Category: Mealtime

Healthy feeding goes way beyond eating organically. We’ll steer you clear of the pesticides on your peaches and the toxins in your Tupperware.

Carcinogenic Flavors Additives Banned by FDA likely found in these foods

7 Carcinogenic Flavors Banned by the FDA

The FDA has withdrawn its approval of the following 7 chemicals from use in food flavorings because they were all found to induce cancer in laboratory animals. (see table below for places these flavorings are often found) Ethyl acrylate Eugenyl methyl Myrcene Pulegone Pyridine Styrene Benzophenone The FDA has also banned benzophenone for use as a plasticizer… Read more »

Food Packaging Additives

Food Packaging Additives & Child Health – Guidelines from the AAP

The American Academy of Pediatrics have started warning doctors about chemicals leaching into food from food packaging. In their policy statement Food Additives and Child Health (August 2018), they discuss both intentional food additives, as well as indirect food additives. Indirect food additives are “substances in food contact materials”. They include these because the substances that make up… Read more »

BPA Free Plastic

The Problem with Plastics

At this time of year, our family is in full-swing lunch-packing mode. We’ve had to reinstate the habit, forgotten over the summer, of getting our daughter’s lunch packed for preschool before we leave the house at 7:15 every morning. Hopefully, we get most of it packed up the night before. The routine of doing this… Read more »

My Month Without Plastic

Sunday, April 24th, 2016A few weeks ago, I was in the offices of the Children's Environmental Health Center for a blood test for flame retardant chemicals. While there, we decided to do a test for other chemicals that are in plastics as well: Phthalates, BPA, BPS, BPF, and PVC. I decided to take this test and… Read more »

Tips on Teaching Kids to Eat Healthy Foods

I tell my daughters that I love them so much, that the most important thing in the world to me is that they are healthy. Even if they don’t agree on my approach, they know that their health is my number one priority. Feeding them healthy food is the one way I can contribute most… Read more »

Should We Use Silicone to Feed Our Children?

We asked experts at the Children's Environmental Health Center (CEHC) for their take on using silicone products around children. Dr. Sarah Evans, PhD MPH, from the CEHC shares her thoughts with us here: Food grade silicone is an FDA-approved synthetic rubber made of bonded silicon, a natural element found in sand and rock, and oxygen.  Silicone… Read more »

Why BPA-Free Products Aren’t Any Better

Bisphenol A (BPA) is being removed from many consumer products, such as household plastics and the linings of metal cans, because of concerns about the chemical’s potential to disrupt the endocrine system. Many manufacturers have replaced it with a chemical known as bisphenol S (BPS). These products are then often labeled as “BPA-free” and presumed… Read more »

Waste-Free Lunch

How to Pack a Healthy & Waste-Free Lunch

Many schools have started asking parents to pack a waste-free lunch. This means avoiding packaged products and Ziploc bags. We asked our Assistant Manager in Brooklyn, Elle, to give us some tips she has learned from packing healthy, waste-free lunches for her daughter Zoe Grace. Here is what she had to say: It can be… Read more »

Crops that are GMOs often need more herbicides

What’s so Bad About GMOs? Hint: it’s the Herbicides…

Being a company with a focused on organic products, we are often asked about our opinion on GMOs, or genetically modified organisms.  It seems that the jury is out on whether or not the pure act of genetically engineering food can in any way harm the people eating it.  However, a recent study showed us… Read more »