Healthy Foods You Should Be Careful Eating

Trying to eat healthy is a great idea. However, some healthy foods can actually pose a risk. There are contamination issues you have to be aware of. In addition, some foods that are good for you can be dangerous if they aren’t stored or cooked properly. In order to make eating healthy safe, it helps to stay aware of the dangers that can lurk in your favorite healthy foods.

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Leafy Greens
Salad is the ultimate health food. Leafy greens, which form the base of any good salad, are loaded with nutrients. However, they also are great at harboring pathogens. Listeria, for example, is common with this food. Outbreaks are usually made very public, but you can help reduce your chances of getting sick by simply washing all leafy greens before using. Make sure to get into all the crevices to wash out anything that may be lurking there.
Meat and Fish
Improper storage, defrosting and cooking of meat and fish products can cause major illnesses. While you probably aren’t able to kill or catch your own food, you do need to be careful about where you buy it. Make sure the store practices safe handling procedures. When you get it home, store it properly. Don’t leave meat out to thaw. Instead, follow advised processes for thawing. In addition, make sure you always follow the guidelines for preparing and cooking meat and fish. Lastly, make sure you discard any old meat or fish or anything that smells or looks bad.
Avocado
While avocados are usually safe when it comes to illness, they do pose another risk. If you are concerned about eating healthy and watching your calories, avocados should be eaten with care. They are a great source of good fats, but they are also loaded with calories. So, eat them in moderation.
How to Stay Informed
The news has been a bit loaded down with food recalls that pose health risks, such as those mentioned by USC. You have to just be aware of what you are eating. Pay attention to use-by dates. Choose produce carefully. Keep meats at the proper temperature whether you are storing, thawing or cooking. Following all suggestions for how to store, prepare or cook foods.
Through a well-developed health IT ecosystem, like what is shown by the University of Cincinatti Online, it is much easier for the public to be notified and kept in the loop about dangerous foods and healthy eating tips. You should always pay attention to advice from healthcare providers on healthy eating. They can offer great advice and ensure you know what foods to eat and what foods to avoid or to eat in moderation.
Eating healthy is a great idea and something everyone should be doing. However, it is a smart idea to keep informed about the foods you are eating so you can avoid eating something that could get you sick. In addition, make sure that understand the nutritional details of foods you eat, so you aren’t sabotaging your efforts. By being smarter about healthy foods, you can reach your eating goals while also avoiding getting sick.

Brain Foods That Help You Concentrate

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Listen to the buzz about foods and dietary supplements, and you’ll believe they can do everything from sharpen focus to enhance memory, attention span, and brain function.

But do they really work? There’s no denying that as we age, our body ages right along with us. The good news is that you can improve your chances of maintaining a healthy brain if you add “smart” foods and drinks to your diet.

Caffeine Can Make You More Alert

There’s no magic bullet to boost IQ or make you smarter — but certain substances, like caffeine, can energize you and help you concentrate. Found in coffee, chocolate, energy drinks, and some medications, caffeine gives you that unmistakable wake-up buzz, though the effects are short-term. And more is often less: Overdo it on caffeine and it can make you jittery and uncomfortable.

Sugar Can Enhance Alertness

Sugar is your brain’s preferred fuel source — not table sugar, but glucose, which your body processes from the sugars and carbs you eat. That’s why a glass of something sweet to drink can offer a short-term boost to memory, thinking, and mental ability.

Have too much, though, and memory can be impaired — along with the rest of you. Go easy on the sugar so it can enhance memory without packing on the pounds.

Eat Breakfast to Fuel Your Brain

Tempted to skip breakfast? Studies have found that eating breakfast may improve short-term memory and attention. Students who eat it tend to perform better than those who don’t. Foods at the top of researchers’ brain-fuel list include high-fiber whole grains, dairy, and fruits. Just don’t overeat; researchers also found high-calorie breakfasts appear to hinder concentration.

Fish Really is Brain Food

A protein source linked to a great brain boost is fish — rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are key for brain health. These healthy fats have amazing brain power: A diet with higher levels of them has been linked to lower dementia and stroke risks and slower mental decline; plus, they may play a vital role in enhancing memory, especially as we get older.

For brain and heart health, eat two servings of fish weekly.

Add a Daily Dose of Nuts and Chocolate

Nuts and seeds are good sources of the antioxidant vitamin E, which has been linked in some studies to less cognitive decline as you age. Dark chocolate also has other powerful antioxidant properties, and it contains natural stimulants like caffeine, which can enhance focus.

