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Ingredient Watch List

Tiny Produce Labels Actually Meaningful

June 10, 2011
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So I was amazed to find out from this super informative post that those tiny, sticky little produce labels actually contain surprisingly valuable information. Normally, all they do is annoy me because sometimes they are hard to peel off, not to mention I don’t really want to eat any remaining adhesive, but now I have […]

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Not All Essential Oils Are Created Equal

May 3, 2011
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Essential oils are a very concentrated liquid extract of plant materials such as fruits, leaves, and roots. They can serve many purposes including aromatherapy, therapeutic uses, and even cleaning. Unfortunately, all essential oils are not created equal so depending on what you will be using them for, it is important to select one that is […]

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Local Eye on High Fructose Corn Syrup

April 21, 2011
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I was really amazed (and proud!) to see my local news channel call out possible health issues last month with high fructose corn syrup, a highly processed sweetener perhaps contributing to numerous health problems. The article and video noted the enormous increase in usage of HFCS (4000% percent in the last 40 years) as well […]

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Reasons to Avoid MSG

March 1, 2011

MSG (monosodium glutamate) is bad news and there’s no two ways around it. MSG is a known neurotoxin and is used as a flavor enhancer (seemingly unnecessary, right?) often found in soups, sauces/dressings, processed snack foods, and processed meat products. A couple of weeks ago I actually saw MSG for sale in the spice aisle […]

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Ultra-Pasteurization of Dairy Products

February 25, 2011
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Although I drink my whole milk raw from a local farm that I trust, I sometimes find myself purchasing extra cream and other pasteurized (heated) dairy products at the store. I accept that these items are only available to be purchased pasteurized at this time, even at health stores, but I’ve recently learned about ultra-pasteurization […]

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Fluoride in Food

October 23, 2009

If you are like most people who’ve experienced a natural health awakening over the past few years, (or maybe you’re still in yours – after all, education is a lifelong process!), you are aware of the dangers of fluoride, and you have  taken steps to remove it from your water supply. To recap, sodium fluoride […]

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Why Avoid Parabens?

October 18, 2009

I’ve been more than a little disgusted lately at all of the products I’ve seen hoarding parabens. While I notice them frequently (near the end of most ingredient lists) in lotions, etc, I have also seen them in what companies are claiming as “natural” products (for example, Lush lip balm). Worse yet, at a craft […]

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Aspartame Not Worth the Risks

April 19, 2009

Although I think we’ve made it pretty clear how we feel about soda, I want to delve a bit deeper into the dangers of diet pop. If you’re thinking the word “diet” makes a Coke or Pepsi (or any other pop for that matter) a “healthier” option, think again. Sure, you can escape from the […]

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Beware of the HFCS!

February 26, 2009

About a month ago, I began writing this post to inform you that I don’t think there’s ever been an ingredient so sneaky and nasty as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Now I’m writing not just to tell you, but to plead to you- avoid HFCS at all costs! This will be a difficult task […]

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Are Your Cosmetics Safe?

January 15, 2009

If you are anything like me, you probably have a wide variety of body care products claiming space in your bathroom. From facial soaps and lotions to nail polish and makeup, I’ve been guilty of using a variety of brands whose ingredients I did not fully question until now. Once you begin reading the fine […]

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