Learning the truth about what’s in our cosmetic bags can be painful. Once we’ve found a product that works, who has the time or inclination to start experimenting again. But, many of the products we use every day on our bodies are loaded with industrial chemicals.
According to the USDA, cosmetics are products that are used for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or altering one’s appearance. While we’re very aware of what’s in our food and our environment, many people don’t become aware of the risk’s in cosmetics until there’s a problem.
The Federal agencies only regulate some aspects of cosmetics and skin care products. Sadly, there’s far more regulations governing the safest quantities of toxins rather than the safest purest formulas. Given some thought it’s frightening that formaldehyde, classified as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is found at all skin care products. It has been banned in several countries but is still legal in the U.S.
It’s up to us to pay attention to what we put on our bodies. It’s just as important as the food we put into them.
Our susceptibility to mindless eating has more to do with our dishes than our intelligence.
When we ordered a soda in the 1950s we got approximately 7 ounces. Today, we get anywhere from 12 to 64 ounces. An average portion of french fries then was 2.5 ounces, today it’s up to 8 ounces. A single meal can easily contain a day’s worth of calories.
Our perception of a serving size has been influenced by the current trend for super sizing everything. What hasn’t changed is the number of calories in a pound. It’s still 3500. The difference in a 7 ounce soda and a 12 ounce soda is only 150 but if we consume 100 additional calories a day we’ll gain 10 pounds in a year.
Today’s servings, especially in restaurants, are sometimes as much as 8 times greater than the USDA standard recommended serving sizes. The size of our dishes, glasses, and waistlines grew to accommodate all the extra pounds. To get a grip on what a single serving used to look like here’s a glimpse at what our mom ate in order to fit into her girdle!
|Food or beverage||1950s||Current|
|French fries||2.4 ounces||up to 7.1 ounces|
|Fountain soda||7.0 ounces||12 to 64 ounces|
|Hamburger patty||1.6 ounces||up to 8.0 ounces|
|Hamburger sandwich||3.9 ounces||4.4 to 12.6 ounces|
|Muffin||3.0 ounces||6.5 ounces|
|Pasta serving||1.5 cups||3.0 cups|
|Chocolate bar||1 ounce||2.6 to 8 ounces|