Yes, we are here!

At MOTHER EARTH LIVING and MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we have been educating folks about the benefits of self-reliance for 50 years. That includes researching and sourcing the best books and products to help individuals master the skills they need in times like these and beyond. Our online store is open and we are here to answer any questions you might have. Our customer service staff is available Monday through Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m. CDT. We can be reached at 1-800-456-6018 or by email. Stay safe!


Better Beverage Containers


| 5/25/2012 3:51:02 PM


Ah, the beverage aisle—quite possibly one of the least healthy aisles in the grocery store. While most of us know to avoid the sugars, artificial sweeteners and unnatural preservatives to be found (in huge quantities) in this area, even when we're buying better beverages, health concerns lurk in the prepackaged drink aisle. It’s not just the contents of those drink packages we need to be concerned about. Drink packaging itself is rife with unhealthy ingredients. 

Most beverage cans in the United States are lined with the potentially dangerous hormone-mimicking chemical bisphenol-A (BPA). BPA is able to leach into foods it comes in contact with—in particular liquids. So that can of soda (even the all-natural kind) may contain a lot more than water, sugar and flavoring. It may well also be laced with chemicals linked to endocrine disruption, obesity, diabetes and cancer, among other health issues.  

Unfortunately, choosing plastic bottles over canned beverages isn't a good alternative. #7 plastic (look at the recycling code on the bottom of the bottle) is also made with BPA. But most beverages are packaged in #1 plastic, which is often BPA-free. Unfortunately,  recent studies have found that nearly all plastics release estrogen-mimicking chemicals, and its ability to mimic estrogen is suspected to be the cause of the various health effects caused by BPA . 

Lest you think you must ban all drinks besides water, consider the better alternatives. Glass is a safe, inert and recyclable material, and many natural sodas and sparkling waters are packaged in it. You can also make your own much healthier beverages using combinations of herbal teas, fruit juices and sweeteners such as honey or agave nectar, or make your own lemonade or sodas at home. 



Subscribe today and save 58%

Get the latest on Healthy Living and Natural Beauty!

Mother Earth LivingRedefine beauty and embrace holistic living with Mother Earth Living by your side. Each issue  provides you with easy, hands-on ways to connect your life with the natural world -- from eating seasonally to culinary and medicinal uses of herbs; from aromatherapy and DIY cosmetics to yoga and beyond. Start your journey to holistic living today and you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Classifieds


click me