A Listeria Outbreak - Check Your Freezer

A Listeria Outbreak in Kansas - Check your Freezer 

"Three people in Kansas have died and two others became ill from eating Blue Bell ice cream listeria, according to the state health department, the Wichita Eagles reports
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The Blue Bell Creameries were first established in 1907 and have never experienced a recall previously.

There are many kinds of bacteria that can cause food poisoning, but Listeria is one of the more deadly forms. Most food poisoning will make you very ill but if you are in otherwise good health, you will probably recover.

Listeria is a more dangerous form of food poisoning which often brings death, especially if you have a compromised immune system.

When investigators visited the manufacturing plant, Blue Belle CEO Paul Kruse said, “They feel that one production line we use here is what might have caused the problem.” Kruse continued, “It’s a complicated piece of machinery, it’s been down for about a month and a half, and what we’re likely going to do with it is throw it out the window, so to speak.”

Cheese and Mac Recall - Kraft

Metal in Kraft Macaroni and Cheese?

Kraft received 8 comments of metal in boxes of their Macaroni and Cheese dinners in the 7.25 oz box.  They have issued a recall for any boxes of this size that you might have in your cabinets.

You may return these items to the store for a full refund. This will be a large Recall for Kraft including 242,000 cases. 

There have been no reports of injury from this finding, but Kraft is being proactive in removing these items from store shelves. The boxes in question are marked with a "use by date" of September 2015.

5 Smoothies for Breakfast - (Video)

5 Smoothies for Breakfast

I eat a smoothie for breakfast 5 days a week with an occasional bowl of Oatmeal or a Pancake on the weekend. Hubby eats fried eggs and bacon almost everyday. I have a few extra pounds more than hubby, so I can't afford all the carbs in that bacon.

I do eat eggs every now and then, but usually it's a smoothie for me. The biggest problem with a smoothie everyday is the lack of variety. I have the same breakfast every day of the week. My smoothies are delish; Cauliflower, broccoli, avocado, strawberry yogurt, apple and skim milk. 

I know, after awhile it does get boring. I'm usually too busy first thing in the morning to search for a better variety of ingredients. I want nutrition quickly, so I don't grab a peanut butter cookie instead.

This Video hit the spot! for me. Not only does it provide a variety of Smoothies, but she shares some time-saving hints about storing and prepartion too.

Have you drank your Cancer Prevention today?

Have you Drank your Cancer Prevention today!

Green Tea

Aedin Cassidy, PhD, of the University of East Anglia in England lead a group of researchers who studied a group of women for more than 30 years.  

More than 170,000 women between 25 and 55 were studied. Reasearchers followed their diets and searched for intake of Flavonols (a compound found in tea as well as citrus fruit and red wine.)

Is the Ice Cream in your freezer REALLY Ice Cream?

Is Ice Cream Really Ice Cream

While shopping, I don't read every label as often as I should. But sometimes you really need to read that label slowly, and think about what you're reading.

Consumer Reports recently brought to light that a new description of ice cream might not be ice cream at all. So when you check the Breyers Ice Cream for the flavor of your choice, also check the description of the Ice Cream. Does the carton say: Real Ice Cream or Frozen Dairy Dessert?

Want A little arsenic with your Rice?

Do you want a little Arsenic with your Rice?

You may be getting a small dose of arsenic whether you know it or not.

A recent article in Consumer Reports says, “Rice, in general, is one of the foods with the highest levels of inorganic arsenic.” They go on to say, “Arsenic in our food is becoming a real public health problem.”

During testing it was found that white basmati rice had half the amount of arsenic as other rice. And, in general, white rice appears to have less arsenic than brown rice, yet most of us prefer brown rice as it’s considered the most healthy.

I’m not entirely surprised to learn of this issue after all the news about antibiotics and other chemicals contaminating our food chain through the feed that farm animals are given. On many days I wish I was a vegetarian but I’m not. So arsenic in our food chain and avoiding it as much as possible is important to me.

Yet, in this case it isn’t something farmers are feeding animals that causes the small dose of arsenic in our healthy rice dishes.

What's the Risk of infection if you don't use antibiotic ointment on that paper cut?

Does every skin abrasion require antibiotic ointment?

When I had young children running around, the answer was 'Yes.'  Nowadays, I'm not so sure.

 I recently read an article that said the real answer is decided by how much dirt is in the wound. If it's a wound that's visibly dirty, using an antibiotic ointment is the correct thing to do.  Wounds that have dirt and grit become infected 20-30 percent of the time.

But, if it's a clean cut, such as a paper cut with little debris or dirt, there may be no need for an antibiotic ointment. If it's a clean wound, there is only 1-5 percent chance that it will become infected.

So the wound will heal just fine without any ointment. Plus, without using the antibiotic ointment you will be saving yourself the risk of any side effects from that product.

Yes, antibiotic ointments have their own lists of side effects.