Xylitol, an artificial sweetener used in sugar-free gum, baked goods and other items, causes a rapid, dangerous drop in pets' blood sugar levels and, if left untreated, can result in liver failure in less than 36 hours after ingestion, writes veterinarian Dana Brooks. Symptoms that develop 30 to 60 minutes after ingestion of xylitol include lethargy and seizures, while vomiting can occur sooner. The condition may be treatable with emergency interventions, but signs of liver failure, such as skin and intestinal bleeding, carry a poor prognosis, even with treatment, Dr. Brooks notes.
McDonald's is testing new baked goods in the New England market as part of push to grab more morning and snack-time market share from rival Dunkin' Donuts. The stores will officially begin promoting the new cheese danish, muffins, banana bread and vanilla scones today; unlike the rest of the breakfast menu, the baked goods will be available throughout the day.
MOM Brands is now the "Choice of a New Generation" after gaining control of Pepsi's old slogan. MOM, formerly known as Malt-O-Meal, uses the tagline in its commercial for Better Oats instant oatmeal. Pepsi's trademark on the line expired in 2006.
Busy parents should not feel guilty about the occasional fast-food meal, but should balance it by having healthier meals the rest of the time, dietitians say. Parents also can use the opportunity to teach children about portion control and how to make good choices while eating away from home, experts say.