October 26, 2010

Fragrance Free Is Way to Go

1 Scented Products Emit Chemicals Not Listed

Fragranced products (even those claiming to be "green") emit chemicals not included on the product label. What's worse is that some of these chemicals are toxic. All products tested by University of Washington researchers gave off at least one chemical classified as toxic or hazardous. Just one of these emitted compounds was named on a product label. The study revealed that 25 popular scented products such as soap, detergent or air freshener emitted an average of 17 chemicals each. Nearly a quarter of the 133 chemicals detected are toxic or hazardous under at least one federal law. Eleven scented products emitted at least one probable carcinogen, including acetaldehyde, 1,4-dioxane, formaldehyde and methylene chloride. Findings are published in Environmental Impact Assessment Review.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Toxic Protein

Tags: Acetaldehyde, Formaldehyde, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, University of Washington, Fragrance Free, Fragranced Products, Unsafe Green Products, 1 4 Dioxane, Methylene Chloride

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Material Girl Works Out

2 Madonna Launches International Gym Chain

Singer Madonna, known for her dedication to her own fitness regimen, is launching a chain of fitness centers beginning November in Mexico City. The clubs, called Hard Candy Fitness after Madonna’s 2008 album, are planned for Brazil, Argentina, multiple locations throughout Europe, Russia and Asia. The gyms will be designed by Madonna herself, including the music space, lighting and “other design cues,” says partner Mark Mastrov of New Evolution Ventures. Fitness offerings include “the very best in innovative training methods,” including Zumba and other specially designed classes. The gyms will also include fruit bars, a bike studio, and cardio equipment with individual viewing screens. Currently, there are no plans to open Hard Candy Fitness in the US.

More at LA Times | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Male Pole Dancing for Fitness

Tags: Exercise, Fitness, Fitness Clubs, Zumba

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Proving That Variety Counts

3 Man Bored with 60 Day All-Potato Diet

Potatoes have a bad rap, says Chris Voigt, the executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission. To prove that the potato is a healthful food, he committed to eating a diet of 20 potatoes a day for 60 days straight beginning October 1st and ending November 29th. Unfortunately, however, he reports to the Tri-City Herald that he is sick of potatoes and wishes that he had only committed to one month instead of two. Although potatoes are healthy and rich in nutrients such as protein, potassium, fiber, and vitamin C, he says, there are only so many ways they can be prepared without smothering them in cheese, sour cream and gravy. He has resorted to eating chips, French fries, a homemade potato ice cream, and even a potato soaked in pickle juice.

More at 20 Potatoes a Day | Hat tip to CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Michelle Obama Wants to Ban Fries from School Lunch

Tags: French Fries, Vegetables, Potatoes, Weird Diets

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