obesity has trebled and if it continues at the rate it has been raising thus far, more than 50% of the population will be obese by 2050. Among the most obvious factors for obesity, such as sedimentary lifestyle and eating surplus calories, there may be a, less natural reason for why you are piling on the pounds or finding it hard to shift the weight.

There are between fifteen and twenty chemicals that have been shown to cause weight gain, mostly from developmental exposure.

Obesogens are foreign chemical compounds which disrupt normal development and balance of lipid (fat) metabolism.

The obesogen hypothesis has been around for quite a while, first coined by Bruce Blumberg, a biology professor at the University of California after some significant findings on pregnant mice; their offsping were heavier when exposed to tributyltin [TBT]. (Us at Smooth Detox strongly discourage any sort of animal testing), He stated, “We’ve altered the physiology of these offspring, so even if they eat normal food, they get slightly fatter.” Although this particular substance has been phased out from use in food, it still pollutes many waterways and contaminates seafood.

Although this is just one type of compound, “There are between fifteen and twenty chemicals that have been shown to cause weight gain, mostly from developmental exposure,” says Jerry Heindel, who leads the extramural research program in obesity at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

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What foods contain these type of obesogens?

  • These 12 fruit and vegetables (these contain the most amount of pesticides if bought non-organically)
  • Soy (which is also used as feed for livestock which is not grass-fed, usually genetically modified)
  • Tap water
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Antibiotics
  • PCBs (found in fish, meat, dairy)

Now I know what you’re thinking, organic food can be expensive and it is not realistic to live a fully-organic lifestyle. Here is a list of fruits and vegetables which have the lowest trace of pesticides in them:

Foods with the lowest traces of pesticides:

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Onion
  • Mango
  • Mushroom
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Sweetcorn
  • Sweet peas
  • Sweet potato
  • Watermelon

So there you have it. Even though there is a lot to stay away from in the world we live in today, we just need to stay conscious of our choices, try to eat organic when possible and appreciate that there are conventionally-grown foods that won’t cause us any issues like unnatural weight gain or disease.

What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

Stay conscious my friends!


  • Thomas Bradley
    February 3, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Thank you so much, I really appreciate it. The main focus is on the importance of healthy diet and exercise. I am glad you find it interesting.

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