Food and Nutrition

Glycemic Index of Rice Varieties range between 48 to 92

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(Best Syndication News) - All rice is not created equal on the glycemic index (GI) rating scale, according to a new study. Researchers from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Food Futures Flagship tested 235 different worldwide varieties of rice and found a wide range of glycemic index ratings – all the way from low to high.

The benefits of picking low glycemic index foods is that they will keep blood sugar levels from rising too quickly. The higher the glycemic index, the faster the blood sugar spikes.

Romaine Lettuce Recall announced - Sold at Vons and Pavilions Stores in California and Nevada

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall of 19 cases of bulk Romaine lettuce that was sold at California and Nevada Vons and Pavilions stores because the produce could be contaminated with Salmonella.

The Romaine lettuce was sold in the bulk produce bins between July 2, 2012 and July 4, 2012 at the stores listed above. The lettuce head has a red twist tie that has the word “Safeway” printed on it. The bulk packs of the Romaine lettuce came from Pacific International Marketing with 15 heads in each box. They all had the code 12EASROM182. All other Romaine lettuce heads, such as carton or bagged packages, are safe to eat and are not included in the recall.

Algae Extract improves HDL “Good” Cholesterol

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(Best Syndication News) - Dietary supplementation of an algae extract called ProAlgaZyme boosted high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels in a hamster study.

The research study was conducted by Smiti Gupta, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of nutrition and food science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University. The study was published in a recent issue of the Journal of Nutrition and Dietary Supplements. Health Enhancement Products of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan funded the study.

Gupta explained that current medications are used to reduce the “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Her study was to determine if algae extract could increase the “good” HDL cholesterol.

BI-LO announces Store Brand Recall of Two Southern Home Pasta Salad Kits

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a Class II voluntary recall of Southern Home brand Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Mix and Southern Home brand Creamy Parmesan Pasta Salad Mix because certain packages could contain small metal fragments. The salad mixes were sold at BI-LO stores including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee locations.

The boxed mixes are kits to make different flavored pasta salads. The following products are involved in the recall. Only the products with the matching UPC code and The Sell-By Dates are involved in the recall.

Childhood Diabetes Rate higher in China than in US

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(Best Syndication News) - Chinese children had a higher rate of diabetes compared with United States rates, according to a recent study. Researchers from the University of North Carolina reported that the diabetes rate in Chinese teenagers were four times higher than the comparable age group in the US. The results will be published in the online edition of Obesity Reviews and will be published in the September issue of the print edition.

The researchers studied data from the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS), which ran between 1989 and 2011 and involved over 29,000 people in over 300 communities in China. The CHNS study was a collaborative arrangement between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Chinese Center for Disease Control (CCDC) National Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety.

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