Friday, December 30, 2011

Flame Retardants In Soda? | Healthy Child Healthy World

Why Are There Flame Retardants In Soda? | Healthy Child Healthy World

by Lori Alper

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting pretty tired of hearing about all the toxic stuff that’s in our food. A while back I wrote about how artificial food dyes in are found in our food. A report, issued by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, showed food dyes—used in everything from M&Ms and Fruit Loops to Kraft Mac n Cheese—pose risks of cancer, hyperactivity in children, and allergies, and concluded that synthetic food dye should be banned. But it’s not.

The piece that I find very disturbing is that artificial dyes are used in the US, but not in other countries. Why? Because other countries seem to get it, while the US continues to place cost before the likely health dangers to a human being.

BVO in soda

The US continues to make headlines, this time for allowing another questionable synthetic chemical in soda. Mountain Dew, Fanta Orange and other citrus-flavored drinks have an added synthetic chemical called brominated vegetable oil, or BVO. BVO has been patented as a flame retardant and many of our children (and adults) are drinking it.

Which sodas contain BVO?

According to Environmental Health News the following drinks contain BVO:

  • Mountain Dew
  • Squirt
  • Fanta Orange
  • Sunkist Pineapple
  • Gatorade Thirst Quencher Orange
  • Powerade Strawberry Lemonade
  • Fresca Original Citrus

Why is it in soda?

BVO is used in citrus flavored soda to keep the fruity flavors mixed in. It gives the soda a cloudy appearance. BVO isn’t a new addition to soda-it’s been added for decades.

What are the risks of BVO?

In the United States, 85 percent of kids drink a beverage containing sugar or artificial sweetener at least once per week.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Catalog Collage

Suffering from holiday excess? I love the catalog collage! It seems too perfect: the children practice scissor skills and pick out some of their favorite things and the pile of catalogs get a second life.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2012 Crowns

Ringing in the New Year with GLITTER, of course. Girlies colored in their numbers, covered in glue and her choice of glitter color.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Product Recommendation: Pattern Blocks

Santa sent some pattern blocks to the play room- how thoughtful! The children enjoy matching shapes to the boards or making up their own patterns.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Cookies

We took turns rolling out dough and cutting cookie shapes. We learned pretty quickly that the santa shape doesn't work. Sad, but true. We had plenty of candy canes, trees and stars to cover with our icings. Yum!

Christmas Tree Collage

Pom-poms, buttons, paints & cue-tips, and lots of glue.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Winter Crafts

Paper snowflakes - they are too tricky for younger children to cut out, so I pre-folded papers and had them draw a design with pencil. I cut the shapes out but they felt like they personalized each one.

Paper mittens - the children always love having their hands and feet traced. This way they could decorate their own mittens - lots of pink, purple, and sparkles!

Michael's craft had these large 6 inch snowflakes. All of the kids loved painting them and picking glitter too (we did end up with one covered in purple glitter.)

Fluffy cotton ball snowmen. The children customized their own snow girls after we read "What Snowmen do at Night."

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Softie Tree

Feeling badly that I ask the children not to touch or holiday tree, I was glad to find this idea: a large felt tree with ornaments the children can put up and remove whenever they want to.