Enjoy up to an ounce a day of nuts and dark chocolate to get all the benefits you need with a minimum of excess calories, fat, or sugar.

Is this the worst burger ever? Customer discovers takeaway is missing one very vital ingredient

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A customer looking forward to sinking his teeth into a nice juicy burger discovered he had a mouthful of salad.

That’s when he realised staff at the Harvey’s drive-thru in Bangor, North Wales, had forgotten to put the burgers into his double burger meal.

Speaking to the Daily Post , his partner said: “My partner and I decided to stop at the drive-thru in Bangor on our way home to Holyhead.

“We didn’t go in because our baby was in the car asleep so we thought it would be easier to get our food to take away.

“My partner ordered a double burger but when he opened the wrapper at home, there were no burgers, just a salad bun.

“We live about half an hour away so there was no way we were going to drive back.

“I called up to complain and was offered a free meal but I don’t think we will be going back.”

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The beefless blunder came to light when the lady alerted the restaurant on Facebook and posted a picture of her bare burger.

Harvey’s owner Craig Holmes said: “It was an error and wouldn’t happen again.

“Our burgers are cooked fresh to order, we don’t have them cooked ready to go.

“What will have happened is someone would have picked up the box and put in the bag not realising the burger wasn’t in it.

“It’s not something we make a habit of.”

“When the customer contacted us to complain, we offered her fresh replacement burgers,” he added.

“One of our drivers even offered to deliver them to her in Holyhead.”

What do you get when you cross a pizza and a Greggs pasty?

Manchester pizza punks Crazy Pedro's have created a Greggs inspired Pizza

Hungry and can’t decide between a pizza or a pasty? Well, now you don’t have to.

A restaurant has created the ‘Dreggs’ pizza – taking inspiration from bakery chain, Greggs .

The off-the-wall concoction , from Crazy Pedro’s, features a topping of brown sauce, mozzarella, sausage rolls and baked beans.

Basically, it’s a sausage and bean melt on a pizza, the Manchester Evening News reported .

The board advertising the new creation is also suspiciously close to the famous Greggs branding.

Manchester pizza punks Crazy Pedro's have created a Greggs inspired Pizza

Crazy Pedro’s is charging £15 for the new pastry-laden pizza, or £3 for a slice.

Other crazy creations at the Bridge Street bar have included the Dirty Northerner , which was topped with chips and gravy, and I Am The Resurreggtion , a seasonal special piled high with Easter eggs.

Britain’s favourite sandwich has been revealed – but is it your butty of choice?

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The bacon butty has been crowned Britain’s favourite sandwich .

It came first ahead of prawn mayo, BLT, egg and cress, and beef and horseradish in a poll by food magazine Olive.

But how do you make sure your bacon bap is the best ?

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Olive editor Laura Rowe – author of Taste: The Infographic Book of Food (£20, Aurum Press) – shares her top tips for the perfect sarnie this Sunday:

  1. Don’t scrimp on the bacon – this is the best bit! Look out for ‘dry-cure’ for the best flavour and texture. Back bacon comes from the loin of the pig and so will be leaner than streaky, which comes from the belly, so choose whichever cut you prefer. Always smoked.
  2. Choosing the right bread is crucial, too, for flavour and for holding the sarnie together. I like soft white bread, or a floury bap.
  3. Grill or barbecue the bacon until the fat caramelises and just starts to crisp.
  4. If you’re buttering your bread, make sure it is room temperature, soft and salted, otherwise swap in for homemade mayo, or my favourite, sriracha sauce.
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  • National Sandwich Week is May 8-14.
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Greedy Brits ‘spend third of waking hours thinking about food’

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The average Brit now spends a third of their waking hours thinking and talking about and taking pictures of food , new research has claimed.

The report suggests a staggering 48 percent of people now regularly take pictures of their meals, apply on a filter and post them on social media.

We also send an average of five food related texts and messages to our friends and family every day, with the most widely shared food related images emerging as home cooked meals (48 percent) posh restaurant food (41 percent) and sweets and puddings (35 percent).

And modern day terminology surrounding gastronomy was also uncovered – with the most popular foodie hashtags used by Brits emerging as #yummy (31 percent) followed by #food (30 percent), #delicious (27 percent) and #cooking (21 percent).

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On the flipside, the most annoying foodie hashtags were revealed – with #nomnom the most likely to make our stomach’s churn.

A further 64 percent of Brits now regularly use emojis to talk about food with friends and family.

