Daily Archives: October 14, 2017

Glossary Building Post – 2

This week’s post was really eye-opening which led to a lot of reading this weekend. From learning about the chemicals in cosmetics to automobile safety recall and the nutrition section on the Center for Science in the Public Interest webpage, I was able to jot down some (what I consider important) glossary terms.

The first term came from the Wal-Mart cosmetics article. Up until 2012, a hazardous chemical known as BPA, was used to make mostly plastic containers to store food, water or hygiene products such as shampoo or lotions. BPA stands for bisphenol-A. According to the mayoclinic and FDA, exposure to BPA can have “possible effects on the brain…” … “additional research suggests a possible link between BPA and increased blood pressure.” (Mayo Clinic, 2017).

If you drive, safety recalls are important! This is when basically, the manufacturer discovers an issue with the vehicle such as a faulty air bag and will repair it free of cost in order to comply with federal safety standards.

Trans fats should be illegal! While there is a complex variety of fats out there, it can be difficult to distinguish which ones are the good ones and which ones are the bad ones. Typically, food labels have 3 different fats: Saturated (BAD!!), Unsaturated (GOOD) and TRANS (THE WORST!). According to the CSPINET (Center for Science in the Public Interest), trans fats decreases your good cholesterol and promotes diabetes. Not only that but “Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health estimate that trans-fat causes 72,000 to 228,000 heart attacks, including roughly 50,000 fatal ones, per year (CSPINET).”

And Finally, DYES! Artificial food dyes are not something you normally think about when you’re out grocery shopping but they are just as harmful to your body because some even pose a risk of cancer.

BPA: A hazardous chemical known as BPA – bisphenol-A; was used to make mostly plastic containers to store food, water or hygiene products such as shampoo or lotions. MayoClinic

Safety Recall: When the manufacturer discovers an issue with the vehicle and will repair it free of cost in order to comply with federal safety standards.

 Trans-fats: “Most of the trans fat Americans consume is artificial trans fat that comes from partially hydrogenated oil. Partial hydrogenation is a process in which hydrogen is added to an oil to make it more solid, like margarine or shortening (CSPINET).”

Artificial food DYES: “Commonly used food dyes, such as Yellow 5 and Yellow 6, and Red 40, pose risks including hyperactivity in children. Some also pose a risk of cancer (like Red 3) and allergic reactions (CSPINET).”

Sources

CSPINET. (2017). Food Dyes | Center for Science in the Public Interest. [online] Available at:

https://cspinet.org/eating-healthy/ingredients-concern/food-dyes [Accessed 15 Oct. 2017].

CSPINET. (2017). Trans Fat | Center for Science in the Public Interest. [online] Available at:

https://cspinet.org/eating-healthy/foods-avoid/trans-fats [Accessed 15 Oct. 2017]. 

Mayo Clinic. (2017). Tips to reduce your exposure to BPA. [online] Available at:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/bpa/faq-20058331 [Accessed 15 Oct. 2017].

NHTSA. (2017). What is a Safety Recall? | Safercar.gov | NHTSA. [online] Available at:

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/recallproblems.cfm [Accessed 15 Oct. 2017].

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CP&R Prompt 1

When I think back to what I used to be served in the school cafeteria back when I was in elementary school to what I was served in the last two years of high school (I graduated in 2014), there is a very notable difference. In elementary school I would have burritos, chicken strips, hamburger sliders, a square piece of pizza, and for dessert/treats there would sometimes be frozen fruit juice bars or a treat I especially loved: birthday cake. A small, sugary, frosting filled mini birthday cake all for me. I never thought the food was bad (sometimes), but now as an adult and looking at the things I was served as a child, it seems to have been loaded with trans fat, sugar, and sodium.

In the latter half of high school when the new standards for school meals were being implemented, I still thought the food was good (sometimes–most of the time lol) but it was no longer as greasy or salty or sugary. Those treats I had liked seem to have been taken out. The food included more whole grain and there was a variety of fruits and veggies daily that I could choose from.

