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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

BEST TEN FOODS TO FIGHT STRESS

Stress can be defined as an emotional and physical strain caused by external factors which result in mental stress symptoms such as tension, irritability, feeling of tiredness, insomnia( lack of sleep), inability to concentrate etc. Most of us are facing the stress in various occasions of life. People manage to overcome it with various techniques such as Yoga, Breath exercise, or by providing mental nourishment. Here in this post, I would like to explain about some foods that can help you to fight stress. I dedicate this post to all house wives and professionals who struggle to find a rapid simple remedy during their working hours.

 STRESS

Coffee
Take a cup of coffee. Coffee contains caffeine, which is a xanthine alkaloid that acts as a psychoactive stimulant drug. The work stress can easily over come with an intake of one cup of coffee.

Papaya
Eat ripen Papaya. Cut it into pieces, keep it in refrigerator for 10 minutes and eat it slowly. Researchers at the University of Alabama found 200 milligrams of vitamin C in Papaya, twice a day nearly stopped the flow of stress hormones in rats.

Mango
Eat fresh Mango, which is cut into small pieces. If the Mango is little sour then, sprinkle a pinch of salt over that.

Peppermint Tea
The fresh feeling generated by the odor of Peppermint will act as a stimulant to your brain. Close your eyes and sip a cup of Peppermint Tea slowly.

Dates
Eating fresh ripen Dates with Black Tea, will calm your mind. Dates are rich in potassium content, which are very essential for a healthy nervous system. Research reveals that higher potassium intake of about 400 mg can reduce the risk of strokes by 40%. Moreover, dates are low in sodium content, thereby preventing the blood pressure levels from rising.


Avocados
Avocados is another choice to fight stress. Avocado fat is 66 percent monounsaturated, and gram-for-gram, the green fruit has about 35 percent more potassium than a banana. Monounsaturated fatty acids, and potassium will help to combat high blood pressure. 

Cool Lemon Juice
Drink one cup of cool fresh lime juice, which is a rich source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C has proven records as a neuro modulator by releasing into the extracellular fluid of the brain to regulate dopaminergic and glutamatergic transmission.

Almonds
The monounsaturated fats, Vitamin E. present in almonds are believed to reduce stress  hormone level in blood.

Water
The magic drink ( excuse me to include this as a food), one glass of pure cool water- Drink it slowly while thinking in mind that your nerves are relaxing slowly and steadily.

Oats
You can control your stress by boosting serotonin levels in blood by increasing the intake of carbohydrates. The intake of Oats will provide much Carbohydrates which will reduce the stress.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

INFORMATION ON SALMONELLA OUTBREAK IN EGGS

This post is meant to all egg lovers to caution them from the out break of Salmonella poisoning in Eggs in USA. U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating about source and intensity of contamination. FDA is very keen in providing certain information to all consumers of eggs, Retail Food Stores and Food Service Establishments and Shell Egg Producers. All readers are requested to follow the suggestions given below. Any doubt, please feel free to ask us.

EGGS ON SALMONELLA

READ EGGS RECALL AFTER SALMONELLA OUTBREAK

Information for Consumers

  • Don’t eat recalled eggs or products containing recalled eggs. Recalled eggs might still be in grocery stores, restaurants, and consumers' homes. Consumers who have recalled eggs should discard them or return them to their retailer for a refund. Individuals who think they might have become ill from eating recalled eggs should consult their health care providers.
  • Keep shell eggs refrigerated at ≤45˚ F (≤7˚ C) at all times.    
  • Discard cracked or dirty eggs. 
  • Wash hands, cooking utensils, and food preparation surfaces with soap and water after contact with raw eggs.  
  • Eggs should be cooked until both the white and the yolk are firm and eaten promptly after cooking.
  • Do not keep eggs warm or at room temperature for more than 2 hours.   
  • Refrigerate unused or leftover egg- containing foods promptly.  
  • Avoid eating raw eggs.
  • Avoid restaurant dishes made with raw or undercooked, unpasteurized eggs. Restaurants should use pasteurized eggs in any recipe (such as Hollandaise sauce or Caesar salad dressing) that calls for raw eggs.
  • Consumption of raw or undercooked eggs should be avoided, especially by young children, elderly persons, and person with weakened immune systems or debilitating illness.