And 37 percent admit they like to boast about their cooking ability and the places they have eaten via social media – while 20 percent admitted to sharing their food and meals “to make their friends jealous.”

The research also revealed the average Brit now eats out four times a month on average and three quarters of Brits consider themselves a “good cook” – with just over half proudly declaring themselves a “foodie”.

However, when it comes to our national cuisine, only 36 percent of Brits think that the UK has the best food in Europe.

In contrast, a patriotic 91 percent of Italians think their country’s food is the best, as do a proud 81 percent of Spanish and a fraternal 73 percent of French.

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The European-wide research was conducted by Heinz to celebrate 140 years of ketchup.

Heinz Brand Manager Chris Isaac, said: “The UK’s passion for food is growing, which is reflected in this research.

“Being able to share pictures of their food brings real pleasure and anticipation to the occasion, and is increasingly becoming a hot topic of discussion amongst family and friends.”

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The study of 4,500 people also revealed a list of 30 signs you are obsessed with food – including baking your own bread, hosting regular foodie soirées and shopping at farmer’s markets.

Almost half of us (44 percent) say they now live to eat – as opposed to eating to live.

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And the majority (63 percent) said their parent’s generation have an entirely different attitude towards food and cooking – with 29 percent admitting their parents tease them about posting food images to social media.

30 signs you are food obsessed

  1. You cook everything from scratch
  2. There are few foods you haven’t tried
  3. You know the best cuts of meat
  4. You regularly have friends for dinner
  5. You know coolest places to eat
  6. You have perfected roasters
  7. You know which wines go with which foods
  8. You buy food mags and cook books
  9. You make bread
  10. You shop at farmer’s markets
  11. You grow fresh herbs
  12. You eat locally sourced foods
  13. The local butcher and greengrocer know you by name
  14. You regularly handle and cook seafood
  15. You know how to cook lobster
  16. You never make gravy from granules
  17. You choose a holiday based on the restaurants
  18. You snub chain restaurants
  19. You only use Heinz ketchup
  20. You always eat organic when possible
  21. You know when game season is
  22. You know how to complain in a restaurant
  23. Love your beef and pork slightly pink
  24. You take charge of the menu and order for friends
  25. Know how to shuck an oyster
  26. Your Instagram account contains mainly pics of food
  27. Have a state of the art BBQ
  28. Your kids hardly ever eat from the kids’ menu
  29. Kids eat sashimi and sushi
  30. You have a sourdough starter

Yorica Soho: The first allergen free restaurant in London

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A shop which claims to be “the first ever completely free from” sweets and dessert store has opened in London.

Yorica, which opened on Wardour Street in Soho on Wednesday only sells food which is free from dairy, nuts, gluten, eggs and wheat.

The store customers can buy ice cream, frozen yogurt and milkshakes that have been made with rice milk, seaweed, vanilla bean paste and other natural ingredients, including natural sugars and sweeteners.

Customers can currently choose from 12 flavours of ice cream and 6 flavours of frozen yogurt, all of which can be made into hot or cold shakes.

Flavours range from beetroot and chocolate to matcha green tea, and Yorica even serves a nut free peanut butter ice cream, which they say tastes just like the real thing.

Shakes are topped with home-made whipped cream which is dairy-free and made on site.

Ice cream toppings include brownies, cookies and a homemade allergen-free chocolate sauce.

The only allergen that any of the food contains is soy, which is used in some ice creams and baked goods in order to achieve the desired consistency – though some products are soy free.

Two days after opening, Yorica are already looking to expand their menu further.

A spokesperson told The Independent that they’re working on more a smoothie range, and “trying to play around with ice cream and vegetables – some of them have come out quite well”.

Forget Apple Pay: ‘Grapefruit Pay’ lets BrewDog customers trade grapefruits for beers

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In a pleasingly surrealist stunt, BrewDog will for a limited time being accepting a single grapefruit as currency.

One fruit will pay for a half-pint of American IPA at any of the brewery’s 28 UK bars, with the grapefruits then being sent off to be turned into their new beer, Elvis Juice.

The scheme goes live at 6pm on Friday 4 March, but, before you go raiding Tesco, is limited to one grapefruit-for-beer transaction per person.

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It’s all down to the new Elvis Juice recipe being infused with grapefruit (a flavour also very present in their Dead Pony Club range).

“Elvis Juice is full-throttle, pummeling punchy fruit flavours to the fore, and is set to headline over the summer months.,” commented BrewDog co-founder James Watt.

