Eating at home reduces your exposure to toxic ‘forever chemicals’ 

Eating at home reduces your exposure to toxic ‘forever chemicals’ 

Another reason why home-made is best! –

We know that homemade meals are usually more nutritious than the fries-burger-soda combo from your nearest fast food outlet. But that’s not the only reason cooking your own food is the healthier bet: Research suggests those quickly-delivered burgers could contain some pretty long-lasting chemicals.

A study released Wednesday by the Silent Spring Institute found that eating out, especially at fast food and pizza chains, corresponded with higher bodily levels of PFAS — also called “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down under normal environmental conditions — than eating at home.

PFAS (or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, if you prefer long, science-y words) are a broad class of chemicals that have been linked to a number of adverse health effects, including cancer. Once you’ve ingested them, be it through contaminated water, food, or air, PFAS can linger in your body for weeks or even months.

Source: Eating at home reduces your exposure to toxic ‘forever chemicals’ | Grist

Singapore Is the First Country to Ban Ads on Sugary Drinks – EcoWatch

Singapore Is the First Country to Ban Ads on Sugary Drinks – EcoWatch

The health effects of too much sugar can be just as bad as those from smoking, why this might not be such a bad idea… –

Singapore will become the first country in the world to place a ban on advertisements for carbonated drinks and juices with high sugar contents, its health ministry announced last week. The law is intended to curb sugar consumption since the country has some of the world’s highest diabetes rates per capita, as Reuters reported.

Not only will the country ban ads for the drinks, but it will also force beverage makers to put a large warning about the effects of sugar consumption on the front of all labels for medium-to-high sugar content drinks.

The labeling and the ad ban will include soft drinks, juices, sachets of three-in-one drinks and cultured milk and yogurt drinks, according to the Straits Times.

The ban, which will apply to advertisements across a broad spectrum of mediums including print, radio, TV and web platforms, was introduced at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress. The country’s senior minister of state for law and health, Edwin Tong, said the ban will start in 2020, as The Independent reported.

Source: Singapore Is the First Country to Ban Ads on Sugary Drinks – EcoWatch

How the baby food industry hooks low-income toddlers on sugar, salt and fat – The Washington Post

How the baby food industry hooks low-income toddlers on sugar, salt and fat – The Washington Post

Why homemade is always best! –

Leading health organizations recently released their first consensus recommendations about what young children should be drinking: only breast milk or, if necessary, infant formula until a baby is 6 months old, with water introduced around then and plain cow’s milk at around their first birthday.

That’s it. No juice, no flavored or plant-based milks, no caffeinated beverages or sodas.

The good news is parents of infants seem to be on the right track — breast-feeding is on the rise. But once children get into the toddler zone, it’s pandemonium.

There’s been a boom in unhealthy foods and beverages for children 6 months to 3 years old, packaged for convenience and often promising to make children stronger and smarter.

Dietary supplements said to boost the immune system. Squeezy pouches boasting three grams of protein and three grams of fiber. Oven-baked stone-ground wheat “wafflez,” superfood puffs and a baffling array of toddler milks purported to aid brain and eye development.

Billy Roberts, senior analyst of food and drink at market research firm Mintel, says that there were four times more product launches in the baby and toddler food aisle in 2018 than in 2005, with a huge surge in new toddler foods and drinks, most of which are extremely high in sugar.

What’s driving this surge? Experts point to several factors. Parents are demanding convenient, on-the-go packaging. Industry’s lust for market share has driven advertising aimed at parents of toddlers. And there’s been little nutritional guidance for new parents, who glean what they can from parenting chat rooms, family lore and pediatricians, many of whom had only a single class on nutrition during medical school.

Source: How the baby food industry hooks low-income toddlers on sugar, salt and fat – The Washington Post

Pregnant mothers’ stress levels can affect sex of baby, study says

Pregnant mothers’ stress levels can affect sex of baby, study says

Why keeping your feet up when you’re a mum-to-be is so important! –

A study published Monday suggests prenatal stress in pregnant women may affect the sex of the baby and be associated with some forms of birth complications.

Researchers at Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital found that stressed mothers are less likely to give birth to a male child.

The findings, which were published in the National Academy of Sciences’ official peer-reviewed journal PNAS, were based on data gathered from 187 pregnant women divided into three groups: healthy women (66.8% of the study), psychologically stressed women who were found to have depression and anxiety (17.1%) and physically stressed women found to have higher blood pressure and higher caloric intake (16%).

Physically stressed mothers also were more likely to have premature births and decreased fetal heart rate and movement, which researchers suggest may affect central nervous system development. All of the women had healthy pregnancies.

“The womb is an influential first home, as important as the one a child is raised in, if not more so,” said lead author Catherine E. Monk, professor of medical psychology at Columbia University, in a statement.

Source: Pregnant mothers’ stress levels can affect sex of baby, study says

The dangers of letting your child use makeup, hair dye or nail polish

The dangers of letting your child use makeup, hair dye or nail polish

Why wearing make-up is best left to grown-ups! –

There are medical reasons why makeup isn’t good for your young ones. First, a child’s skin is thinner and has a decreased barrier function as compared to adults, said Dr Lynn Chiam, dermatologist with Children & Adult Skin Hair Laser Clinic.

The skin’s barrier function refers to its ability to keep moisture in and damaging elements out “and children’s skin is less able to defend itself against irritants,” she said. Some chemicals found in makeup can cause dryness, redness, itchiness and irritation to the skin.

It doesn’t help that the chemicals found in makeup can cause dryness, redness, itchiness and irritation to the skin, she added. “With prolonged use, this can adversely affect the barrier and structure of the skin, causing it to be more sensitive to other things like water, soap, sweat and heat.”Consider this, too: If you have difficulty getting your child to brush her teeth or shower, how do you ensure she’ll properly remove her makeup?

Letting her wear makeup may set her up for teenage acne, when the incomplete removal of products, coupled with unhygienic practices (such as sharing makeup with friends), can clog pores and transmit bacteria.

And if you think a little lip gloss or blusher is harmless, think again. “Makeup can lead to dermatitis of the skin and lips, causing redness, itch and flaking,” said Dr Chiam. “Children also absorb more through the skin as they have a higher surface to volume ratio. As such, they can react even when small amounts of an irritant is applied.”

Source: The dangers of letting your child use makeup, hair dye or nail polish

All Soda, Sugary or Diet, Linked to Early Death in New Study – EcoWatch

All Soda, Sugary or Diet, Linked to Early Death in New Study – EcoWatch

Yikes! Why keeping it as much out of your diet – and your child’s – is so important –

Cutting soft drinks from your diet — even if they’re artificially sweetened — might be one of the simplest ways to boost your health and longevity, according to a new study published this week.

The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that drinking two or more glasses of sugary or diet soft drinks per day compared to one is associated with a higher risk of early death from all causes.

For the study, around 50 researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer tracked more than 451,000 adults from 10 European countries — none of whom had already been diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, heart disease or stroke beforehand — for up to 19 years, making it one of the first of its kind in Europe.

They found that men and women who had two or more glasses of sugary drinks per day had a higher risk of death from digestive diseases affecting the liver, pancreas, intestines and appendix. Drinking the same amount of artificially sweetened diet drinks daily was associated with a higher risk of dying from circulatory diseases. In general, drinking soft drinks was associated with Parkinson’s disease, but the researchers found no link to cancer or Alzheimer’s risk.

Source: All Soda, Sugary or Diet, Linked to Early Death in New Study – EcoWatch