Information for Retail Food Stores and Food Service Establishments

  • In retail and food service establishments, pasteurized egg products or pasteurized in-shell eggs are recommended in place of pooled eggs or raw or undercooked shell eggs. If used, raw shell eggs should be fully cooked. If shell eggs are served undercooked, a consumer advisory should be posted in accordance with the Food Code.
  • In hospitals, nursing homes, adult or childcare facilities, and senior centers, pasteurized egg products or pasteurized in-shell eggs should be used in place of pooled eggs or raw or undercooked eggs.
  • Eggs should be purchased or received from a distributor refrigerated and stored refrigerated at ≤ 45˚ F (≤7˚ C) at all times.

Information for Shell Egg Producers

  • Flock-based SE-control programs that include routine microbiologic testing are mandatory for producers with more than 50,000 hens, as of July 9, 2010, under FDA’s egg safety rule. 
  • This new regulation is part of a coordinated strategy between the FDA and USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The FDA and the FSIS will continue to work closely together to ensure that egg safety measures are consistent, coordinated, and complementary.
  • FDA continues to work with United Egg Producers and other industry organizations to educate producers and those who store and/or transport eggs about the new requirements.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

  1. Fresh Eggs: Playing It Safe, from FoodSafety.gov, the gateway to Federal food safety information.

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EGGS RECALL AFTER SALMONELLA OUTBREAK

Another threat from marketed egg, that may seriously affect the health of people all over the world. The intensity of this outbreak is not yet fully analyzed.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating the farm to try to find the source of contamination. The Wright County Egg Farm in Galt, Iowa, announced a voluntary recall of 228 million eggs after they were linked to hundreds of cases of salmonella poisoning in California, Colorado and Minnesota.

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Salmonella Enteritidis Outbreak in Shell Eggs

FDA is collaborating with Federal and state partners to investigate a nationwide increase of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) infections. Partners include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state public health and agriculture officials. Joint FDA/CDC field investigation teams are working to identify potential sources of SE infection in shell eggs.

Investigation of the Outbreak

Since May 2010, CDC has identified a nationwide, four-fold increase in the number of SE isolates through PulseNet, the national subtyping network made up of state and local public health laboratories and federal food regulatory laboratories. CDC received reports of approximately 200 SE cases every week during late June and early July. Normally, CDC has received an average of some 50 reports of SE illness each week for the past five years. Many states have also reported increases of this pattern since May 2010.

Epidemiologic investigations conducted by public health officials in California, Colorado, and Minnesota have revealed several restaurants or events where more than one person ill with this type of SE has eaten. Preliminary information from these investigations suggests that shell eggs are the likely source of infections in many of these restaurants or events.

FDA, CDC, and state partners conducted a traceback investigation and found many of these restaurants or events received shell eggs from a single firm, Wright County Egg, in Galt, Iowa. FDA is currently conducting an extensive investigation at the firm in Iowa. The investigation involves sampling, records review and looking for potential sources of contamination, such as feed. As the investigation continues, updates will be made available.

On August 13, 2010, Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, conducted a nationwide voluntary recall of shell eggs that it had shipped since May 19, 2010 to food wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies in California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. These companies distribute nationwide.

The recalled shell eggs are packaged under the following brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.

State and local partners are also investigating human Salmonella infections in Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.

