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How can I prevent dioxin exposure?

This film is part of the series "How To Prevent Dioxin Exposure"

How To Prevent Dioxin Exposure

Gary Ginsberg (Toxicologist) gives expert video advice on: How can I prevent dioxin exposure?

How can I prevent dioxin exposure?

Dioxin is mostly from high food chain kind of foods. So, it's in meat; it's in high fat dairy, anything that contains a lot of fat, because dioxin is a complex molecule, it's a big bulky molecule. It doesn't like water; it likes fat. And, it deposits into the fat of animals, and so high fat dairy, high fat meat products, and certain fish can have relatively high levels of dioxin. One of the concerns, actually, with farm raised salmon is the diet that these farm raised fish are fed have trace levels of dioxin, and that can build up in the farm raised salmon to the point where if you're eating a regular diet of farm raised salmon, that could be your major dioxin exposure source. Now people used to worry, because there was going to be a trash to energy plant, basically a garbage burning plant built in their neighborhood. And, there was a lot of community opposition to these kinds of plants, because they were going to be producing dioxin, and that was going to be spread throughout the community. And, that's really not the concern with dioxin. It's not so much living next to a garbage burning plant that's your major source of exposure. The major concern is that all that dioxin gets out into the environment, comes back in as a boomerang toxin, in our fish, or mostly in our meat and dairy, and then leads to dietary exposure. So, the number one way to avoid dioxin exposure is to eat low fat foods and more vegetarian sources of protein, or at least sources of protein that are not high animal fat. In terms of protein sources that are low in dioxin, we can look at lean cuts of meat. We can also look at poultry and ham that are high protein sources that are low in dioxin.