With the holiday season upon us, many consumers will be preparing food for family and friends. When you go to the grocery store and select food, how well do you really know your food labels? Are you a food label reader? Do you know the answers to these questions? (Answers are at the end of the article.)
The holidays are just around the corner and many people are concerned about food safety in regards to the turkey they are planning to serve. By following a few easy steps you can ensure that you will have a turkey dinner that is safe to eat and free from bacteria that can cause food borne illnesses.
Each year the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Meat and Poultry Hotline answers calls on Thanksgiving Day about thawing, preparing a storing turkey. USDA described some of the situations that could have been disastrous or even deadly in an article, "Holiday Food Safety Bloopers" on their Food Safety Blog (Diane Van, author: www.fooodsafety.gov/blog/bloopers.html) Following are some of the advice the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline staff give:
Whether you plant them or pick them up at the grocery store or farmers' market, adding fresh herbs is a quick way to transform ordinary meals into extraordinary meals.
Besides helping flavor foods when cutting back on salt, fat and sugar, herbs may offer additional benefits of their own. Researchers are finding many culinary herbs (both fresh and dried) have antioxidants that may help protect against such diseases as cancer and heart disease.
Take some thyme (pun intended) to cook with fre
You eat in a variety of places - your home, work, restaurants, maybe even your car. For some of these places, you can have more control over what choices are available than others. Since high-calorie foods are everywhere, it's important to take the time to plan ahead to make sure you have healthy options available.
Eating a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables provides important health benefits when you select and prepare them safely. Fruits and vegetables add nutrients to your diet that help protect you from heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. And choosing produce including vegetables, fruits, and nuts - instead of high-calorie foods helps you manage your weight.
Clean, disinfected surface areas are a key to a healthy home. Chlorinated cleaning products, used safely and effectively provide a host of health benefits and are a trusted guard against seasonal flu outbreaks and episodes of foodborne illness. Daycare centers, hospitals, restaurants and public facilities of all kinds rely upon disinfectant qualities of chlorine-based cleaners to keep the environment pathogen-free and safe for everyone. The Chlorine Chemistry Council and The Soap and Detergent A