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This Week in Food and Travel: LaCroix doesn’t have insecticides — here’s what’s in the popular water
A lawsuit has been filed against the “all natural” LaCroix Sparkling Water. Randy Shropshire/Getty Images

LaCroix, the fizzy, no-calorie sparkling water, has become a cult favorite among millennials. But the colorful drinks have recently come under fire in a lawsuit that points out its “synthetic” chemicals — like one used in cockroach insecticide. Still, one expert maintains you shouldn’t worry about artificial substances in your favorite sparkling drink just yet.

In other news, Mic followed one fashion editor’s picks at Japanese convenience stores (which include milk doughnuts and roll cakes), explored how a service animal transformed one traveler’s experience and spoke with Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski about all things food and weekday keto dieting.

When it comes to LaCroix, one expert explains why “natural” isn’t always better

A class-action lawsuit alleged LaCroix falsely advertised its sparkling water beverage as “all natural.”
A class-action lawsuit alleged LaCroix falsely advertised its sparkling water beverage as “all natural.” Randy Shropshire/Getty Images

A 2015 study by Consumer Reports found that 62% of shoppers report buying foods labeled “natural” — and that most of them think this label means more than it actually does.

The 10 best Japanese convenience store souvenirs, from organic shampoo to noodle-stuffed hot dogs

The premium roll cake from Lawson is one of Fumina Tsuji’s top konbini shopping picks.
The premium roll cake from Lawson is one of Fumina Tsuji’s top konbini shopping picks. Lawson

Japan’s convenience stores — also known as “konbini” — sell food, makeup products, hangover cures and more.

How my service dog helped me with my anxiety disorder — and allowed me to love travel again

Writer Becca Blond and her service dog, Bobbi
Writer Becca Blond and her service dog, Bobbi Becca Blond

“It was very easy to train her to perform the necessary tasks required of a medical assistance service dog — alerting me before I have a panic attack, leading me home when I get disoriented during one or lying on top of me to calm me with her body weight.”

‘Queer Eye’ star Antoni Porowski’s restaurant offers a healthy twist on Polish foods he ate as a kid

‘Queer Eye’ star Antoni Porowski at his restaurant, The Village Den, in Manhattan, New York City
‘Queer Eye’ star Antoni Porowski at his restaurant, The Village Den, in Manhattan, New York City The Village Den

“Change is a scary thing. I can relate to this personally based on the exponential growth curve I’ve experienced since Queer Eye launched.”