Sustainable Palm Oil – No Time to Let Up

Palm oil and the issues surrounding it aren’t going away anytime soon. And they shouldn’t. Awareness in the U.S. and other Western nations is especially important. With palm oil appearing, by some estimates, in one of every two products on grocery shelves, and with the true consequences of palm oil production being felt half a world away, it’s easy for out-of-sight to become out-of-mind. The consequences are definitely real. In order for palm oil to be present in our cookies, crackers, processed Read more […]

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Selling the Myth of Antibacterial Soap

It took the FDA 42 years – until 2014 – to complete the study it was ordered to begin in 1972. It was tasked to assess the effects of introducing triclosan, the active ingredient in most antibacterial soaps, into the home as companies moved to expand their markets. When report findings were released, the FDA had already missed their promised deadlines of 2011 and 2012. Antibacterial Soaps Don’t Work The good news is, there’s 42 years of research to confirm the conclusion other researchers Read more […]

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Who's Right About Castile Soap?

Next time you run across the term “Castile Soap,” take a minute to consider what it means. Does it mean the soap you’re looking at is made with olive oil? Or does it mean, more generally, that it’s made with vegetable oil rather than animal fat? And when you hear the term “Castile,” what comes to mind, bar soap or liquid? Olive Oil or Not? For some, including the Spanish soapmakers Andalucia, “Castile” means something very specific. Not only does it refer to the area of Spain where the soap reportedly Read more […]

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Gluten-Free Isn't Just a Fad

Gluten-free is a slogan you can’t automatically trust when you see it. Trust depends on who is saying it. Some manufacturers mean what they say. Others don’t. The trick is telling them apart. For many, gluten-free is a catchphrase intended to make products look healthier than they are. Check the website for the Gluten-Free Certification Organization  and you’ll see alerts and “pull-backs” for products that don’t meet gluten-free standards, but persist in appearing like they do. More Read more […]

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