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Recall Alert! Cases of Hepatitis A Were Reported After Consumption of Frozen Strawberry Smoothies

If you’re fond of drinking “healthy strawberry smoothies” displayed in coffee shops, then beware and take heed! The CDC recently announced an outbreak of Hepatitis A that affects 55 people in 6 US states.

Recall Alert! Cases of Hepatitis A Were Reported After Consumption of Frozen Strawberry Smoothies

CDC Reports Cases of Hepatitis A After Consumption of Tropical Strawberry Smoothies

The local health authorities confirmed reports of 44 cases of Hepatitis infections in Virginia, Maryland with 4, 1 in North Carolina, 1 in Oregon and Wisconsin. 40 out of the 55 cases originated from a Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Virginia.

The 44 Virginia residents were hospitalized and infected with Hepatitis A after consuming the strawberry smoothie. The strawberries used in making the smoothie originated from Egypt, and suspected to be the carriers of the said virus. The Tropical Smoothies Cafe recalled all of its strawberry smoothies after the incident.

Since the symptoms of hepatitis A don’t show up quickly unlike food poisoning, the health authorities are encouraging everyone to watch for its impending symptoms. The symptoms cover jaundice, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, light-colored stools and among others.

The affected Tropical Smoothie Cafe released a statement about the issue:

“The Virginia Department of Healthy notified us about several foodborne illnesses in the state linked to frozen strawberries sourced from Egypt. Our cafes and their food handling practices have not been implicated in any way – the health department believes this is a single product issue (strawberries) sourced from Egypt. Egyptian strawberries represent a fraction of our overall strawberries purchased and were predominantly distributed to stores in the Virginia market.

Today, our strawberries are primarily sourced from Mexico and California. However, in an abundance of caution, we voluntarily pulled all strawberries sourced from Egypt from every cafe in our system, not only the Virginia cafes. Our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of our guests and crew members and we will continue to cooperate with the health authorities.”

The Fast Metabolism Diet Community’s Opinion

The community still recommends everyone to make their own smoothies rather than store-bought smoothies. We don’t know for sure how they handled the preparation of smoothies. We’re at risks of acquiring illness (like this).

Aside from that, these commercial smoothies contain artificial sweeteners that contribute to weight gain. You can check our natural fast metabolism diet smoothie recipes here.

McDonalds Recalled its ‘Step It Tracker’ After Cases of Flesh Burn Were Reported

The fast-food giant, McDonalds, recently released a promotional package that comes along with purchasing a Happy Meal. They come-up with having “Step It” fitness tracker. Kids can wear this tracker around their wrist as a strapped watch.

MCDONALDS STEP IT TRACKER

Supposedly, the device’s primary purpose is to help your kids to get moving and promote physical activity. The device will count steps or blink as the bearer moves around.

McDonalds Step It Fitness Tracker Blistering and Skin Irritation Issues

But instead of getting positive health and fitness reviews from moms and children, they are now facing a controversial issue pertaining to public health and safety. They received 70 reports of flesh-burning, blisters, and skin irritations from vigilant moms.

As a result, McDonald’s spokeswoman Terri Hickey released a statement that they are recalling all 29 million of these fitness trackers in all U.S and Canadian stores last Tuesday.

“We have taken this swift and voluntary step after receiving limited reports of potential skin irritations that may be associated with wearing the band,” Terri Hickey.

The spokeswoman also said that they are aggressively investigating the issue. They claimed that the wristband fitness trackers complied the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission. Furthermore, they are urging the parents to take the wristband off of their children and have it returned to the nearest local store. They will have it replaced either with a new toy or apple slices.

The Community’s Opinion About the McDonald Issue

While the reason for the sudden blister burn issues from the fitness trackers was still unknown, but we do know one thing is for sure. The McDonald’s promotion strategy totally failed. Even long before they introduced the product, some health and fitness enthusiast were already skeptical about the idea.

“It’s a common tactic used by food manufacturers. They promote their products alongside… healthy lifestyles,” Jennifer Emond, a pediatrics professor at Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, told CNN

The community also finds it ironic that they are promoting physical fitness activity, considering they sell all these unhealthy processed foods that contribute to our weight issues. We believe that this is just their diversionary tactic to encourage parents of buying low nutritional foods. Bear in mind that nothing beats a healthy food made from tender love, and care. Lastly, we encourage parents to take the time to personally prepare your kid’s meals to ensure their safety and wellness.

4 Things to Get Rid Off for a Better Health

Getting rid of our unhealthy habits for a better health is really tricky and difficult, especially if we are committing most of these bad habits intrinsically.

To help you identify the bad habits you need to let go, we’ve listed some common and destructive habits that might left unnoticed. So you better check them yourself if you are actually doing them. Then find a way to remove these stuff in your life. And what is a better way to kick off a new year than to get rid off of those bad habits? So here’s a list of stuff to let go to start the year right:

4 Things To Get Rid Off For a Better Health

1. Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are our number one enemy in losing weight and healthy lifestyle. These artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and sucralose not only causes our body to store fat and increase our insulin level, but it also increases our risks in heart attacks, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Recommendation: It would be best to stay away from artificial sweeteners. Go for natural sweeteners like stevia and xylitol where it lets you indulge with your sweet cravings without worrying about spiking up your sugar. For fruit intake, consume moderately, especially the high-glycemic ones. We recommend eating more of low-glycemic ones like blueberries. Another thing is to never drink the fruit in its juice form so you can also enjoy its high fiber content.

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2. Plastic Food Containers and Bottles
Getting rid of those harmful plastic food containers is a big step in reducing your exposure to endocrine and hormone-disrupting chemicals like Bisphenol-A (BPA), bisphenol- S (BPS), and Phthalates.

The heat, wearing, and tearing of the plastic containers through multiple washing increases the risks in harmful chemicals being leached from these containers. You can read more about its harmful effects here.

Recommendation: It would be best to fully avoid plastic containers and replace it with glass bottles and containers. If not, your second bet is to switch to “BPA-free containers”.

3. Commercial Cleaning Products
Those commercial cleaning products that contain “tongue-twisting ingredients” is dangerous to your health. Start switching your cleaning products with simpler, basic, and natural ones like:

  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Mixing bowls
  • Liquid castile soap
  • Spray bottles
  • Lemon juice
  • Organic essential oils
  • Microfiber cloths

4. Electronic Devices
Electronic devices distract you from concentrating on your health and well-being, making you more prone into binge-eating and over-eating. The best way to focus on your health is to stay away from electronic devices during eating and sleeping time. Sit and enjoy chewing your food, relish the feeling of those healthy foods and you will find yourself eating more healthy foods and controlling your food portions. Staying away from electronic devices will also help improve your sleep.

Year 2016 is an opportunity to be better so don’t waste this opportunity to make a change and influence others. Most of these habits that we need to let go can be hard at first but with self-control and determination, we can actually do it. All we need is one step forward, one by one, small steps or big ones, we can definitely get there! – Healthy lifestyle and healthy weight.

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.

  best if use    best before

  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.