Family Meals May Prevent Kids From Overeating



Children who eat meals with their parents may be less likely to become overweight when they grow up, new research suggests.

A report published in the Journal of Pediatrics shows that adolescents who eat meals with their parents are less likely to become overweight adults than children who don't share meal time with their parents.

This report underscores the values family time provides to overall health and wellbeing.

Jerica M. Berge from the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota led a team comprised of University of Minnesota and Columbia University researchers who studied adolescents who ate meals with their families.

The team was interested in knowing whether eating meals with family provided teenagers with protection against obesity in later life.

To accomplish this task, the team utilized information from the Project Eating and Activity in Teens -III (Project EAT) longitudinal cohort study. They gather data on 2287 adolescents whom completed surveys during middle school and high school in 1998 - 1999; the researchers then followed up with these adults in 2008 - 2009 to learn what had happened to them.

What they learned was that children who ate meals with their parents were less likely to become overweight adults than families who never ate meals together.


Eating Together Is Good For The Family

When Berge et al looked at data from the children ten years later (2008 -2009), they noted that of the 2117 young adults who completed the follow up survey, 51 % were overweight and 22 % were obese.

Moreover, when the researchers looked at the data in terms of family meal frequency, they found that 60 % of the young adults who reportedly never ate family meals during their teen years had grown up to become overweight adults, and 29 % of the young adults whom never ate meals with their parents were obese.

In contrast, only 47 % - 51 % of the teens who did share meal time (one to more than five meals per week) with their families became overweight adults, and 19 % - 22 % were obese.

When you think about it, the frequency of meals families ate together - ranging from none to more than five times per week - isn't extraordinary. What I mean by this is that even eating one meal per week with the family is better than no time eating together.

We know this because compared to families who never ate meals together, adolescents who ate 1 - 2 meals per week with their families in 1998 - 1999 were 45 % less likely to have become obese adults when surveyed  in 2008 - 2009.

The children whom participated in the study attended 31 public schools in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area thus making for a very diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic sample. In other words, this data is applicable to just about everyone.

Berge and colleagues concluded that "All levels of family meal frequency were protective for young adult overweight, compared with never having family meals."

While Berge et al stressed that the study was not able to answer why family meals helped protect teens against becoming overweight, the research team did offer a few hypotheses to explain why family meals are beneficial to young people including family meals possibly being "healthier" than meals not eaten with family; the emotional connection that family meals can offer; and parental models of healthy eating behaviors and recognizing when the family has become full.

There is evidence supporting each of these hypotheses.

Research from the Stanford University School of Medicine found that families of bariatric surgery patients tended to lose weight because the surgery prompted healthy eating behavior among other members of the household.

Families who eat together have closer interactions and thus can talk to each other about their problems.

Child psychiatrist Foster W. Cline advises that parents who have overweigh children should talk to them about their eating habits. Cline's advice would seem very applicable when families sit down to have meals together.

Jennifer Falbe of Harvard Medical School found evidence that children who spend much of their free time watching television tend to grow up to become obese adults. If teens are eating meals with their families they might be less inclinded to devote that time to watching television.

Looking ahead to what more could be done about obesity prevention the study authors said: "Examining the quality (ie, emotional atmosphere, interpersonal interactions) of family meals would be an important next step to potentially provide more details regarding why family meals are protective and how they function on a day-to-day basis so more families can take advantage of the protective nature of family meals."


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Berge JM, Wall M, Hsueh TF, Fulkerson JA, Larson N, & Neumark-Sztainer D (2014). The Protective Role of Family Meals for Youth Obesity: 10-Year Longitudinal Associations. The Journal of pediatrics PMID: 25266343

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Acne and its treatment

Acne and its treatment

Acne and its treatment

By: Tania Jain

Acne is a menace. However, it's not something that cannot be tackled. There are loads of acne skin care products around. We can classify acne skin care products into 3 broad categories -

1. Preventive or general acne skin care products
2. Over-the-counter, specialised acne skin care products
3. On-prescription acne skin care products.

