Simple hack for getting children to eat more vegetables | Daily Mail Online

Simple hack for getting children to eat more vegetables | Daily Mail Online

The trick? Just giving them more! –

Researchers at Deakin University’s Centre for Advanced Sensory Science tested their theory on a control-group of 72 primary-school aged kids. Each child taking part was given a 500g box of peeled carrots on one day, and the same amount of diced carrots on the next, with 10 minutes to eat as much of the veggie as they liked. Of the two trials, carrots served whole, rather than diced, proved to be the more popular choice, with kids choosing to eat the vegetable for longer, said Dr Gie Liem, a senior lecturer from Deakin University.’On average this meant they ate about eight to 10 per cent more of the whole vegetable, by weight, than when given diced carrots to try.

Source: Simple hack for getting children to eat more vegetables | Daily Mail Online

Powdered mac and cheese, like Kraft, may contain toxic chemicals – NY Daily News

Powdered mac and cheese, like Kraft, may contain toxic chemicals – NY Daily News

Yikes! Nothing beats the real thing… –

Boxed mac and cheese often means survival for tots and poor college students, but new research shows there may be harmful chemicals in the powdered cheese. Lab tests revealed that toxic industrial chemicals, called phthalates, are found in 10 varieties of macaroni and cheese, including eight out of nine Kraft products. These phthalates are hormone-disrupting chemicals that could cause reproductive and thyroid issues, as well as neurological problems in kids and unborn babies.

Source: Powdered mac and cheese, like Kraft, may contain toxic chemicals – NY Daily News

Cancer charity warns of potentially harmful chemicals | Daily Mail Online

Cancer charity warns of potentially harmful chemicals | Daily Mail Online

An excellent start to getting rid of what should never be in any skincare! –

A leading UK breast cancer charity has warned that levels of endocrine disrupting chemicals contained in popular beauty products may increase women’s risk of developing the disease. And the chemicals being highlighted by Breast Cancer UK appear in the ingredients on everything from Nivea moisturisers and Maybelline mascaras to Essie nail polish. The charity’s Ditch The Junk campaign aims to raise awareness of the chemicals that people might wish to avoid, such as parabens, which are widely used as preservatives, and synthetic musks like galaxolide, commonly found in perfumes. It has also released a handy infographic breaking down common ingredients in products from nail polish to hair spray to hygiene products, to arm shoppers with everything they need to know before their next trip to the beauty counter.

Source: Cancer charity warns of potentially harmful chemicals | Daily Mail Online

Kids vitamins get a health warning | Daily Telegraph

Nothing beats the real thing! –

“LOLLY” vitamin pills are unhealthy, exploitative and damage children’s teeth, according to health experts who want them banned. And the NSW Poisons Centre said it now receives at least 15 calls a week about children eating too many multivitamins. A group of health experts including Monash University Associate Professor Ken Harvey argues “gummie”-style vitamins should be banned because they contain food acids and high levels of sugar and “are not medicines consumers need”. While such products list minerals and vitamins as “active” ingredients, because they are labelled complementary medicines many are able to hide their high sugar content.

Source: Kids vitamins get a health warning | Daily Telegraph

Plastic debris is now discovered in sea salt | Daily Mail Online

Plastic debris is now discovered in sea salt | Daily Mail Online

Yikes! Why how we treat our planet matters so so much –

Sea salt harvested from oceans around the world and a favourite of discerning cooks is contaminated with plastic, scientists have found. Tiny pieces of the material have been found in sea salt on sale in the UK, Europe, the US and China. It confirms that plastic litter reaching oceans is being broken down and getting in to our food. Previous studies have found that fish such as cod, as well as shellfish and crustaceans including scampi caught off the British coast, contain plastic particles.

Source: Plastic debris is now discovered in sea salt | Daily Mail Online

Woolworths announces all stores will ban single-use plastic bags within 12 months

Awesome! –

Single-use plastic bags will be a thing of the past at the checkouts of Woolworths and Coles in the next 12 months.In a shock announcement on Friday afternoon, Woolworths revealed it would shortly begin phasing out the bags in supermarkets, Big W and BWS stores, with a total ban in place by June 30 next year.

Source: Woolworths announces all stores will ban single-use plastic bags within 12 months