Thursday, November 8, 2018

Why is Gellan Gum in Pepto-Bismol?

I've been buying Pepto-Bismol for over 20 years, so when I noticed its
pink color looked lighter than normal, I decided to read the ingredients.
The two main changes to the product was the magnesium content went
from 25mg to 3mg, and there was the addition of gellan gum. According
to, gellan gum can alter healthy levels of intestinal
bacteria in some people causing inflammation in the digestive tract.

After reading the possible side effects of gellan gum, I was
afraid to take the new version of Pepto-Bismol, so I returned
it. Luckily, the store had a bottle of the original version, and I
bought it. I don't know how I'm going to replace it when it's

Friday, June 8, 2018

Carrageenan: Stay Away From This Ingredient

Lately I've been reading a lot about nutrition, and I recently learned about
the ingredient carrageenan. According to the articles The Carrageenan 
Controversy and Label Decoder: Carrageenan, carrageenan comes from a
seaweed. It's been used in food for hundreds of years, and even though it's
natural it has been suspected of causing intestinal inflammation and even

Just think, all these years we've been told too much meat is the enemy
when it comes to our health, but what about carrageenan? I don't hear
anyone on the news telling us to stay away from this, and it angers me.
Since I've found out about this health rotting additive I've noticed it in
multiple products. I'm not going to name any brands because maybe
they will take this crap out of their products by the time I've gotten
this blog post online. Here's the products I've seen with carrageenan
in them so far...some but not all: protein shakes, cookies, premixed
tuna salad, ice cream, and frozen meals.

The other day I bought some ice cream that I'd been buying for a few
months. The front of the carton was bragging about how the cow's milk
they used didn't contain any artificial hormones. But guess what it con-
tains now?... carrageenan. I don't know how much carrageenan is too
much, so I going to try to stay away from it completely.

Here are four more articles you can explore where carrageenan is

Carrageenan Backlash: Food Firms Are Ousting A Popular

The Soy Milk Ingredient That's Getting The Axe

Is Your Non-Dairy Milk Wrecking Your Gut?

Why I'm Avoiding Carrageenan: A Cardiologist Explains

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Fake 'Sell By' Date

The day I opened my package of chicken I didn't think much about it, but
then I saw part of the sell by sticker get stuck to the bag it was in.

The sell by sticker that I saw when I purchased it was for April 19th, but
the sticker underneath had the date April 15th! I examined the package,
and on the side was a date printed in ink for April 15th. I was shocked
that someone from the meat department had the nerve to put a fake sell
by date on my chicken. Oh...this was so wrong.

The next time you buy any kind of raw meat or poultry look at the package
carefully to see if the sell by date is the real date, or one that has been made
up by someone from the meat department.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Subpar Paper Towels

I've been buying the same brand of paper towels for at least five years, and
the company decided to lower the quality of its product. The paper towel on
the left is what it used to be like: thick and absorbent. The paper towel on 
the right is how the product is now: thin and cheaply made.

I want to let all the companies out there know that consumers do not appre-
cate it when a product is changed to a cheaper quality, and we are led to be-
lieve it's the same item but it isn't. I understand if companies want to charge
more for their original products, but don't charge people the same price or 
more for subpar products.