Is the Diet Cola Industry Dying?

Have Americans cut down on drinking diet sodas for good? According to the Wonkblog from the Washington Post, both Coca-Cola and Diet Pepsi watched their sales drop off in the late 1990s. However, in the decade since the year 1999, diet soda sales surged again to reach an all time high of over $8.5 billion! Since that high in 2009, sales are once again dropping off substantially. Furthermore, this slowdown in diet soda sales is happening globally according to Euromonitor, a market research firm.

One reason for the slumping sales of diet sodas is that distrust of artificial sweeteners is on the rise. If the sweetener is not sucrose based, people are wary of it. For example, aspartame is now associated with almost 100 side effects. The effects on people vary depending on genetic factors as well as physical fitness. Damaging effects include blindness, hearing impairment, epileptic seizures, tachycardia, irreversible brain damage, and even death. However, according to the FDA, aspartame is regarded as safe. In fact, almost 100 nations across the globe have also found it safe for human consumption.
Nobody really knows the fate of the diet cola industry. Pepsi True was introduced, and it is sweetened with a combination of real sugar and a plant-based product known as stevia stated Twitter. The more natural version from Coca-Cola is called Coca-Cola Life, and it too is sweetened with stevia and cane sugar. These products hit the shelves late in 2014, so it is a little too early to know if they will save the diet cola industry.


Categories: Food Reform

Antibiotic Increase in Meats send Concerns to Experts

Everyone should be concerned about the food they eat. In 2010, it was estimated than livestock producers around the globe, used more than 60,000 tons of antibiotics on their livestock. This number is expected to increase to 67 percent over the next 15 years. In countries such as Russia, China, India, Brazil, and South Africa, these numbers are expected to double.

These rising numbers are a reflection of the consumers and businesses, demand for more meat, worldwide. People are earning more money, and they want more meat noted eater Jason Halpern. A Princeton University epidemiologist, Thomas Van Boeckel, Co- author of the study, stated that antibiotic help to produce and provide meats to people, who cannot otherwise afford it.
While antibiotics boost the development of cattle, such as pigs, and chicken, it does prevent disease. However, a more intermittent threat is bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, and poses an immediate threat to the life of humans and livestock.
Senior author and director of study for the Center for Disease Dynamics Economic and Policy in Washington states, that although the evidence is circumstantial, the link between antibiotics use, and bacteria which are resistant to antibiotic are overwhelmingly strong.
In countries such as Europe, the use of antibiotics in meats is restricted, and is confined to the prevention of infection. The threat that antibiotics pose is worth further investigation. With the demand for meats, and the amount of profit companies stands to lose, the restriction of antibiotics in meats in other countries, may not be as forthcoming.

Categories: Food Reform

Kraft Mac n Cheese Being Recalled

A story on today has confirmed that Kraft Foods announced a recall of their Macaroni & Cheese products. Nearly 242,000 cases of the boxed food are being recalled because it could possibly contain tiny bits of metal inside the food. Those 242,000 cases amount to about 6.5 million boxes of the Mac & Cheese. Yikes, that’s a lot of product!

Unfortunately, some of the metal pieces made it into people’s homes, and meals before the recall was announced. Eight people had contacted the company to say that their cheesy snack was marred by the pieces of metal inside. Ray Lane said that the spokesperson for Kraft said that they are taking the claims of metal in the product seriously. They said that Kraft is taking the necessary action to make sure their product is safe.

The recall is for the original flavor 7.25 ounce box that has an expiration date of September 18th, 2015-October 11th, 2015. If you purchase this product, check your box! Ingesting pieces of metal can do serious harm to your body. These tainted boxes were sold in the US, South America, and the Caribbean. Refunds will be available to anyone who returns the boxes that match the recall criteria.


Miscalculated Vitamin D Recommendations

When it comes to vitamins, Susan McGala says there is always a suggested amount that we should get in a day, and we always trust that number to be just right. We purchase vitamins according to the recommendations that we have been given, and we expect to be doing the right thing when we consume the vitamins according to those recommendations. But, the recommendations aren’t always 100% accurate, as is the case now with the news that has come out in regard to the old recommendations for vitamin D.

It seems that the recommendation that we have been given when it comes to vitamin D intake is too low. Our bodies need more vitamin D than had originally been suggested. We need to consume a higher amount of vitamin D to maintain the health of our bones than has been the suggested daily intake for years. Sometimes the recommendations that we are given in regard to vitamins are just not correct.
Categories: Best Medicine

Eating Sugar is Addictive and Potentially Deadly

Sugar is sweet, but it’s also as addictive as cocaine, according to a new study. Not only is the white sweet substance addictive, it can and does lead to a variety of health problems and early death. Eating too much sugar leads to obesity, which in turn causes metabolic syndrome and sets the stage for several life-threatening illnesses, like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Yes, eating too much sugar can lead to a person developing cancer. The abundance of consumed sugar causes inflammation in the body. The inflammation is the rot causes of many diseases, including cancer.
But when a person is addicted to something, they can’t get enough. Therein lies the problem of sugar. The more we eat, the more we want to enough of it. We have become dependent on sugar and want everything we eat to have a sweet flavor. That leads to obesity and all the associated health problems. Folks at Anastasia Date understand that sugar addiction and associated health problems have become so serious in some areas, the sweet stuff has been banned.
Life without sugar won’t be as sweet, but life with sugar can end prematurely.


Pesco-Vegetarians Lower Risk of Cancer

An investigation reveals that pesco-vegetarians, people who ate fish at least once a month and meat less than once a month, reduce the likelihood of developing cancerous tumors by 43%.

Diets rich in vegetables, seafood and fish may help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, has shown an investigation by experts from the University of Loma Linda, California, United States.

