June 25, 2012

Apple Is the New Pomegranate

1 Fed. Court Okays Misleading Juice Labels

When buying fruit juice, read the Ingredients on the back of the container, not the claims on the front. That's the underlying message in a ruling by a San Francisco federal appeals court that Minute Maid, owned by Coca-Cola, can continue to label one of its drinks "Pomegranate Blueberry" despite the fact that it is 99.4 percent apple and grape juices, which are relatively inexpensive, and just 0.3 percent pomegranate and 0.2 percent blueberry juices, which are not. Minute Maid was sued by pomegranate juicemaker Pom Wonderful for false advertising and labeling, but the court ruled that FDA rules permit juices to be named for a "flavoring," and that “For a court to act...would risk undercutting the FDA's expert judgments and authority."

More at Sfgate.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Lead Levels in Children's Juice Drinks

Tags: Minute Maid, Pomegranate Blueberry, Fruit Juice Ruling, Federal Court on Labeling, Pom Wonderful, Fruit Juice Labeling, Fruit Juice Contents

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Improves Weight Loss

2 Dessert with Breakfast Reduces Cravings

Dessert with breakfast reduces cravings and helps with weight loss finds an eight-month study from Tel Aviv U. Lead author Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz studied 200 nondiabetic obese adults, some of whom were assigned low carb (10 grams) 300 calorie breakfasts while others ate a 600-calorie breakfast with 60 grams of carbs and 45 grams of protein, 15 grams more than the low carb breakfast. The latter included dessert such as a donut or chocolate bar. Both groups ate the same amount of daily calories. Halfway through the study, both groups had lost an avg of 33 lbs. But, in the last 4 months, the low carb group regained an avg of 22 lbs while the dessert with breakfast eaters lost another 15 lbs each. Researchers say higher protein reduces hunger while sweets reduce cravings for sugar and fat.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Moderate Weight Loss Lowers Sex Hormones

Tags: Dessert Breakfast, University of Tel Aviv, Weight Loss, Daniela Jakubowicz

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Shade Is Preferred

3 Skip the Sunscreen for Infants

Infants under six months old should avoid sun exposure instead of wearing sunscreen, says the FDA. In particular, infants shouldn't catch the intense UV rays present between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Baby skin is thinner, and would be more likely to absorb active chemical ingredients, says Cheryl Sachs, M.D., a pediatrician with the FDA. Sachs notes that infants have a high surface-area to body-weight ratio compared to kids who are older and adults. Given both of those factors, a baby is more likely to have an allergic reaction or inflammation from sunscreen. Sachs advises using natural shade, or an umbrella or stroller canopy to protect baby's skin. Yet, if keeping baby out of the sun is impossible, apply a small bit of SPF 15 or greater sunscreen to the baby's cheeks and back of hands.

More at FDA | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Sunscreen Ingredient May Up Skin Cancer Risk

Tags: Sunscreen Label Rules, Sunscreen Use among Young, Sunscreen Cancer Risk, FDA Recommendations Sunscreen Infants, Chemicals Sunscreen, Allergic Reaction Sunscreen

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Sold at Kroger and Wal-Mart

4 Dole Bagged Salad Recalled for Listeria

Bagged salads sold at Kroger and Wal-Mart stores in six states have been recalled due to possible listeria contamination. MSNBC reports that 1,077 cases of the bagged salads were recalled by Dole Fresh Vegetables. Products included in this recall are Kroger Fresh Selections Leafy Romaine, Kroger Fresh Selections Greener Supreme and Wal-Mart Marketside Leafy Romaine. The recalled products were sold in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Listeria symptoms include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea and nausea.

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Listeria Dangers, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Lettuce Recall, Listeria Bagged Lettuce, Kroger Fresh Selections Greener Supreme, Kroger Fresh Selections Leafy Romaine, Wal-Mart Marketside Leafy Romaine

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