According to the Environmental Working Group, the average fragrance has 14 chemicals that are not featured on the label. Rather than listing out the specific chemicals, companies can simply include “fragrance” as an ingredient, thanks to an FDA loophole that makes it legal.
It’s tough to know exactly which chemicals are hidden in each formula, but any scented product likely includes phthalates. The petroleum-based chemical keeps all the elements in a perfume evenly distributed, but the troubling concern is that one in particular, diethyl phthalate, has been shown to disrupt certain hormones.
Other studies have linked phthalates to liver and breast cancer. It’s unclear how much is too much, but rubbing perfume onto skin daily allows these chemicals to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Other troubling chemicals include octoxynols and nonoxynols. These can also result in hormonal problems. In addition to perfumes, these chemicals can be found in facial cleansers, aftershave, astringents, hair color, and acne treatment.
The European Union plus several countries, including Canada and Japan, have banned phthalates, yet the chemical remains legal in the U.S.
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This is part of a ‘How to Maximize Flavor’ series by Cooksmarts, which include a “Guide to adding flavor with Aromatics” [Infographic], a “Guide to using Fresh Herbs” [Infographic] and “5 Sauces you can use on Everything” [Infographic].
Understanding how to combine and balance flavors is an incredibly important cooking concept, and it’s especially evident in Asian food. Maybe this is why just about everyone enjoys Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, or Japanese cooking.
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Packaged foods usually contain labels that tell consumers what is inside a food product. Since they provide information which helps you plan your diet regime according to your needs and habits, food labels are a very important part of the meal planning process.
As the saying goes, you are what you eat. These days people pay great attention to what they are eating. That’s why you will often see parents, youngsters and elders standing in front of the supermarket shelves, carefully reading labels of the products they are planning to buy.
While reading the labels of your favorite beverages, sugary foods or anything else you like to eat, you’ll often come across additives, extracts, acids and other substances with weird names or words in Latin that you don’t recognize. Although you will learn a lot from the basic elements that a food label contains, sometimes the ingredients list includes words and ingredients whose origin and meaning you can’t even guess. Most people will not do any serious research to find out what every single ingredient really is, but this can be tricky in cases when you need to avoid a certain product because of an allergy or food intolerance, for instance. But even if you are not allergic to any type of food, there are reasons why you really want to know the exact contents of your meal.
Here is an infographic that will open your eyes about the food industry and help you make the best choice for your diet. However, it might scare you a little, because it reveals the secrets of 14 peculiar ingredients that are hidden in food labels. You will be surprised by how many of your best-loved food products contain ingredients with the weirdest origin.
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Learning More About These Flavorful Ingredients
It’s about thyme you considered growing an herb garden. Herbs are easy to grow and can be incorporated into almost any dish for a flavorful kick.
Heading to a party? Why not bring a dip with some fresh grown chives. Getting ready to grill some meat? Try rubbing it with thyme, first. Knowing what herbs go with what food can be tricky. This infographic will teach you which herbs to use when you cook, what their flavor is so you can try some experimenting and their proper growing conditions.
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WHAT IS IT? Wheat germ sounds like powdered cooties, but it’s actually really tasty and makes whatever you put it in feel virtuous (including Your Body). It’s a nutty toasted flake made from the heart of the wheat berry.
WHY SHOULD I USE IT? Wheat germ is an easy way to add fiber, folic acid, and Vitamin E to your diet. You can use it almost anywhere you’d use a whole grain flour or rolled oats: on yogurt, in hot cereal, as breading for meat and fish, in baked goods, waffles, and pancakes.
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