Posts Tagged ‘ingredients’

Change the World Wednesday – 5th Nov

guavabuds

Buds on Clorinha’s guava tree

I’m not really ready to do this post, it’s 10 o’clock and already I am sweating.

I need more coffee, but it’s too hot to use the stove.

In Rio de Janeiro we are approaching 110 days without meaningfull rain. Really that is a drought, when we should be having the daily spring rains

The plants in the praça are wilting badly. I have just taken a bucket of water over to the patch of bushes in front of my house and poured a jug of water at the base of some.

I water Clorinha’s guava tree daily, and it is thriving, it even has the buds of four blossoms developing.

If the small bushes respond to my water, I’ll do it again tomorrow.

The heat of the past weeks has become oppressive, broaching 40ºC (106ºF) daily, with the thermal index even higher.

São Paulo had a lot of rain over two days, but not enough to fill the reservoirs, just enough to stop them from getting any lower.

The bushes are wilting sadly

The bushes are wilting sadly

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Time to move on with this week’s CTWW on laundry detergent.

This week, please do an honest review of the laundry detergent that you are currently using. Do a little research on the list of ingredients to find out which are safe and which are not. Talk about how the product performs, especially in cold water. What kind of packaging does it come in. How does the price rank compared to other brands. If you’d like to mention the brand, please do so. The idea this week is to share information on laundry detergents so that we all benefit.

I am currently using Ypê. Although I sometimes use Ariel, the deciding factor is the price.

And, I admit that I haven’t given a thought about what’s in it.

soapboxSo, let’s have a look. Wow, the printing is so small I can’t read it even with my glasses. I had to take a photo to see it clearly on screen.

Okay, so the content is listed in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

OMG! I just had a FireFox crash… luckily it restored my post.

  • Anionic surfactant – biodegradable surface acting agent that lowers surface tension
  • Suspending agent – helps to active pharmaceutical ingredients stay suspended in the washing water.
  • Chelant is basically a natural water softener like citric acid
  • Alkaline agent – is actually delicate laundry detergent; specially formulated with Polymer-A (an anti-redeposit agent)
  • Inorganic salt
  • Optical brightener – synthetic chemicals added to liquid and powder laundry detergents to make clothing appear whiter and brighter, and thus cleaner. May be potentially toxic to humans and “Aminotriazine- or stilbene-based whiteners…may cause developmental and reproductive effects.”
  • Active Ingredient: Linear alkylbenzene sulphonate – rapidly biodegrades, but initially toxic to fish. (See note anionic surfactant above)

NB: the Portuguese list does not equate with the English translation.

Many Brazilians use cloro (chlorine) to soak clothes before hand washing. I have found that this practice rots the material and reduces the life of garments.

My big beef, is that they use generic terms for the ingredients, and not specific terms that can be identified.

Brazilians basiclly don’t give a shit about this information, besides, if they did, generally they don’t have the education to remotely understand it. Which, of course, suits the manufacturers fine.

From my point of view, I am really none the wiser. I have understood that some of the ingredients are basically not so good for the environment, but because of the generic names I can’t pursue the matter and be more specific.

But it has prompted me to buy Ariel next time and compare the ingredients.

Both are usable in cold water and come in a cardboard box with some kind of glossy lining.

That’s my lot for the day.

Satireday on Eco-Crap

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Monday Moaning

MondayMoaningA new banner for Monday Moaning…

Now let’s get down to business.

There’s always something to moan about.

When we think of chips (French fries for our American cousins) we probably image that there is not much that can go wrong, other than they are fried in oil or lard, which they say can be a weight issue.

But wait…

Check this out. There’s more to chips than just chips.

Shocking Ingredients in McDonald’s French Fries

It would be fair to assume that there are three ingredients in McDonald’s French fries:  potatoes, oil, and salt.  But if you assumed that you’d be far from correct.

Starting last year McDonald’s began a transparency campaign most likely to create a more health- and consumer-conscious image of the corporation.  As a result the company has made their ingredient lists and processing techniques available on their website. Out of curiosity, I had to know exactly what is in those fries.

