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5@5: Arsenic found in bottled water from Whole Foods, Dr. Pepper | Where are 'added sugar' labels?

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Report: Bottled water made by Whole Foods and Dr. Pepper has unsafe amounts of arsenic

Consumer Reports just released the results of an investigation into arsenic levels in bottled water and found that 11 out of 130 popular brands had detectable amounts of arsenic in them. Six brands had arsenic levels of 3ppb or higher—Starkey, Peñafiel, Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water, Volvic, Crystal Creamery and EartH2O. Read more at Fast Company …

 

‘Added sugar’ labels could pay for themselves and prevent nearly a million cases of disease. Why haven’t we seen them yet?

 

The Food and Drug Administration announced three years ago that it would be making “sweeping changes to nutrition facts panels on packaged foods”—one being the inclusion of “added sugar” labels. When the U.S. introduced trans fat labels, many food companies changed some of the recipes to reduce the amount, and FDA hopes to see the same change in relation to sugary products. Read more at New Food Economy …

 

Earth, meet Polo: Ralph Lauren unveils plastic bottle shirt

Polo Ralph Lauren has unveiled a version of its iconic polo shirt “made entirely of recycled plastic bottles and dyed through a process that uses zero water.” The company has also taken on several other environmental initiatives, such as “the use of 100% sustainably sourced cotton by 2025 and 100% recyclable or sustainably sourced packaging materials by the same year." Read more at AP News …

 

We now live in a world with customized shampoo

Many companies are diving into the world of personalization—Gatorade, for one, now has a system that uses “a sophisticated analysis of an individual’s perspiration” to personalize his or her beverage. Another company doing well in the space is Care/of, which creates personalized vitamins, and Prose, which offers customized haircare. Read more at The Wall Street Journal …

 

Does sugar make kids hyper? That’s largely a myth

While some children may be more sensitive to blood sugar spikes, research has shown that sugar does not affect behavior or cognitive performance in children. However, sugary foods and beverages still deliver calories without any nutrients and are linked to “the development of risk factors for heart disease, such as an increased risk of obesity and elevated blood pressure in children and young adults." Read more at CNN …

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