Food and Nutrition

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.

Romaine Lettuce Recall announced for possible E. Coli contamination

Tanimura & Antle Field Fresh Wrapped Single Head of Romaine lettuce recall announced - FDA

(Best Syndication News) - One lot of Tanimura & Antle Field Fresh Wrapped Single Head of Romaine lettuce has been recalled because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. Coli O157:H7). The recall involves 1,969 cases that were shipped to AL, AR, AZ, CA, GA, KS, KY, MD, NC, NM, NV, NY, NJ, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, and Puerto Rico. There were 126 cases shipped to Canada. No illnesses have been reported in conjunction with this lettuce recall.

The recalled Romaine lettuce heads were sold at retail stores between August 2 and August 19, 2012. The produce came in a plastic bag with the UPC number 0-27918-20314-9 listed on it. The packaging may or may not have the Best Buy date “08 19 12.” The cases had either 12 or 18 heads of lettuce and the box case had the traceability number “5417802151” affixed to them. Only the Tanimura & Antle Field Fresh Wrapped Single Head Romaine with the above descriptions are involved in the recall; all other produce from the company is safe to eat.

El Torito Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Kit Recall for possilbe Salmonella in Cilantro

El Torito branded Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Kits recall announced - FSIS

(Best Syndication News) - Real Mex Foods is recalling around 77,688 pounds of Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Kits because the cilantro that was used in the dressing could have been contaminated with Salmonella. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled the Fresco Green Farms Inc. cilantro. Although no illnesses have been reported to Real Mex Foods, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the salad kit recall today.

The recall involves the 36-ounce trays of “El Torito Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Kit.” Each 18-pound case contains eight of the 36-ounce trays. The case has the product number of “24203.” The USDA mark of Inspection logo has the establishment number “P-4140” listed on the recalled packages.

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.

Heart Disease and Stroke - Eating Egg Yolks almost as bad as Smoking Cigarettes

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(Best Syndication News) - A new study found that a person who ate egg yolks on a regular basis had an increased risk for developing atherosclerosis. They also had a two-thirds increased risk for plaque buildup in their arteries as a person who smoked cigarettes. The study results were published in the online edition of the journal Atherosclerosis.

Coronary artery disease, called atherosclerosis, occurs when plaque accumulates in the arteries. It is believed that the plaque is accelerated by excess cholesterol in the blood. The plaque builds up on the inside walls of the arteries and pieces could break off, which could lead to a heart attack or a stroke.

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