Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Nitty Gritty

There are a lot of things we try to keep out of our home.  The list is very, very long and sadly exhausting to keep up with checking labels and constantly having to give something up because of it’s ingredients and/or make-up.
Some of the things we, as a family, steer clear of are:                                                                      
  • BPA-Bisphenol A
  • Fluoride
  • Parabens    
  • GMO-Genetically Modified Organisms
  • PVC-Polyvinyl chloride
  • Phthalates
  • High fructose Corn Syrup
  • Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated Oils
  • MSG-Monosodium Glutamate
  • Aspartame (or any other artificial sweetener)
  • Aluminum
  •  PEG’s- polyethylene glycol's
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Dimethicone
  • Chlorine
The list can go on and on, believe it or not.  Not to mention, that diving into how each of these chemicals effects our bodies would be an entire post each! 
It isn’t easy ready labels, and yes, it’s a bit time consuming!  It is even difficult to find some products without one or more of the ingredients listed above.  But the feeling you get when you know that your family is free of nasty and harmful chemicals is so worth it! 
It is unbelievable and so disheartening that many or most people that I know, don’t know about these things or don’t care to know.  Although, I think it is much harder to know and understand, because once you do, you can NEVER go back.  A blessing or a curse?  I guess time will tell!
One thing I can say, though, is that some people must be waking up!  There are many more options out there than there used to be, locally and online.  I am very thankful for that.

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