Previous studies have shown that vegetarians have a lower risk of certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. In this sense, the new work, led by Dr. Michael Orlich and published in Archives of Internal Medicine, has revealed that the pesco-vegetarians, that is, those who ate fish at least once a month and meat less than once a month, have a significantly lower risk of colorectal cancer than those following other types of vegetarian diets.

A research team analyzed 77,659 Orlich ‘Seventh-day Adventists’, a religion that encourages a healthy lifestyle, which The Real Deal states involves abstinence from smoking and drinking.

The team studied their diets, and medical and cancer records in order to examine the relationship between dietary habits and prevalence of tumors.

After more than seven years, experts observed that vegetarians were 22% less likely to develop colorectal cancers than those who ate meat regularly, and that pesco-vegetarians had a 43% lower risk of developing this cancer.

Categories: Vegetarians

Cut Calories without even Trying

Think cutting calories is hard? It doesn’t have to be. Brian Wansink is a food psychologist with a few easy tricks you can use to cut your caloric intake by merely changing your environment.

When serving dinner, serve yourself from the stove rather than the table. People who do this end up eating 19% less on average.

Next time you go out to eat, ask for a table by the front door. If you do, you’re 73% less likely to order a fattening dessert after your meal.

My personal favorite is chewing gum while grocery shopping stated Bruce Karatz. Chewing gum makes it less likely for you to stock up on junk food during your next shopping expedition. Mint gum seems to work the best.

Remember to brown bag it at work. People who bring bagged lunches tend to consume fewer calories than those who eat out. Remember to throw in a piece of fruit for a mid-afternoon boost without the additional calories.

Categories: Health

Ice Cream Treat Proves Deadly

Those who enjoy ice cream as a treat may want to pause a moment and consider if their ice cream is contaminated with bacteria. Recently, three individuals died as a result of consuming bacteria-laden ice cream manufactured by Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham, Texas.

The bacteria, commonly known as Listeria monocytogenes, and sickens nearly 1600 American’s annually, according to statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Listeria monocytogenes is the third leading reason for death attributed to food poisoning.

According to Zeca Oliveria, Listeria monocytogenes can fester and multiply in refrigerated environments as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit and the longer a ready-to-eat refrigerated food is kept in such an environment, the probability of dangerous bacteria growing increases immensely, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration.

The Food and Drug Administration verified that the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria was detected in a Blue Bell Creamery production facility. Blue Bell officials suggest that a piece of machinery was to blame for the contamination of the ice cream. They believe that the ice cream was in an ideal state to contract the bacteria, as it had an in-line production temperature of around 40 degree Fahrenheit.

Blue Bell Creameries has issued a list of the products potentially infected with the harmful bacteria and has recalled all those products from the freezer cases.

The Food and Drug Administration asks that consumers with concerns about food safety, call 1-888-SAFEFOOD

Categories: Don't Eat This!

Dr. Rod Rohrich: Incredible Plastic Surgeon, Researcher, And Educator

Dr. Rod Rohrich is a brilliant plastic surgeon, researcher, and educator. For almost 30 years he has been lending his prodigious talents to improve the quality and understanding of the plastic surgery for meeting the needs of patents, physicians, and his students. Born in Texas and raised in North Dakota, Dr. Rod Rohrich earned degrees from North Dakota State University, the University of North Dakota, and Baylor Medical School. He has also completed fellowships and residencies in general and plastic surgery, pediatric plastic surgery, and hand and microvascular at Oxford University, University of Michigan’s medical center, and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Since 1991 Dr. Rod Rohrich has been a professor and department of plastic surgery chairperson at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He also holds a number of prestigious chairs. His work researching, writing and speaking on a wide variety of topics including facial fracture, body contouring, patient safety, and medical education has won him international acclaim. Dr. Rohrich’s willingness to share what he has learned has earned him the respect of his colleagues and his students. Thousands of patients worldwide have benefited directly or indirectly from his work.With more than 30 textbook chapters and 300 medline-indexed publications on plastic surgery to his name, he is clearly a prolific writer. Dr. Rod Rohrich’s ability to explain the intricacies of often complex surgical procedures in terms anyone can understand has served him well as an educator.

Dr. Rod Rohrich is always looking for new and better ways to help the people with whom he comes in contact be they patients, students, or colleagues. To that end, he is involved with a number of organizations working to advance, regulate, and promote plastic surgery. His focus continues to be better procedures, techniques, outcomes, and education. Some of the organization to which he has lent his time and talent include the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and the Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium.

His research has opened eyes and improved the quality of plastic surgery worldwide for both patients and physicians. The patient oriented book co-authored by Dr. Rod Rohrich, “Navigate Your Beauty: Smart and Safe Plastic Surgery Solutions” has been invaluable to patient who are seriously considering plastic surgery.

Categories: Best Medicine

Johnson and Johnson Guilty of Selling Metal-Tainted Products

Johnson & Johnson will have to pay out more than $25 million after a judge found the company guilty of knowingly selling a contaminated product.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary to the pharmaceutical giant, entered a plea of guilty to the charge of the process and manufacture of adulterated drugs. The company made the settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and is expected to pay out more than $25 million in fines.

According to linked in, the company sold its Tylenol liquid products with the knowledge that the shipments were likely contaminated with metal. The company recalled millions of Tylenol products from 2008 through 2010. The company recalled Benadryl, Motrin, and other similar products as a safety precaution.

It is reported that the recall of the popular items led to a dramatic decrease in sales.
The metal contamination was not the only problem that riddled the popular company.

Consumer complaints of a “modly smell” were reported, as were problems with product labels, which also led to the recall of millions of bottles of the popular medications.

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