Jan Hemmer’s blog has an informative set of graphics dealing with radionuclides in food. The human fetus is 1,000 times more vulnerable to radiation than an adult.
Starting in April 2011, I developed symptoms such as a metal taste in mouth from eating various foods. I went through several months of panic and perplexity trying to sort out what was or was not contaminated. I had to change my whole way of eating, which was not easy since I am a junk food junkie and spent 50 years eating the unhealthiest food possible. Suddenly it was a matter of life and death. I suffer from toxicant-induced loss of tolerance.
The fish I was eating was contaminated, not only from what I bought from the store, but from Chinese restaurants. I tried different species, but it didn’t make a difference. They were all from the North Pacific. The worst thing I ate was Chinese squid. The Chinese Government actually put out a warning that the squid from that region was contaminated with strontium-90 (which causes bone cancer and leukemia). I now eat fish from the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and South Pacific. I haven’t had any problems with this (though fish caught off Peru might be getting a little dodgy). No North Pacific, no domestic freshwater fish.
Eggs: One generic store brand went bad in April 2011. Another brand didn’t go bad until September. I recently bought ordinary eggs, they were pretty bad, threw them out. Organic eggs from Pennsylvania were much better… though still perceptible. I use them very occasionally in cooking.
Meat: Steak, bacon, ham and sausage from the US or Canada caused bad symptoms. Now I eat Australian beef and lamb which are OK. New Zealand meat should still be OK too. Deli ham from Denmark and Poland is OK, but the Danish ham and bacon went through a period in October thru December where it caused thyroid swelling. I believe it had iodine-131 and iodine-129 in it then. Deli meat imported from Italy has been OK.
Bread: White bread was bad, but premium rye bread is OK. I should quit it though, it contains wheat flour. Rye and wheat contain gluten, but wheat also has an affinity for strontium-90.
Dairy: US, Korean, and Mexican dairy has been all bad. The Mexican less so, there was one brand of crema from Oaxaca that was OK. UK cheese has been OK, but Danish and French cheeses have gone through periods of iodine.
Produce: Most Mexican produce has been OK, but dates and some tomatoes were not. I eat Mexican or hydroponic lettuce, Mexican green onions, limes and celery. Two brands of salsa (hecho en Mexico) got thrown out. Mexican mayonnaise from Wal-Mart is OK. Haven’t seen an imported lemon in a year. Korean hot peppers were good. Collard greens are mostly grown in the southeast US, and are a staple. Florida oranges and strawberries OK… the southeast corner of the US and the south tip of Texas did not get hit hard, except for iodine-131 early, which has decayed away. Refried beans from the lower Rio Grande valley of Texas were OK, though Central American beans are available. Corn tortillas are bad… even though they have Spanish names, the ones in the store are all from the US. I get imported tortillas from El Salvador. I still eat Tostitos corn chips… but stopped eating mushrooms, period, from anywhere. East coast apples are here when I can’t get the South American ones… I cut the skin off, of course. Potatoes are out (arrrrgh!), though I found Canadian frozen fries which were OK (not sure if it means PEI foods are OK or if it’s old stock). Vietnam and Thailand bamboo shoots etc. in jars is fine.
Rice: Indian rice. A lot of California rice is probably old stock, but it’s hard to know which brands. Thai and Vietnamese rice noodles are also a staple.
Soy sauce: Imported only. A Taiwanese brand had I-129 in it from November. Bought the same brand again recently, and is now OK. Most American soy sauces have Oriental names. Check the packaging.
Peanut butter: Horrible. I saw Argentinian peanut butter once, it was sold out in a day. No more almond milk either. Nuts concentrate radioactivity, try tropics and southern hemisphere only. Lots of items contain peanut oil.
Spaghetti sauce: Imported or made with Italian tomatoes only. A lot of salad dressing is still pre-Fuku. The production date is a year and a half before the expiration date. Also South American dressing is available.
Bottled water: Biggest current struggle. I have a reverse osmosis (RO) system, but it appears to be inefficient in filtering out gaseous iodine and krypton. I use it for boiling and rinsing. Aquafina, PureLife, and Aldi purified water all use RO, but recently it seems to have gotten worse. Gerber baby water MAY use RO. Jana imported bottled water from Big Lots is reasonably cheap. Fiji is fine, but expensive.
I’m sorry this post is so long! This is what my life is like now.