Foods That Are Driving Up Our Grocery Bills

If you think your grocery bill is pinching your wallet more than usual, you aren’t imagining things. Between the price of oil rising again, weather affecting crops, and shoppers drifting towards higher end items grocery prices have risen over 19-percent over the last 10 years.

Surprisingly, there are 20 items that are causing most of the price jump and they’re everyday things. Coming in last is rice, pasta, and cornmeal. Oils and other fats make the list too along with bread, canned fruits, and pet food.

Here are the top 10:

  1. Tobacco and smoking products. The 10 year change is 88-percent. This includes vaping products too,
  2. Margarine. Prices have doubled!
  3. Fish and seafood. The change is 42.5%
  4. Beef and veal. Prices jumped 42.4%
  5. Prescription drugs. 39.1%
  6. Oranges and tangerines. 37.6%
  7. Salt, seasonings, and spices. 31.5% Prices are jumping due to higher demand.
  8. Hot dogs. 27.6% We love them so the price goes up.
  9. Packaged baked goods. 27.6%
  10. Fresh rolls, biscuits, and muffins. 27.2%

Source:247 Wall Street

More big companies, including Starbucks CVS, and Walmart have recently expanded or created new family leave policies, but in the U.S. only 15% of workers have access to paid family leave. But while employees wait for their bosses to add the benefit, one company is offering a grant to dads who don’t have access to paid paternity leave. Dove started a Paternity Leave Fund that will give $5,000 to fathers so they can afford to be home to spend time with their new children.

Dove is trying to raise over $1-million for their Paternity Leave Fund for dads across the country over the next two years,according to their website.The fund will give these special $5,000 grants to dads so they can have paid paternity leave, even if their jobs don’t offer it.

“Working dads shouldn’t have to choose between their children and a paycheck,” Dove says, “because when they take paternity leave, it benefits families, workplaces, and communities.”


Parents know that slathering kids up with sunscreen is the only way to have fun in the sun safely, but now the FDA warns that some of the products we’ve been using might not be as safe as we thought. New research finds that chemicals commonly found in popular sunscreens might not be as effective at protecting skin and the FDA proposes new sunscreen regulations on ingredient safety, dosage requirements and SPF guidelines.

FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb explains, “Since the initial evaluation of these products, we know much more about the effects of the sun and about sunscreen’s absorption through the skin.”

The FDA tested 16 chemicals commonly used as main ingredients in sunscreen and found that only two were considered safe. The two winners to look for on your labels? Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Check your medicine cabinet and if you’ve got sunscreens that are mineral-based or called “natural,” you’re probably fine, because these often contain those two safe ingredients. But if there’s a long list of hard-to-pronounce chemicals on your sunscreen, it may contain some of the ones now considered unsafe and you should probably toss it.

Source:The Stir

There are all kinds of “healthy” things people do for their bodies, including eating keto, intermittent fasting, and TRX workouts, that come with big claims they can overhaul your diet and body. And some of these wellness regimens actually do what they promise, but if you try a new habit and routine for a while and you’re still questioning if it’s right for you, maybe it isn’t. Everyone is different, so what works for someone else might not work for you…and that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with giving them up, the key is knowing when. Here are some red flags it may be time to rethink your “healthy” habit.

  • You can’t think about anything other than your so-called healthy routine- It’s best not to get so wrapped up in any one thing that you don’t or won’t consider anything or anyone else, even when it comes to healthy habits. If you’re so obsessed about a diet or workout that your loved ones are worried, that’s a warning sign that you should hear them out.
  • You can’t be flexible- It’s good to get into the habit of our workout routine, but you should still be able to make practical adjustments to allow shifts in your personal schedule. Sometimes things come up and you should be flexible enough to handle a raincheck on a workout, enjoy a night out with friends, or eat a cupcake without stressing about it.
  • You’re judging people who don’t follow similar routines- Your “healthy” habits may have gone too far if you wonder what’s wrong with friends and family who don’t stick to theirs. Worry about your own wellness standards, don’t judge them for theirs.
  • You’re constantly exhausted- Being tired from exercising more is normal, but extreme dieting and exercise can leave you depleted. So if you’re always beyond tired, it may be time to take a step back and reevaluate.
  • You’re dedicating a lot of time and not seeing much change- Doing something for a while and not seeing changes you expect can make you doubt yourself and your ability to succeed, which won’t help at all. So phase out habits that are setting you up to fail before they do.
  • You feel generally worse than you did before- It may take a while to see results, but new routines shouldn’t make you feel worse overall. A healthy habit should leave you feeling better, so if you’re more tired, irritable, or not sleeping right, you may need to tweak your new routine.

Source:Brit + Co

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