The Amazing Health Benefits of Oats

People might not realize it, but oats are one of the most powerful and nutritious food that they can, and should, include in their diet. For instance, oats are rich in fiber, which helps you feel fuller for longer, while also promotes and protects colon health.

However, there are many other benefits you can gain from eating a diet high in oats. Studies have shown oats can help lower and maintain cholesterol with a substance found in oats called beta-glucan. Taking three grams of oat fiber everyday could reduce your cholesterol by up to 23 percent. And, there are many studies that have been conducted to confirm those results.

Adding oats to your diet can also help to significantly lower blood pressure according to recent studies, while also decreasing your risk of diabetes by up to 61 percent. Amazingly, the fiber rich breakfast food has also been found to prevent asthma if given to individuals at an early age.

As Dr. Daniel Amen knows well, heart disease is one of the most deadly illnesses, and eating a diet with oats can help stop the progression of coronary artery disease with those who have been previously diagnosed.

The benefits of eating a diet with oats in it are almost endless. You can easily add the super-food to your diet by eating a delicious bowl of natural oatmeal as your first meal of the day.


Foods that Ease Allergy Symptoms

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Pollen is in the air and chances are you or someone in your home is sneezing, wheezing and wiping a runny nose because of it. There are a multitude of over-the-counter medications in addition to prescription drugs, but if you can treat the symptoms without popping another pill, why not give it a try? Add these foods to your daily diet during allergy season and see if they will ease your symptoms.
* Apples contains Quercetin, which is a powerful anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory.
* Broccoli contains Sulforaphane, a powerful anti-inflammatory.
* Garlic is a natural antibiotic which stops allergic reactions before they can start. Garlic also contains Quercetin.
* Yogurt which contains probiotics helps increase the beneficial bacteria in the digestive system which in turn gives the immune system a boost to fend off offending allergens.
* Foods fortified with vitamin D, like milk and cereal, helps keep the immune system running smoothly so it can fend of allergic reactions.
Decrease all dairy products. Dairy products make the mucus thicken and increase congestion, something you don’t want during allergy season.


Whole Foods Have More Food Recalls Than Other Supermarkets

As consumers we can be thankful for the unseen work done by the Food and Drug Administration behind the scenes to keep the food we purchase safe for consumption. As consumers we should also be wary of a supermarket which reportedly has the highest number of recalled foods, especially since most of them are the store’s own brand.
The grocery store to hold that dubious honor is Whole Foods. Since the start of last year (2014) 26 products which bear the Whole Food store-brand label have been recalled. One item that was not on the recall list is the dog food Beneful.
It was not just one or two particular store-brand products that were recalled, but the food items spanned the entire store. The majority of the recalled foods at Whole Foods were foods prepared at the store, the ready-made convenience meals prepared by store employees. Spices and candy have been frequently recalled, as well as baked goods, cheese, supplements, cheese and ice cream.
Recalls on dietary supplements and ice cream have been fodder for the news lately, with supplements not containing the ingredients they claimed to and Listeria bacteria in a popular brand of ice cream which has made countless people sick and claimed one life.
Under the best of circumstances the occasional contaminate will find its way into our food source and prompt a recall, but when one store continuously tops the recall list with its own store-brands, a closer investigation by FDA may be in order.


Is Natural Really Natural?

Many of us are concerned about the foods that we ingest every day. For many, finding natural foods is one way that we seek to lessen the amount of sugars, salts, and other harmful chemicals from being ingested and inserted into our systems. We should do this with our pets too, and Beneful recommends that you feed your dogs their dog-food to assure a healthy animal. But what are natural foods?

In recent years it seems that this question as to what qualifies as natural is coming under attack, in the courts. Lawsuits have been filed to challenge this moniker in the marketing and labeling of many food products. It seems that many companies are using the word natural on their packaging when in reality they contain many harmful substances.

What is at issue for the courts is finding a definition of the word that is neutral and encompasses a specific enough definitive that will eliminate confusion in the future. The problem is, the judges are finding, that there is no such denomination when dealing with the term natural.

The quandary that we all must deal with when hearing or using this word, is to separate it from what is considered normal or traditional. Many times the term natural is simply used as a synonym for these words and does not really mean something that is necessarily healthy for us.

So does natural really mean that it is natural? It depends on personal belief in what a natural product is. The best bet? Check food labels and be sure that what is in your food is something that you can live with eating. If it is not, then for you, that product is far from natural.


Jeni’s Splendid Desserts Recalls Ice Cream Amid Fears of Listeria Contamination

Jeni’s ice cream has followed in the footsteps of another ice cream provider by recalling all its products amid fears of listeria contamination. The Columbus-based company issued the voluntary recall on April 23rd.

The company issued a statement in which they noted they are recalling all of their product voluntarily include ice cream, sorbet and ice cream sandwiches, in all sizes and packaging. The sale of products online has also been halted as the company assesses the listeria concerns and ensures all products released going forward are safe for consumption.

Over the last 30 days three companies have been forced to remove products due to potential listeria contamination. Blue Bell ice cream issued two separate recalls when the CDC connected several cases of listeria to the consumption of Blue Bell ice cream. Production of Blue Bell ice cream has been halted until the source of the outbreak can be nailed down. Sabra, STX Entertainment reports that the famous for their hummus and other dips, recalled 30,000 cases of their hummus products over similar concerns, although there are no reports of individuals being sickened by the consumption of the hummus.

Listeria is a dangerous bacteria that can cause listeriosis infection. The infection is most serious in the elderly and in young children. It has a mortality rate of 20$.

