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Wrigley Chewing Gum Now Has Caffeine, Watchdog Calls For Action
2013-04-30 07:47:39

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Caffeine has been an ingredient of controversy as of late, with the FDA probing the cause of several deaths over the past few years linked to the stimulant. Among the investigations is that of energy drink maker Monster Beverage Co., which is being blamed for the death of a 14-year-old Maryland girl in 2011, who purportedly got a lethal dose of caffeine after consuming Monster Energy drinks. While the FDA continues its...

Restaurant Meals For Kids Loaded With Excess Calories And Fat
2013-03-28 13:52:16

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Childhood obesity continues to be a problem. A report released by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says that chain restaurants are not doing enough to help kids - and parents - make good choices. And that those restaurants are contributing to the problem. "One out of every three American children is overweight or obese, but it's as if the chain restaurant industry didn't get the memo," CSPI nutrition...

FDA Urged To Limit Soft Drink Sugar Levels
2013-02-14 09:16:09

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Consumer groups, scientists, and health-advocacy organizations recently urged the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider determining safe limits of high-fructose corn syrup and other forms of sugar in soft drinks, as high levels could affect the risk of developing diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. In particular, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) helped spearhead the effort to urge the FDA to...

Consumer Group CSPI Reveals 2013 Xtreme Eating Awards – Foods Packed With Calories
2013-01-16 11:54:50

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Each January Americans everywhere are busy making their New Year´s resolutions, resolving to quit that unhealthy smoking habit, stop procrastinating quite so much, or making amends to get into the gym a little more often. But perhaps the most popular resolution each year has to do with food. How often have you stood in front of the mirror around the New Year a made the resolve to stop eating quite so many caloric, fat-laden,...

Pfizer Agrees To Change Centrum Vitamin Health Claims
2012-07-06 06:35:01

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The act of reading labels has become quite necessary with new foods and products coming on the market. One watchdog group in particular demanded that Pfizer Inc. take down certain health claims and change up language for other claims. Recently, the company agreed to remove “breast health” and “colon health” claims from the labels of the Centrum multivitamin supplements that appear misleading and deceptive....

Cancer Causing Chemical Prevalent In Pepsi And Coke Products
2012-03-07 08:26:01

Popular soft-drink products contain levels of a chemical that is a known animal carcinogen, according to new chemical analyses. The chemical 4-methylimidazole (4-MI) was found in Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Diet Coke, and Diet Pepsi after an analyses by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). CSPI said the carcinogen forms when ammonia or ammonia and sulfates are used to manufacture the "caramel coloring" that gives sodas their distinctive brown colors. The organization...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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