How natural does ‘natural’ have to be? It appears that the Organic Consumers Association (and other groups) have an answer. A lawsuit from a few years ago has forced General Mills, makers of the crunchy granola snack Nature Valley, to drop the “100% Natural” label from their advertising. The snack contains traces of a chemical called glyphosate, which is actually a weed killer. The inclusion of this substance is in accordance with EPA standards (30 parts per million in grains), whereas Nature Valley products include .45 parts per million. Still, the OCA and 2 other organizations have shaken General Mills and are now having an impact on their product (and stock performance). Read More
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle often forces us to pay attention to the ingredients that are pumped into our bodies. Because the body uses water to facilitate organ function, regulate temperature, and aid in digestion, water is an important aspect of our diets. Hydration is necessary, but water is not exciting. Many people do not appreciate the taste of water, or lack there of, and thrive for something more. Vitamin water is a healthy alternative to tap or spring water, and there are a variety of options available to consumers. In particular, Bai advertises its water as a beverage infused with only natural ingredients. For those who pay attention to the list of ingredients on the packaging, a specific item mentioned is arguably synthetic. Continue reading
Sainah Theodore is suing a Natural Health Food Center in East New York after she claimed a diet pill caused her to argue with strangers, stop her car in the middle of intersections, stab pillows and ultimately land her in a mental hospital. The weight loss pill initially caused her to sleep lightly and eventually resulted in six days of insomnia. Reports state that she sent her mother irrational and aggressive text messages and told a friend she was hearing voices. The pills are said to have been spiked with illegal stimulants that caused her to suffer from insomnia and act bizarrely. “I couldn’t believe all of this happened to me. It was a blur. I had no recollection of my behavior,” (Yaniv, 2014) said Theodore.