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Costco Issues A Huge Frozen Vegetable Recall

There’s a bad news alert for customers that have been relying on Costco for all of their frozen vegetable needs. It seems that this week, an entire line of frozen vegetables was recalled due to a possible listeria contamination. The brand in question happens to be CRF Frozen Foods, with their frozen mixed vegetables, green peas, and sweet corn all being recalled. If CRF Frozen Foods doesn’t ring a bell with you, then you may recognize the brand by their different names such as True Goodness By Meijer, Wellsley Farms Organic, Organic By Nature, Organic By Nature – Canada, and Schwan’s.

A long list of states happen to be affected by this recall, some of which include: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and West Virginia. You can find a complete list of the affected states on the FDA’s official site. The Canadian provinces that happen to be affected are: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Luckily for all those in the affected areas, the recall was simply a precaution as the frozen vegetables could have possibly been contaminated. Listeria is a serious problem for women who are pregnant, the elderly, and those who may have a compromised immune system.

So far there have been no reported incidents of listeria contamination from anyone. The symptoms of listeria include vomiting, fever, and diarrhea. If you happen to be experiencing these symptoms contact a medical professional.

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New Claims State That Water May Not Help You Lose Weight After All

When it comes to weight loss tips, one of the most followed is the idea that drinking more water will help you shed those pounds. Loads of fitness gurus and health experts have spoken out about how much good water does for our systems. Another very water specific statement has also been circulating the Internet, the idea that drinking cold water will help you increase your calorie burning rates. With all of this information out in the open for us, it should be a no-brainer to continue to add more water into our daily routine, especially for weight loss concerns.

However, Dr. Beth Kitchin – a nutritionist expert at the University of Alabama, has stepped forward against the notion that water has any effect on weight loss. Speaking directly with the Daily Mail, Dr. Kitchin stated that water is not the magic potion that will help you drop those pounds in a flash. In fact, she even states that there is not enough evidence to prove that drinking cold water will contribute to an increased caloric burn rates. So what does this all mean? It seems that Dr. Kitchin’s statements contradict some of the biggest published studies in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The journal states that drinking two cups of water 20-30 minutes before your meal can help you to lose weight by helping to suppress your appetite.

So what’s the final verdict? Although there may be many contradicting views on whether water can help us lose weight or not, there is no disputing how beneficial water is to our overall health.

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Life Expectancy Rates Have Dropped For White Women In The U.S.

A new study report released by the CDC has found that life expectancy rates have dropped for White women living in the U.S. While the overall consensus regarding men and women as a whole has not really dropped in the past couple of years, the results began to waver when the study began to break down the results into different races. It seems that white women have gotten a slightly smaller decline in life expectancy, a number that hasn’t been seen since back in 2005. The results for women of Hispanic and Black heritage were quite different, with life expectancy rising amongst both groups.

When the study looked into the life expectancy rates of White men, there was once against a slight decrease. However, the decrease was so slight that it showed up as no real difference in the data. The opposite was once again seen with Black and Hispanic men, as their life expectancy rates elevated slightly. Due to the concern regarding the slight drop in life expectancy, Elizabeth Arias, PhD, the researcher who created the report, decided to look into the cause of death for many of these women. It seems that the drop in life expectancy occurred due to an increase in suicides, drug overdoes, and liver diseases amongst white females in the U.S.

Although this new may seem a bit alarming to some females out there, you don’t have a real reason to worry, as the life expectancy throughout the United States is still higher than it’s ever been!

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Lead Poisoned Drinking Water Is A Serious Problem For The U.S.

Unfortunate news regarding water and lead poisoned water in the drinking water of the U.S. has been released. Ever since the Flint water crisis made headline news, a water investigation not only in Flint, MI but also throughout the entire U.S. has been conducted. With the disappointing reaction to the Flint water crisis, the USA Today Network decided to do some investigative research into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data. The information that the news network discovered was alarming to say the least, as nearly 20% of the nation’s water test fails to meet the standards of the Lead and Copper Rule.

