Food labels and product information are a requirement for all manufacturers but how many of us actually read the labels, and even if we do, do we know what’s good and what’s not?
Like “low-fat” food products, for instance. It doesn’t necessarily mean low-fat means it’s actually healthier as the product may have high-fructose corn syrup or refined flour. Anything that is processed and not natural, is not healthy. If we want to be healthy, go for food that are naturally low in fat or contain healthy fats.
What prompted me to write about this was because I came across this list of 20 toxic additives that should not be found in cosmetic products. They are —
Dibutylhydroxytoluene (DHT), Mineral Oil, Butylhydroxyanisole (BHA), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sorbic Acid, Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, Imidazolidinyl urea, Isopropyl methylphenol, Isopropyl alcohol, Artificial flavour, Thymol, Triethanolamine (TEA), Trisopropanotamine, Triclosan, Paraben, Phenoxyethanol, Polyethylene glycol (PEG), Synthetic colorants, Hormones.
There’s also this non-profit environmental group in the US called Environmental Working Group (EWG) that sets the guidelines on the safety level of cosmetic ingredients.
I don’t even know what all those fancy words are but now that I’ve come across that information, I better start reading the labels before buying any cosmetic products.
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