October 1, 2012

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September 26, 2012

Obese children have 30-40% greater health risks

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We all know that maintaining proper weight is important for our health. From our joints to our heart, our bodies are designed to function at a normal weight. Unfortunately, the standard American diet full of preservatives and processed food, in addition to a sedentary lifestyle, has caused obesity rates to rise alarmingly. Of particular concern are obese children.

A new study has found that obese children have even greater health risks than previously thought. Science Daily reports:

Researchers at the University of Oxford show that obese children and adolescents have several risk factors for heart disease including raised blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and a thickening of the heart muscle, compared with normal weight children.
 They warn that, if these risk factors are allowed to progress into adulthood, obese children could already be at a 30-40% higher risk of future stroke and heart disease than their normal weight counterparts.
Feed your children fresh fruits and vegetables and be sure they get exercise every day!

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September 21, 2012

Clif C Bars: 70% organic and all natural for healthy snacking

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Clif is synonymous with energy bars. Clif C bars are double-layered fruit and nut bar that looks delicious. Unfortunately, this is another box that got buried in the office, so these samples had expired before I could taste them.

Clif C Bars come in four flavors: blueberry, raspberry, apple, and cherry pomegranate.

NEW CLIF C is the first double layer fruit and nut bar
Using only a handful of ingredients, we lightly bake our bar, sprinkle it with nuts and add a hint of sea salt to make the flavors dance
Fruit, Nuts and Sea Salt - our dedication to the best nature has to offer
70% organic and all natural
One serving of fruit in every bar
Good source of fiber (contains 4.5g total fat
We source ingredients that are not made using gluten, soy, dairy or wheat
No trans fat, no GMO's
Certified Kosher
Vegan and vegetarian

They are currently unavailable on Amazon, and they are backordered on Clif's site.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions

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September 20, 2012

Trans fatty acid putting millions of Europeans at risk

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I've always assumed Europeans ate healthier than Americans. I don't know why. Apparently, their diet is still full of "persistently high trans fatty acid content of certain fast and convenience foods", just like Americans. Science Daily reports:

While the overall TFA fat content of foods has fallen, few European countries have imposed any legal limits, meaning that it is perfectly possible to buy certain packaged and restaurant foods which still contain very high levels, say the authors.

Trans fatty acids (TFA) are primarily produced by the industrial hydrogenation of vegetable oils, a process that solidifies them and helps to prolong the shelf life of the baked goods in which they are used...

Clearer food labelling is one way of curbing trans fatty acid intake, but most countries still rely on food manufacturers to voluntarily reduce the TFA content of their products, the authors point out.

Only a few countries -- Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and Iceland -- have gone down the legislative route and forced industry to limit the amount of TFA used in foods to 2% of the total fat.

But foods containing trans fats, which can comprise up to 60% of the total fat content, can still legally be sold as shop bought packaged goods, or unpackaged in restaurants and fast food outlets elsewhere in Europe, the authors emphasise.


In the US, trans fat labeling became mandatory in 2006. New York city has banned it in restaurants. High consumption of trans fat leads to heart disease.

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September 19, 2012

Safety 1st 98.79%-99.98% Naturals Baby Beauty Care

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You may be familiar with the brand Safety 1st for their baby proofing products, like cabinet latches and outlet covers. Safety 1st also makes a line of 98.79%-99.98% natural baby beauty products called Naturals. Each product clearly states on the front what its percentage of natural ingredients content is. We were sent the following products to try:

Only two of these products have been scored by the Environmental Working Group. Both received a hazard score of five, with greatest ingredient of concern being fragrance. I'm always concerned when a product says fragrance on its label. What exactly is that fragrance? If it is an essential oil, why not just come out and state it?

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions

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