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A very well known dairy product manufacturer, who markets a flavoured milk product called “milky max”, should really be calling their product sugar max but decided not to due to poor pr performance ratings.
The above product mentions no artificial sweeteners but contains approx 27g of sugar per bottle. This is more sugar than some soft drinks.
The sugar shown in the measuring cup is what the 250ml bottle contains. Would you serve this sugar to a three year old? As a result of discussions within parent groups, we found that more and more reactions to sugar are being noticed in children after consuming products such as this dairy product.
MSG (monosodium glutamate) is a food additive used in Asian cooking, many packaged foods, and fast foods. In large amounts it can trigger side effects.
Ever felt like everywhere you turn these days online you are inundated by spam?
Whether it is on google search results with psychologically-in-tune adverts or on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Google+, you are faced with what seems like a barrage of spam. There is a reason why the multitude of spam has been created but we will get to that.
Historically, we have all had experience with multitudes of spam; via email, pop-ups and generally every corner you turn while online. We are and have been desensitized to spam. Now, whilst all of the ‘mainstream social media’ conglomerates all claim to be on the offensive to rule-out spam and nefarious accounts causing problems, there is a great deal of evidence that they are, in fact, utilizing spam to control propagation of posts, amount of followers that you have and so on; working on the ideal that if they create and control the ‘micro-environment’ that exists around you or your business, they essentially control which businesses make it online and which ones fail.
All you have to do is post something with an obscure hashtag and you will see the algorithm modify results to prevent you from being the sole entry in that hashtag category.
It also works based on social interaction. If you start blocking spam, you will be penalized by receiving more spam. If you leave it, you have a spammed environment anyway. Either way, the algorithm is now tailoring to suit commercial interests and is now, essentially, playing favorites.
There is no more level playing field within the online market. Without paying huge amounts of money to essentially spam the system with automated accounts that generate spam but not violating ‘anti-spamming rules’ on each media platform (which is laughable really and quite paradoxical!) you will most likely never see the light of ‘cyberspace’. Even paying huge amounts will not guarantee your success.
All you need is an account with plenty of memes, emojis and pay for some followers and you will achieve instafame!… if that is what you really want!
By Bryan Stralow, Editor-In-Chief – Organiclifestyle.blog
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The name sounds innocent enough, but these mild-sounding words are used by the food industry as an umbrella term for some pretty horrible stuff, including certain ingredients that come from extreme animal abuse.
The exact definition of natural flavors from the Code of Federal Regulations is as follows:
“The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.”
When the phrase ‘natural flavors’ appears on a package, the best move is to call the company and find out what the flavors are actually made from. Of course, I say this assuming that we’re all the kind of people who would be horrified to find out that we might have come close to ingesting fluid from the sex glands of beavers.
Think that sounds absurd? Then you must not have heard of castoreum, which is “used extensively in perfumery and has been added to food as a flavor ingredient for at least 80 years.”
Castoreum is a bitter, orange-brown, odoriferous, oily secretion, found in two sacs between the anus and the external genitals of beavers. The discharge of the castor sac is combined with the beaver’s urine, and used during scent marking of territory. Both male and female beavers possess a pair of castor sacs and a pair of anal glands located in two cavities under the skin between the pelvis and the base of the tail.
Castoreum is a product of the trapping industry. When beavers are skinned for their fur, these glands are taken out, and are sold after being smoked or sun-dried to prevent putrefaction…
Well, that’s a relief.
The European Beaver was hunted to near extinction, both for fur and for castoreum, which was also believed to have medicinal properties. The North American beaver population was once more than 60 million, but as of 1988 was 6–12 million, largely due to extensive hunting and trapping. Although sources report that beaver populations have now recovered to a stable level, some experts say that today’s American beaver population is only 5 percent of what it was when Europeans first settled in North America.
Castoreum is used in “high class” perfumery for “refined leathery nuances.” It is also reportedly used in some incense, and to contribute to the flavor and odor of cigarettes. In food, castoreum is used to flavor candies, drinks, and desserts such as puddings.
Grossed out? Horrified that humans think nothing of killing innocent beings so we can dress ourselves in their fur and flavor our candies with their secretions? I have a solution for you: Go vegan – really vegan. Don’t use cosmetics that are made using animal products, read the ingredients on food packages, call customer support when you see those scary words, ‘natural flavors’, and guess what? You’ll never eat anyone’s anal fluid again.