“This beer is absolutely dominated by grapefruit, and we wanted to give beer fans the heads up on its arrival by crowdsourcing the ingredients for the next brew day – by swapping a grapefruit for a taste of the hoppy action. Grapefruits can’t buy you happiness but they can buy you beer.”

If any whiskey brands are reading this and looking to do a similar stunt, I have a lot of cherries lying around.

The magical thing eating chocolate does to your brain

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In the mid 1970s, psychologist Merrill Elias began tracking the cognitive abilities of more than a thousand people in the state of New York. The goal was fairly specific: to observe the relationship between people’s blood pressure and brain performance. And for decades he did just that, eventually expanding the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study (MSLS) to observe other cardiovascular risk factors, including diabetes, obesity, and smoking. There was never an inkling that his research would lead to any sort of discovery about chocolate.

And yet, 40 years later, it seems to have done just that.

Late in the study, Elias and his team had an idea. Why not ask the participants what they were eating too? It wasn’t unreasonable to wonder if what someone ate might add to the discussion. Diets, after all, had been shown to affect the risk factors Elias was already monitoring. Plus, they had this large pool of participants at their disposal, a perfect chance to learn a bit more about the decisions people were making about food.

The researchers incorporated a new questionnaire into the sixth wave of their data collection, which spanned the five years between 2001 and 2006 (there have been seven waves in all, each conducted in five year intervals). The questionnaire gathered all sorts of information about the dietary habits of the participants. And the dietary habits of the participants revealed an interesting pattern.

“We found that people who eat chocolate at least once a week tend to perform better cognitively,” said Elias. “It’s significant–it touches a number of cognitive domains.”

The findings, chronicled in a new study published last month, come largely thanks to the interest of Georgina Crichton, a nutrition researcher at the University of South Australia, who led the analysis. Others had previously shown that eating chocolate correlated with various positive health outcomes, but few had explored the treat’s effect on the brain and behavior, and even fewer had observed the effect of habitual chocolate consumption. This, Crichton knew, was a unique opportunity.

Not only was the sample size large–a shade under 1,000 people when the new questionnaire was added–but the cognitive data was perhaps the most comprehensive of any study ever undertaken.

The chocolate effect

In the first of two analyses, Crichton, along with Elias and Ala’a Alkerwi, an epidemiologist at the Luxembourg Institute of Health, compared the mean scores on various cognitive tests of participants who reported eating chocolate less than once a week and those who reported eating it at least once a week. They found “significant positive associations” between chocolate intake and cognitive performance, associations which held even after adjusting for various variables that might have skewed the results, including age, education, cardiovascular risk factors, and dietary habits.

In scientific terms, eating chocolate was significantly associated with superior “visual-spatial memory and [organisation], working memory, scanning and tracking, abstract reasoning, and the mini-mental state examination.”

But as Crichton explained, these functions translate to every day tasks, “such as remembering a phone number, or your shopping list, or being able to do two things at once, like talking and driving at the same time.”

In the second analysis, the researchers tested whether chocolate consumption predicted cognitive ability, or if it was actually the other way around–that people with better performing brains tended to gravitate toward chocolate. In order to do this, they zeroed in on a group of more than 300 participants who had taken part in the first four waves of the MSLS as well as the sixth, which included the dietary questionnaire. If better cognitive ability predicted chocolate consumption, there should have been an association between the people’s cognitive performance prior to answering the questionnaire and their reported chocolate intake. But there wasn’t.

“It’s not possible to talk about causality, because that’s nearly impossible to prove with our design,” said Elias. “But we can talk about direction. Our study definitely indicates that the direction is not that cognitive ability affects chocolate consumption, but that chocolate consumption affects cognitive ability.”

What’s going on?

Why exactly eating chocolate is associated with improved brain function Crichton can’t say with absolute certainty. Nor can Elias, who admits that he expected to observe the opposite effect–that chocolate, given its sugar content, would be correlated with stunted rather than enhanced cognitive abilities. But they have a few ideas.

They know, for instance, that nutrients called cocoa flavanols, which are found naturally in cocoa, and thus chocolate, seem to have a positive effect on people’s brains. In 2014, one concludedthat eating the nutrient can “reduce some measures of age-related cognitive dysfunction.” A 2011 study, meanwhile found that cocoa flavanols “positively influence psychological processes.” The suspicion is that eating the nutrient increases blood flow to the brain, which in turn improves a number of its functions.

Chocolate, like both coffee and tea, also has methylxanthines, plant produced compounds that enhance various bodily functions. Among them: concentration levels. A number of studies have shown this, including one in 2004, and another in 2005.