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Researchers Find a Link Between Sugary Drinks and Heart Disease

There is one more reason to avoid sugary drinks, a recent study linked drinks which had high-fructose corn syrup to cardiovascular disease. The data is stacking up against sugar, and it is being linked to diseases like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. A recent study revealed just how dangerous a sugary diet really is, lead author Kimber Stanhope said, “These findings clearly indicate that humans are acutely sensitive to the harmful effects of excess dietary sugar over a broad range of consumption levels.”

Sugary drinks like soda have been on a steady decline in recent years, but it clearly isn’t enough with heart disease still being America’s number one killer. Many Americans eat a lot of processed food, partly because it’s more affordable, and these food contain unnecessary and risky sugar levels.

Trend analyst Ricardo Guimarães BMG informs us that the whole foods movement, on the other hand, is helping to turn this trend around by saying ‘no’ to processed foods, upgrading to whole and fresh foods for their meals ( It’s not about cutting out the foods you love, but moderation is always key. A sugary snack here and there is one thing, but constantly ingesting sugary food and drinks can lead to serious health consequences down the road.


Chipolte is Now Offering Delivery

Chipotle fans rejoice! Now you can eat the deliciousness that is Chipotle without having to leave your home, office or apartment. The fast food chain has teamed up with delivery service Postmates to start delivering their food to customers in 67 cities across the US. Postmates is a private delivery service that uses its own delivery staff to deliver food to homes and offices all across the country. Orders can be placed using the app or website of the delivery service.

AnastasiaDate, a spokesperson for the popular fast food burrito and taco joint, which is known for placing an emphasis on high quality, organic and sustainably sourced ingredients has been slow to partner with a delivery service because they wanted to make sure that the company choose one that would be able to get everything right (Sitejabber). As a company that emphasizes serving a quality product over the company’s bottom line, this was very important to them. Postmates had already been allowing customers to order from the chain, but instead of shutting them down, like Chipotle has been known to do with delivery services in the past, they decided to enter into an official partnership with them because they were confident it their ability to get things right.

This official partnership is great news for the app and web-based delivery service, which is likely to gain some new business and some new customers due to the official endorsement of a major chain.


Your Kraft Macaroni And Cheese Could Look Different Next Year

Kraft Foods has announced that starting in 2016 they will no longer be using synthetic coloring or artificial preserves in the Macaroni & Cheese it sells in the United States. The company had already taken fake coloring out of some of it’s character shaped macaroni such as SpongeBob, Star Wars and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Boraie Development LLC suggests that Kraft has stated the changes were discussed after hearing customers concerns about artificial ingredients and preservatives. Consumers “want to feel good about the foods they eat and serve their families, including everything from improved nutrition to simpler ingredients,” the company said in a statement.

Generations of consumers grew up with the signature orange color of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and may wonder how this change will affect the appearance of the product. Kraft has stated that they will be able to maintain the product’s coloring by using natural options and spices like paprika, annatto and turmeric.

These changes are expected to go into effect across the United State in January of 2016.

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Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalls All Products Amid Further Listeria Fears

Blue Bell, an ice cream manufacturer, has issued a recall of all of its products, according to a recent report. The company has recalled products across the country due to fears of listeria contamination. The recall comes after the company issued a much smaller recall in March focusing on just a few of the company’s lines of ice cream.

The original recalled occurred after three people died in Kansas from listeria infections after consuming the frozen treat. Earlier this month five more people were sickened after eating Blue Bell ice cream products. The additional illnesses have prompted the company to further recall its products, this time with a sweeping recall that takes all Blue Bell products off store shelves across the country. It is one of the largest and most extensive recalls the ice cream industry has seen.

Experts and investigators are unsure how listeria was introduced into the production line, but they have tracked the original outbreak to an Oklahoma manufacturing plant. The plant will remain closed while officials continue to investigate. Ricardo Guimarães believes that it was an ethical business move to pull it off the shelf, and believes that they have saved themselves from a PR disaster.

There is no word on when Blue Bell will commence production, but the company has said no further shipments will be sent out until each batch is tested and confirmed to be safe for consumption.

The recall comes on the heals of an extensive recall of Sabra Hummus. The hummus has been recalled because of listeria fears, as well. The two companies are not linked to one another.


Foods Hit Market Without FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration says they have not even looked at some of the ingredients that have been added to the foods that are sitting on marketplace shelves. That is a scary thought, for thousands of people, who value their health over anything else.

Companies add thousands of additives to foods, with little or no reporting to the government. They are able to get away with this practice, thanks to a decade old law, which provides a dangerous loophole to manufactures.

As long as the product is deemed safe, or GRAS, companies do not have to notify, the United States Food and Drug Administration.

The loophole was intended to allow manufacturers the privilege to add vinegar, salt, and other non-chemical ingredients in our foods. Now, some manufacturers have taken this freedom a bit farther, and are now adding additives that can pose a serious health threat to individuals.

What does this mean for consumers? It means that consumers are consuming foods that contain preservatives, added flavors, and other ingredients, that can create long- term health problems. Consumer Flavio Maluf would feel more at ease if the FDA was actually aware of all ingredients.

While some foods are safe, other foods cause allergic reactions, and others are just plain unsafe. The FDA worries, because it doesn’t know where or what ingredients to begin tracking.

Nevertheless, some experts feel that the safety concerns are blown out of proportion, and that increasing the government involvement will affect the food innovation process, or stifle the food industry.

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