The general acne skin care products are the ones that are used as acne-prevention measure. These include cleansers, make-up removers and similar products that help prevent acne. In the real sense, these acne skin care products are just those that should anyway be part of your daily routine. However, some of these are more oriented to act like an acne skin care product. These acne skin care products act against the causes of acne e.g. limiting the production of sebum/oil and preventing clogging of skin pores. Basically, these acne skin care products prevent the oil from getting trapped in pores and hence hamper the growth of bacteria that lead to acne. The general acne skin care products also include exfoliation products like skin peels. These work towards removing dead skin cells, hence reducing the possibility of pore-clogging and bacteria development.

Then there are specialised acne skin care products that are available over-the-counter i.e. without the need of a prescription. These include products like vanishing creams which extract the extra oil from the skin. Most of these acne skin care products are based on benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, both of which are the enemies of bacteria (and hence acne). You should start with a product that has lower concentration of benzoyl peroxide (e.g. 5%) and see how your skin responds to it. Alpha-hydroxy-acid based moisturizers are also popular as acne skin care products. You might have to try a few, before you zero-in on the acne skin care product that is effective for you. If nothing seems to work, you should contact a dermatologist.

On-prescription acne skin care products are the ones that are prescribed by a dermatologist. This can include ointments that can be applied on the affected area or oral antibiotics or just any topical treatment. Dermatologist could also suggest a minor surgical procedure to remove the contents of pustules. However, never try to squeeze or do this by yourself, it can lead to permanent damage of your skin. Your doctor could also prescribe a hormone-based treatment (since hormonal changes are also known to cause acne). Such acne skin care products are known to be very effective in some cases.

So, with all those acne skin care products, tackling acne is not that difficult.


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CRF Frozen Foods Recall Affects Consumers In All 50 States



The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Food and Drug Administration and other public health agencies have been investigating an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes that has been associated with products produced by CRF Frozen Foods.

In April 2016, Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM) published an article telling readers that CRF Frozen Foods had launched a voluntary recall of fifteen frozen vegetable items after routine testing by state health officials in Ohio found Listeria monocytogenes present in one lot of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) organic petite green peas and one lot of IQF organic white sweet cut corn. However, on May 2, 2016, CRF Frozen Foods has expanded the recall to include all of their frozen fruit and vegetable products. 

According to CRF Frozen Foods, the recall now includes 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands. Due to the large amount of products, this recall affects consumers in all 50 states and the Canadian Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

The company said that the products include the following:

  • organic and non-organic broccoli
  • butternut squash
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • corn
  • edamame
  • green beans
  • Italian beans
  • kale
  • leeks
  • lima beans
  • onions
  • peas
  • pepper strips
  • potatoes
  • potato medley
  • root medley
  • spinach
  • sweet potatoes
  • various vegetable medleys
  • blends
  • stir fry packages
  • blueberries
  • cherries
  • cranberries
  • peaches
  • raspberries
  • strawberries

CRF Frozen Foods said all affected products have the best by dates or sell by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018.

For the complete list of recalled products, refer to the company's press release posted on the FDA website.

The company said that seven people in three states have become hospitalized due to Listeria and that some of the illnesses have been linked to eating CRF-manufactured or processed foods.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious or life-threatening illness among the elderly, frail persons, people with weakened immune systems and young children. The bacteria can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Healthy people who become infected with Listeria may experience the following symptoms:

  • severe headache
  • nausea
  • stiffness
  • high fever
  • abdominal pain
  • diarrhea

The CDC recommends that consumers not eat nor restaurants and retailers serve or sell recalled organic and traditional frozen vegetables and fruit products.

As of May 3, 2016 the CDC said that investigations are ongoing to determine if food sources used to manufacture CRF Frozen Foods products could explain some of the Listeria illnesses.

CRF Frozen Foods said they suspended operations at their Pasco, Washington facility as of Monday morning, April 25, 2016 following the initial recall.

"We apologize for any concern or inconvenience this expanded recall has caused our customers and consumers who enjoy our products. " the company posted on the May 2, 2016 press release.

