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Thursday, July 12, 2012

SPICES GOOD OR BAD

Do you have all these spices in your kitchen?

spices good or bad We all cook delicious food and cuisines to make our loved ones happy, but somehow we never bother about the medicinal properties that they might contain. Let us explore some of the great spices in the kitchen:

1. Mustard: It is one of the great spices that have medicinal properties in the seeds. It helps in reducing migraines, and has other anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. The best part is that mustard has anti cancer mineral known as selenium.

2. Cole slaw: When it comes to great stuff of food kingdom, you can’t forget the raw cabbage. Reports say that it shows proven results in the cases of Ulcers. Whether you cook it or boil it, in either ways it is going to benefit you. The other medicinal properties that in the cabbage are the anti- cancerous properties like indole-3-carbinol that makes it vital component to use in the kitchen.

3. Cinnamon, Rosemary, Cloves, Paprika and other spices: Surprisingly Cinnamon has great anti- oxidant properties and it regulates Blood sugar, Rosemary is again something that makes digestive
tonic and detoxifying herb. When it comes to Ginger it has great properties that can fight against cold and flu and it is an effective immune booster and enhances the blood circulation.

HEALTHY FOOD IN OLD AGES

Aren’t you lacking this?
It makes life easy when you choose healthier food your diet. It reduces plague and other cardiac symptoms. Choosing animal protein is never a bad idea since it contains a high level of protein and omega oils and is enriched with calcium.

viewer Moreover it also reduces the risk of heart attack and other symptoms. When it comes to women, well, Olive oil is really is good for health. This helps in reducing the blood pressure. Raw cheese milk is also a great option for people who want to infuse a bit of calcium and maintain their blood pressure. Vegetables are also not a bad option since you drive a great source of proteins and vitamins to your diet.

Corn gives you a great deal of folic acid and onions and avocados helps you to stay away from LDL or bad cholesterol, tomatoes are enriched in high lycopene and garlic works as an anti-inflammatory substance for you.

We all love chocolates aren't we? Yes let me tell you, dark chocolates are really beneficial for health. It easily cuts down the high-blood pressure with great taste.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Packaged Ice labeling and tips for consumers

Packaged ice labels must meet FDA food labeling requirements. The labels must list the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor of the ice. The labels must also list the net quantity of contents of the product. Because ice is a single ingredient food, packaged ice does not need listing of ingredients. ice cube labeling In addition, ice does not require a nutrition facts label, unless the package has a nutrient content claim (such as low in sodium). But ice labeled as being from a specific source, such as spring water or artesian well water, must be truthfully labeled and not misleading; in other words, it must really be from that source. The source water must meet all the requirements for such types of source water, as described in FDA regulations. It can be shaved, cubed, nuggeted, and crushed. It can be made from tap water, from spring water, or from purified water. But no matter the shape or the source, ice is considered a food by FDA.

When FDA investigators inspect packaged ice manufacturing plants, they look at such things as:

  • Whether the plumbing in the facility prevents contamination of the ice water supply or stored ice,
  • Whether the water supply is safe and sanitary (e.g., water that meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards for drinking water), and
  • Whether the manufacturing facility and grounds are maintained in sanitary condition.

Tips for Consumers

  • Handle ice with clean, non-breakable utensils, such as tongs or an ice scoop.
  • Avoid touching ice with dirty hands or glasses.
  • Store ice in clean containers that are safe for storing food.

Source: http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm197586.htm

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

DHA AND ARA IN BABY FOODS ARE BENEFICIAL OR NO

Now a  days, we can see in most of the infant formulas, baby foods contain DHA and ARA. It is known that long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (DHA in particular) accumulate in brain and eye of the fetus, especially during the last trimester of pregnancy.

dha and ara

These fatty acids are also found in the fat of human breast milk. Blood levels of DHA and ARA are typically higher in breast-fed infants than in infants fed formulas not containing these fatty acids. For these reasons, some infant formula manufacturers and consumers are interested in providing DHA and ARA directly to infants. These manufacturers and consumers argue that adding oils containing these fatty acids to the fats and oils already in infant formula will provide an infant with both pre-formed DHA and ARA and the essential fatty acids an infant needs to make its own DHA and ARA.

Is it beneficial to give baby foods contain DHA and ARA

The scientific evidence is mixed. Some studies in infants suggest that including these fatty acids in infant formulas may have positive effects on visual function and neural development over the short term. Other studies in infants do not confirm these benefits. There are no currently available published reports from clinical studies that address whether any long-term beneficial effects exist.