True, we missed some of the old things that were once served (like mini birthday cakes), but it was for the better. For some students, school food is the only reliable meal they have and if the only food they are being served is full of trans fat and sodium, then that meal is doing them more harm than good.

I do believe that student’s health is better protected than it once was with the new regulations and standards. The only thing is that I don’t believe (I could be wrong) that we have been told the ingredients or calories the foods served in schools have. However, I did find the following page from USDA that has bulleted points on the precautions it takes over school food and some of the options they offer within each food group. https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/fdd/USDAFoods_FactSheet_FINAL2014.pdf

 

CP& R Prompt One

This week I read about school lunches, the Toyota recall, and the plane crash. Of these three, each of them gave me a feeling of uncertainty and almost as if, as the consumer we really aren’t told very much. Especially in the plane crash. I had no idea about the rules and regulations of airplane flying, or the fact that there isn’t a camera in the cockpit. Toyota seemed like they were giving as much info as they could, but in retrospect, being the consumer you know that there were things they were leaving out to protect the company. As any company would. School lunches, well I mean, I’ve been out of public school for about 5 years now, and we all know that just because they want to do these things doesn’t mean they are. So overall, as a consumer, I do not feel protected. I feel as if companies and law makers don’t feel like they have to tell the whole story and giving half of the story will satisfy people and their worries. But, that thought it actually really scary because it’s true. We aren’t told much and when we want to know more it’s a matter of, “at this time this is all we know” and that was seen in the Toyota recall article and the plane crash article. I feel as if things are strategically put to keep the citizens at ease and to keep the fear to a minimum.

In order for there to be protection provided to the consumers I think the truth needs to be let out. The whole truth. These stories about “stay tuned” and never any follow up is a bit concerning. Or if there is a follow up it’s months later. To who can we get that from? Making new laws and making it so that when these articles are released or when companies are making press statements they are required to tell the full story. Especially when it comes to the safety of their consumers. This idea of wanting to keep the fear to a minimum is completely understood, but to me, it’s creating more fear than ease because people are then left wondering about their safety and protection as consumers and don’t really know what to do or where to go with the information that was given to them.

CP & R: Prompt 1

I chose to read the article about how the hazardous chemicals in cosmetics are harming us. I personally use a lot of different types of cosmetics; ranging from makeup, hair products, skin products, lotions, nail polish- the list just goes on and on. Most of the time I do not even think twice about what is in the product I am buying or really if it is even harmful to me. So reading the article about how Wal-Mart is phasing out the top 10 hazardous chemicals, makes me really question what I buy because what if one of my makeup products is one of those? I do not typically get my products from Wal-Mart but finding out that one of those 10 was one of mine, would be baffling to find out. In the article that I read they stated that “The U.S. Toxic Control Substance Act hasn’t had a major update since its passage in 1976, and many chemicals used in consumer products aren’t federally tested or required to submit safety data.” (Par. 9) Reading that made me feel so unsure about all the products I use. I mean they are basically saying that they haven’t tested or made sure that products were safe to use since 1976. After concluding with all of this, it just makes me feel like I really should look and read more about the products I am buying before I just buy it. You never know if they are actually safe or not.

Works Cited:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/12/walmart-disclose-phase-out-toxic-chemicals-products-cosmetics/2805567/

CP & R Prompt 1

An issue area of concern to me is the hazardous chemicals in cosmetics. This interested me because I own many different types of makeup, perfumes, and skincare products but I don’t really think about the different ingredients they have and if it could be harmful to my body. I think in this area, I am somewhat protected because all products do list every single ingredient/chemical there is in a product. Although most of the time, we don’t even know what over half these ingredients are and if they are harmful to our bodies. It is helpful that some stores like Walmart are banning 10 hazardous chemicals in products in their stores so that less people are affected by it. The US FDA website has a number of articles that show the different chemicals that are in many different products such as hair and nail products, tanning lotions, and makeup. It is definitely important to be aware of the harmful ingredients a product could have so that we can avoid continuously buying that product.

https://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductsIngredients/default.htm