Food Safety

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Nearly 500 Ways to Make a Yoga Mat Sandwich


According to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group: “The controversial yoga mat chemical that Vani Hari, creator of, campaigned to remove from Subway sandwich bread has turned up in nearly 500 items and more than 130 brands of bread, stuffing, pre-made sandwiches and snacks.”

EWG found azodicarbonamide (or ADA), an industrial foaming agent, used in yoga mats, and flip-flops, on the labels of many well known food brands including Pillsbury, Sara Lee, Smucker’s and Fleischman’s, among others.

For more on the story, visit the Environmental Working Group.

Click here for the full list of foods congaing ADA.

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The Dangers of Sugar

Sugar Addiction

Our friend Dr. Mark Hyman has written an article for The Huffington Post entitled “Eggs Don’t Cause Heart Attacks — Sugar Does.” As he explains:

“A rigorously done new study shows that those with the highest sugar intake had a four-fold increase in their risk of heart attacks compared to those with the lowest intakes. That’s 400 percent! Just one 20-ounce soda increases your risk of a heart attack by about 30 percent.”

And yet more than 70% of the people in this country receive 10% of their daily calories from sugar. And 10% of Americans get 25% of their calories from sugar! Not surprisngly, the biggest culprits are sweetened beverages.

“This is a major paradigm shift. For years, we’ve been brainwashed into thinking that fat causes heart attacks and raises cholesterol, and that sugar is harmless except as a source of empty calories. They are not empty calories. As it turns out, sugar calories are deadly calories. Sugar causes heart attacks, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cancer and dementia, and is the leading cause of liver failure in America.”

Read the full story “Eggs Don’t Cause Heart Attacks — Sugar Does” at The Huffington Post.

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Sugary Soft Drinks Can Change Your Brain


Scientists have found that sugary soft drinks could “profoundly” change you brain. According to the report, drinking soft drinks can lead to hyperactivity and alter hundreds of proteins in the brain.

Read the whole story: “Fizzy drinks can change your brain, warn scientists”.

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Table Talk: What are GMOs?


Each week, The Huffington Post presents a compelling topic to spark discussion at your dinner table.

It’s likely you consume foods containing genetically modified organisms — GMOs — relatively often. But what are they? GMOs are tiny organisms whose genes have been altered by humans; GMO ingredients are often present in processed foods — and fruits and vegetables are sometimes genetically modified, too. (For a list of common genetically modified foods, click here.)

Some researchers believe that GMOs are unsafe to eat, although most studies show that they’re ok. But food manufacturers in America don’t have to notify people when GMOs are present — even though the New York Times reports that 93 percent of people polled actually want food wrappers to list GMOs.

Tonight, let’s talk about what we can all do to stay informed about the food we eat. For more information, check out the recent film “GMO OMG,” which shows one father’s journey to understand the role GMOs play in our lives.

Questions for discussion:

* How much do you already know about GMOs?

* What do you think are the pros and cons of GMOs?

* Do you think food manufacturers should have to tell people if there are GMOs in their food?

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