soda caramel color

#ToxicTuesday – Caramel Color

How much do you know about the most widely used food coloring ingredient? Caramel color is an additive that not only enhances the color, but also alters the taste and texture of your food or drink.  As most people are visual eaters, caramel coloring is used to make a product more visually pleasing and therefore more […]

Sodium lauryl suflate SLS

#ToxicTuesday – Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate

Repeat after me: SLS-Free is the way it should be…SLS-Free is the way it should be! What Is Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS)? SLS is a common emulsifier and foaming agent used in the cosmetics industry.  The majority of mainstream body washes, shampoos, toothpastes, and soaps contain SLS.  SLS is essentially what makes your shampoo get […]

bacon nitrate nitrite

#ToxicTuesday – Nitrates and Nitrites

Nitrates, Nitrites – Potato, Potato. Nitrates and nitrites are often spoken about interchangeably.  They are in fact different, but both are common preservatives used to keep bacteria from growing on processed meats like bacon and lunch meat.  Both nitrates and nitrites are naturally occurring compounds found in soil, plants, vegetables, and the like.  The most common form […]

#ToxicTuesday – Carrageenan

#ToxicTuesday goes out to carrageenan! If you don’t know what that is, odds are it’s luring in your fridge right now. Carrageenan is an emulcifier, in other words a thickening agent, often found in your favorite yogurts, milk (especially almond or soy milk), ice cream, infant formula, and so many other foods. Sadly, even after […]