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Friday, August 06, 2010

LEAD IN LIPSTICKS- HAZARDOUS SIDE EFFECTS TO HEALTH

Recently we have noticed a number of cases that caused inflammation on lips due to excessive use of lipsticks. The symptoms of lipstick poisoning varies from person to person. The lipstick poisoning can be classified into two different categories, allergic reactions and chronic lip eruptions. Chronic lip eruptions some times lead to cancer also. This matter was quite shocking and we enquired about the reasons behind such hazardous reactions.

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Why allergic reactions occurs from Lipsticks

The allergic reactions are due to the presence of any of the ingredients used in the manufacture of lipsticks. It can be the color, preservative, lead or any other material present in the lipstick. Usually, this reactions will disappear upon the discontinuation of the application of lipstick.

 

Why lip eruptions and cancer happens due to long term lipstick use

This mostly happens after a long term use of lipsticks. We have found that the presence of Lead in the lipsticks is the major cause for such reactions. Almost all major brands of lipsticks contain Lead in considerable quantity. This get mixed with the saliva and reaches the stomach even after 6 hours of application. In 1990s, reports of analytical results from a commercial testing laboratory suggested that traces of lead in lipstick might be of concern

How to determine Lead content in Lipsticks?

FDA scientists developed and validated a highly sensitive method for the analysis of total lead content in lipstick and applied the method to the same selection of lipsticks evaluated by the CSC. FDA found lead in all of the lipsticks tested, ranging from 0.09 ppm to 3.06 ppm with an average value of 1.07 ppm. FDA concludes that the lead levels found are within the range that would be expected from lipsticks formulated with permitted color additives and other ingredients that had been prepared under good manufacturing practice conditions.

Determination of total lead in lipstick can be done by laboratory methods such as development and validation of a microwave-assisted digestion, inductively coupled plasma–mass spectrometric method. http://journal.scconline.org/pdf/cc2009open/cc060n04/p00405-p00414.pdf

Action by FDA on lead poisoning in lipsticks

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received a number of inquiries regarding reports of lead contamination in lipstick. According to FDA website, FDA does not believe that the lead content found in its recent lipstick analyses is a safety concern. However, the agency is planning to investigate a wider range of lipsticks than has been tested so far, including lipsticks similar to those recently assessed for lead content by another laboratory. If FDA determines that a safety concern for lead in lipstick exists, the agency will advise the industry and the public and will take appropriate action under the authority of the FD&C Act in protecting the health and welfare of consumers. 

Possible risks of lead contamination in lipsticks

Lead is poisonous substance to animals that may damage the nervous system and causes brain disorders. Excessive lead also causes blood disorders in mammals. Lead is a potent neurotoxin that accumulates both in soft tissues and the bones. Long-term exposure to lead or its salts (especially soluble salts or the strong oxidant PbO2) can cause nephropathy, and colic-like abdominal pains. It may also cause weakness in fingers, wrists, or ankles.

Lead exposure also causes small increases in blood pressure, particularly in middle-aged and older people and can cause anemia. Exposure to high lead levels can severely damage the brain and kidneys in adults or children and ultimately cause death. In pregnant women, high levels of exposure to lead may cause miscarriage. Chronic, high-level exposure have shown to reduce fertility.

References:
  1. Hepp, N. M., Mindak, W. R., and Cheng, J., "Determination of Total Lead in Lipstick: Development and Single Lab Validation of a Microwave-Assisted Digestion, Inductively Coupled Plasma–Mass Spectrometric Method," Journal of Cosmetic Science, Vol. 60, No. 4, July/August, 2009.
  2. Letter from Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Attorney General, State of California to J. L. Sean Slattery, David Lavine, and Laralei Paras regarding Proposition 65 claims concerning lead in lipstick, March 3, 2008.
  3. Al-Saleh, I., Al-Enazi, S., and Shinwari, N., "Assessment of Lead in Cosmetic Products," Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, Vol. 54, pp. 105-113, 2009. December 27, 2007; updated June 25, 2009, September 2, 2009, and November 3, 2009

Source: FDA

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