How companies legally add ingredients to food

Read more: How companies legally add ingredients to foodDo you ever wonder how controversial ingredients end up in your food in the first place? For instance, why are energy drink companies allowed to add novel ingredients such as botanical extracts to their products? And why were companies ever allowed to use partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), a major source of artificial trans fat, in processed foods? In other words, can companies add whatever ingredients they want? Or does the federal government have a say in the matter?

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Can mushrooms replace plastic?

Read more: Can mushrooms replace plastic? Plastics are a major source of pollution. What if we could replace them with new materials created by mushrooms? Mushrooms, as any cook knows, are versatile they enhance soups, stews, pasta, salads and omelettes, and they can be stuffed, baked, fried or sautéed.

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Powerful ways to use lavender during the cold and flu season

Read more: Powerful ways to use lavender during the cold and flu season Hidden beneath the pleasing scent of lavender is a fierce natural medicine and formidable protector. Used since antiquity, lavender was a significant guardian against some of the most deadly infectious diseases of all time - the great epidemics of plague sweeping across Europe throughout the Middle Ages and into the 17th century.

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Top 10 Chemicals Most Likely to Cause Autism and Other Learning Disorders

Read more: Top 10 Chemicals Most Likely to Cause Autism and Other Learning DisordersThe Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center (CECH) has released an informative list of the top ten toxic chemicals suspected to cause autism and learning disabilities.

A recent survey finds that 1 in 50 children in America between the ages of 6 and 17 is on the autism spectrum — which is an alarming and unusually high increase from previous years.

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