DIET AND NUTRITION

“PB & J Café” Sparks Outrage Over Namesake Ingredient

Nov 30, 2020  Boston Globe – Peanut butter and jelly are a perfect match, most would agree. But the pairing of a new PB&J cafe and a children’s museum has sparked calls for quick separation. The Boston Children’s Museum and an adjacent storefront and cafe responded to a cascade of comments this weekend from parents on Facebook, many expressing concerns that children with peanut allergies would be accidentally exposed to the eatery’s namesake dish: peanut butter...

Church Suppers, Scout Breakfasts, Firehouse BBQs: Sign Up Now For Food Safety 101

Penn State offers webinar on food safety for volunteers “Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer’s Guide to Safe Food Handling” Dec 1, 2020 Food Safety News – The Penn State Extension service is offering a webinar next week for volunteers who help prepare and serve food for their nonprofit organizations. The webinar is set from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST on Dec. 8. The webinar is titled, “Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer’s Guide to Safe Food Handling.” It...

8 Healthy Drinking Habits for Weight Loss

What you drink is just as important as when you drink. Oct 28, 2020 HealthLine – What you drink accounts for 18 percent of the total calories you end up consuming per day, according to the USDA. That means that if you aren't keeping track of what's in your cup, you could be tacking on an additional 483 calories to your daily diet without a second thought. To help you on your weight loss journey, read up on...

Over 80 Percent Of COVID-19 Patients Have This Vitamin Deficiency

Endocrine Society – According to a new study, over 80 percent of 200 COVID-19 patients in a hospital in Spain have vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is a hormone the kidneys produce that controls blood calcium concentration and impacts the immune system. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a variety of health concerns, although research is still underway into why the hormone impacts other systems of the body. Many studies point to the beneficial...

McDonald’s Patrons Turn Up Noses At Fake Meat

October 23, 2020 Where's the (fake) beef? CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS – The world's biggest burger chain risks losing customers as fake meat becomes more popular. McDonald's conducted a test in Canada of its P.L.T., or plant, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. As many fast-food restaurants cash in on surging demand for meat alternatives, McDonald's customers are still waiting for the world's biggest burger chain to put a plant-based patty on its menu. McDonald's launched a test run in Canada last...

10 Groceries You Should Always Buy in Person

Oct 07, 2020 Readers Digest – Before March 2020, online shopping accounted for just 3 percent of all grocery sales, or about $1.2 billion. By June, that number shot up to $7.2 billion. Now, with social distancing mandates still in effect in many places, plenty of customers are going to be using virtual carts for a long time to come. “When COVID-19 hit, a lot of people who had never really thought about their grocery shopping...

Americans Are Fed Up With Nasty Lettuce

“I can’t eat the lettuce, and that’s a problem, and I’ve told them. They’re just not listening.” – Subway franchisee on having to serve week-old lettuce (Business Insider, 12.22.17) No more wedge salad |  America has lost its appetite for iceberg lettuce |  Oct 13, 2020 Bloomberg – It is quite possible 2020 will be remembered as a turning point in American history, a moment after which the country became irretrievably different from what it had been before. Yes, that’s...

Does Vitamin D Prevent Covid-19?

"Researchers found a relationship between vitamin D deficiency and risk of developing COVID-19." Oct 13, 2020 | By British Medical Journal via MedicalXpress | The professional perception of vitamin D as a medicine, rather than as a key nutrient, is constraining practice and jeopardising the health of elderly care home residents in England, conclude researchers in the journal BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health. At a time when the vulnerability of elderly care home residents is under the spotlight...

‘Gas Station Mixed Fruit Cup’ – And Other Bad-Idea Foods

'Gas Station Mixed Fruit Cup' part of broad cantaloupe recall  Eagle Produce cantaloupe recalled at Meijer stores for Salmonella contamination Oct 7, 2020 Food Safety News – Grand Rapids, MI-based Meijer, in conjunction with Eagle Produce,LLC in Aguila, AZ., today announced the recall of whole cantaloupes and some cut cantaloupe fruit trays and bowls. The recall is part of a sampling investigation by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and is due to the potential...

Grocery Shortages Are Back, And Getting Worse

"Food insecurity more than doubled as a result of the economic crisis brought on by the outbreak." Sep 27, 2020 NPR – With COVID-19 continuing to spread, and millions of Americans still out of work, one of the nation's most urgent problems has only grown worse: hunger. In communities across the country, the lines at food pantries are stretching longer and longer, and there's no clear end in sight. Before the pandemic, the number of families...

US Farmers Take On Fake “Made In USA” Labels

"The Secretary of Agriculture has a policy that says a foreign beef product that enters the USA and is subject to only minor processing, such as being taken out of a big box and packaged in smaller boxes, can bear a 'Product of USA' label.” – Wade Fox, South Dakota cattle producer FTC’s move could help make ‘Made in the USA’ label meaningful again PLUS: Message from USA beef producers  By Dan Flynn on September 16, 2020 Food...

Most People Can’t Name The USDA’s 4 Steps To Food Safety

"Food safety experts know that following the four steps to food safety is easier said than done." Closing the gap between food safety messages and consumer action USDA calls food safety education meeting for early October September 5, 2020 Food Safety News – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is holding a virtual public meeting on Oct. 6 to discuss the state of consumer food safety education, current research, and future studies...

Covid-19 Is Crippling Global Food Production

"ong lines at food banks even in wealthy countries like the United States attest to the struggle to keep families fed with tens of millions newly unemployed." Eat more crickets, says UN in response to farm crisis |  Pandemic brings hard times for farmers, worsening hunger for millions | Sep 01, 2020 AP – The coronavirus pandemic has brought hard times for many farmers and has imperiled food security for many millions both in the cities and the...

Eating Organic Can Reduce Pesticides In Your Body By 70%

A new study shows that US families consume cancer-linked glyphosate in their food. The good news: going organic rapidly reduces levels. 11 Aug 2020 The Guardian – Never before have we sprayed so much of a chemical on our food, on our yards, on our children’s playgrounds. So it’s no surprise that Roundup – the world’s most widely used weedkiller – shows up in our bodies. What is perhaps surprising is how easy it is to...

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