Apparently I hit a nerve. Remember that post I wrote about coconut oil not necessarily being safe to consume if you have been a victim of mold exposure? Well, I’m about to hit another nerve folks. Take a seat please… this has to do with mycotoxins in food you eat.
Mold spores are everywhere. They basically are unavoidable. Even living in a bubble wouldn’t keep you safe. Some spore would sneak in for sure. So it stands to reason that our food supply is not immune to mold spores and the resulting mycotoxins (fungal toxins).
I was pretty blown away at just how deeply mycotoxins have infiltrated our food supply. But after learning more, I am not really all that surprised. It is unavoidable especially with the common farming practices these days.
Please don’t freak out when you read this list of foods that are contaminated with mycotoxins. It is pretty overwhelming to be sure. However, if you have a mold sensitivity or are dealing with mold related illness, it is good to limit your intake of these foods while you allow your body time to heal.
Mycotoxins in Food You Eat
First up – the worst offenders.
These 8 foods/food groups are notorious for being contaminated with aflatoxins, one of the most toxic of all mycotoxins. Studies have shown that when humans are exposed to small amounts of aflatoxins over an extended period of time, they develop a wide range of serious health problems including growth impairment, liver cancer due to DNA mutation, and a suppressed immune system. These are foods that I avoid as much as possible. Period.
Foods highly contaminated with aflatoxins are:
- Grains (including grain based baked goods, breads, cereal, crackers, and pasta)
- Maple Syrup
- Nuts and Nut butters
- Orange Juice
Foods highly contaminated with other mycotoxins include:
- Beans (dried)
- Cheese (some but not all and mostly hard cheeses)
- Coffee Beans
- Dried fruits
- Herbs (dried)
- Peas (dried)
- Sugar Beets
- Sugar Cane
- Tea (in bags)
- White potatoes
So what foods are safe?
Just because it didn’t make one of the lists doesn’t mean it is totally free from mold spores and mycotoxins. Mycotoxins in food you eat is practically unavailable. But for the most part dairy products (with the exception of some cheeses), fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, meat, eggs, and fish are free from mycotoxins. You do want to make sure that you wash the outside of all produce and peel the skin when possible.
So what is a person to do? Stop eating? Obviously that is not the solution. But no one wants mycotoxins in food they are consuming.
Genetics can play a huge role in your body’s ability to remove the mycotoxins from your system. So some people will have to work harder than others at getting their body to detox the mycotoxins. But in general, you need to:
- Consume a lot of clean water
- Sweat daily
- Drink fresh pressed juice a few times per week
- Pump yourself full of nourishing foods that are known to cleanse the system
- Reduce sugar intake to almost nothing (fungus loves sugar)
- Have regular bowel movements
- Get restorative sleep
- Use supportive herbs, minerals, and supplements to keep key organs working optimally.
Would you like to learn more about mycotoxins in our food supply? These books can help!
Sources for mold related information include but are not limited to: