Shawn Wells , a diet and nutrition expert and chief scientific officer at BioTRUST Nutrition, says, “Ninety percent of the time, proprietary blends are about listing things for marketing purposes and saving a lot of money.” He explained that “people think they are getting all these listed ingredients, but out of a total of 4,000 mg of a supplement, 3,999 mg could be, say, creatine, and only 1 mg could be BCAAS, which is what you really want. There’s no way to know.” He added that proprietary blends can also pose a danger when they contain certain ingredients, say, stimulants like caffeine or synephrine, which can be unsafe in larger doses.
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The IIHS rates booster seats for correct fit using a dummy in various vehicles. They do not actually peform any crash testing or compile any injury data. So, their results may not be relevant to the booster you use with your child, in your vehicle. Please see The Safest Way to Boost 'Em for more information on IIHS ratings. Also, with any booster model, a child can put slack in the seatbelt. The shoulder belt guides of certain boosters can catch the shoulder belt, preventing the retractor from taking in the slack. This may even vary from one vehicle to another vehicle, depending on the location of the seatbelt retractors. These boosters may still be used safely ! Proper supervision is always necessary for squirmy kids or escape artists. Many children can compromise their safety by unlatching seatbelt and harness buckles, escaping various types of carseats and by putting shoulder belts behind their backs while in boosters. With proper installation, instruction and supervision, the problem shoulder belt guides identified by Consumer Reports can often still be used safely. First, make absolutely sure to follow the instructions in the carseat manual and make sure there is no slack in the seatbelt during the trip. On taller children, these guides may not even be needed since the shoulder belt may already fit correctly without the guides. Finally, some vehicles have locking seatbelt mechanisms. If you pull the seatbelt all the way out, it will lock, taking up all the slack as it retracts and then preventing the child from pulling the belt out again (check your owner's manuals to see if this is allowed).