Thursday, September 24, 2015

GMO’s in Meat

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Despite concerns and red flags about genetically modified foods and crops, the use of GMOs in farming has been on an upsurge yearly since the GMO was commercially introduction in 1996. According to the ISAAA, an international organization that supports crop biotechnology, biotech crops have increased 100-fold, from 1.7 million hectares (4.2 million acres) in 1996, to 170 million hectares (420 million acres) in 2012. These 170 million hectares mean that GMO crops now occupy over 10% of the world’s arable land.

The United States is the world’s top GMO producer and consumer. Most of the GMO crop are fed to livestock. Top  6 GMO crops are soy, cotton, corn, canola, sugar beet, and alfalfa. They are heavily utilized by the US and global animal feed market.

Feeding cattle genetically modified (GMO) crops is unhealthy for the animals and results in unsafe beef.

GMOs are not yet proven safe for human consumption. Many studies claiming the safety of GE-foods are industry-funded and only last for 90 days.

There are also reports that scientists in China have created genetically modified cattle designed to produce tastier beef.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Saturated Fats are Good in Moderation

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There are a lot of products that say low or zero fat and people think in an instant that they are healthy because it keep them fit and keep their heart healthy. However, that is not entirely true. The
McMaster University in Canada did not find any link between the amount of saturated fat people ate and their risk of death from heart disease, stroke or Type 2 diabetes. Also there are dietitians that advice people to take in more good fats in our diet.

Food products don't differentiate between good fats and bad fats, so buying food that are zero or low fat is not wise and can harm your health.

Dr. John Briffa of The Cholesterol Truth  said that the mainstream focusing on the dangers of saturated fat are absurdly exaggerated. These means you should not follow the advice of some health advocate or fad diet to cut down on saturated fats just eat in moderation. Eating butter is not bad if taken in moderately since it is rich in saturated fats, vitamins, cholesterol that is important for brain and nervous system development and various natural compounds with anti-fungal, antioxidant and even anti-cancer properties.

If you remove saturated fats from your diet, you will be missing the health benefits that it can give you like vitamins D, E, K, and A. People should know the differences between good and bad dietary fats.

Fats that are bad for you are Trans-fats (Hydrogenated fats) since they are dense and can block your coronary arteries. These fats are made through "hydrogenation" which is a food manufacturing process in which oils are turned from liquid to solid at high temperatures. They add hydrogen atom to the oil molecule which will turn the oil solid.

This fat also increase the level of LDL which are bad cholesterol in our blood, it also lower the HDL which are good cholesterol.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Low-fat diet is Better than Low carb Diet

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It is often debated among health enthusiast which is better Low-fat diet or Low carb diet both offers a good lifestyle and better health however a new study shows that restricting dietary fat can lead to greater weight loss loss than carbohydrate restriction, even though a low-carb diet reduces insulin and increases fat burning.

The study was published at Cell Metabolism journal. According to one of the researchers Kevin Hall from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases"A lot of people have very strong opinions about what matters for weight loss, and the physiological data upon which those beliefs are based are sometimes lacking. I wanted to rigorously test the theory that carbohydrate restriction is particularly effective for losing body fat since this idea has been influencing many people's decisions about their diets."

For the research, they use 19 adults that suffers from obesity they confine them to a metabolic ward for two dieting periods of two weeks each. After two dieting periods, they have found that body fat lost under the Low-fat diet was better than with Low carb Diet even though more fat was burned with the low-carb diet.

Body fat loss was calculated using the difference between daily fat intake and net fat oxidation while participants were inside a metabolic chamber.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hundreds Infected in the U.S. caused by Contaminated Cilantro

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More than 380 people in the United States have gotten sick with a stomach illness tied to Mexican cilantro contaminated by human waste, according to US Food and Drug Administration.

This is the 4th straight summer in which the intestinal infection cyclosporiasis has been reported in the US. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating the cause of the latest outbreak, which believe to have started after May 1.

According to FDA, they believe that the contaminated cilantro has parasite shed from the intestinal tract of humans in the growing fields, contaminated water or harvesting, processing and packing activities. It causes diarrhea, nausea and fatigue which can last several weeks to a month or more if untreated.

They have traced the cilantro which comes from Puebla, Mexico.

source CDC

Friday, July 17, 2015

Frozen Chicken Recall after 11 Fall to Salmonella Illnesses

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If you have frozen chicken in your freezer you need to check now as Aspen Foods orders a massive recall
recall of nearly 2 million pounds of frozen chicken after three people became ill in Minnesota, according to a USDA announcement Wednesday.

Aspen, a Koch Poultry Company division, has ordered a recall of 1,978,680 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken, which was produced between April 15 and July 10 with "best if used by" dates between July 14, 2016 and October 10, 2016.

The affected products have the establishment number "P-1358" inside the USDA inspection mark and were shipped across the country.

This follows another recently massive chicken recall by Barber Foods of Portland, Maine, this week which is recalling 1.7 million pounds of frozen chicken because of reports of 8 people became ill with salmonella in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Eating food that is contaminated with Salmonella can give you a bacterial foodborne illnesses with the following symptoms diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after exposure. While most recover without treatment, people with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness from it.

Last Wednesday, Murry's recalled about 20,000 pounds of Bell & Evans gluten-free breaded chicken breast nuggets due to Staphylococcal enterotoxin contamination.

To check more information about the recall visit USDA's website.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sniffing Test That Detects Autism

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A new study has found that it may be possible to detect autism in children by measuring their reaction to odors.

According to the National Autistic Society smell test can become another tool to detect autism. Liron Rozenkrantz a researcher said children normally altered the depth of their sniffing to the odors, he added that children with autism didn't show this modulation at all, they took the same sniff for the smell of fragrance as they did for rotten food. Autistic children do not make the distinction of the odor.

The study is published in the journal Current Biology. Researchers timed the reaction of children to pleasant and unpleasant odor, using a device called an olfactometer that gave the subjects different scents through a small tube that fit into nostrils. Another tube measures how much air the children were breathing in as they were exposed to each odor.

The study used a small sample group, that is composed of 36 children, with 18 diagnosed with autism. The children were exposed to smells that includes sour milk, rotten fish, soap and roses. Typically developing children adjusted their sniffing very quickly about 305 milliseconds while children diagnosed with autism reacted much slower.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

How to Make A Creamy Scrambled Eggs

Cooking scrambled eggs is simple and easy however if you overcooked it, it becomes rubbery and dry. What you want is a buttery, creamy, smooth scrambled eggs. Here's how it is made:
3 large eggs
1½ tablespoon of whole milk (½ tablespoon for each egg)
1¾ teaspoons cornstarch or potato starch (½ + 1/8 teaspoon for each egg)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 tablespoon for each egg)

1. Crack the eggs and put it in a bowl.
2. Use another bowl and pour the  milk and cornstarch and then whisk it together until it is free from lumps.
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3. Pour the milk and cornstarch mixture to your eggs and beat it.
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4. Season it with salt.
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5. Use a non-stick skillet, pre-heat it on high heat until hot. Then add butter.
6. After the butter is melted, add the beaten eggs.
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7. Allow 3 seconds to pass, the edges of the eggs should have started to bubble then remove the skillet from the heat to stop the cooking process. Start stirring the eggs. Mix it up to 13 seconds when the eggs have absorbed all the butter, but remain partially undercooked. Then transfer it to a plate.
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