Friday, October 22, 2021

Is Sodium Hydroxide In Your Body Care Products?


Label from toothpaste box

I used to get relaxers, so I could make my hair straight. The active
ingredient in hair relaxer is sodium hydroxide, and it's so strong it
can make hair as kinky as a Brillo Pad bone straight. I stopped 
relaxing my hair, because I would get scabs on my scalp from the
burns I'd get from the relaxer. Sodium hydroxide is also one of the
main ingredients in drain cleaner. Crazy isn't it?

This is why I find it extremely disturbing that companies are putting
sodium hydroxide in products that don't need it. Over the past year, 
I've seen sodium hydroxide in hand soap, facewash, toothpaste, and 
even lotion!

On, they describe sodium hydroxide as a very 
strong chemical. They also characterize it as a poisonous ingredient.
I think companies should warn you when a product you're applying
to your body contains sodium hydroxide, but until this happens, 
you're going to have to read the ingredient list if you want to stay
away from it.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Unnecessary Additives in Chicken


It would be so nice if real food was really real. Unfortunately,
I think those days are over. I assumed the chicken I bought
might have chicken broth in it, but I was appalled to see how
many other things had been added to the chicken tenderloins.

Why was carrageenan, sea salt, and natural flavor added to raw
chicken? According to the USDA, additives are not allowed on
fresh chicken. I called Kroger's customer service to get some

Me: "I bought some of your chicken tenderloins, and I want to
         know why you have carrageenan in your chicken?"

Customer Service: "First of all, I apologize for that; what's the

Me: "Carrageenan is one of the ingredients listed on the package." 

After that, the lady proceeds to read me a scripted paragraph about
carrageenan telling me its been used in food for years, and how it's
GRAS (generally recognized as safe). She went on...and on...and on.
When she was done reading, I asked her what was in the natural 
flavor, and she said it was proprietary information. She said if I was
concerned about any food allergies, she could tell me what allergens
were in the natural flavor. I'm surprised that wasn't "proprietary
information" too. 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Dollar Tree Gummy Bear Candy Mess

I love Dollar Tree, but this one was the dirtiest, most unorganized
store I had ever seen. This gummy bear candy mess not only looked
trashy, but it also looked like it had been there for a while.

Dollar Tree Gummy Bear Candy Mess

I love Dollar Tree,
but this store was a mess.
When I saw this place
I did not think success.
The most unorganized Dollar Tree
that I've seen.
I know it sounds cruel,
and it might just sound mean.
This gummy bear candy mess
looks really foul.
It also looks like
it has been there a while.
Candy spilled on the shelf
creates an eyesore.
I wonder if corporate 
has been in this store?

Monday, August 2, 2021

Raid Product Redesign and Shrink


I've been using this Raid bug spray for a while, so when I saw the 
can had been redesigned I automatically wondered what else had 

The name of the product changed; it went from Raid Ant & Roach
Killer to Raid Essentials Ant, Spider & Roach Killer. The ingredients
are the same. Oh...the original product had 11 ounces, and now it
only has 10. Did Raid think I wasn't going to notice the missing 
ounce? I would rather pay a little more for the extra ounce, than to
have it taken away. When are brands like Raid going to realize this?

The next time you see a redesign of a product examine it, so 
you can find out what the company has taken away from it.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Poisonous Chewing Gum

I saw this gum with a familiar name...This product is geared 
toward children, but I wouldn't even chew it myself. This
poisonous gum contains six sugar substitutes, and three of
them cause harm to humans!

I'm not gonna list every ingredient on the gum package, but
I will give you an overview of why you need to stay away from 
this product. 

According to, some people believe aspartame
can cause tardive dyskinesia (TD), cancer, depression, ADHD,
weight gain, lupus, and other ailments. Carrageenan causes
inflammation, which can lead to cancer. Sucralose can have 
harmful effects on your metabolism and overall health.
Although the FDA claims acesulfame k is safe, the (CSPI)
Center for Science in the Public Interest, says there's a link
between acesulfame k and cancer.

BHT is a preservative that in studies causes cancer and tumors,
according to the website says carmine is a red coloring that's made from 
crushed bugs, and some people are allergic to it.

If you want to protect yourself and your family, please read
the package of everything you chew, eat and drink.

Friday, May 21, 2021

What's Really In Your Frozen Fish?

I haven't bought wild caught frozen fish for a while, because I kept
having issues with it. On two separate occasions (from two different
stores) I bought fish that was supposed to be good according to the
best by dates, but they both smelled like ammonia.

I decided to try wild caught fish again, and it would've been nice to
find some caught in America, but no such luck. This fish was all the
way from China, so I told myself, "OK it's from least I'm
gonna be eating something healthy." When I got home, I noticed
that each piece of fish had 520 mg of sodium! That's a lot of salt.

This fish was full of sodium tripolyphosphate. According to, sodium tripolyphosphate is used as a
food additive, and as a component in some detergents, and 
suspected of contributing to water pollution. 

On, they say sodium tripolyphosphate is
GRAS (generally recognized as safe). This substance is
generally recognized as safe when used in accordance with
good manufacturing practice.

It's a shame you have to read the entire food package to 
find out if the healthy food you bought really is healthy.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

A Mint You Can Eat While Wearing Your Mask


Have you ever wanted to eat a mint while wearing a mask, but the
mint ends up burning your eyes? The only mints I've been able to
eat while wearing a mask is Tic Tac Wintergreen Mints. They taste
good, help my itchy throat, and they do not burn my eyes if I'm 
wearing a mask.

A Mint You Can Eat While Wearing Your Mask

You put a mint in your mouth
Then you slap on the mask
Your eyes start to burn,
so you chew it up fast...
But there is a mint 
you can safely pick...
Tic Tac Wintergreen Mints 
they do the trick.