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How To Keep Food In a Refrigerator.

In Health on September 30, 2013 at 10:33

Refrigeration

Refrigeration Tips.

The Refrigerator  is being used as a glorified ward robe for cooking ingredients, cooked food and vegetable,s.

As an after thought things that are meant to be kept at Frozen or low temperatures are accommodated.

In a Typical Brahmin Household, you would find in a Fridge,

Vathal Kuzhambu, prepared in BC,

Side dished prepared with Coconut emanating stale odor,

Sambhar made , of course eons ago,you would find hardly a teaspoon of it,

Boiled unused Milk,

Cut Fresh Vegetables, cut about a week ago,

Ready Mixes in the Freezer,

Cashew nuts, Pickles( in the side partition,

Broken Coconuts, Children Medicine,

Uncut vegetables in the Vegetable Tray, fresh vegetables at the top and the old at the bottom to ensure you use only the New ones and it is amtter of time before the old are consigned to garbage.

Come to think of most of the items in the Fridge are to be thrown out any way.

In the middle you would improperly curdled Milk/Curds along with Deodorizers, costing any where between Rs 30 to 150, while a small piecec of charcoal wrapped in cloth would do,

Some information as to how to keep the various items , based on temperatures in the Refrigerator.

Basic food safety is common sense.

 

First, keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.  Foods kept between 40 degrees Fahrenheit and 140 degrees Fahrenheit provide perfect mediums for bacterial growth, so allowing food to rest at room temperature for extended periods of time can lead to dangerous dishes.

 

Second, avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw foods that require cooking away from ready-to-eat foods.  This includes washing hands, knives, and cutting boards when switching from raw meats to fresh vegetables and the like.  A good way to ensure this separation is to have a cutting board used exclusively for meat.

 

Third, wash your hands and ready-to-eat foods thoroughly.

 

Finally, use a meat thermometer to cook meats – especially ground beef – thoroughly as heat kills many pathogens and denatures some toxins.  Proper cooking temperatures, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, are listed below:

 

Beef and Veal:
Ground products 160 F
Steaks and Roasts 145 F

Poultry: 165 F

Eggs:  160 F

Fish and Shellfish:  145 F

Lamb:

Ground 160 F

Steaks and Roasts 145 F

Pork:

Raw, uncured 160 F

Pre-cooked Ham 140 F

Leftovers: 165 F

Leftovers always present a dilemma; the question being, “how long is this good for?”  Fortunately, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has a detailed chart to track your leftovers’ edibility.  In general, fresh meats are safe for 1-3 days and leftovers for 3-5, but this depends greatly on the type of food.  The complete list is below:

Beef, Lamb, Pork and Veal

With proper refrigeration, fresh ground, hamburger, stew meat or variety meat (tongue, liver, heart, kidney, chitterlings) will stay safe for 1-2 days; fresh chops, roasts and steaks will stay safe for 3-5 days; and fresh pre-stuffed chops will stay safe for 1 day.

Leftover beef, lamb, pork or veal, including casseroles, will stay safe for 3-4 days.

Corned beef in a pouch, with pickling juices, will stay safe for 5-7 days in the refrigerator.

Bacon will stay safe for 7 days.

Ham (Pre-Cooked)

Fully cooked slices of ham will stay safe 3-4 days, half-hams for 3-5 days, and whole hams for 7 days if refrigerated properly.

Pre-cooked ham that is labeled “keep refrigerated,” if opened, will stay safe for 3-4 days.  Unopened canned pre-cooked ham will stay safe for 6-9 months.

Vacuum-sealed ham that is unopened, fully cooked and dated can be safely refrigerated through its “use-by” date.  Vacuum-sealed ham that is unopened, fully cooked and undated can be safely refrigerated for 2 weeks.

Dairy

  • Leave cottage cheese, yogurt, sour cream, milk, and cream in the containers they came in. But after transferring milk to a pitcher or sour cream to a serving bowl, don’t return them to the original containers. Instead, tightly cover the pitcher or bowl with plastic wrap.
  • Store hard cheeses in the store wrapping until you use them, then wrap them in wax paper, foil, or loose plastic.
  • Plastic milk bottles make more sense than cardboard cartons, since bacteria can grow near the cardboard spout and enter a glass of milk every time you pour. Nevertheless, as long as you use the milk within its shelf life, it should be safe to drink.

http://wwwhttp://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/shopping-storing/food/store-food-refrigerator-10000000685607/index.html.foodsafetynews.com/2010/10/preventing-foodborne-illness/#.UkjoGtKnojo

 

What You Buy As Honey Is Not Honey

In consumer forum, Health on September 30, 2013 at 07:24

I always had an apprehension that the Bottled Honey one buys in Shops and Super Markets,touted as  original.

All the Brands we buy at Home, I tested by a simple process.

Honey.

Honey Facts.

Take a Glass of cold Water.

Drip a few drops of Honey in it.

