You know you’ve chosen the right doctor when he/she inquires whether you use the Environmental Working Groups’s Skin Deep Database or EWG’s dirty dozen lists for your family, as mine recently did. For health-conscious individuals determined to minimize exposure to carcinogens and other harmful chemicals in everyday products, the Skin Deep Database is essential. If you’re like me, you also want to research what you put IN your body. With the explosion of the “natural” product market, we need help distinguishing facts from fictional marketing. That’s where EWG’s Food Scores Database comes in. The database rates your plate on a scale of 1-10 for nutritional value, safety of ingredients, and degree of processing. Search the database by product name, company, or ingredient names, with in-depth information on products of notable concern. Not convinced, check out this page detailing the concerns about arsenic (a known carcinogen) in rice and rice products, such as infant rice-cereals.
If you reside in the “Knowledge is Power” camp, the Environmental Working Group is there for you.