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8 Common Dietary Sources of Heavy Metals


You may even look at the fine print in the ingredients list, to see if there are any artificial additives or preservatives you want to avoid. What you won't see listed on the label however, is how much toxic heavy metals you may consume per serving. Yet that is exactly what may be inside.

What we eat and drink is one of the primary points of exposure for heavy metals. These toxins make their way into the food chain thanks to decades of industrial pollutants entering the soil and water.

In the past, many experts believed this wasn't a cause for concern. The idea was that the human body is perfectly capable of dealing with trace amounts of heavy metals via its detoxification pathways. But they were missing the big picture.

"Even though the levels of a metal in any particular food is low, our overall exposure adds up because many of the foods we eat contain them in small amounts," said Conrad Choiniere from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (1).

To make matters worse, over the years, these toxins can accumulate and cause substantial harm, including to your heart health and brain health. This is why reducing your exposure to heavy metals is so important. And it starts with avoiding some of the worst offenders.

Here's a list of food and beverages with the highest amounts of heavy metals to watch out for:

1. Drinking Water

It's not just the water in Flint, Michigan. An investigation by USA Today found that over 2,000 water systems in the US have high levels of toxic lead (2). And an estimated 10 million homes get water through lead pipes, which corrode over time, adding lead to water (3).

Lead isn't the only toxic heavy metal lurking in drinking water. Mercury is another one of many toxins found in water supplies.

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