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Toxic Aphrodisiac

1 single BC farmed oyster is equivalent to smoking 2 packs of cigarettes

oystersDid you know that eating 1 single BC farmed oyster is equivalent to smoking 2 packs of cigarettes when it comes to the toxin cadmium? 

dangerously high levels of cadmium

The Centre for Disease Control’s states that current research out of Simon Fraser University learned that shellfish farmed in our BC waters, oysters and whole scallops, specifically contain dangerously high levels of cadmium. The article written by ecotoxicologist Leah Bendel, outlined that most of the public has no idea that they are at risk. 

high levels and are due to the growing environmental pollution

It’s proposed that the high levels and are due to the growing environmental pollution in the area of the Pacific Ocean in which our oysters are farmed. The contamination has created a region that contains almost seven times more dissolved cadmium per unit of volume than the Atlantic, simply as a result of the movement of currents.

cadmium is a toxic metal 

We are all for eating local but next time when you slurp down a plateful of the popular delicacy, remember that shellfish toxins can cause serious illness. Similar chemically to mercury, cadmium, is a toxic metal used in a range of products from fungicides to batteries. Like lead or mercury, it can build up in the body over time, especially in the kidneys, and appears to cause a host of health problems. It has been linked to prostate cancer, breast cancer, renal failure, kidney disease and osteoporosis.
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