Health In the News
The FDA banned 19 ingredients that are commonly found in anti-bacterial hand-sanitizer and hand soaps. One of the banned ingredients, triclosan, is linked to hormone disruption, skin irritation and bacterial resistance. The FDA is giving companies one year to either remove the banned ingredients from their products or discontinue the products completely. Until then, opt for toxic-free alternative like EO Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizer Spray or Mrs. Meyers Hand Soap ( Just got the honeysuckle and it smells so gooood).
Findings in a recent article in the JAMA reports that the sugar industry funded research in the 1960s that downplayed the role of sugar consumption in development of diseases like coronary heart disease. These research studies potentially could have impacted nutritional policy and guidelines for decades. I watched a great documentary, Sugar Coated, which details the deceptions committed by the sugar industry. Its also important to note that many other big industries use these tactics. A good start on learning more would be by reading Merchants of Doubt.
Last night I got hit with overwhelming desire to consume all things pumpkin. It seems like every year more products are introduced featuring "pumpkin" flavor but lets try and focus on the real stuff. Pumpkins are high in vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and fiber. To reap the nutritional benefits of pumpkin look for canned pumpkin puree with no additional ingredients or pick up a whole pumpkin from the farmers' market ( I like the sugar baby varietal). You can find a tutorial on how to roast and puree your pumpkin on Oh She Glows and I plan to share some of my favorite pumpkin recipes with you as the season progresses.
What healthy news have you read lately? Are you as obsessed with pumpkin as I am? Let me know in the comments below!