The LA Times has an article on movie theater popcorn and how dreadful this stuff continues to be. I'm surprised, though, that there's no mention of hydrogenated oils, which I would have figured to be the biggest health culprit in the stuff (liquid margarine... yuck...) I stopped eating the stuff long ago - actually, I stopped going to the movies years ago too, and only rarely catch a film (I think the last film I saw was the 'Indiana Jones - Crystal Skull' film, which was just ridiculous and silly.)
The best bet for popcorn is to just invest in an air popper, then lightly salt/lightly butter it at home. Cheaper, healthier, and I think tastier than then microwaved versions.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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Monday, November 16, 2009
I've just started reading about phthalates, a type of plastic chemical found in a number of products, and some of the detrimental health effects from this stuff. It's one of those things like hydrogenated oils that, once you start reading about it and some of the bad things reported about it, it can just be overwhelming (particularly some of the studies reporting reproductive problems associated with phthalates.)
In terms of plastic, I know that I've had drinks from plastic containers and picked up that "plasticy" taste to the water, so the idea of plastics in material being ingested isn't an alien idea (it;s part of why I try to avoid using plastic bottles and utensils when I can, but it can be hard to avoid sometimes.) This is one of those things that makes me think I'm long overdue for another fast.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Another interesting article from natural news about the "safe" level of melamine in foods, namely infant formula. I know that sometimes formula is the only option for some babies, which is why there should be better safety standards in terms of what goes into infant formula.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Yahoo! had another half-decent article on the negative side of soda, including citing the negatives of aspartame. The article could have gone a little bit further, but I think the article covered a number of important negative aspects of regular soda consumption. I do enjoy non-HFCS soda's from time to time, and these are likely my biggest nutritional vice, and the article points out some good alternatives to soda (such as water, which I really should be drinking more of.)