With such high levels of lead contamination in the drinking water of many, lead poisoning becomes once again a big issue to battle against. Lead poisoning is especially harmful to babies and young children as they are still in their developmental stages. Even the lowest amount of exposure to lead in a young child can lead to huge developmental issues such as a lowered IQ, attention deficit disorders, and learning problems. In adults, however, lead exposure overtime can cause problems such as high blood pressure, mood disorders, and even headaches. So what can all of us do to avoid lead poisoning through our drinking water?

Well, one step is to have your water in your home tested. Calling the EPA’s safe drinking water hotline will help put you in touch with a servicer available in your area. Checking annual CCR reports is another great way to find out details about your area’s water source and contamination levels.

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FDA Set To Re-Evaluate “Healthy” Labels After Kind Bars Petition

With consumers becoming more and more health conscious about their food choices, many big corporations have taken huge hits to their sales. Customers have begun to demand ‘healthy’ and ‘all natural’ ingredients and corporations have decidedly looked for loopholes to label their products as such. Recently, Kind Bars have been put under scrutiny for their bars that they claim are ‘healthy and tasty’. On their site, Kind describes their bars as, “There’s healthy. There’s tasty. Then, there’s healthy and tasty.” Due to this label, many customers flocked to the bars as a healthy alternative to munch out on junk food.

However, after some due diligence done by the FDA last year, Kind had to remove the “healthy” label from all of their packaging. This year, the FDA has re-evaluated the brand and has allowed them to use the “healthy” label once again. This decision was a result of the FDA looking back into the company’s appeal. The “healthy” label, however, is not to be directed toward the company’s ingredients list, but, instead a simple philosophy that they stand by. The problems that the FDA found with the Kind Company was the large amounts of saturated fat found as well as different regulatory problems associated with the ingredients list. It should be noted, however, that the FDA is still working to determine what exactly “healthy” means when applied to food labels.

This re-evaluation is due to a major petition called the Citizen Petition that was actually filed by the Kind Company.

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Chia Seeds May Not Be The Superfood You Thought They Were

With the smoothie craze running rampant lately, it’s become no surprise that everybody has been going crazy over chia seeds. In fact, we’ve been seeing people toss in chia seeds into just about everything. The Internet has sworn to us that these tiny little seeds are filled with crazy amounts of nutrients, even deeming chia seeds a ‘superfood.’ But what if the Internet is wrong? It seems that a lot of the information we have available about chia seeds is not exactly scientifically backed up. In fact, it seems that a decent amount of the info has been overly exaggerated.

In one of the latest articles from Refinery 29, RDN and spokesperson for The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Kim Larson, spoke out about chia seeds and their actual benefits. “Much of the hype is really overblown for chia seeds. Very little research has been done on them.” There has, however, been one major study conducted on chia seeds back in 2012 when researchers had participants eat chia seeds every day for 10 weeks. The results showed very little for claims regarding blood pressure and lowered cholesterol. The researchers did note that what the chia seeds do have going for them is a significant amount of important fatty acids.

“I look at chia as a nutrient ‘booster’ — like all seeds,” says Larson. “They are easy to use, quick, and convenient, and they add a small hit of nutrition. When used consistently, that can add up.”

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This Woman Clapped Back At The Internet Body-Shaming Trolls

It seems that the Internet has taken it upon itself to go about body-shaming another woman on social media. Whether it’s telling a woman she’s ‘too fat’ or to go ‘eat a sandwich,’ the Internet is notorious for putting their opinions into other people’s lives. This week, the trolls came out on an Instagram engagement photoshoot involving a newly engaged couple. The couple was Ghanaian nurse, Mzznaki Tetteh, and her now fiancé, Kojo Amoah. The photos of the couple celebrating their engagement went viral on the Instagram, something that Tetteh did not expect to happen at all.

