Food and Nutrition

Vitamin D supplements did not ease Colds in Duration or Frequency

(Best Syndication News) - A study from New Zealand found that vitamin D3 supplements did not reduce the frequency or severity of colds. The randomized controlled trial tested monthly dosage of 100,000 IUs of vitamin D3. The results were published in the October 3, 2012 issue of JAMA.

The researchers wanted to see if supplementation would reduce the frequency and severity of respiratory tract infections. Previous studies have suggested that a vitamin D insufficiency would make a person more vulnerable for catching a cold.

David R. Murdoch, M.D., of the University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand, and colleagues recruited 322 healthy adults who participated in the study between February 2010 and November 2011. Half of the participants were randomly assigned to be given 200,000 IU of vitamin D3 orally at the start of the trial, then another 200,000 IU dose one month later. Then, they were given 100,000 IU dose each month for the remainder of the study. The remaining half was given a placebo pill to take on the same schedule and method. The study lasted for 18 months.

USDA SuperTracker gets new Feature to Customize Calorie Intake Goals

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new feature available for their free online calorie-tracking tool called SuperTracker. This new feature helps nutritionists, dietitians, and health care providers work to tailor calorie intake for each person.

SuperTracker was created and is currently maintained by the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP). The free calorie tracking software also keeps track of exercise as well as diet. The new feature will allow the user to adjust their calorie target to what is recommended by their physician.

Cashew Butter, Tahini, and Roasted Blanched Peanuts added to Sunland Recall List

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Sunland, Inc. has expanded their voluntary recall to include Cashew Butter, Tahini, and Roasted Blanched Peanut products because of the possibility of Salmonella contamination. Yesterday, Sunland announced the voluntary recall of several brands of Peanut Butter and Almond Butter.

The latest recall involves products that were manufactured between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012. The jars will have the Best-If-Used-By Dates between May 1, 2013 and September 24, 2013. Only the products with the matching best by dates and the UPC codes listed below are involved in the recall. The products were sold nationwide at many different grocery stores and online.

Increased Heart Disease Risk associated with Vitamin D Deficiency

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from the University of Copenhagen and the Copenhagen University Hospital found that being deficient in vitamin D was related to a distinctly increased risk for having a heart attack or a premature death. The study results were published in the journal, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

The researchers investigated the blood sample data of over 10,000 Danes from the Copenhagen City Heart Study. The blood samples measured patient vitamin D levels between 1981-1983. The participants that were part of the large study have been followed through present day. This allowed the researchers to compare their vitamin D levels against heart disease and death rates.

Almond Butter and Peanut Butter Recall announced by Sunland for possible Salmonella

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that Sunland, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Almond Butter and Peanut Butter products that were made between May 1, 2012, and September 24, 2012. The recall was announced because the food products could be contaminated with Salmonella.

People should not eat food that could be contaminated with Salmonella because they could become ill. Typical symptoms of a Salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, and fever. In people who have a weak immune system, the very old, and the very young, there is a risk that the infection could become serious and sometimes can be fatal. The concern is that the infection could spread to the bloodstream. Those concerned about the symptoms should seek proper medication attention.

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