Food and Nutrition

Cocoa consumption might improve Memory Function in Elderly

Credit: National Cancer Institute Renee Comet (Photographer) - PD

(Best Syndication News) - A study found that eating cocoa flavanols on a daily basis might help to improve mild cognitive impairment such as memory loss. The study results were published in the American Heart Association's journal Hypertension.

Flavonols are compounds that naturally occur in apples, tea, grapes, red wine, and cocoa. Other research has suggested that consumption of flavonols might reduce the risk of developing dementia.

One theory as to why flavonols may benefit the brain is that they could help improve blood flow. Another idea is that flavonols might work within the brain structure and thereby preserving function and neurons. The idea is that the flavonols might improve metabolism and may help with the molecular structure that is involved with memory.

Recall announced for Gourmet Black Licorice sold at Costco and Smart & Final Stores

Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Black Licorice - FDA

(Best Syndication News) - A recall has been announced for lot number A3057 of the Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Black Licorice that were sold at Costco and Smart & Final stores in California, Arizona, and Utah because they exceeded the safe lead level standards for these states. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the recall.

The director of the CDPH and state health officer, Dr. Ron Chapman, said that the lead levels of the recalled licorice tested as high as 0.18 parts per million of lead. A serving of licorice could add up to 7.2 micrograms of lead. Children under the age of six should not have anything over 6.0 micrograms of lead each day from all sources of food.

Dippin’ Stix Apple Snack and Armour Actic Pack Lunch Kit Recall announced for possible Listeria Contamination

Packages of the Recalled Products - FDA

(Best Syndication News) - Certain Dippin’ Stix Sliced Apples & Caramel with Peanuts and Armour Active Packs Cheese Pizza Lunch kits are being recalled because they might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall for Reichel Foods, Inc. There have been no reports of illness.

The products were distributed at convenience stores and retailers nationwide. Only the products with the use by dates and case codes listed below are involved in the recall.

The Dippin’ Stix Apples & Caramel with Peanuts are packaged in 2.75 ounce single serve trays. The case code dates involved in the recall are 9/01/12, 09/02/12, and 09/03/12. The use by dates on each package will have USE BY 01SEP2012, USE BY 02SEP2012, and USE BY 03SEP2012 printed on it.

Strawberry Extract protects Skin Cell from damaging UVA Rays

credit: National Cancer Institute Daniel Sone (Photographer) - PD

(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Italy and Spain found that strawberry extract protected skin cell cultures when exposed to ultraviolet radiation (UVA) rays. The strawberry extract has potential to be used as a topical sunscreen cream. The results of the study of strawberry extract and protection from UVA rays was published in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry.

Maurizio Battino, researcher at the Università Politecnica delle Marche in Italy and lead author said to SINC that their study verifies that strawberry extract protects against UVA rays from damaging skin cells.

Sam’s Choice Frozen Bacon Cheeseburger Patty recall announced for Possible Foreign Material

Sam's Choice Fireside Gourmet Black Angus Beef Patties Bacon and Aged Cheddar recall announced - FSIS

(Best Syndication News) - Foreign material such as gaskets pieces might be found in some 37,600 pounds of frozen bacon cheeseburger patties. This has prompted Kenosha Beef International, Ltd. to announce a recall through the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS). The patties were distributed under the Sam’s Choice brand name.

Consumers complained to the company that foreign material was found in the food. No injury or illness was reported in association with this recall.

The company distributed the patties to Indiana, Maine, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

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