 

 

Source: FDA

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

HCG Diet Products Are Illegal

HCG is a hormone that is produced by the human placenta during pregnancy.

hcg diet products Products that claim to contain HCG are typically marketed in connection with a very low calorie diet, usually one that limits calories to 500 per day. Many of these popular HCG products claim to “reset your metabolism,” change “abnormal eating patterns,” and shave 20-30 pounds in 30-40 days.

“These products are marketed with incredible claims and people think that if they're losing weight, HCG must be working,” says Elizabeth Miller, acting director of FDA’s Division of Non-Prescription Drugs and Health Fraud. “But the data simply does not support this; any loss is from severe calorie restriction. Not from the HCG.”

HCG is approved by FDA as a prescription drug for the treatment of female infertility, and other medical conditions. It is not approved for weight loss. In fact, the prescription drug label notes there “is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or ‘normal’ distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.”

HCG is not approved for OTC sale for any purpose.

Anyone who has ever been on a diet—and there are many of us—knows that there are sensible ways to lose weight. These include balanced diets, exercising and realistic goals.

And then there are reckless ways to shed pounds—fads and diet aids that promise rapid weight loss, but often recommend potentially dangerous practices. These include HCG weight-loss products marketed over-the-counter (OTC) that are identified as "homeopathic" and direct users to follow a severely restrictive diet.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers to steer clear of these "homeopathic" human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) weight-loss products.  They are sold in the form of oral drops, pellets and sprays and can be found online and in some retail stores. 

FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have issued seven letters to companies warning them that they are selling illegal homeopathic HCG weight-loss drugs that have not been approved by FDA, and that make unsupported claims. 

(For the list of manufacturers, distributors and products—and more information about FDA’s concerns about HCG—visit www.fda.gov/hcgdiet.)

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

DO YOU HAVE FOOD ALLERGIES – READ LABEL

A great article on Food allergy. Since 2006, it has been much easier for people allergic to certain foods to avoid packaged products that contain them, says Rhonda Kane, a registered dietitian and consumer safety officer at the Food and Drug Administration.

food allergy This is because a federal law requires that the labels of most packaged foods marketed in the U.S. disclose—in simple-to-understand terms—when they are made with a “major food allergen.”

Eight foods, and ingredients containing their proteins, are defined as major food allergens. These foods account for 90 percent of all food allergies:

  • milk
  • egg
  • fish, such as bass, flounder, or cod
  • crustacean shellfish, such as crab, lobster, or shrimp
  • tree nuts, such as almonds, pecans, or walnuts
  • wheat
  • peanuts
  • soybeans

The law allows manufacturers a choice in how they identify the specific “food source names,” such as “milk,” “cod,” “shrimp,” or “walnuts,” of the major food allergens on the label. They must be declared either in:

  • the ingredient list, such as “casein (milk)” or “nonfat dry milk,” or
  • a separate “Contains” statement, such as “Contains milk,” placed immediately after or next to the ingredient list.

“So first look for the ‘Contains’ statement and if your allergen is listed, put the product back on the shelf,” says Kane. “If there is no ‘Contains’ statement, it’s very important to read the entire ingredient list to see if your allergen is present. If you see its name even once, it’s back to the shelf for that food too.”

There are many different ingredients that contain the same major food allergen, but sometimes the ingredients’ names do not indicate their specific food sources. For example, casein, sodium caseinate, and whey are all milk proteins. Although the same allergen can be present in multiple ingredients, its “food source name” (for example, milk) must appear in the ingredient list just once to comply with labeling requirements.

 

"Contains" and "May Contain" Have Different Meanings

If a “Contains” statement appears on a food label, it must include the food source names of all major food allergens used as ingredients. For example, if “whey,” “egg yolks,” and a “natural flavor” that contained peanut proteins are listed as ingredients, the “Contains” statement must identify the words “milk,” “egg,” and “peanuts.”

Some manufacturers voluntarily include a “may contain” statement on their labels when there is a chance that a food allergen could be present. A manufacturer might use the same equipment to make different products. Even after cleaning this equipment, a small amount of an allergen (such as peanuts) that was used to make one product (such as cookies) may become part of another product (such as crackers). In this case, the cracker label might state “may contain peanuts.”

Be aware that the “may contain” statement is voluntary, says Kane. “You still need to read the ingredient list to see if the product contains your allergen.”