It turns out that there are 17 ingredients in MickeyD’s French fries!  They contain:

-Potatoes (whew! I’m glad that was the first ingredient)

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Yes, McD’s actually do have potato in their chips. But what else, what are the other 16 ingredients involved?

Here’s some of them:

  • Canola oil
  • Hydrogenated soybean oil
  • Safflower oil
  • ”Natural flavor”
  • Dextrose
  • Sodium acid pyrophosphate
  • Citric acid
  • Dimethylpolysiloxane
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Terbutilhidroquinona

If you want to see what each of these does, and how they affect you, check the source link Care2 above.

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Change the World Wednesday – 29th Aug

I have never done this before, honest.

It wasn’t until I opened Eco to follow my link to Reduce Footprints that I realised I have not posted here for a whole week.

I have never done that before, I have never been so lazy, forgetful, inconsiderate, etc before (despite what my ex-wife says).

Now I am on my first coffee of the morning, but I still feel mortified that I had nothing to Fink about on Friday, no Saturday Satire, nothing to moan about on Monday. It’s not at all like me. And, to top it all off, I had my best day ever on the blog, 144 visitors; I’ve never broken 100 before and I did it in style.

Enough of the self-flagellation, today is my birthday, and I get to share it with you nice people. Sixty-one today; you can read my thoughts about it on Closer to Extinction, yesterday’s late night post on Life is a Labyrinth.

Last week’s CTWW post was an eye-opener. I was fully aware that we are often conned by the labels and ingredients on food, but to find the list of ingredients on a simple deodorant spray so extensive, did shock me; especially when I took up the Up the Ante and explored them.

Acerola berries – Crapemyrtle

A little side trip. Here I go off on my tangent. A couple of weeks ago, I was in my ‘new’ supermarket (I have changed for the bulk of my buying) and I spied a bottle of Orange & Acerola syrup, now I love Orange & Acerola combination. So a quick scan to make sure it didn’t have aspartame, and into the trolly. I might add that the label was surprisingly like another brand that I buy and trust; it wasn’t that brand on closer inspection at home. I made a jug. OMG, it was disgusting. It was only then that I put my glasses on and inspected the ingredients. Colour this, flavour that, preservatives, stabilisers… there wasn’t a single natural ingredient, it was just a chemical cocktail. Result, down the drain; lesson learned.

I used to have a large acerola bush in my yard producing fruit year-round, but I changed yards. I now have a small sprout growing from a seed that I found on the street.

On with this weeks CTWW:

This week share ideas on eating locally during the winter months. While “eating locally” may include meats, dairy, etc., for the purposes of this challenge we’re primarily talking about plant-based foods.

 

And then …

Come up with a plan, for your household, to eat locally throughout the year. This might include preserving produce which is currently available in your area, talking to farmers to see if they offer (or would be willing to offer) items during the winter, or growing a winter garden of your own.

This has always been a problem for me. Mainly because of the cost of getting to places where I can buy local produce. One of the very few times I miss having a car.

To top it off, my efforts to produce my own in my little backyard this year have not been as successful as the last season. However, I do have some little green tomatoes ripening, which is good because tomatoes are more than R$6 a kilo at the moment. So expensive, they have simply been off the menu. Now, USD1.50/lb may not sound expensive to you guys, but the normal price is USD0.25 – 0.40/lb. So I will have tomatoes in about two weeks. I still have dried cayenne peppers from my good year, and I have mint and ginger growing as well. Passionfruit will be good this coming year, a dead loss last year. My mamão trees (papaya) died.

So that’s it for this week. I am off to work, then I have a BBQ to prepare.

 

 

Disgusting… enough to make you puke

Disgusting

Want something disgusting?

After the ‘pink slime’ issue people have been more conscious about what’s in their food.

Check these links out and prepare yourself. You may need a bucket…

Gross Ingredients Processed Foods

Disgusting Ingredients

Labeling

Demand product labeling, correct labeling, full labeling, listing all products or ingredients used.

It is time that manufacturers were forced to the the TRUTH!

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We, the people need this information to make an informed choice!

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