CRF Frozen Foods said that consumers who bought the products can return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or throw the recalled products away.

CRF Frozen Foods said that consumers with questions can call the company's consumer hotline at 844.483.3866, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.


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How To Get Six Pack Abs With These 3 Easy Rules

How To Get Six Pack Abs With These 3 Easy Rules

Submitted by: Nick Brighton

Frustration is usually the first thing that springs to mind when it comes to abs training for a great six pack. Frustration due to the sheer amount of hard work, time and effort it takes just to remove the stubborn fat, let alone seeing a nice defined set of six pack abs.

To make things worse, we constantly get bombarded with the latest diet fads, the new crunch machine or the "do it in one weekend" scam that simply throw us further off track than we were before.

However, we've come a long way since the days of endless crunches that do more harm than good. But if you've spent the past few months or even years wasting your time and energy with crunches, sit ups and being the guinea pig for all those here today gone tomorrow abs machines and fad diets, then it's time to evaluate what's going wrong.

Sure, it takes hard work, but there is a fundamental difference between working hard and working smart. You're a smart person, so you needn't work so damn hard right?

There are 3 things you should always remember during your overall approach to a six pack with less effort...

1. Keep metabolism steady

The trick behind a great six pack is simply to lose weight first. A great way to do this is by controlling your metabolism. Don't just eat for the sake of eating. Eat when you feel genuinely hungry (but not desperately hungry). Make sure you keep some healthy snacks such as nuts or fruit at work so that you can continually feed yourself. It is recommended to eat around every three hours, but don't take this strictly as it differs from each individual.

2. Eat more fibre

Fibre has lots of benefits on your overall health, reducing cholesterol and keeping your heart healthy. Not only that, but if you want to reduce your natural food intake, fibre is the secret. This is because fibre makes us feel "full", and for longer. This means you will consume less food and still be fulfilled. Try things like brown rice, wholegrain bread and cereal, beans and lentils. However, don't go overboard...too much fibre can cause gas in the stomach and even constipation. The trick lies with point 3, which is to...

3. Drink more water

Water helps us flush the system from roughage and comes with numerous essential benefits. You should try to drink eight glasses per day when possible. Sometimes, drinking water can stave off apparent hunger pangs, which actually is your body's signal of thirst not hunger (which is a common natural deception we suffer)

These are just three things you can start doing today for free, but the three things alone are simply not enough to see dramatic and speedy abs.

You will need to have a well balanced, concentrated diet along with a proven abs training program to see the best results in the fastest possible time.

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The Caramel Factory, LLC Issues Product Recall Due To Undeclared Allergens



According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, The Caramel Factory, LLC of Batesville, Mississippi, has announced that it is recalling the following products for undeclared allergens:

Chocolate covered candies with undeclared milk and soy

  • white and dark chocolate cashew turtles and tortoises
  • white and dark chocolate pecan turtles and tortoises
  • white and dark chocolate pecan krispie clusters
  • white and dark chocolate peanut clusters
  • white and dark chocolate cashew clusters
  • MS molded chocolate
  • sugar free milk chocolate peanut cluster
  • sugar free milk chocolate cashew cluster

Candies with undeclared milk and/or soy

  • fudge
  • pecan fudge
  • peanut butter fudge
  • sea salt caramel fudge
  • salt water taffy
  • Rice Krispcicles

Candies with undeclared tree nuts, soy, and/or milk

  • pralines

Baked Goods with undeclared tree nuts, soy, milk, and wheat

  • cocoons

Candy with undeclared eggs and milk

  • sugar free salt water taffy

Chocolate coated baked Goods with undeclared eggs, soy, wheat and/or milk

  • White Trash
  • Oreos
  • Rice Krispcicles
  • chocolate covered Twinkies
  • chocolate covered pretzels

Baked goods with undeclared eggs, soy, wheat and/or milk

  • caramel sugar cookies
  • caramel cakes

Baked goods with undeclared eggs, tree nuts, soy, wheat and/or milk

  • turtle brownies
  • praline cookies

People who have allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, and/or wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat these products.

