Archive for the ‘Food Safety’ Category

A Better Alternative

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Here are some plant food alternatives to animal protein. You can use them to devise a diet that will help you lose weight without compromising bone health.

Almonds. A cup of dry, roasted, unsalted almonds contains about 30 grams of protein and very low amounts of cholesterol and sodium.
Tofu. Tofu is rich in both protein and calcium. From three ounces of tofu, you get about 20 grams of protein and about 170 milligrams of calcium.

Oatmeal. A cup of oatmeal yields around six grams of protein. Oatmeal is also low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol and sodium. It is good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, and selenium, and a very good source of manganese.

Spinach. There may be more to Popeye and spinach than a cartoonist’s tale. A cup of boiled and drained spinach has about five grams of protein. It is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and a good source dietary and other important minerals and vitamins.

Green peas. A cup of boiled green peas contains about nine grams of protein. Green peas provide a number of essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber, and a very low saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Great Habits for a Healthy Mane

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Hair care should not mean overspending at salons. It only takes basic hair-care routines to get a healthy mane. Here are a few steps to take care of your hair.

1. Regularly use the shampoo and conditioner recommended for your hair type ( permed, colored-treated, etc.) to offset the effects of sunlight and pollution.

2. Have your hair trimmed every five to six weeks to avoid split ends and save your current style.

3. Never use harsh nylon or metal combs or brushes if your hair strands are brittle.

4. Don’t brush wet hair. Use a wide-toothed comb to separate the tangles.

5. Don’t comb hair too much because this strips it of natural oils if your hair is dry. It over stimulates the oil glands if you have oily hair.

6. Don’t brush or comb your hair starting from the back. It will damage your hair.

7. Do regular exercises, especially head bends, to encourage blood circulation.

Weather the Storm

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

With floods, bad weather, and possible power cuts around the country, health issues associated with food in the home become crucial. Here are some tips to prevent food-borne illnesses during emergencies.

Food storage

  • Eat perishables such as bread and meat first, which spoil faster.
  • Eat canned foods last.
  • Minimize food spoilage by opening the fridge only when needed.
  • Get rid of vegetables or fruits that have been lying in floodwaters.
  • Cover foods with plastic wrap or store them in waterproof containers.
  • Throw out rotting or tainted food before it spoils other food.

Food safety

  • Frozen food that retains ice crystals and has undamaged or unopened packaging can be safely refrozen.
  • Defrosted foods can be used if they were only recently defrosted and were kept cold (i.e., if the fridge is working again).
  • Dispose of any food that changed color, is slimy, or smells.
  • Throw away damaged and punctured cans or tins with split seams.