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Learning the Truth Behind Food Expiration Dates

It can be true to most of the dieters that the fast metabolism diet program teaches us to be picky with foods as a result, we can now easily identify which food is good and bad for our body. We’ve discovered how healthy and energetic we can be by just eating the right foods. Because of this knowledge, we become wary in choosing the foods to consume.

Learning The Truth Behind Food Expiration DatesIf possible, we stick with organic foods and avoid the genetically modified organism produce. We started checking the ingredients on the foods we’re purchasing to make sure it’s not filled with artificial sweeteners and colorants. However, most of us find the expiration dates on the food labels confusing. What do these expiration dates exactly mean? Is it highly discourage to consume these foods beyond its expiration dates? Does expiration dates affect our food and health safety? In this blog post, we will address this important issue and help you ease your confusion and anxiety. Let’s discuss the truth behind these expiration dates.

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  1. Use-By, Best if Used by, Best By, Best Before

These terms are generally found in shelf stable products such as mustard, mayonnaise and peanut butter. These terms generally tells you how long the product will be at its best quality when unopened. After the “expiration date” has passed, you will start to notice some gradual changes on the unopened product, such as its texture, color, appearance or flavor.

But it doesn’t mean that this product is now dangerous for consumption. As long as you’re following the standard and optimal food storage guidelines, you can generally consume these foods beyond its given date.

Tip: Remember to always discard the foods with foul odor, flavor or appearance.

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  1. Sell By

This term is generally found on perishable products like meat, seafood, poultry and milk. The date displayed on these foods served as a guide for the store owners to know how long they can display a particular product.

Tip: It is important that you buy these products before the sell-by date expires. Keep in mind that you can still store and consume these products as long as you follow safety storage guidelines.

For example, you can generally consume a milk for about a week after the Sell By date had passed, given that it has been refrigerated well.

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  1. Expires On

You will likely encounter this term on infant formulas and baby foods. In this case, it is important to always use the product before its expiration date passed.

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  1. Packing Codes

The packing codes are a series of letters and numbers on foods. These generally help the manufacturers and local stores rotate, monitor and locate their products in event of product recall. Also, these package codes are sometimes use as an indicator if the product is GMO or organic.

We hope this information has shed some light about the roles of expiration dates in our food and safety.  Before you decide to discard that food, think first carefully. This will help you maximize the foods you have and save more money.

PS: Take note that the terms used in this article is based in United States Food and Safety Inspection Services. Food terminologies and practices may differ in other countries.

How Your Mindset can Affect your “Fat Gene” and Weight Loss Goals

There is nothing more disappointing than to hear that most of us have inherited the undesired genes that is the reason/culprit to unhealthy body that we have. Most of us would blame it to the genes we got from our ancestors/family. If your family have a history of Diabetes, Hypertension, High Blood Pressure and among other mortal diseases, then you too are most likely to inherit this “gene”.  You are lead to believe that like your ancestors, you will inherit the fat gene, you are likely to be overweight and inherit these chronic diseases. A depressing thought, isn’t it?

But this new study shows that inheriting a “fat gene” may not be as bad as you think.

How Your Mindset can Affect your  Fat Gene and Weight Loss Goal

Scientist discovered that there are over 30 potential genes on 12 chromosomes that affects our genetic composition that results into having an expanding waistline, or having a fat gene. The study was conducted on nearly 10,000 people. The study shows that the people who think they have inherited this fat gene turns out to be obese, even with those people who didn’t actually inherit this obesity gene in their DNA.

In another study conducted by the Researchers from Texas tech, they found out that the people who believed they had an obesogenic genes gain more weight than those who didn’t. This is because it was already planted in their mind that it is useless to make efforts in losing weight if they are already destined to be obese because of the inherited genes . From this mindset alone, they are more inclined into unhealthy habits– eat fewer fruits and vegetables, eat more processed and dine out foods, skip exercises and workouts. Making their own self belief into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

If we try to comprehend both study, they are concluding the same thing. Obesity epidemic is not entirely triggered by your fat genes, rather, it is solely triggered with your mindset. This conclusion is supported by a past Danish study that showed we can “turn off” this fat gene and falsify the statement “genes are our destiny“. They found that once exercise was added into the routine of inactive people who carried “fat genes” have their BMI and weight lowered than those active people who didn’t inherit it. The more you work out, the more you can change your destiny.

So instead of dwelling in these negative thoughts and making excuses, start fighting this epidemic. Change your mindset and start living a healthier lifestyle.

New Study Says a Fish-Rich Diet Could Lessen the Risk of Depression

Diet has been one way or another linked to the risk of getting depression. Such that a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and fish provide an impact. And recently, a new study suggests that for those people who eat a lot of fish are less likely to be depressed. With men reduced their risk of depression by 20% and women with 16%. But still, further studies must be met for not a single one has looked at the individual components and was able to link the connection between fish and depression risk.

IMG_0910Omega 3 fatty acids, which are found in fish, were suggested by researchers that they may alter the microstructure of brain membranes, modifying the activity of dopamine and serotonin which are neurotransmitters thought to be involved in depression. And that eating a lot of fish may be an indicator of a healthier diet that can help stave off depression for its high quality protein, vitamins and minerals.

“The association between fish consumption and risk of depression is controversial,” said Professor Dongfeng Zhang at the Medical College of Qingdao University, Shandong, China. He added that many studies have investigated the link between food consumption and depression risk. And with the recently published meta-analysis which indicates healthy dietary pattern characterized by a eating fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains at higher consumption, has a significant correlation with a reduced risk of depression. But yet, isn’t clear which component of the dietary pattern is responsible for the protective effect.

“Fish, as an important source of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs), which may play important roles in neural structure and function, has been reported to be associated with depression in several studies,” Prof. Zhang explained, “However, others did not find an association between fish consumption and depression risk”.

In the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, published was a study that looked at all relevant worldwide studies printed between 2001 and 2014 that examined the link of fish consumption and depression risk. And only the European studies backed up the study.

Zhang then added that a higher fish consumption may be beneficial in the primary prevention of depression, but further studies must be done whether this association varies to the type of fish accordingly.

“The specific mechanisms require large experimental studies to confirm,” Zhang concluded.

The findings given here were based on 16 articles which include 26 studies  with 150,278 participants involved, but did not define the portion of fish to consume weekly or how it must be prepared.

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