While a good majority of the comments were congratulatory messages aimed at the couple, there were still some that felt the need to rain on their parade with derogatory comments. According to a post made by Buzzfeed, users were going about leaving comments such as, “she needs to lose weight,” “I’m happy for her but I don’t want to support this because being obese isn’t good for her,” and even ruthless comments like, “you can see the struggle in his face.” However, despite the ongoing harassment from the Internet trolls, Tetteh continued to stay strong and smile in her hater’s faces. Tetteh responded by posting a photo of herself with the caption, “Still confident…your rubbish comments ain’t ruining my happiness…thanks to all for the compliments and best wishes…am honored.”

Her fiancé also had a word to say to the Ghana web, stating, “I am so proud of my woman and I don’t care about what anybody says out there.”

 

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A New Study Reveals Just How Many Women Have Had Their Drinks Spiked

Attention ladies, it may be time to be extra cautious about your drink when you’re out with some friends at a club, party, or bar. While many of us have been versed on the dangers of spiked drinks, sometimes it takes an actual scientific study to hit it home. Recently, a new study was published in the journal Psychology of Violence. In the study, researchers questioned 6,000 students in colleges all around the U.S. about whether or not they feel that their drinks have ever been spiked before. According to the results from the survey, out of the 6,000 students, 8 percent or around 462 students have said that they believe that their drinks have been spiked before.

This included drugs such as roofies, Xanax, and whatever other drugs. While the researchers were not able to verify whether the students were correct in their assumptions, the results are still pretty frightening at first glance. On the flip side, researchers questioned the students on whether they had ever spiked a person’s drink before. Out of the 6,000 students questioned a shocking 83 people answered the survey with a “yes”. When questioned on why the offenders had spiked the drinks in the first place, the major response heard was that it was “fun”. The second top response was to engage in intercourse, otherwise known as sexual assault. And finally the third most popular answer was that they had no idea why they had spiked someone’s drink the first place.

Regardless of the reasons or the results, ladies, you should keep both of your eyes glued on your drink throughout the night.

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The Bra Myth Debunked By Experts

One of the biggest health myths that have been going viral on the Internet is that wearing a bra can be bad for the health of your breasts. Many people have been spreading this myth on the Internet, causing us to grow truly curious about it. Is there any actual link between wearing a bra constantly and potential breast cancer? Keeping this statement in mind, we decided to do our own research into the topic and see if there have been any documented and verified sources for this idea. After looking through what the experts have to say, there seems to be no real link between wearing a bra and an increased risk of breast cancer.

“There’s just no evidence that any type of bra, or a tight-fitting bra, is harmful in any way,” says Holly Pederson, M.D., director of medical breast services at the Cleveland Clinic.

A case study conducted back in 2014 by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle also came to the same conclusion, as they found no direct links between wearing a bra at night and increased risk of breast cancer. So what does this entire information mean for us ladies? Well, it can definitely clear your mind of any qualms you may have had with wearing a bra, especially to bed. The fact of the matter is, whether you choose to wear a bra or not, make the decision based on your own personal comfort and not out of a fear of health risks.

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FDA To Label All Opioid Prescriptions With Black Box Warnings

In order to combat the rising opioid addiction occurring in the United States, the FDA has decided to create new warning labels on prescription painkillers. The idea behind the new label stemmed from an inherent desire to allow users to understand the dangers of abusing the prescriptions. Now, all immediate-release opioid painkillers will be branded with a caution label that has been dubbed the “black box” warning. The black box warning is considered the highest type of warning issued by the FDA. The drugs that will be carrying the black box warning label will be oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, to name a few.

The warning labels issued will warn users of the addictive properties of the drugs, how to avoid overdosing, and what songs of drug abuse to watch out for. The rising number of opioid drug abuse in the United States has caused much concern. This concern grows even higher for females in the country, as it has been noted that women have been found abusing prescription painkillers far more than their male counterparts. The FDA hopes to lessen the number of abuse by limiting the availability of these drugs and providing users with highly informative warning labels. The FDA is also looking into making the overdose reversing drug, naloxone more widely available.

During a press release, FDA commissioner Robert Califf, MD, spoke out about the issue by stating, “Today’s actions are one of the largest undertakings for informing prescribers of risks across opioid products and one of many steps the FDA intends to take this year as part of our comprehensive action plan to reverse this epidemic.”

 

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