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What’s That in the Soup?
Reading the ingredients list of hot-bar items at the Chestnut Hill store last month, I noticed some of the offerings contain sugar, corn syrup and monosodium glutamate — all no-nos for me. The sugar and MSG were in the chicken noodle soup, the corn syrup in the hearty vegetable soup.
I’m now wondering if there are guidelines for hot-bar items regarding additives (processed foods, chemicals), and would like to see these guidelines. I rarely buy from the hot bar, but will now be more savvy in checking the ingredients lists when I do.
I would hope that healthful alternatives to all three of these would be found, such as fruit juice concentrate for the sugar and corn syrup.
Also, is MSG back in favor? I thought it was phased out of Chinese food years ago due to deleterious effects on some, including myself.
— Lynn Mather
Please be Careful with Kids & Mowers
The Amputee Coalition of America (amputee-coalition.org) and a Facebook post by the Philadelphia Department of Health inspired a cyber-search that yielded information I wanted to share with Shuttle readers.
Lawn-mower injuries are the leading cause of amputation for children in the United States, more than 600 a year according to the Amputee Coalition.
The Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation, which collects statistics on trauma injuries, says: “Among the traumatic wounds treated by surgeons who care for children, few are more dreadful than those associated with lawn mowers. The young child admitted with lawnmower-related injuries typically has sustained high-energy trauma analogous to a blast injury.”
The American Journal of Surgery stated in 2016: “The estimated annual incidence of lawn-mower injuries in children has remained unchanged over the past decade.”
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research stated in 2016: “If children younger than 6 years had not been near the lawn mower and those younger than 12 years had not been operating one, at least 69% of the accidents might have been prevented.”
’Tis the season to frolic, have fun and please be careful when powering up your lawn mower.