I read about a research study that reported on the contamination of 46 different food items that were purchased from a Dallas grocery store. The researchers were trying to determine whether samples of different foods were contaminated with flame retardants that are made with bromine. They sampled deli meats, peanut butter and fish.
The alarming results revealed that 50% (!) of the foods tested positive, including the peanut butter! Why is bromine such a problem, other than the fact that it is used to make flame retardants? Bromine is a toxic substance in the halide family, which includes iodine, chlorine and fluoride. Halides compete with each other for receptors in the body and bromine can replace the iodine in your body and cause thyroid problems as well as breast and prostate problems since those organs are supposed to accumulate iodine, not bromine. You can hear Dr. Carolyn talk about this on this podcast we did for Real Good Health.
Because we are being continually exposed to bromine in clothing, furniture, computers and now foods, we must be intentional about maintaining optimal iodine levels. In my opinion it also highlights the importance of considering the purity of the foods you eat and choose to feed your family.
It is very important to limit your exposure to bromine by avoiding Gatorade, Mountain Dew, breads made from brominated flour and vegetable oil, certain deli meats and peanut butters. Also, including a high quality, natural, unprocessed sea salt will help your body eliminate bromine.
Are you confident that your foods are not contaminated?