Yikes! Cheese should never come in powder form… –
Laboratory testing of 10 varieties of macaroni and cheese products has revealed toxic industrial chemicals (known as phthalates) in the cheese powders of all of the tested items, according to the Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging, a national alliance of leading public health and food safety groups.
In recognition of National Macaroni and Cheese Day, the coalition has issued a call to The Kraft Heinz Company—the dominant seller of boxed macaroni and cheese, with 76 percent of market share—to drive industry-wide change by eliminating any sources of phthalates (THAL-eights) that may end up in its cheese products.
Source: Toxic Industrial Chemicals Found in 10 Types of Macaroni and Cheese Powders
Your eight-ounce cup of fruit-flavored yogurt has as much sugar as a cup of vanilla ice cream. Both have about 28 grams of sugar, the equivalent of six teaspoons of sugar. In our research we even came across a yogurt that contained more than 40 grams of the sweet stuff.
Safer Swap: Plain yogurt and fresh fruit. Plain yogurt does have about 12 grams of sugar, but it comes from naturally occurring lactose, which isn’t the enemy. Even if you add in a generous quarter cup of fresh blueberries, you’re only adding about 4 grams of sugar, and none of it is added sugar. Better yet: Make it yourself!
Source: 12 Sources of Sneaky Sugar in Your Diet
Another reason to love fish! –
Researchers studied 176 people in a larger health study who had had physical exams and blood tests and filled out food frequency questionnaires that indicated their consumption of various types of non-fried fish.
The study, in Arthritis Care & Research, categorized the participants into groups by fish consumption: less than one serving a month, one a month, one to two a week, and more than two a week. To rate the severity of symptoms they used a “disease activity score” that assigns a number based on the degree of swelling and pain.
Source: Fish as Medicine for Rheumatoid Arthritis – The New York Times
Why it pays to watch mum’s health, not just bub’s! –
Women who are obese when they conceive are more likely to have a baby with serious birth defects, a major study has found. The research revealed a sliding scale of risk for health problems including congenital heart defects, anomalies of the digestive system and malformations of genital organs or limbs. The study is the first to show that babies of women who are overweight, but not clinically obese, are also slightly more likely to have health problems in the first year of life.
Source: Obese women more likely to have babies with serious birth defects, says study | Society | The Guardian
Yikes! Why nothing beats food (and skincare) that’s as unprocessed as possible! –
The Environmental Defense Fund, in an analysis of 11 years of federal data, found detectable levels of lead in 20 percent of 2,164 baby food samples. The toxic metal was most commonly found in fruit juices such as grape and apple, root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots, and cookies such as teething biscuits.
The organization’s primary focus was on the baby foods because of how detrimental lead can be to child development.“
Lead can have a number of effects on children and it’s especially harmful during critical windows of development,” said Dr. Aparna Bole, pediatrician at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, who was not involved with the report. “The largest burden that we often think about is neurocognitive that can occur even at low levels of lead exposure.”
Source: Lead Detected In 20% Of Baby Food Samples, Surprising Even Researchers | Kaiser Health News