Tu soda favorita podrí­a contener cancerí­genos

Otra vez las sodas o refrescos vuelven a las noticias y de manera negativa. En esta ocasión la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA, por sus siglas en inglés) está investigando el colorante que se usa en algunas sodas, maltas -y hasta alimentos- para darles ese tono caramelo, tan apetitoso a la vista. Dicho colorante artificial contiene un quí­mico cancerí­geno llamado 4-metilimidazol (4-MEI), según un reciente estudio realizado por Consumer Reports. Esta organización basa su aseveración en una investigación realizada …

Does Your Soda Contain Carcinogens?

Caramel coloring, the stuff used to give sodas their brown color, may sound harmless, but a new study shows it can contain a chemical that’s been linked to cancer – and the Food and Drug Administration is checking it out. Consumer Reports said it found higher-than-necessary levels of a compound called 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI, in a dozen brands of soda; 4-MEI is an impurity that can form in the manufacture of the coloring. The drinks tested by Consumer Reports were …

Antibiotic-Free Meat: What The Label Isn’t Telling You

The label on the package of ground beef says “all-natural.” What the heck does that mean? Or how about the turkey tenderloin label that says the meat is “antibiotic-free” — can you trust it? While most consumers would like to be able to buy meat or poultry raised without antibiotics — and would even pay a little more for it, according to a new Consumer Reports survey — the problem is determining whether that “antibiotic-free” label really means what it …

Which Sunscreen Rates Best? Drugstore Brand A ‘Best Buy’

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the summertime season — do you have enough sunscreen? Consumer Reports recently tested 18 popular brands and although none were rated excellent in all categories, several were very good and a drugstore brand even earned a “best buy” rating. Two brands failed to meet testing standards for adequate protection, including a kids’ sunscreen. Even though new rules to simplify sunscreen labels have been delayed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration until December, …

The B Word, the Ultimate Holiday Buzz Killer

I hate the “B” word, no not blonde, since I hear those jokes all the time. BUDGET….it is just like nails running down a chalkboard for me to even think about, much less have to act upon.   However, at this time of year the man I sleep with always reminds me to stay within a budget. He usually brings up the subject every December  when I am in a slight panic that I have not finished my shopping. He …

Jitters Over Juice: Arsenic Levels High In Some Apple, Grape Juices

Some of the apple or grape juice you keep on hand for the grandkids — or even yourself — may have elevated levels of arsenic,  a new study by Consumer Reports has found. Of 88 samples of various brands of  juice tested, nine had more arsenic than the government’s standard for drinking water, or 10 parts per billion (10 ppb). Apple juice brands that had at least one sample with more than 10 ppb of arsenic included Apple & Eve, …