The recalled products are packaged, clear plastic packages with the name of each product.

The company said the above retail products were distributed from their retail store in Batesville, Mississippi prior to May 11, 2016.

"The recall was initiated after it was discovered that these products were distributed in packaging that did not declare these allergens." the company posted on the FDA website.

The Carmel Factory said consumers who bought any of these products are urged to return any unused product to them for a full refund. 

Consumers with questions may contact The Carmel Factory at 1-662-563-9900, Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.


Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?" You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips but far from their hearts. Yet you know me, LORD; you see me and test my thoughts about you. Drag them off like sheep to be butchered! Set them apart for the day of slaughter! How long will the land lie parched and the grass in every field be withered? Because those who live in it are wicked, the animals and birds have perished. Moreover, the people are saying, "He will not see what happens to us." (Jeremiah 12:1 - 4).

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Want To Stop Over Training In The Gym

Want To Stop Over Training In The Gym

Submitted by: Gary Matthews

Let me tell you a quick story, twenty years ago I was very influenced by the bodybuilders and the training systems of the day. Hitting the weights five or six times a week, splitting upper and lower body workouts and working out twice a day was seen as normal.

Every set was taken to positive failure, with three or more forced reps on top of that and if that wasn't enough I would throw in a few negative reps to top it off. This type of training would leave me totally exhausted and render me sore for days after every session.

The constant battering to my body lowered my immune system and I would always be sick or injured. I would take time off training and then go back to it again, all the time gaining nothing in size or strength.

Can you imagine years and years of hard work like this all for nothing. The sad reality is that I still see it going on around me now? The cold hard facts are that over 80% of the regular trainees in your gym are overtraining. That's right, 80%, disturbing isn't it?

Traditional training techniques like volume training are ineffective and downright dangerous, having been passed down from the previous training generations and unquestionably followed at all costs.

The only people making any progress on these systems are the so called 'bodybuilding stars' who have superb genetics (about 2% of the general population) and are taking massive amounts of steroids (very expensive and dangerous).

So please don't fall into the same overtraining trap as many others have, if you haven't made any gains for a long time now and maybe suffer from one or more of the symptoms found below stop!! Stop wasting your time and effort for nothing.

* Reoccurring colds and sickness
* Sore joints and muscles
* Unwillingness to go to the gym to train.
* Loss of appetite
* Insomnia
* Chronic fatigue

Put a stop to overtraining by understanding that the two main components of strength training are the intensity of the exercise and the recovery after the exercise.

Infrequent, short, high intensity weight training sessions, followed by the required amount of time to recover and become stronger is what is needed to increase functional muscle size and stop overtraining.

Have a look at some scientific principles found below and practice them in the gym and you will be on the road to greater gains in muscle size without the problem of overtraining.

Limited Energy Level

A strength-training program should be short and simple; you only have a limited amount of energy per training session.

Scientific studies reveal that blood sugar levels (energy) start to deplete after 30 mins, so exercise selection and the time taken to perform them is crucial.

What you should be aiming for is stimulating as many muscle fibres in the shortest period of time available, leaving the gym and going home to grow.

To do this, you will have to perform high intensity workouts consisting of multijoint, compound movements in the shortest amount of time so that blood sugar levels don't deplete.

Progressive Overload

Progressive Overload is the main exercise principle you need to be aware of in order to get the results that you're after with strength training.

The three most important points are:

* Complete your exercise with perfect technique
* Push to total failure when doing a set
* Overload the weight on the bar progressively.

Basically this means that when the body is stressed by high intensity training beyond its normal demands, the body will adapt to these new demands of improved strength.

Once your muscles have adapted to a particular weight then it'll be time to overload them further (add more weight, speed, repetitions). You'll need to keep on repeating this process of overload and adaptation if you want to become stronger.

Training Frequency

The sad reality is that the popular high volume type of training techniques that you find in bodybuilding books and magazines (and used by the stars) are irrelevant to the majority of the population and has a high failure rate.

