Grapefruit and paint

With the first spring leaves already out, and the spring flowers out in force, the range of local foods is on the increase once more. I was delighted to see that grapefruit had made an appearance on the site this week. Also known as the “forbidden fruit” of Barbados, this nutritious fruit is high in vitamins and pectin, a soluble dietary fibre essential for a healthy colon.

Studies have revealed grapefruit to be cholesterol lowering, and there is evidence that their seeds offer antioxident properties.

Apart from these health benefits, there is no better way for me than to start the day with a freshly squeezed grapefruit juice!

There’s been some recent controversy about toxins in paint. Lead is a highly toxic substance in the human body. Recently, lead has been phased out of petrol, leading to an improvement in the lead levels of people living close to busy roads, especially vulnerable children. More recent research has focused on where the remaining lead is coming from. The conlusion? Paint.

The South African Paint Manufacturers’ Association agreed to limit the use of lead in paint in the 1970’s. However, with minimal enforcement, lead is still found in many paints in substantial quantities. In the meantime, draft regulations have been drawn up to declare leaded paint as a group-one hazardous substance.

As a result of the outcry, many paints are labelling themselves ‘lead-free’. However, lead is not the only toxin to worry about. Paints are a hazardous cocktail of chemicals and solvents, which affect us not only when we make physical contact, but in the emissions that last for weeks after paint has been applied.

But, as always, there’s a better way. Envirotouch are offering Pronature paints, which contain only natural elements, such as beeswax, plant oils and extracts, and are available in a large variety. Take a look at our Paints, Stone, Wood Products section for more information.

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Enjoy the flowers!

The Co-op team.

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