It it is Pure Honey it will not dissolve in water, but settle at the bottom.

I found all the brands of Honey I purchased dissolved in the water.

Now onto some information that the Honey we buy is not Natural Honey but “pollen frequently has been filtered out of products labeled “honey.”

The food safety divisions of the  World Health Organization, the European Commission and dozens of others also have ruled that without pollen there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources.

In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration says that any product that’s been ultra-filtered and no longer contains pollen isn’t honey. However, the FDA isn’t checking honey sold here to see if it contains pollen.

Ultra filtering is a high-tech procedure where honey is heated, sometimes watered down and then forced at high pressure through extremely small filters to remove pollen, which is the only foolproof sign identifying the source of the honey. It is a spin-off of a technique refined by the Chinese, who have illegally dumped tons of their honey – some containing illegal antibiotics – on the U.S. market for years.

Food Safety News decided to test honey sold in various outlets after its earlier investigation found U.S. groceries flooded with Indian honey banned in Europe as unsafe because of contamination with antibiotics, heavy metal and a total lack of pollen which prevented tracking its origin.

Food Safety News purchased more than 60 jars, jugs and plastic bears of honey in 10 states and the District of Columbia.

The contents were analyzed for pollen by Vaughn Bryant, a professor at Texas A&M University and one of the nation’s premier melissopalynologists, or investigators of pollen in honey.

Bryant, who is director of the Palynology Research Laboratory, found that among the containers of honey provided by Food Safety News:

•76 percent of samples bought at groceries had all the pollen removed, These were stores like TOP Food, Safeway, Giant Eagle, QFC, Kroger, Metro Market, Harris Teeter, A&P, Stop & Shop and King Soopers.

•100 percent of the honey sampled from drugstores like Walgreens, Rite-Aid and CVS Pharmacy had no pollen.

Source:

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/tests-show-most-store-honey-isnt-honey/#.UkjWX9Knojo

 

Understanding Food Labels.

In Health on September 26, 2013 at 08:47

Labels on packs is  as difficult to read as ‘conditions apply’.

In the case of Food products it seems to me that the manufacturer’s aim is to comply with the regulation and at the same time make sure that you do not read what is written.

I came across information that tells you understand the Labels in Food Products.( if you can read them!)

Story:

Did you know that when you pick up a product promoted as trans fat free, you may still be ingesting a significant amount of this potentially harmful substance? An article by Eric Brandt reveals that misleading labeling practices can result in medically significant intake of harmful trans fat, despite what you read on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved labels.

Indeed, consumers’ inability to identify high-risk foods may cause individuals to exceed the daily recommended value of 1.11 grams of trans fat from processed foods and lead to adverse long-term health side effects.Ingestion of trans fat is a known public health concern. Top national health organizations, such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and American Heart Association, suggest trans fats be ingested in limited quantities. However, current FDA labeling protocol and policy prevents the public from accessing the true amount of trans fat contained in their food products…

Labels on Food.

Understanding Food Labels. Click to enlarge.

Source:

http://www.a-health-blog.com/food-labeling-infographic.html

Amazon Sells Banned Withdrawn Drugs

In Health on August 13, 2013 at 20:37

As things stand with drawn and banned drugs are sold in the open market.

Amazon sells Banned Drugs.

Amazon sells Banned Drugs.

A case in point is Brufen, Ibubrufen combination.

Worse these re prescribed by Doctors.

Now Amazon sells withdrawn and banned Drugs online!

Why the authorities issue only warnings!

Story:

  • Internet giant is selling salvia, despite warnings from campaigners
  • Nitrous oxide and poppers are on sale as well
  • Maryon Stewart, whose daughter died after taking GBL, wrote to Amazon
  • She has asked it to withdraw the products along with drug pipes and bongs
  • She has had no response but says it is ‘utterly irresponsible’

 

Deadly ‘legal highs’ are being sold on Amazon.

Despite warnings from campaigners, the online shop is selling salvia and describing it as ‘more powerful than LSD’.

Nitrous oxide and poppers, which can be similarly lethal, are on sale as well. Maryon Stewart, whose daughter Hester died after taking the drug GBL, wrote to Amazon last month, asking it to withdraw the products along with drug pipes, bongs and scales….

She has had no response and last night said: ‘It is utterly irresponsible that Amazon is selling this stuff and tantamount to an endorsement.

Amazon Review and Endorsement for banned Drug.

Endorsement for withdrawn Drug.

‘Amazon is a trusted brand and if it is selling something, it is likely to mislead young people into believing it’s safe.

‘We all know these products are not safe and people taking them are playing Russian roulette with their lives and mental wellbeing.’ EBay does not allow legal highs or drugs equipment to be sold through its site because it says they may ‘cause harm’.

But packets of ‘pure salvia extract’ are sold on Amazon Marketplace by a firm called John Strong Supplies.