Experts have known about the wonders of eating chocolate for some time. A lot of previous research has shown that there are, or at least could be, immediate cognitive benefits from eating chocolate. But rarely, if ever, have researchers been able to observe the impact of habitual chocolate eating on the brain.

The takeaway isn’t that everyone should rush to stuff their faces with the magical sweet. “I think what we can say for now is that you can eat small amounts of chocolate without guilt if you don’t substitute chocolate for a normal balanced healthy diet,” Elias said.

The research, he says, isn’t finished yet. There are more questions to ask, more answers to pursue.

“We didn’t look at dark chocolate and lighter chocolate separately,” he pointed out. “That next study could tell us a lot more about what’s going on.”

“We also only looked at people who were eating chocolate never or rarely versus once a week or more than once a week,” he added. “I’d really like to see what happens when people eat tons of chocolate.”

‘George Clooney effect’ sees coffee pods added to national shopping basket

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To some, they are a modern convenience, to others an expensive and wasteful indulgence. Yet while they may divide opinion among coffee purists and gadget-obsessed Britons, disposable coffee pods are now a regular part of the British diet, according to the Government.

The popularity of the pods, helped by Nespresso’s adverts featuring George Clooney, has prompted their inclusion in the ‘shopping basket of goods and services’ the Office for National Statistics (ONS) uses to measure consumer price inflation. The changes to the contents of this year’s basket, announced on 15 March, “reflect evolving consumer tastes,” according to the ONS.

Coffee pods are one of 15 items which have been added, and represent a “distinct and growing product” within the hot drinks category. Britons spent £109m on coffee pods last year, getting through around 260m of the plastic pods. And more than one in five people own a coffee pod machine, according to The Grocermagazine.

Other new additions to the ONS basket include foods such as microwave rice, big chocolate bars, and meat based snacks representing the demand for “buffet-type food.” Cream liqueurs have been added to the spirits category, in a bid to improve the measurement of an area where there is a “high degree of price volatility due to discounts.” And Lemons are now included in the basket, to boost the representation of citrus fruit.

Sometimes products are dropped because they can be incorporated into a wider category. This is the case with organic dessert apples and carrots. Both have been removed and will now be counted in the general apples and carrots categories as a result of “organic produce becoming mainstream with less distinction from non-organic products,” states the ONS. But in the case of cooked sliced turkey, it has been removed and “replaced by cooked sliced poultry since turkey was increasingly difficult to find in shops.”

Commenting on the changes, Carina Perkins, buying and supplying editor, The Grocer, remarked: “The ONS basket offers a great insight into the UK’s changing food and drink habits. Shoppers are becoming more health conscious, and the addition of meat snacks reflects the protein craze and demand for ‘healthier’ alternatives to crisps, while the addition of microwaved rice and coffee pods shows convenience still counts,”

And an ONS spokesman said: “In the longer term the basket does reflect changing habits with, for example, a move towards more prepared food and drink reflected this year in the inclusion of coffee pods and pouches of microwave rice, which join existing coffee and rice items in the inflation basket.” He added: “However other changes are designed to improve the overall estimate of inflation and don’t necessarily reflect changed spending or eating habits – for example the inclusion of lemons this year.”

It’s not just food and drink where the tastes of Britons are changing. New trends in the way in which people spend their time are also revealed in the 2016 shopping basket. Rewritable DVDs and CD Roms are among 14 items dropped, with both described as declining technologies. And computer software and downloadable computer games “reflecting evolving trends towards online services” have been added.

The cost of getting into a nightclub has been dropped from the basket, due to “reduced expenditure as the number of nightclubs is declining,” while women’s leggings and nail varnish have been added because of the amount people spend on them.

The ‘shopping basket’ of the typical goods and services bought by Britons is informed by around 180,000 price quotations measured every month. It includes around 700 items – ranging from bread and pasta to nursery fees – and draws on an annual Living Costs and Food Survey of more than 5,000 households.

Other changes to Britain’s 2016 shopping basket 

In

* Boy’s t-shirt – replaces the boy’s branded sports top previously included, to cover both casual and sportswear clothing

* Gloss or emulsion paint – previously counted as two separate items within DIY materials

* Restaurant main course – replaces previous categories of meat, fish and vegetarian main courses, because prices move in a similar way

Out

* Power point – removed from an over-full tools and equipment category

* Pub snacks – taken out of the over-covered ‘restaurant meals’ category which already still includes pub meals

* Prescription lens – not needed, with glasses and contact lenses already in the basket