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Eating high amounts of Antioxidants helped lower Heart Attack Risk for Women

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(Best Syndication News) - A new study found that women who ate a diet rich in antioxidants had a significantly reduced risk for having a heart attack, also known as a myocardial infarction. Swedish researchers published their findings in the October issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

Lead investigator, Alicja Wolk, DrMedSci, Division of Nutritional Epidemiology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, explained that their study was the first to investigate how dietary antioxidants are related to myocardial infarction risk.

Teens who abandon Sugared Drinks for Calorie Free Options Weighed Less than Peers

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that teens who switched from sugar-sweetened beverages to calorie-free beverages weighed less than their peers who continued to drink sugared drinks. After one year of drinking calorie free drinks instead of the sugared drinks, the teens weighed an average of four pounds less than those kids who continued to drink sugared drinks.

Cara Ebbeling, PhD (associate director) and David Ludwig, MD, PhD (director), both from the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center Boston Children’s Hospital, led the study.

The study involved 224 overweight or obese teenagers who were either 9th or 10th grade students. The participants all drank sugary drinks on a regular basis at the start of the study. One group was assigned to drink no-calorie beverages and gave up the sugared drinks completely. The control group was to continue drinking the sugared beverages.

Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter recalled for possible Salmonella Contamination

Trader Joe's Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter Recall - FDA

(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall of Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter because it could potentially be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported to the company prior to this recall announcement.

Salmonella can cause serious infections in the very young, the elderly, and those with a compromised immune system. Most people will recover from a salmonella infection. There are several symptoms of a salmonella infection, including fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain. The infection could enter into the bloodstream and cause a more serious illness requiring immediate medical attention.

Reduced Calorie Cranberry Juice could help lower Blood Pressure

(Best Syndication News) - A study found that drinking low-calorie cranberry juice on a regular basis could reduce blood pressure numbers. The researchers presented their findings at the America Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions. Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. funded the study.

The study involved participants being assigned to drink either a low-calorie cranberry juice or a placebo drink on a daily basis for an eight-week period. The researchers measured the participants blood pressure at the start of the study, then in the middle, and finally at the end of eight weeks.

High amounts of Bisphenol A (BPA) showed increased risk for obesity in Children and Teens

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found children and teens that had higher amounts of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in their urine were at an increased risk of being obese. The study results were reported in the September 19 issue of JAMA.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is used in many consumer products. It can be found in plastics and in the lining of cans. Over the last four years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been investigating the safety of BPA. The FDA approved BPA in the 1960’s. Currently, the FDA says, “The scientific evidence at this time does not suggest that the very low levels of human exposure to BPA through the diet are unsafe.”

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