Diet and Fitness

Fitness in Midlife extends Lifespan and reduces chance of Chronic Illness

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that people who are physically fit during the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s have a better chance at a longer lifespan and at the same time they could improve their chance that they will remain in good health in their last years of life. Researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center and The Cooper Institute published their findings in the online edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Regular aerobic exercise has previously demonstrated a reduced death risk. In this study, the researchers wanted to find out if being physically fit in midlife would change the rate of chronic disease in the last years of life.

Dole Fresh Vegetables recalls certain Bagged Salads for possible Listeria Contamination

Dole Italian Blend product bag - FDA

(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall of certain Dole bagged salads because they could possibly be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Around 1,039 cases of bagged salads are involved in the recall.

The recall was announced after the North Carolina Department of Agriculture identified Listeria monocytognes during a random sample test. No people have become ill from eating the salad products. However, out of safety, consumers who have the recalled ready-to-eat bagged salad should not eat it.

The Dole Italian Blend coded with 0049N2202008, that has a “Use-By” date of August 20 and UPC number of 7143000819 are involved in the recall.

Red Vines Black Licorice Twists Candy exceeded Lead Levels in California

Red Vines Black Licorice Twists candy - CDPH

(Best Syndication News) - A batch of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists candy exceeded the lead levels safety standards set by California. Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers not to eat the black licorice with the ‘Best Before’ 020413 printed on the package.

The CDPH found that the candy with the ‘Best Before’ 020413 date had 0.33 parts per million of lead. Each serving could provide up to 13.2 micrograms of lead. According to the health department, children under 6 years of age should not eat any more than 6.0 micrograms of lead from all food consumed that day.

Electricity applied to Sweet Potatoes increased Antioxidants by 60 Percent

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(Best Syndication News) - A simple application of electrical current took sweet potatoes to a new level of nutrition by increasing polyphenols and antioxidants by 60 percent when compared to an untreated potato. This was according to a study conducted by researchers from the Ryukyus, Nishihara, Okinawa, Japan. The new insight was presented at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

Lead researcher Kazunori Hironaka, Ph.D said that this is an important way to improve nutrition because over 95 percent of the sweet potato crops are grown in developing nations that often face malnutrition problems. Their research offers a simple and easy way to improve nutrition of sweet potatoes. He suggests that it could help these countries solve hunger, nutrition, and health problems.

Curcumin found in Turmeric Spice prevented spread of Virus

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from George Mason University found that turmeric’s curcumin was able to stop the deadly Rift Valley Fever virus from multiplying inside of infected cells. The study results were published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

The curcumin found in turmeric is believed to be what stopped the multiplication of the virus. Turmeric is a spice that is commonly used in Indian cuisine.

The Rift Valley Fever virus (RVF) is typically spread from infected mosquitoes. These insects can infect animals and humans.

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