Have you ever considered the chemicals that might be used in the manufacture of baby wipes? Although many claim to be sensitive to babies skins and contain skin conditioning ingredients, many brands also contain several preservatives that can be harmful to infants and young children.Continue reading Baby wipes – making safer choices
The toothpaste section of the supermarket seems to continue to expand, and one area where this is particularly obvious is in the area of children’s toothpaste. I recently compared two brands of children’s toothpaste to see how they differed in terms of claims and ingredients.Continue reading Children’s toothpaste – what do you choose?
Normal, natural healthy food is meant to go off. This is one sign that the food has not been tampered with by manufacturers, or otherwise denatured.Continue reading Good food is meant to perish
As a mother, I feel really proud of my children when I let them make their own food choices and they choose well. Today my five year old asked if she could pack the snacks for our outing and I trusted her without interfering in her choices.Continue reading Trusting children to make good food decisions
In a class action headed up by a consumer in the USA this week, this question has been asked of a major food manufacturer. Many food producers have taken advantage of our desire to be healthier and started to label their food as ‘all natural’ or free of this or that.Continue reading How can a product containing GM oil and GM corn be labelled ‚Äòall natural’?
Reading ingredient labels to hunt down and avoid harmful chemicals is important if you wish to eat well and be well. It is a skill that gets easier over time and actually makes your shopping experience much simpler as it immediately eliminates many brands and items from your shopping list.Continue reading Ingredients aren’t the only chemicals in foods
Next time you open a sachet of powdered flavouring to add to noodles, stop and think what else you could use from your pantry. The sachet most likely contains at least one form of MSG and a range of other additives, artificial colours and flavours you might rather avoid.Continue reading Yes to spices, no to artificial flavours
A new year is, for many people, a time to develop new and healthier habits in life. One common resolution is to do a detox, especially after the indulgences of the festive season, and whole industries experience a boom time as we purchase pills and potions to assist us in the quest for good health.Continue reading Detox with a chemical-free pantry
Cheese slices are promoted to us as a source of calcium and vitamin D. Low fat versions are available and the marketing message is clear about their place in our daily dairy intake.Continue reading Ingredients in cheese slices – quick review
An allergy to sodium benzoate (211) can be a challenging allergy to manage. Sodium benzoate (also shown as 211 on labels) is a preservative used in many foods and beverages and can be difficult to avoid.Continue reading Allergy to sodium benzoate 211 a common complaint