What is good for the latest bodybuilding star is probably not good for you. Everybody has different genetics; most of us have poor genetics and are not taking steroids like the stars.

The only way the majority of us can make any gains at all is to perform short intense workouts followed by long periods of rest so that you don't over train.

Over Compensation

Many studies at universities, conducted around the world have shown clearly that recuperation from strength training requires far more rest time than previously thought.

Infrequent, short, high intensity weight training sessions, followed by the required amount of time to recover and become stronger is necessary for you to increase your functional muscle.

Here's what you need to do - allow your body enough recuperation time for over compensation to take place, so that the muscles can adjust to their new strength and growth.

Exercise selection for intensity

I can't stress enough of how exercise selection is absolutely crucial. There are only a few exercises that you really need to perform. These exercises consist of multi-joint movements.

These particular exercises are far superior to that of isolation exercises (working 1 muscle group at a time) because you are required to use more muscles from every muscle group.

Make no mistake about it by following these principles you will not only develop greater muscle size but also banish overtraining for good.

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A Walk To Your Health

A Walk To Your Health

Submitted by: Ken Bendor

You can reap some benefits of exercise without joining a gym or running for miles a day. Not to say that doing so is a bad idea but altering your lifestyle to include more activity with your daily tasks offers you convenience and can help you reach the recommended amount of physical activity each day.

A few years ago, the Surgeon General released a report about the obesity epidemic facing this country. The report recommended that everyone get some physical activity in their day to prevent and treat disorders related to obesity. There are plenty of ways to get your physical activity in each day without joining a gym.

In this country, owning a car is a need to us. We use them for movies, grocery shopping and even going to a gym to run on a treadmill. With energy prices and obesity soaring, we don't need any more reasons to drive less.

It isn't realistic to hope that everyone is going to drop their keys and use a bike to get everywhere. What we can do is drive less and bike, walk or run more. Sometimes we drive to the store and only get a few things. Instead of driving, bike there and use a backpack to carry everything. It will save the environment, money (from gas) and time since you won't have to exercise as much later.

Even when we do need to drive somewhere, there are steps you can take. Park further and walk. You'll again save time since you won't be looking for a spot. Once you get in the building, use the stairs. If you don't want to climb all flights, climb half or a fourth. Anything is better than nothing.

The Surgeon General Report recommended everyone get 10,000 steps in per day which is equivalent to about five miles. While it sounds like a lot, if you make an effort not to take every shortcut, you'll reach the 10,000 steps quickly. Using a pedometer can help you count how many steps you take each day.

Adding more activity in your day will help the environment, save you money and most importantly, make you healthier. For such a small commitment it pays out huge dividends.

About the Author: Ken Bendor is a Senior at Florida State University studying Exercise Science and Dietetics. He started to try and spread easy to understand and accurate information on health and fitness.

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Why is it Beneficial to Do Instability Workouts

Why is it Beneficial to Do Instability Workouts

Submitted by: Jennifer Cooper

At first view, most people know that workout is best done in a series of even, smooth repetitions, like pedalling steadily on a workout bicycle or jogging on a treadmill, and so on. The true fact is that even though these exercises may certainly increase your fitness and health, they won’t unleash your entire capacity in either strength or power.

Their very regularity limits their effect to a certain group of muscles. This is the reason why a lot of health and fitness aficionados are unable to equal the fusion of strength or power that farm workers, sailors, ranch hands, & soldiers always exhibit. The artificial limits of stable, constant drills result to essentially “plasticized” health and fitness results. But, this is not the state with instability drills such as sandbag workouts for example.

Instability exercise activities involve utilizing a weight that is unbalanced in some way in order to stress many of your muscles to work at each particular movement. Kettlebells, which are usually a hefty rounded weight with a loop-like handle, are one type of instability-based workout paraphernalia. Even more effective (plus less pricey), sandbags also showcase many of their rare fitness & health advantages since they are asymmetrical and unstable. The weight inside them will displace as you put them in motion in unpredictable ways, driving you to utilize a broader range of muscles to hold them in your grasp then be able to move them where you would want them.