 

When in Doubt, Leave It Out

Manufacturers can change their products’ ingredients at any time, so Kane says it’s a good idea to check the ingredient list every time you buy the product—even if you have eaten it before and didn’t have an allergic reaction.

“If you’re unsure about whether a food contains any ingredient to which you are sensitive, don’t buy the product, or check with the manufacturer first to ask what it contains,” says Kane. “We all want convenience, but it’s not worth playing Russian roulette with your life or that of someone under your care.”

This article appears on FDA's Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Black Licorice: Trick or Treat?

Black licorice is an old fashioned treat that can be harmful if you eat too much. If you’re 40 or older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for two weeks could cause an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia).

black licorice As it turns out, you really can overdose on candy—or, more precisely, black licorice. Days before the biggest candy eating holiday of the year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encourages moderation if you enjoy snacking on the old fashioned favorite.

So, if you’re getting your stash ready for Halloween, here’s some advice from FDA:If you’re 40 or older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could land you in the hospital with an irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia.

FDA experts say black licorice contains the compound glycyrrhizin, which is the sweetening compound derived from licorice root. Glycyrrhizin can cause potassium levels in the body to fall. When that happens, some people experience abnormal heart rhythms, as well as high blood pressure, edema (swelling), lethargy, and congestive heart failure.

FDA’s Linda Katz, M.D., says last year the agency received a report of a black licorice aficionado who had a problem after eating the candy. And several medical journals have linked black licorice to health problems in people over 40, some of whom had a history of heart disease and/or high blood pressure.

Katz says potassium levels are usually restored with no permanent health problems when consumption of black licorice stops.

Licorice, or liquorice, is a low-growing shrub mostly grown for commercial use in Greece, Turkey, and Asia. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says the plant’s root has a long history of use as a folk or traditional remedy in both Eastern and Western medicine. It has been used as a treatment for heartburn, stomach ulcers, bronchitis, sore throat, cough and some infections caused by viruses, such as hepatitis; however, NIH says there are insufficient data available to determine if licorice is effective in treating any medical condition.

Licorice is also used as a flavoring in food. Many “licorice” or “licorice flavor” products manufactured in the United States do not contain any licorice. Instead, they contain anise oil, which has the same smell and taste. Licorice root that is sold as a dietary supplement can be found with the glycyrrhizin removed, resulting in a product known as deglycyrrhizinated licorice, or DGL, NIH says.

If you have a fondness for black licorice, FDA is offering this advice:

  • No matter what your age, don’t eat large amounts of black licorice at one time.
  • If you have been eating a lot of black licorice and have an irregular heart rhythm or muscle weakness, stop eating it immediately and contact your healthcare provider.
  • Black licorice can interact with some medications, herbs and dietary supplements. Consult a health care professional if you have questions about possible interactions with a drug or supplement you take.

If you’ve experienced any problems after eating licorice, contact the FDA consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

This article appears on FDA's Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

Monday, January 02, 2012

KILLER RAW MILK DANGERS

Raw milk can be identified as milk that is not pasteurized. Remember, that pasteurization is the only way to kill many of the bacteria in milk. Raw milk can create many days of diarrhea, stomach cramping, vomiting etc

raw milk dangers

Raw milk cause infections:

Raw milk can be contaminated with bacteria such as E. coli, Brucella, Campylobacter, Listeria, Mycobacterium bovis, Salmonella,  Shigella,Streptococcus pyogenes,Yersinia enterocolitica etc. Even raw milk products such as cheeses and yogurts may be having contamination of same bacteria.

Some studies show that consumers may develop severe or even life-threatening diseases, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can cause paralysis. Raw milk may lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome, that may result in kidney failure and stroke.

How raw milk and raw milk products get contaminated?

Usually contamination occurs when Cow feces comes in contact with milk, milk taken from infected udder, bovine tuberculosis in cow, contamination from milk handling humans, ugly environments etc.

So please be careful while using Raw Milk.

DRINKING RAW MILK CURE ANY DISEASE

Raw milk can be defined as the milk from cows, goats, sheep, or other animals that has not been pasteurized. Raw milk can carry harmful bacteria and other germs that may endanger your health.DRINKING RAW MILK CURE ANY DISEASE

Is drinking raw milk cure or prevent any disease?

As per our knowledge, it will not prevent or cure any type of disease. There are many rumors that drinking raw milk will give some additional benefits to the health. No proven benefits when compared to pasteurized milk.

We strongly advice pasteurized milk.

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