Cadmium and Cancer: Plant vs. Animal Foods

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08 Jul 2020

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DESCRIPTION: Though the most concentrated sources of the toxic metal cadmium are cigarette smoke, seafood, and organ meats, does greater consumption from whole grains and vegetables present a concern?

There are other toxins in cigarette smoke also found in food. See
• Estrogenic Cooked Meat Carcinogens (
• Heterocyclic Amines in Eggs, Cheese, and Creatine? (
• Fukushima and Radioactivity in Seafood (

Toxic metals have also been found in dietary supplements. See for example, Get the Lead Out ( and Heavy Metals in Protein Powder Supplements (

Mercury is also a serious problem. See:
• California Children are Contaminated (
• Mercury vs. Omega-3s for Brain Development (
• Nerves of Mercury (
• Mercury in Corn Syrup? (

More on pollution in seafood can be found in:
• Fish and Diabetes (
• Diabetes and Dioxins (
• Pollutants in Salmon and Our Own Fat (
• Alkylphenol Endocrine Disruptors and Alleriges (
• Dietary Sources of Alkylphenol Endocrine Disruptors (

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