The skinny on lead in crockpots – It may surprise you!

crockpotI don’t like ambiguity, especially when it comes to the health of my children. So I was alarmed when I couldn’t find a satisfactory answer to the question: “Do modern-day crock pot glazes contain lead that can leach into my food?”

While lead in crockpots has been an issue for as long as we’ve known about lead poisoning, the crockpot debate heated up several years ago when KUTV newsman Bill Gephardt reported that many commonly-used kitchen products contain lead. One of the items highlighted in the article is a Rival brand crock pot. Read more

Bisphenol-A – It’s even worse than we thought!

Update: Some additional resources for more information added below!

With controversy still raging over Sigg’s recent admission that their original water bottles — often touted, even by this blog, as a safe/BPA-free choice — contain minimal amounts of Bisphenol-A, a Consumer Reports study released yesterday illustrates that the BPA problem is even worse than we thought.

What it found was that even BPA-free canned food (like that produced by Eden Foods with special BPA cans made by Ball) still contain trace amounts of this toxic chemical, which has been shown to increase risk of both cancer and reproductive abnormalities in animal studies (and, even as the American Chemistry Council continues to deny that BPA is dangerous–the chemical’s FDA approval being their main evidence – Nice!–another study released this summer linked BPA exposure to heart problems). Read more