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Sarah Kavanagh had the determination to follow her gut; she setup a free petition on Change.org to remove brominated vegetable oil from citrus Gatorade and received over 200,000 supporters. It became one of the most popular petitions on the website and forced the CEOs of Coca Cola Co. to pay attention. Why? Because of its toxicity and ill health effects, brominated vegetable oil is already banned in the European Union and Japan, yet it is in 10% of beverages in the US. It comes from corn and soy (two very popular sources of GMOs) and is a compound that shares chemical characteristics with bromine, a flame retardant. This last fact outraged consumers enough to sign, share, link and buzz the petition all over the internet. Ingredient changes will take a few months, so as always, its important to read the label.
This gets me thinking, if we passed around a petition in the food allergy community would we get enough support to create change or would the flame of hope just fizzle and slowly go out due to the lack of soy allergy people? The sad fact that we have learned while living with nut allergy or allergy to soy is that if someone is not personally affected, they could care less. Yet, this should not stop anyone from trying to do something about something that needs to be done. Sure, it might not happen, but what chance do you have if you don’t even try? If companies see how many potential customers they will lose, they will protect their bottom line. Unfortunately, it all comes down to money; the more money the cause has potential to bring to them, the more likely it will happen.
Oh, on another note, I have a new salty snack for those of you who like sushi! I usually get my seaweed (aka ‘nori’) from Korean or Asian markets, but this one is a great value. Kirkland Signature Seasoned Seaweed Winter Harvest. The ingredients are seaweed, corn oil, grapeseed oil and sea salt! I love these when I’m having a potato chip craving or just need something salty. They cost only about eight bucks at your neighborhood Costco!
If you like guacamole and convenience, Wholly Guacamole which I bought at Pathmark is soy-free and nut-free. If you like to make your own and favor Organic, you can buy the Simply Guacomole mix here through Amazon.
I got addicted to the Popcorners chips in Caramel when I flew Jet Blue back in December with my mom. They basically taste like caramel popcorn or kettle corn, yet they are just the right amount of salty and sweet. The ingredients are nut-free and soy-free, but it does say ‘natural flavors’ in the ingredients. I have not had any reaction so I don’t believe there is soy but you will have to call the company to confirm.
Here is a link to that:
I also purchased Organic Flax Paks Milled Flax Seeds for when I forget (or am not in the mood) to take my oil; I take two packets in a day. They come in little convenient packets which I carry in my purse and sprinkle all over my food and cereals. You can also blenderize it into smoothies. It contains all the benefits I speak about in one of my articles including omega 3, omega 6 and lignans. Once again, if you are allergic to linseed, do not try this product.
I hope everyone is having a Happy Friday! Til we meet again…