Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lead in children's juice boxes.

According to a recent news letter from Delicious Living Magazine, the Enviromental Law Foundation has found lead in a variety of children's juice box drinks, baby food, and fruit cocktail.  Why can't we just have safe and healthy food?  This is sad that we should even have to worry about this. Thats just this Momma's opinion though. 

Here is the article: 

Toxic news: Lead found in children’s juice boxes

According to a report filed by the Oakland-based Environmental Law Foundation (ELF), the toxic chemical lead has been found in a variety of children’s and baby foods, including apple juice, grape juice, packaged pears and peaches (including baby food), and fruit cocktail.

ELF tested scores of brands and found that just one serving of several of the products would put children age six and younger over the daily limit for lead. Specifically, for the tainted products, one or more samples exceeded California’s Prop. 65 limit of 0.5 micrograms of lead per serving.

About 85 percent of products tested had high levels of lead, including organic products.

Products with excess lead included:

Gerber 100% Juice Apple Juice

Earth’s Best Organics Apple Juice

O Organics Organic Grape Juice from concentrate

R.W. Knudsen Organic Just Concord

Del Monte Diced Pears in Light Syrup

Gerber 3rd Foods Peaches [Baby Food]

Safeway Lite Fruit Cocktail in Pear Juice

Products that tested under the limits included:

Eating Right Kids Diced Peaches in Extra Light Syrup

R.W. Knudsen Organic Apple Juice unfiltered

Tree Top 100% Apple Juice.

Experts agree that there is no safe level for lead exposure. The toxic chemical accumulates in the body from every exposure over time. “Lead exposure among children is a particular concern because their developing bodies absorb lead at a higher rate and because children are particularly sensitive to lead’s toxic effects, including decreased IQ,” said toxicologist Barbara G. Callahan, PhD, DABT, of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in ELF’s press release. According to the group, lead has been and continues to be released into the environment from decades of lead-based pesticide application, use of leaded gasoline and lead paint, and burning of coal in power plants.

ELF has previously found balsamic vinegar samples to have excessive lead levels. Spectrum Organics responded to that lawsuit by stating lead was naturally occurring in soils in the Modena region of Italy, where most balsamics come from. Spectrums’s website also said, “Based on the Company’s tests, a person would need to consume somewhere between 1.3-2.6 cups (270-630ml) daily of the Company’s various vinegar products to reach the Proposition 65 lead level.”

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Cool off in the heat and make your own popsicles!!!!

Instead of buying my son Levon popsicles that are not very nutritious I decided to make him some popsicles.  By making them I know exactly what ingredients are in them and they actually have nutritional  value as opposed to the alternative.  Here are the steps. . .

Step 1

Buy a popsicle container.

We found ours at Target. Click here to see pricing on one similar.

Step 2

Pour liquid mixture in popsicle mold.

Step 3

Put popsicles in the freezer.

Wait a couple of hours or until your popsicles are frozen and ENJOY!

Here are some of my tasty homemade popsicle recipes:

Banana Orange Popsicles

   1 part pureed organic bananas
   2 part Uncle Matt's organic OJ

Mix together, pour in popsicle mold, and freeze

    Orange Creamsicle

   2-3 big scoops of organic vanilla ice cream
   3-4 cups of Uncle Matt's organic OJ

Let ice cream soften add OJ and mix well. Pour mixture in mold and freeze.

  Groovy Grape Popsicle 

Pour grape juice in mold and freeze. That doesn't really count as a recipe :)


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