(Reuters Health) - Charcoal toothpaste may be having a moment as a go-to brightening and whitening tool, but some dentists say these products might actually damage tooth enamel and make cavities more likely.At a minimum, any claims charcoal toothpaste marketers make have no scientific evidence behind them, the authors of a paper in the British Dental Journal warn."The evidence highlighting any potential benefits of charcoal toothpaste over regular toothpaste is severely lacking," said Dr. Joseph Greenwall-Cohen of the University of Manchester Dental School in the UK, one of the coauthors."In general, I would encourage all people to stick to regular toothpaste over charcoal toothpaste," Greenwall-Cohen said.A wide variety of charcoal toothpastes and tooth powders are available on store shelves, and packaging often claims that these products are "natural" or "eco-friendly" or have "antibacterial" or "antifungal" properties, the paper notes. This may persuade consumers they're buying … [Read more...] about Charcoal toothpaste may do harm and not much good
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PARIS: The fire that ravaged the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris last month released lead particles that have settled in potentially dangerous amounts in areas surrounding the church, officials said on Thursday (Apr 9).Analysis carried out since the Apr 15 blaze has detected lead dust in "very significant" levels on some streets and pavements outside the cathedral, which remain off limits to the public.Between 10-20 grammes of lead per kilogramme (g/kg) were detected in soil samples, compared with normal background levels of just 0.3 g/kg, according to a statement from the police and the ARS regional health service.The fire destroyed the roof and steeple of the 850-year-old landmark, melting the large sheets of lead that covered an intricate wooden framework.But officials said testing had not revealed any lingering lead pollution in the air, with all atmospheric analyses showing less than the legal limit of 0.25 microgrammes per cubic meter (µg/m3).And outside the areas … [Read more...] about Officials warn of lead pollution risks after Notre-Dame blaze
Business U.S. packaged food giant Kraft Heinz has launched the sale of its baby food brand Plasmon with preliminary bids due by the end of next week, two sources close to the matter said. 09 May 2019 07:31PM Bookmark MILAN: U.S. packaged food giant Kraft Heinz has launched the sale of its baby food brand Plasmon with preliminary bids due by the end of next week, two sources close to the matter said.Private equity firms and food groups are looking at the business, both sources said, adding it could be worth about 700 million euros (US$783 million).Another source said PAI Partners was among investors expected to present a preliminary bid, adding that rival private equity firm Cinven could also be interested.Plasmon is mainly based in Italy and Kraft intends to sell it to focus on its global brands, one of the sources said.According to Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Kraft Heinz has hired U.S. bank JPMorgan to advise on the sale.Kraft Heinz, PAI Partners, Cinven and … [Read more...] about Kraft Heinz launches sale of baby food unit: sources
By Liz Monteiro Waterloo Region Record Thu., May 9, 2019 WATERLOO REGION — In a couple of weeks, it’s about that time. The time to plant vegetables in your own personal garden. The month of May is golden when it comes to getting gardens ready, from flowers, plants and veggies. Days are filled with longer periods of sunshine and warmer temperatures — a necessary element to help your vegetables grow. But the most important variable is water. Article Continued Below “Water from the top and let it dry,” said Denise Huck, owner of Colour Paradise Greenhouses in Mannheim. On a sunny day, workers can water plants up to three times a day, Huck said. When it comes to starting your own garden, start small, said Huck. And stick to the basics, such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and lettuce. Starting from seed, means planting them in small containers indoors in March and keeping them warm, either in a insulated room in the house or a … [Read more...] about Thriving vegetable plants need sun, water, fertilizer
When The Financial Times’ (FT) mail room informed me that two bottles of ice-cold camel milk had arrived, my heart dropped. I had spent weeks researching and championing camel milk’s status as the “future of dairy” to my colleagues; now I had to taste it. As I went to try the surprisingly thick beverage, my nose wrinkled, my lips pursed. I realised that something I had not expected was holding me back: Prejudice.Camels were first domesticated for their milk in 3,000 BC, according to the UN, and the liquid is a staple in parts of the Middle East and North Africa, where it can be cheaper than cow’s milk. Now it is gaining popularity with producers and customers elsewhere, from health nuts in America to farmers in sub-Saharan Africa reckoning with climate change.The milk is low in lactose, allowing it to be digested by people with a dairy intolerance and cutting into the market share of nut milks.Touted by fanatics for its alleged medical benefits and by … [Read more...] about Camel milk could be the future of dairy. Are you ready for a camelcino?