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Food Safety

Artificial Sweeteners: Helpful or Harmful

icing sugar with artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners were first introduced as a tactic to combat the shortage of sugar. Lately, it has been utilized as a way to help deal with obesity but research has been found that they actually may be making the issue worse. With all the issues noted in studies of the side effects of non-caloric artificial sweeteners, it may be better for a person to stick to a more natural diet (Brown, 2018). Artificial sweeteners are low cost and having a sweetness greater than that of normal table sugar they are commonly used in the baking industry. In spite of their beneficial effects, these sweeteners have documented health issues. In some cases, long-term exposure can lead to enforcer. A careful review of the literature by consumers and health professionals is necessary in an effort to make well-informed decisions about their health (Nisa et al, 2016).

Top 10 Favorite Gluten-Free Products and Resources from 2017

Gluten-free waffles

As the New Year looms, I wanted to share my favorite gluten-free products and resources I discovered in 2017! Unfortunately, going gluten-free is becoming a necessity for more and more folks. The good news is that you can eat gluten-free without feeling deprived by utilizing my top 10 favorite gluten-free products and resources!

The One Natural Treatment That Prevents Vegan Travelers From Traveler’s Diarrhea

Travelers Diarrhea, Health, Stomach bug

There is nothing worse that getting a stomach bug on vacation and wasting days of your leisure time dealing Traveler's Diarrhea. Whether you pick up a stomach bug while traveling or get travelers diarrhea after returning home here's how to end the symptoms of traveler's diarrhea naturally and safely.

11 Teens Hospitalized After Consuming THC-Laced Gummy Bears

THC-laced gummy bears

In the early hours of Friday, July 7, 2017, police responded to a call to rescue eleven teens from Fishers, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. These teens--5 girls and six boys—had taken a very small dose of an edible marijuana product. In fact, each of these children had ingested only ½ of one THC-laced gummy bear. When police arrived, the teens were complaining of rapid heart rate, leg pain, blurry vision, and hallucinations. Nine of the teens were 18-years-old, and two were 19-years-old.

Top 10 Ways to Use Vinegar for Cleaning Purposes

Vinegar for cleaning

When it comes to natural, green cleaning, it’s hard to beat plain old white vinegar. Because it is technically a FOOD and not a CLEANER, vinegar is safe for use around kids, pets, and food prep areas. It’s also extremely affordable, costing only about 5¢ per ounce. Due to a pH of 2.0 and the acetic acid content, vinegar is an inhospitable environment for many microorganisms, so it is the perfect cleaner for your home! Vinegar is proven to be an effective disinfectant against E. coli, staphylococcus aureus, salmonella, and influenza, and also a very effective natural deodorizer.

Should French Fries Be Called 'Death Fries' - A New Study on Fried Potatoes

Fried Potatoes

I have been calling French fries or fried potatoes ‘death fries’ for years since I gave up carbs in 1977. Other carbs like sugar and rice were simply labeled ‘white death’. The negative connotation made it easier to avoid something I ate several times a week when I was growing up and knew weren’t the best choice. Now, a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) may have proven me right.

Cooking Food In This Heavy Metal Proves To Be Disastrous To Your Health

Heavy Metal Toxicity Aluminum Cooking

We have gotten into an international bad habit of cooking our food in aluminum foil, which is one of the most commonly used items in the kitchen. Aluminum foil is popularly used for wrapping sandwiches and covering leftovers too. But is safe to cook and wrap our foods in this heavy metal?

Here is how you avoid and treat Typhoid fever

Salmonella Typhi can be treated naturally

The World Health Organization estimates that there are 21 million people affected by typhoid fever every year. This disease is contracted by ingesting a bacteria called Salmonella Typhi, through contaminated water or food. Though Typhoid fever can be deadly, there are 2 approaches to avoid contracting the bacteria and 3 home remedies that will help you treat Typhoid fever.

Two Dangerous Things You're Doing With Your Food

Food

Here are two unsuspecting ways your food can get contaminated and cause your body harm. You've probably done both at least once, and may still be doing them everyday! Heard of the five-second rule? As a kid you probably swore by it. But scientists are finally handing down an official verdict on its efficacy. They also found that sharing spoons can increase your risk for cavities!

Celiac disease alert: General Mills recalls gluten-free Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios

Boxe of Cheerios Recalled by General Mills

General Mills has recalled gluten-free Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios because wheat was included in the packages but not listed in the ingredients. The company recommends that consumers with celiac disease, wheat allergies and gluten sensitivities avoid the recalled cereal. General Mills states that one facility, located in California, was affected by wheat contamination. The company has recalled 1.8 million boxes of its cereal.

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