Obesogens are foreign chemical compounds that disrupt normal development and balance of fat metabolism, which can lead to obesity.
Your body gets the energy it needs from food through a process called metabolism.
Your endocrine (or hormonal) system is precisely tuned. But it is also extremely sensitive and can be easily thrown off kilter by compounds that actually mimic hormones. These “hormone impostors” can hijack your body’s regulatory systems, including the systems that control body weight.
Obesogens work in three ways. They:
- Encourage the body to store fat and re-program cells to become fat cells
- Promote insulin resistance, causing the pancreas to pump more of this “fat storage hormone”
- Prevent the appetite-reducing hormone leptin from being released, shutting off the “I’m full” signal
Dr. Bruce Blumberg, professor of biology at UC Irvine says that, “The role of obesogens in fat accumulation raises questions about the effectiveness of just diet and exercise in helping people lose pounds and maintain a proper weight.”
Unfortunately, these chemicals are found everywhere – from product packaging and cookware to lotions and beauty products… as well as in healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, fish and meats.
But the good news is that with a little knowledge you can do a lot to avoid obesogens and their hormone-hampering effects. As a client I share list of ingredients that act as obesogens. Soy is at the top of the list and unfortunately promoted as a healthy alternative to meat.
Here are a few tips to reduce or eliminate your exposure:
- Choose Organic Produce:Many pesticides and fungicides mimic the hormone, estrogen. They also impair thyroid function and increase fat cell growth, contributing to weight gain. Eat only organic foods that have not been treated with chemicals. Of highest importance are the “Dirty Dozen” which contribute to 90% of our pesticide exposure. These include: non-organic peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, kale, lettuce, imported grapes, carrots, and pears. Always choose organic when buying these foods.
- Say Sayonara to Soy:Soy contains daidzen and genistein – estrogen-like compounds that can increase fat stores and even promote cancer. Soy is also a crop that’s highly contaminated with pesticides, giving you a “double dose” of obesogens..
- Ban the Cans:Can liners contain bisphenol-a (BPA) – one of the most potent obesogens known. The exception to this rule are the few companies that have taken the initiative to create BPA-free can liners including Vital Choice (sardines, salmon, etc), Eden Foods (beans) and Native Forest (coconut milk, fruits, veggies).
- Avoid Plastics:Plastics contain a variety of chemicals that impair hormone function. Avoid plastic food storage containers, plastic water bottles, and plastic wrap. And NEVER microwave in plastic. If you have to use a plastic water bottle avoid those with recycling codes #3 or #7. Store your food in and filtered water in glass containers.
- Say “NO” to Nonstick:The non-stick coating material – PFOA – is a powerful hormone disruptor that can leach into foods when heated. Opt instead for ceramic-coated nonstick cookware or cast-iron.
In addition to keeping obesogens out of your body, it’s also important to detox from those that have made their way in. You see, these compounds are not readily eliminated by the body. They get stored in your fat cells… for as long as 20 years!
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