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.

How is Fast Food contending with all the Complaints about fatty foods?

How is Fast Food contending with all the Complaints 

For several years we've heard complaints about fast food restaurants and all their fatty foods. I have to admit, hubby and I have down-sized our fast food diet exponentially over the last few years. We use to grab a fat burger and fries a couple times a week while running errands. Now, it's a special treat if we plan ahead for a once a month super-sized everything!

As we age, we tend to care more about deflecting foods that add girth or gas and believe me, after 60 there are many! 

Health Day News reports on an investigation into the real nutrition provided in meals purchased from a few of the major fast food chains, examining everything from salt, saturated fat and calories from 1996 - 2013.

When is Garlic too old to eat? Do green sprouts matter?

Is Garlic ready to be tossed when Green Sprouts occur

If you're like me, I always buy too much Garlic. We use lots of fresh garlic around here for taste and medicinal health, but I never seem to use it all before sprouts rise from the bulb and it's ready to be tossed!


I just read an article in Prevention magazine and learned that garlic at this stage has more antioxidants than fresher garlic.

At this stage of their life, they are more likely to sustain attacks by insects. ugh

But the substances they release to keep the insects away create more pungent antioxidant garlic for us.

And that's just what we need from this sweet little allium (onion.) Charming... eh 

Black-eyed Peas on New Years Day for a Healthy 2015

How do you Celebrate New Years Day?

We are from East Texas, so New Year's Day means Black-eyed peas and Corn bread. The year will be dire (the older folks warn) if you dare to skip this Holiday fare.

 Eat your Black-eyed Peas and relish good fortune for the next 12 months. Now, that "good fortune" promise doesn't necessarily mean gains in monetary value-- but emotional and physical health for all. I'll take that.

(Our peas are in the crock-pot along with ham chunks and lots of onions. The Cornbread has chopped green chilies (a salute to our Desert Southwest living.) Hubby will request both by mid-morning tomorrow.

May you eat till you're stuffed tomorrow, whatever your favorite celebration food for the New Year may be! We wish you a wonderful, prosperous and healthy New Year!


A heads-up about Prepackaged Caramel Apples

A heads-up about Prepackaged Caramel Apples

Listeria is a serious illness and can cause death. During the end of October and through November many folks have been seriously ill with Listeria. A few have already died, so it appears that the contamination is still out there. Most of the folks interviewed with illness had eaten prepackaged, Caramel Apples.

 Symptoms of listeriosis infection include muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, fever, and convulsions. Typically, symptoms begin three to 70 days after eating the tainted food. And it can be deadly.

Since a specific source has not been found, it might be best to avoid all Caramel Apples until this mystery is solved.

The demise of the Fruit Cake... or NOT

The demise of the Fruit Cake... or maybe Not

I love Fruit Cake. And I think the naysayers who poke fun at the fruity, nutty, chunky delight haven’t really tried one. How bad can a cake be that has both cherries and pecans.

Wikipedia says, “Fruit cake is a cake made with chopped candied fruit and/or dried fruit, nuts, and spices, and soaked in spirits. A cake that simply has fruit in it as an ingredient can also be colloquially called a fruit cake.” 

That sounds delicious, even if you've never seen one.