It boasts of providing ‘the purest extracts at the best prices in the UK’ and cites Press articles describing the psychoactive herb as ‘more powerful than LSD, and legal’.

It states: ‘Salvia continues to be used by Mazatec shamans in its native Oaxaca for its spiritual effects, which last for five minutes and offer the shamans deep psychological effects.’

Source:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2322777/Amazon-drugs-row-Fury-deadly-legal-highs-trigger-psychotic-episodes-sale-online.html

 

List of Withdrawn Drugs.

Drug name Withdrawn Remarks
Thalidomide 1950s–1960s Withdrawn because of risk of teratogenicity; returned to market for use in leprosy and multiple myeloma under FDA orphan drug rules
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) 1950s–1960s Marketed as a psychiatric drug; withdrawn after it became widely used recreationally
Diethylstilbestrol 1970s Withdrawn because of risk of teratogenicity
Phenformin and Buformin 1978 Withdrawn because of risk of lactic acidosis
Ticrynafen 1982 Withdrawn because of risk of hepatitis
Zimelidine 1983 Withdrawn worldwide because of risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome
Phenacetin 1983 An ingredient in “A.P.C.” tablet; withdrawn because of risk of cancer and kidney disease
Methaqualone 1984 Withdrawn because of risk of addiction and overdose
Nomifensine (Merital) 1986 Withdrawn because of risk of hemolytic anemia
Triazolam 1991 Withdrawn in the United Kingdom because of risk of psychiatric adverse drug reactions. This drug continues to be available in the U.S.
Terodiline (Micturin) 1991 Prolonged QT interval
Temafloxacin 1992 Withdrawn in the United States because of allergic reactions and cases of hemolytic anemia, leading to three patient deaths

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_withdrawn_drugs

Cholesterol Control Drug Causes Cancer

In Health on July 20, 2013 at 12:35

Liptitor Atorvastain Tablet

January 12, 2012 — According to a new analysis of data from the Women’s Health Initiative, post-menopausal women who were taking a statin medication had a 50% increased risk of developing Type-2 diabetes. Statins are a type of cholestorol-lowering medication, and include Lipitor, Levacor, Zocor, Pravachol, Crestor and more. The increased risk was found for all statins.

The best-selling statin is atorvastatin which in 2003 became the best-selling pharmaceutical in history, with Pfizer reporting sales of US$12.4 billion in 2008., is now fond to be a cause for Breast Cancer in women.

Earlier Studies were conducted  on women for Five years, did not reveal any contradictions, side effects.

But recent research has proved that Statin causes Breast Cancer, in addition to Myositis and myopathy,and  Diabetes

Women who take statins for more than a decade face double the risk of contracting the most common type of breast cancer.

Alarming findings raise new concerns over the long-term safety of a widely prescribed medicine in the UK.

Previous studies have suggested the cholesterol-lowering drugs, used by an estimated eight million men and women, can reduce the risk of certain cancers – including the breast form of the disease.

However, most research looked at patients who had only been on them for five years or less.

The latest findings identified invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) which starts in the ducts of the breast before spreading inwards. It accounts for around seven out of ten breast cancer cases.

The experts at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle, US, also found the chances of getting invasive lobular carcinoma, which accounts for ten to 15 per cent of breast cancers, went up almost 2.5 times in some women on statins long-term.

Around 48,000 women in Britain are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, equal to around 130 a day. A woman has a one in nine chance of developing the disease at some point in her life.

The reasons why the anti-cholesterol pills might stimulate cancer growth are unclear.

The researchers said one explanation may be that statins affect hormone regulation in the body, especially as the study found women on the drugs were significantly more likely to suffer cancers driven by the hormone oestrogen.

 Atorvastain causes the following side effects.

Atorvastatin may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • gas
  • headache
  • joint pain
  • forgetfulness or memory loss
  • confusion

Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor or get emergency medical help immediately:

  • muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
  • lack of energy
  • fever
  • chest pain
  • nausea
  • extreme tiredness
  • weakness
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • loss of appetite
  • pain in the upper right part of the stomach
  • flu-like symptoms
  • dark colored urine
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • rash
  • hives
  • itching
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • hoarseness

Atorvastatin may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online [at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch] or by phone [1-800-332-1088].

From personal experience, I can say that the  use of Atorvastain did not lower my cholesterol level and my Level went up by 15% after its use for 5 years.

I was informed by the Doctor that Atorvastain was not responsible and increase in Cholesterol level was due to stess and my change of Lifestyle.

I have told him that there was no such changes and I discontinued the drug.

Now Cholesterol level is normal.

We invite more disease by taking medicines!

Source:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2370825/Statins-risk-women-Taking-cholesterol-lowering-drug-years-doubles-chances-common-breast-cancer.html

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a600045.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statin#Adverse_effects

Related:

http://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/ranbaxy-sold-adulterated-drugs-liptor-admits/

 

 

 

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