Archive for the ‘Food Safety’ Category

Tsunami Food Safety Tips

Days after tsunami had ravaged Japan, its victims are still reeling from the devastation. News, messages and shout-outs flooding the media and social networking sites seemed surreal as the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that triggered tsunami waves has been recorded as one of the strongest that struck Japan in its history. Now a week after this devastating event, people are facing yet another threat in food safety.

With floods and possible power cuts, health issues associated with food in the home become crucial. In case of emergencies, here are some tips to follow to prevent food-borne illnesses:

-Throw out rotting food as it could spoil other food. Get rid of fruits and vegetables that have been lying in floodwaters.

- Dispose damaged and punctured cans or tins with split seams.

- Frozen food that retains crystals and has unopened packaging can be safely refrozen.

- Defrosted foods can be used if they are only recently defrosted and are kept cold (i.e., if the fridge is working again).

- Avoid food spoilage by opening the fridge only when needed.

- Eat perishables first like bread and meat, and eat canned goods last.

- Throw away any food that smells, slimy, and has changed in color.

- Stock up on drinking water. People could normally survive up to 2 weeks with water alone.

Water or Soda?

Consuming soda may provide an instant energy boost plus the love of people for consuming sweet, sugar-loaded products. However, too much in take of soda can take a toll on our health.

Many people around the world suffer from obesity and diabetes because of sugar cravings gone out of control. It is best to take a low down on this sweet treat and also be aware of other risks you take of too much soda in your body.

Weak bones. A study shows that the phosphoric acid in soft drinks causes calcium to leach from the bones making a person more prone to bone fractures than non-soda drinkers.

Gas and stomach irritation. Drinking carbonated beverages can cause gas and stomach irritation especially in those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.

Tooth Decay. Sodas contain carbonic and and phosphoric acids that dissolve the calcium in teeth making them more prone to cavities. Acid can also come from bacteria turning sugar into acid. Even diet sodas are no exception especially when you drink it together with a carbohydrate-rich snack or meal that produces sugar-acid combination which is bad for your teeth.

How to Stay Young and Great Looking

Youthfulness and beauty seem to go hand in hand together. As you get older, some beauty spoilers start appearing so it is best to take preventive measures early on to preserve your young and glowing look. Here are wonderful tips that work:

  • Get defensive on your skin with a daily SPF. This helps prevent wrinkles, blotches, and protects skin from cancer and other diseases.
  • Avoid foods that have anything with a dark pigment like wine, soy sauce and coffee as these may cause yellowish teeth. You may chop on apples, carrots and cucumbers instead that naturally cleanse the teeth.
  • Drink green tea to boost the skin’s elastic tissue.
  • Do a 20-minute cardiovascular exercise 4 or 5 times a week to beat the bulges.
  • Add saltwater fish in your diet that contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids which help regulate skin’s glow and luster.
  • Maintain your healthy hair by using a hot oil treatment weekly and massage a deep conditioner unto your scalp.