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the dangers of Aspartame (in kids food/drinks!!)
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 5:54 pm    Post subject: the dangers of Aspartame (in kids food/drinks!!)  Reply with quote

Did you know that fruit shoots, a "healthy" juice drink for kids is actually only 10% fruit juice and has nasty preservatives and aspartame (in sweeteners) in it.  Always read ingredients of your and especially your babies food!! And avoid diet drinks at all cost.  What's wrong with good old water, milk, fruit juice and if necessary an occasional full sugar soft drink?  

The dangers of aspartame (never mind preservatives/colourings/flavourings).  No wonder there are so many health problems around these days!

http://www.naturodoc.com/library/nutrition/aspartame.htm
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh my goodness. That article is frightening. No fruit shoots for Isabel, not that she gets that sort of thing anyway. I am a little worried about the MSG I may have consumed during prenancy though!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't worry too much...you don't feed her msg now, do you? So don't worry, be happy.

The last paragraph is quite scary

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Reading labels on food items is important but not sufficient.  Labeling regulations make it possible to conceal from the public information needed to make good decisions about diet.  For example, there are some circumstances in which a substance like aspartame or glutamate does not have to be shown on the label.  Often it is included under another term like "enhanced flavors or spices."  The public needs to be aware of these problems and demand more information.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm really careful about what i feed her now. We don't buy organic nearly enough but I do try to keep processed foods to a minimum. It's helping that I can't eat a lot of food at the moment with the diet I'm on it makes me pay more attention to what is in the food we are eating.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm really pleased to see this raised early, Sharon.  It's a really big issue.  Everyone thinks they are making such a healthy choice when they see products labelled as "sugar free" but they would be better off with the sugar.

Have you done any research on bottled water?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No I haven't...I know many people refuse to drink bottled water but can't say I'm sure why.  Personally I'm happy with filtered tap water. Tell us more?!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Environmentally they are bad:

Plastic products take a lot of energy to produce and whilst they may be 'recyclable', is this a good use of energy?  And then there are those that aren't separated into the recycling system and are just dumped.

Health-wise there are lots of doubts about the safety of plastics around food - and most of these doubts have been around for a long-time.  Remember concerns over using cling-film and foods?  Bacteria, plastic toxins leaching into foods, especially oestrogenic compounds which could interfere with our hormone health.  There are a few links to read below and whilst the jury is not fully out, bear in mind who writes the articles or reports in favour of using plastic.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/...745/Bottled-water-is-immoral.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health...lurking-plastic-water-bottle.html
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/04/28/water-bottles-health.html
http://www.greenlivingonline.com/article/get-rid-plastic-water-bottles

I may be 'green' but I am aware that 'green' organisations are as guilty sometimes of scaremongering as other interested parties, so read with care.

As for tap water - which is what I use filtered (although be aware that most water filters are made from plastic), be careful about fluoridation of your water supply:

http://www.npwa.org.uk/

It is time we started to move away from plastic - it is now generally accepted that wooden chopping boards are healthier than plastic ones as they don't harbour bacteria as much as the plastic ones.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very interesting! I was aware of the cancer causing dioxins from plastic (water bottles) if they're heated or cooled and know plastic is bad for the environment, and I do avoid them.  Do you know anything about the quality of water that is bottled...is this in fact better then filtered tap water?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are varying reports of poor water quality in bottled water - sometimes contaminated with bacteria, sometimes too much of any one mineral.  In theory, bottled water is meant to run through the same hygiene tests as tap water as far as I know.  I think most of the contamination comes from contact with the plastic bottle.  You need to read the label carefully as some bottled water is tap water or spring water that has been transported and then filtered and worked on - rather than fresh from the spring.

http://www.which.co.uk/advice/swi...er/tap-vs-bottled-water/index.jsp
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 1:05 pm    Post subject: Berkey Water Filters Reply with quote

I've been researching Berkey Water Filters lately - they look really good.  Does anyone have any experience with these?


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