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September 18, 2008


Filed under: Food,Office,Parenthood — momwithastethoscope @ 9:49 pm

Today’s news has presented us with two additional reasons to breastfeed:

1.  Melamine – chemical component found in Sanlu brand formula of children in China.   Melamine is used for several things including floor tiles, fire retardant fabrics and fertilizer.  Authorities blame melamine for the kidney stones and kidney failure of the afflicted children including 4 who have died in China.  How melamine tainted formula is unclear – the matter is still under investigation. 

Cans of Formula

Cans of Formula


2.  BPA – Back in the news from a new study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  As a component of baby bottles and plastics labeled as #7, BPA gave parents a reason to pause with previous studies linking it to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. #7 plastics may not necessarily contain BPA – confusing, huh?, as the 7 designation is a catch-all for different plastic compounds.  BPA is also a component in the lining of some cans including the cans of formula from the two major manufacturers:  Mead Johnson and Abbott Nutrition (formerly Ross). Per the Environmental Working Group, BPA can be found in “minute amounts” in the bottoms and lids of the cans of liquid formula. A more recent formula marketing strategy uses plastic bottles (large bottles are labeled 2) and containers, but cans can still be found on grocery store shelves.  Small 2 oz bottles commonly given to newborns in the hospital are #7 but do not contain BPA according to Consumer Relations at both companies.

2 ounce bottles used for newborns

2 ounce bottles used for newborns


September 13, 2008

No Reservations

Filed under: Food — momwithastethoscope @ 3:49 pm
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Post from a post.  How original! This list was too good to pass up, though, from Where’s My Cape?  Despite my locavore leanings, I like eclectic food from around the world.  Prefer to eat it in the locale (borsct in Moscow is dificult to replicate – is it the water?), but since that’s not always possible… 

I will try almost anything once.  Most of KC’s rules apply – have been known to knock back an ungirly drink or two.  Not into eating anything live, either. Anatomy lab changed my opinion of several foods including the spare ribs my roommate’s mother brought us after our initial chest wall dissection.  Just can’t go there, anymore.  Ditto for the organ meats


1) Thou shalt not consume woodland animals.

2) Thou shalt not consume internal organs.

3) Thou will covet fried sugary dough products.

4) Thou will covet bagel and lox.

5) Thou shalt not imbibe non-girly drinks.

Now, on to the meme. The rules are: 1) Copy this list into your blog, including these instructions. 2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten. 3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating. 4) Optional extra: Post a comment here linking to your results.

The List:

1. Venison (tried the jerky version, once)

2. Nettle tea

3. Huevos rancheros

4. Steak tartare (I don’t do bloody meat, either)

5. Crocodile (a New Orleans delicacy)

6. Black pudding

7. Cheese fondue

8. Carp

9. Borscht (in Russia!)

10. Baba ghanoush

11. Calamari

12. Pho

13. PB&J sandwich

14. Aloo gobi

15. Hot dog from a street cart (in Russia, no less)

16. Epoisses

17. Black truffle

18. Fruit wine made by something other than grapes

19. Steamed pork buns

20. Pistachio ice cream (in Rome) 

21. Heirloom tomatoes (drizzled with olive oil *drool*)

22. Fresh wild berries

23. Foie gras

24. Rice and beans (in New Orleans)

25. Brawn, or head cheese

26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper ( if feeling brave, see # 43)

27. Dulce de leche

28. Oysters (not my favorite, raw or cooked) 

29. Baklava

30. Bagna cauda

31. Wasabi peas

32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (without the bowl, does it count?)

33. Salted lassi (only Mango)

34. Sauerkraut

35. Root beer float

36. Cognac with a fat cigar (just not together)

37. Clotted cream tea (in Somerset, England)

38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O

39. Gumbo

40. Oxtail (in soup)

41. Curried goat

42. Whole insects

43. Phaal (if feeling brave)

44. Goat’s milk

45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (girly drinker)

46. Fugu

47. Chicken tikka masala

48. Eel

49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (best when warm)

50. Sea urchin

51. Prickly pear

52. Umeboshi

53. Abalone

54. Paneer

55. McDonald’s Big Mac meal (now sworn off)

56. Spaetzle

57. Dirty gin martini

58. Beer above 8% ABV

59. Poutine

60. Carob chips

61. S’mores

62. Sweetbreads (Under the internal organs decree)

63. Kaolin (from the dictionary: a fine usually white clay that is used in ceramics and refractories, as a filler or extender, and in medicine especially as an adsorbent in the treatment of diarrhea.) used to eat dirt when I was a kid and no I wasn’t anemic.

64. Currywurst

65. Durian (Fruit that smells like stinky socks? Where can I sign?)

66. Frogs’ legs

67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake*

68. Haggis (See #62)

69. Fried plantain

70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (See #68)

71. Gazpacho

72. Caviar and blini

73. Louche absinthe

74. Gjetost, or brunost

75. Roadkill (Yuking again)

76. Baijiu

77. Hostess Fruit Pie

78. Snail

79. Lapsang souchong

80. Bellini

81. Tom yum

82. Eggs Benedict

83. Pocky

84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant

85. Kobe beef

86. Hare (Under the woodland animals decree)

87. Goulash

88. Flowers

89. Horse (Pass, yuking)

90. Criollo chocolate

91. Spam (not particularly proud of it either)

92. Soft Shell crab

 93. Rose harissa

94. Catfish

95. Mole poblano

96. Bagel and lox

97. Lobster Thermidor

98. Polenta

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

100. Snake (never)

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