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Food Sick? Food Safe!

Apparently on Monday I had a case of either Norwalk or a foodborne illness… either way, the health inspector narrowed it down to where I had eaten out on Saturday. Both can be spread from person to food, one food to another food, or from food to person. The inspector reminded me that 90% of illnesses from bacteria or viruses actually occur in the home. I felt it necessary to touch on food safety and hygiene basics to remind us all about the importance of protecting ourselves and others from unnecessary (potentially life-threatening), and at the very least highly inconveniencing, illnesses. 1) Separate. When buying or storing groceries, always ensure your raw meat/fish/poultry is separate from your fresh foods. Raw foods in the fridge...

From Greece to Greasy... 2012 Summer Olympics

  As the world’s most elite athletes push their physical abilities to the limits and set new records, spectators and tourists will be pushing their waistlines while filling up on burgers, fries and soda pop.  McDonalds has been a major Olympic sponsor since 1968 and this year they’ve built the world’s largest McDonalds ever – two stories, 20 checkout tills and 1500 seats.  They expect to serve 1200 customers an hour and sell £3 million of fast food during the games. Across the media, controversy arises about the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to allow McDonalds (and other controversial supporters such as Coca-Cola) as major sponsors of the games.  As with any sponsorship,...

The Egg Debate... Again??

The Research Institute in London, ON recently published a study showing that lifelong consumption of egg yolks is correlated to development of carotid artery plaques (the artery-clogging junk that increases risk for heart attack) and that eggs should be avoided by anyone at risk of cardiovascular disease. The study suggests heart disease risk increases with age after 40 years, with pack-years of smoking, and with egg-yolk years (number of egg yolks eaten per week multiplied by the number of years they followed this diet). The analysis found that egg yolk years were a significant predictor of disease (after adjusting for coronary risk factors) when consuming 3 or more egg yolks per week. One nutritionist criticized the study suggesting participant's...

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