Food in the News

The Health Risk of Hot Beverages

In recent years, the health benefits of drinking coffee and tea have been well publicized. But now comes bad news for those that like these beverages really hot.  No, it isn't about a  possible burn from a spill. The warning speaks of  internal injury, specifically to your esophagus if the hot drink you're enjoying is too hot for your tissues to handle. 


Foodborne illness: Is it increasing or decreasing in the U.S? Why?

Recently, Time magazine devoted considerable space to explaining this seemingly contradictory headline : "Why the rise in food poisoning reports is actually a good thing."  Does Time approve of an increase in foodborne illness?  Not at all.  Here's the point:  Foodborne illness is in the news more "because of the speed with which outbreaks are identified--and the public notified." 

Can Super Bananas Save Millions of Lives? Can Better Coffee Come from Adding Butter?

bananasMaybe you thought bananas were already a superfood or at least a super food. But in Uganda, where they're a major part of the population's diet, they're not super enough.  So human testing is about to begin in the U.S. to see if genetically-altered bananas can solve the problem of a serious nutritional deficiency and make a major nutritional contribution to the lives of about a million children just in Uganda. 


Now here's something much less significant that's also widespread in the news media:--the new fad of flavoring coffee with butter.

If those you love happen to love chocolate, should you worry?

Especially when children and/or grandchildren are involved, there's always some risk to worry about.  But just in case you're temporarily between worries, here's  a new candidate: In late March, 2016, a nonprofit consumer health protection organization named As You Sow published (online) an alarming and highly publicized article dealing with the presence of lead and cadmium in many popular  brands of chocolate candy.  

CRF Frozen Foods Lead to Food-born Illness Outbreak

Because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, CRF has now recalled all of the company's frozen vegetable and fruit items, both traditional and organic. Check your freezer for the frozen  produce listed in this announcement:


Health Risk from Sliced Apple Products

Those little bags of  sliced apples, sold  under various brand names, have been involved in recalls before.  On April 5, the FDA posted another one. The company name is Fresh From Texas; it's based in San Antonio.  In September, 2015, recalled sliced apples were sold under this cute name: Appeeling  Fruit Inc., cleverly named by a Dauberville, PA firm.


What's Happening in Restaurants These Days

RestaurantDo you spend more of your food dollars in restaurants than in grocery stores?  That's the American trend, and the reason why you should keep up with what's happening in restaurants these days.  To help you keep pace, let's talk about calorie counts on menus, McDonald’s new all-day breakfast policy, and the widespread restaurant shortage of cooks, a growing problem.


Food Warnings: raw eggs, frozen spinach, veggie smoothies, soft cheese, powdered pure caffeine, and kombucha tea

raw eggAs your Shelf Life Advice editor, I read a lot of online articles, newspaper and magazine food sections, and university newsletters about food safety. From all this reading, I learn a lot about what's NOT safe or beneficial to eat.  Here are some interesting, and, in some cases, life-saving, bits of advice that can keep you away from risky foods and too much food.

Bad Publicity for Chipotle Mexican Grill and for Foods Processed with Hexane

chipotleI said to my husband, "I need to take a photo of a Chipotle restaurant for my Shelf Life Advice article about the Chipotle outbreaks.  Come with me, and we'll have lunch there, my treat."


Coffee, coffee everywhere--but how much can I drink?

coffeeStroll along almost any street with small retail shops and you're likely to come to a coffee shop.  What?  You don't like the taste of coffee?  That doesn't matter.  It can be doctored with any number of high-calorie sweet flavorings to give you a beverage you'll adore.  But the big question is this: considering both the benefits and the unpleasant and sometimes unhealthful side effects, how much of the caffeinated version should you allow yourself to consume each day? 


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