The benefits of instability training workout such as sandbag training exercises involve many more muscles than the standard, “symmetrical” training workouts. Working out in a rowing machine would utilize definitely the same group of muscles in definitely similar action, repeatedly. On the other hand, as the bags of sand change and slide within their duffel bag container as you are doing sandbag training workouts, with the weight changing unpredictably, you’ll make use of a different muscle set each time you raise the sandbag, even if each upward motion is theoretically just another repeat of the same workout.

Apart from the completeness of involvement of muscle groups stated above, instability exercises cause a more severe exercise as well. Sandbag training forces your muscles constantly since your body must adjust each second to keep the altering bulk balanced, under control, and held where you need it. It is exactly for the reason that instability training workout apparatus is hard to control that it moves your muscles more forcefully than the subdued, conveniently manageable forces of an expensive training exercise machine.

People who train with instability training exercises would find their muscular stamina and overall vigor advancing a lot faster than if they were utilising the limited muscle building equipment of a gym. Their muscle tone would also be developed in a far better-rounded manner – no muscles will be left underdeveloped and weak. As such, your fitness would reach higher levels more quickly, and you will be better able to cope with the challenge of certain physical labor.

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Vitamin C Acting as an Antioxidant

Vitamin C Acting as an Antioxidant

Submitted by: Glenn Antoine

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and is one of the most important vitamins for your body with numerous biological functions. Vitamin C helps to prevent a lot of diseases, boosts your body’s immune system and works to help protect your body’s cholesterol from oxidative stress. You can take this vitamin with or without any food, as it can be found in supplement form or in many different juices. Along with being found in supplement and vitamin form, you can find vitamin C in broccoli, strawberries, red peppers, citrus fruits, mustard greens, cauliflower, papaya, and parsley.

Research has shown that the antioxidant properties of vitamin C help protect against heart disease, protect smokers from the vast number of free radicals and is needed by the body to make collagen – the glue of the body. Even though you shouldn’t take excessive amounts of vitamin C, double a blind-trial found that 500 mg of Vitamin C per day taken for one year reduced the risk of developing reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Vitamin C is also thought to protect the body against the accumulation and/or retention of numerous toxic minerals.

Vitamin C is well known as an antioxidant, protecting your skin from the harmful damage of UV rays. If you skin suffers from radiation damage, vitamin C can actually help your skin to recover and reverse some of the harmful effects. If you include vitamin C in your diet and take it every day, you’ll notice that your skin will benefit. If you use vitamin E and C together, you’ll notice that scars and other harmful defects on your skin will start to heal as well.

You can find vitamin C in many fruits and vegetables, although oranges will give you the most amounts. Orange juice is a great way to get some of the vitamin C that your body requires. Even drinking a glass of orange juice in the morning with your breakfast you will want to supplement with vitamin C to ensure that you are getting optimal amounts.

In order to get adequate and/or optimal amounts of vitamin C in your diet, you will want to use vitamin supplements. When looking for supplements, you should always check to see how much vitamin C is in the supplement as vitamin C is provided in a wide range of dosages. In order to get the most benefit from your vitamin C it is best to take several times a day as vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin and will not remain in your system as long as fat soluble vitamins. As long as you monitor your intake of vitamin C and use it on a daily basis, you’ll find that your health and immune system will be better than ever.

The most common signs of a deficiency in vitamin C include fatigue, swollen/bleeding gums, an unexplained weakness, and nosebleeds. Deficiency is common these days, with the most common reasons being alcoholism, smoking and poor diet. Additionally people with kidney failure are at increased risk of vitamin C deficiency, but should only take vitamin C under the supervision of a doctor.

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Montero Farms Recalls Orange Habanero Peppers Because of Salmonella Health Risk



According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Montero Farms of McAllen, Texas has announced that it is recalling Orange Habanero Peppers, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

The Orange Habanero Peppers come in 8 pound cardboard boxes marked with lot #41142-41143 on the top. Montero Farms said a total 154 boxes are being recalled.

