Stop Eating Out For A Better 2015

There are several advantages to preparing your own meals versus eating out at restaurants. Saving money, time, and avoiding the hassle of traffic are all big pluses, but the biggest advantage is avoiding the caloric pit-falls of restaurant food. Some fare at restaurants is widely known to be high in calories such as desserts or entrees laden in sauces, but there are plenty of surprises.

While there is no denying that a diet of milkshakes and burgers won’t do you any favors health wise, restaurants are able to disguise foods high in fat and sugar as healthier options. To gain some insight about how your favorite places to eat might be secretly sabotaging your hard work in the gym, go here. If a low-calorie bacon cheeseburger looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Cooking at home lets you control what goes in your food and how it’s prepared, which can make all the difference. Still, eating out isn’t always bad. Opt for greens over fries or water over a sugary drink, and whatever you do, avoid the Create Your Own combination at Red Lobster. At 2,710 calories, it weighs in as the highest calorie restaurant offering of 2015 according to Qnet.


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.


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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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.


Synthetic Estrogen Found in American Snacks

The Environmental Working Group announced on Wednesday, April 8, that it discovered approximately 50 snacks sold in grocery stores in the United States contain an endocrine system disruptor known as propyl paraben — a preservative that has been banned in Europe because it can interfere with hormone signals.

The list of brands that feature foods containing propyl paraben includes Arizona Snack Company, Sara Lee, Cafe Valley, Premium Orchard and Weight Watchers. Men, woman and children who eat snacks containing the preservative are at a higher risk of getting certain types of cancer and experiencing other serious health issues stated Brian Torchin. The preservative can cause weight loss or gain depending on how someone’s body reacts to the hormonal changes. Worse yet, propyl paraben has been linked to reproductive issues and developmental problems.

Doctors and nutritionists, along with the Environmental Working Group, recommend to shoppers that they always check the labels on the foods they eat. If a person can’t pronounce the name of an ingredient or does not understand how or why the ingredient is used, then he or she should pass on the food as it likely contains something that can harm human health.

The Environmental Working Group offer research study articles, blog posts and an online database about this and other related topics. The database features the names of common pre-packaged food ingredients, outlines the purpose of the ingredients and any associated health risks.

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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.


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.


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

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What McDonald’s Antibiotic-Laced Meat Phase Out Means To You

The fast food giant made an equally giant announcement last wekk that it intends to phase out the use of antibiotic-laced chicken. All those McNuggets and McChicken sandwiches served at McDonald’s will soon be antibiotic-free.

So what? That’s the question many people are asking. Without an explanation of how this move benefits the general population, many are just left to wonder the change will effect the flavor and price of their favorite chicken meal. That much remains to be seen, but the change to go with antibiotic-free chicken will have an impact on health issues across the board stated Marcio Alaor BMG.
Antibiotics are fed to chickens (and beef cattle) not to prevent illness in the animals, but to make the animals grow bigger. Bigger animals provide more meat at a lesser price. However, whatever those bigger animals eat, we also eat when we consumes them. We are getting low doses of antibiotics with each bite and that’s one of the reasons many infections have become resistant to antibiotics. Common virus are mutating into superbugs on the farms and migrating out into society. Resistant to antibiotics because they were fed a steady diet of them. The superbug viruses run rampant, as in the recent outbreak of ebola, with little or no medical recourse.
Stopping the feeding of antibiotic to chickens will help the balance return and once again make antibiotics a powerful tool to use against viral infections.
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