Some interesting and useful health news and information for our readers:
Gum-rotting ingredients hiding in your toothpaste
Denver dental hygienist Trish Walraven spotted the problem first. She began noticing little blue specks embedded along the gum line in some of her patients. And from those little specks very large problems can grow.
The microbeads are smaller than a millimeter, but the space between your teeth and gums — called the gum channel — is about three millimeters wide. So if you scrub tiny plastic specks into that channel every day, the specks can get trapped and contribute to periodontal disease.
Polyethylene is used to make a wide range of plastic products. But why on earth is it being used in Crest toothpaste? Believe it or not, it’s being dumped into the toothpaste simply to add color. That’s it. It doesn’t help clean or whiten teeth. It doesn’t help fight cavities. It’s only there to add an appealing blue color to your toothpaste.
This story might have ended there, but Walraven happens to have a blog where she writes about dental health (dentalbuzz.com). After she posted a long article about the specks — along with a list of 19 Crest toothpaste products that contain polyethylene — Proctor & Gamble (who makes Crest) ramped up some damage control.
According to a P&G spokesman, polyethylene is safe and FDA-approved (of course!). And he added, “While the ingredient in question is… part of an enjoyable brushing experience for millions of consumers with no issues, we understand there is a growing preference for us to remove this ingredient. So we will.”
The spokesman went on to say “the majority” of P&G “product volume” will be microbead-free by next spring.
Shocking Ingredients in McDonald’s French Fries
by Michelle Schoffro Cook
It would be fair to assume that there are three ingredients in McDonald’s French fries: potatoes, oil, and salt. But if you assumed that you’d be far from correct.
Starting last year McDonald’s began a transparency campaign most likely to create a more health- and consumer-conscious image of the corporation. As a result the company has made their ingredient lists and processing techniques available on their website. Out of curiosity, I had to know exactly what is in those fries.
It turns out that there are 17 ingredients in MickeyD’s French fries! They contain:
-Potatoes (whew! I’m glad that was the first ingredient)
-Canola oil—Most canola oil is now genetically-modified.
-Hydrogenated soybean oil—Like canola oil, most soybean oil is now extracted from genetically-modified soybeans. Plus the hydrogenation process makes the oil more saturated than it would be in its natural form, and unhealthy.
-Safflower oil—Believed to be a healthier cooking oil, most safflower is unfortunately heated to high temperatures long before it is ever used for cooking, causing it to be chemically-altered from the heat, and a source of inflammation the body when that is the case.
-”Natural flavor”—McDonald’s natural flavor is apparently obtained from a vegetable source, but the “natural” moniker means nothing since itcan even potentially contain the nerve- and brain-toxin monosodium glutamate (MSG).
-Dextrose—a type of sugar.
-Sodium acid pyrophosphate—This ingredient is apparently used to maintain the color of the fries. On the chemical industry’s own safety data sheets it is listed ashazardous for ingestion, which is exactly what you’ll be doing if you eat those French fries.
-Citric acid—used as a preservative.
-Dimethylpolysiloxane—used as an anti-foaming agent, this industrial chemical istypically used in caulking and sealantsand comes with a list of safety concerns.
-Vegetable oil for frying, which is a blend of 7 ingredients, including: canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with tert-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), citric acid, and dimethylpolysiloxane. We discussed most of these ingredients above. Corn oil, like its canola and soybean counterparts is now primarily made of genetically-modified corn.
TBHQ is a petroleum-based, butane-like (yes, that’s lighter fluid!)ingredient used as a preservative. It has beenlinked to asthma, skin conditions, hormone disruption, and in long-term animal studies to cancer and damage to DNA.
Contrary to what McDonald’s may claim in its slogan, I’m NOT lovin’ it!
courtesy of www.getholistichealth.com
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