FDA says No on Banning BPA

Recently, the FDA has rejected a petition from environmentalists that would ban the plastic hardening chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) from all food and drink packaging. On March 30th, the FDA announced the petitioners did not present compelling scientific evidence that would validate the new restrictions on this chemical.

There are some evidence that BPA causes harm to the reproductive and nervous systems if exposed to this chemical. It is known that 90% of Americans have traces of BPA in their bodies, because if our constant exposure of bottles, canned food, and other containers. The FDA defended their decision by saying that those findings can’t be applied to humans and any study conducted so far are too small to be conclusive. The studies had researchers inject BPA into animals, but on the other hand, humans ingest the chemical through their diet over longer periods of time. Humans supposedly digest and remove BPA more quickly than any lab animal. The FDA are concerned that there might be a larger effect on young children, therefore are spending $30 million to conduct further studies.

Many companies aren’t waiting for the ban to happen as they are responding to consumer demand to remove BPA from their products. Some examples are Wal-Mart, Toys “R” Us and Campbell’s Soup.

What do you think about this BPA controversy?

Read the original article here –Courtesy of Times Healthland

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Myths about Living Alone

What’s wrong with being alone? A new article from AARP.com breaks down some myths about why Americans choose to be alone and the potential emotional and health consequences that come with it (or lack of). The truth is: most Americans now are living alone and they are okay with it. For example, some people might think that people live alone as a last resort, but on the contrary, people tend to live alone whenever they can afford too. It turns out that the number of people living alone went up during our recent economic downturn.

Another myth is that most people who live alone are elderly. The truth is that the largest group of Americans that live alone are between the ages of 35-64 years old. The fastest group growing is between ages 18-34. There are about 5 million of them in the United States which is up from 500,000 in 1950.

Another myth is that older people who do live alone are usually lonely, unhappy, and feels isolated. However, according to a study of 3,000 Americans, those who live alone are more receptive to socialize with their friends and neighbors compared to those who were married.

Click here to read more myths – according to AARP.com

What do you think of being alone?

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Eating Red Meat Increases Risk of Premature Death

A new study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that any red meat that you eat increases your chance of dying at an earlier age. Try picturing a piece of steak the size of a deck of cards and adding it to your daily diet- that piece of steak can be linked to a 13% greater chance of dying. This percentage came from the long study of 110,000 adults for more than 20 years. The researchers analyzed their eating habits and health and found any meat no matter if it was processed or not contributed to their early death.

The researchers are not entirely sure what causes the increase of mortality rate but recommends reducing the consumption of red meat to 2-3 servings a week. However, other researchers cautioned that this study could have a lot of errors due to the way the information was recorded. The researchers asked the participants through questionnaires about their food frequency, sometimes grueling details of past meals.

What do you think of this study?

Read the original article here—courtesy of LA Times

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Being Married Increases Your Survival of Heart Surgery

A new study found that being married increases your chance of surviving heart surgery by three times (regardless of gender). Among the patients who survived the first three months, the singletons were 71% more likely to die during the next five years after surgery.

The researchers interviewed 500 patients before they went under coronary bypass surgery and analyzed the patient’s replies with survival data from the National Death Index. The benefits of being married lasted up to 5 years after surgery. The data could not explain why married people survived longer, but estimates that married patients have a more positive outlook going into surgery and have the spouses give reminders to take medicine and eat healthy.

What do you think of this study?

Read the original article here — courtesy of Times Healthland

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Snoring Babies Equals Trouble?

A new study published in Pediatrics Journal, found that babies who snore or have mouth–breathing and sleep apnea show indications of future long-term problems in children’s behavior and emotional wellbeing. The researchers found that babies who have these sleep disorders at 6 months increases their chances from 20% to 100% of having problem behaviors such as hyperactivity by age 7.

The study analyzed more than 11,000 children’s sleeping habits that were born in 1991-1992 in England. Every year, the researchers had the parents fill out surveys about their baby’s sleeping habits such as if they snored, breathed through their nose, or had inconsistency in breathing. When the babies turned 4 and 7, the researchers evaluated their emotional and behavioral traits such as possible emotional problems, conduct disorders, and hyperactivity. The results showed that those infants who had the worst sleeping problems had consistent scores relating to behavioral disorders at both age 4 and 7.

What do you think of this study?

Click here for the original article-courtesy of Times Heathland

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Top Sources of Salt in Your Food

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the top 10 sources of sodium in the American diet. It is already stated that nearly 90% of all Americans eat too much salt, which increase chances of developing hypertension leading to heart disease and stroke. The average daily sodium intake was 3,266 mg a day for an American which is far exceeding the government’s recommendation of 2,300 mg.

Overall the study found 10 foods that make up 44% of all the sodium we eat.

  1. Bread and rolls, 7.4%
  2. Cold cuts/cured meats, 5.1%
  3. Pizza, 4.9%
  4. Fresh and processed poultry, 4.5%
  5. Soups, 4.3%
  6. Sandwiches like cheeseburgers, 4%
  7. Cheese, 3.8%
  8. Pasta dishes like spaghetti with meat sauce, 3.3%
  9. Meat dishes like meatloaf with tomato sauce, 3.2%
  10. Snacks, including chips, pretzels, popcorn and puffs, 3.1%

It might seem odd that snacks like popcorn and chips are listed as #10 and bread and rolls are listed #1, it is because the study accounted how often Americans would eat these type of food. It is surveyed that Americans are more likely to eat bread and rolls in their daily diet bringing them to the number one spot. It does not necessary mean that bread and rolls have more sodium than the rest. Another interesting fact was that 75% of all the sodium we consume a day comes from food that we don’t make at home.  Think about that the next time you’re eating out!

The survey was based on food surveys answered by 7227 Americans which included 2,500 children and teens.

Read the original article here—courtesy of Times Healthland

Easy Chocolate Soufflé for Valentine’s Day

Chocolate Soufflé RecipeValentine’s Day is tomorrow! Why not impress your significant other or date with this homemade chocolate soufflé’. It is easier to make than you think! We found this recipe from eatingwell.com under the healthy Valentine’s Day treats category.

It is 331 calories per ramekin and this serves 2.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 1/2 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 large egg, separated, plus 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional)

Directions

  1. Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 375°F. Lightly coat two 10-ounce ramekins with cooking spray; coat the insides of each with 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar.
  1. Place chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on Medium, stirring every 20 seconds, until melted, 1 to 2 minutes.
  1. Whisk egg yolk and cream in a medium bowl until combined. Whisk in the chocolate until smooth, then whisk in flour and cinnamon until incorporated.
  1. Beat egg whites and salt in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Beat in the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in four additions, until stiff, glossy peaks form.
  1. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold half the beaten whites into the chocolate mixture until fairly smooth; then gently fold this combined mixture back into the remaining egg whites until no white streaks remain. Divide between the prepared ramekins and place on a baking sheet. Bake until puffed and firm to the touch, 18 to 22 minutes. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Serve immediately.

click here for the original recipe with tips and nutrition–courtesy of eatingwell.com

Do you have any tips for making souffle?