Disinfectants and Obesity

Surface cleaners and other household disinfectants could be making children overweight by altering the bacteria in their gut. Researchers in Canada found that infants who lived in households where antimicrobial disinfectants were used every week were twice as likely—at ages 3 to 4 months—to have higher levels of lachnospiraceae gut bacteria, which are very efficient at breaking down food and help the human body extract more energy. By age 3, those children were more likely to be overweight or obese than kids whose households hadn’t used disinfectants as regularly. High levels of lachnospiraceae have been linked in animal studies to increased levels of body fat and insulin resistance. The study also found that children living in households that used eco-friendly cleaning products were less likely to be overweight, though that may have been because those kids had healthier lifestyles and diets overall. Senior researcher Anita Kozyrskyj says further research is (Read More)

National Clean Your Refrigerator Day (Nov. 15)

Today (November 15) is National Clean Your Refrigerator Day! The refrigerator is one of the hardest working appliances in your home — and one that often takes a beating. With the holidays around the corner, we wanted to take a moment to go over some helpful tips and tricks to clean your refrigerator before your prep work for entertaining begins. A clean refrigerator promises to keep food fresher and diminish your chances of growing mold or bacteria, so do your best to maintain the cleanliness of this kitchen workhorse. Cleaning Tips… 1. Take out all the food. If you’re worried about spoiling, store the perishables in a cooler while you clean. You’ll want to see every crevice that’s in need of a scrub down. 2. Pull out your drawers. There’s no point in bending over backwards to get in those hard-to-reach places. If possible, take each of your drawers out so you can wash (Read More)