The company says the Orange Habanero Peppers were shipped to Indianapolis, Indiana and to McAllen, Texas from April 28 2016 to present date.

Montero Farms said the potential for contamination was noted during routine testing by the FDA. The company said that production of the product has been suspended while FDA and Montero Farms continue their investigation as to the problem's source.

The company said no illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Salmonella can cause serious or fatal illness in the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, frail persons, and young children. Healthy people who become infected may experience the following symptoms:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea (possibly bloody)
  • fever
  • abdominal pain

Sometimes the bacteria gets into the bloodstream and travels to other parts of the body where it can cause arthritis, arterial infections and endocarditis.

Montero Farms urges customers who bought any Orange Habanero Peppers from the lots #41142-41143 to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. 

Montero Farms said consumers with questions may contact the company at (956) 686-8959 Monday thru Friday between 9am to 7pm central time.


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Seven Good Reasons to Get on Your Bike.

Seven Good Reasons to Get on Your Bike.

Submitted by: Maxwell Starritt

Like many people I lead a hectic lifestyle and don’t have much free time to go to the health club to boost my health and fitness. I’ve always enjoyed cycling outdoors and I fully grasp the health and fitness benefits I could achieve from cycling but poor weather conditions, heavy traffic and traffic fumes generally put me off. A better decision I imagined would be to look into a piece of equipment I could use in the home and believed a stationary exercise bike to be a great investment. After investing much time and effort taking a look at the best alternatives around and what would be probably the most suitable bike for me, I chose a somewhat fancy Proform product costing £300. After six months it ended up being a rather fancy, high priced clothes horse.

What is it that keeps us motivated to maintain a health and fitness regime? I glanced around at my clothes bike right after watching a news item on the recent Tour de France and decided I needed to revisit the motive why I chose to invest so much hard cash on the bike and to get me back on it. This is what I came up with:

1)Drop weight: somebody who weighs 12½ stone can burn 650 calories by cycling for one hour, and can tone the legs and bottom in the process.

2)Improve heart and cardiovascular system: any cardio vascular exercise such as cycling will improve the role of the heart. Cycling is excellent as it can train the heart to be stronger which results in significantly less strain on the heart. The risk elements that result in a heart attack can be decreased by frequent cycling so you are 50% less prone to have a heart attack.

3)Strengthen muscles and joints: as we get older the strength of our muscles reduces and our muscles start to shrink. Cycling activates each of the body’s muscle groups, and because the muscles hold together the skeletal system, strengthening the muscles supports and protects the skeleton. Cycling could also avert slipped discs by stimulating the muscles in the lower back and being a non weight bearing exercise, cycling isn't going to impact and damage the joints in the hips and knees.

4)Improve the immune system: cycling will help strengthen the immune system and contributes to a healthy and balanced life. Moderate activity such as cycling can enhance immune response to tumour cells and prevent other ailments.

5)Mental health: cycling has a relaxing effect because of its uniform and cyclical motion. Stabilising the physical and psychological activities of the body by cycling can serve to eliminate anxiety, depression and mental stress.

6)Looking good: Cycling improves body shape, but it also improves the condition of the skin because the improvement in metabolism and circulation will help carry nutrients to the skin and carry away impurities. Cycling also helps boost your notion of yourself which influences how individuals see you.

7)Reduce blood pressure: cycling can help to reduce your blood pressure which in turn may help to prevent a stroke as well as other conditions.

So, as well as improving physical fitness and stamina, cycling incorporates a wealth of other wellbeing benefits. Naturally there's nothing like the open road, but a stationary exercise bike can be used any time of day and in any weather, without having the concern of inhaling traffic fumes. You are able to ride safely whilst listening to tunes or watching your favourite TV programmes, and never have to be concerned about getting knocked off. It’s time to get back again on the bike, and establish some physical exercise into my daily regimen.

About the Author: Fitness, exercise, bodybuilding and strength training advisor for a number of years Max Starritt has helped many people to achieve their goals

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