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Mission Possible: Tips for Safe Grocery Shopping During the Pandemic

Mission Possible: Tips for Safe Grocery Shopping During the PandemicMONDAY, April 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The coronavirus pandemic has turned grocery shopping into a mission filled with anxiety, but a food science expert's advice can make it a safe one. The first thing to consider is whether you should go to the store at all, said Donald Schaffner. He's a professor in the department of food science in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. In fact, U.S. coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx issued stark advice about the coming week to Americans on Sunday: "This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe," she stressed. Instead, people at high risk for severe illness...

Don't Worry About U.S. Food Supply, FDA Says

2 April 2020
Don`t Worry About U.S. Food Supply, FDA SaysTHURSDAY, April 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The United States remains a land of plenty even in the era of coronavirus, U.S. federal health officials said Thursday. State-by-state lockdowns may have created a rush on certain items in grocery stores -- toilet paper, dry yeast, flour, rice, dried beans -- but the food supply chains remain strong and shelves should soon be restocked, according to Frank Yiannas, deputy commissioner for food policy and response with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "What we've just experienced is an artificial rush in sudden demand. I call it the equivalent of having seven Thanksgiving holidays all in one weekend," Yiannas said during a Thursday media briefing. The U.S. food supply system relies on "just-in-time inventory, and they weren't prepared...

AHA News: Is This Nature's Healthier Meat Replacement?

27 March 2020
AHA News: Is This Nature`s Healthier Meat Replacement?FRIDAY, March 27, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Thanks to research suggesting they are better for heart health than animal-based foods, many carnivores are on the hunt for the best plant-based meat replacements they can find. That may explain the increase in popularity of plant-based burgers in fast-food restaurants and grocery stores. But nutritionists say legumes may be a better option. Lentils, peas, chickpeas, beans and nuts are natural sources of protein and fiber that are a healthy alternative to highly processed meat substitutes. "The protein in meat is of high biological value, but the protein in legumes is also good quality protein," said Penny Kris-Etherton, a nutrition professor at Pennsylvania State University. "As a nutritionist, what really concerns me is the...

AHA News: If You Think Before You Snack, It's Not So Bad

26 March 2020
AHA News: If You Think Before You Snack, It`s Not So BadTHURSDAY, March 26, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- To snack or not to snack? That is not the question, because we're going to snack. But it doesn't have to mean cookies, chips and cola. As eating habits evolve, snacking can mean anything from a mini-meal to workout fuel to a healthy interlude to tide us over to lunch or dinner. "Each person has a different eating personality, and there's no right or wrong," said Dr. Anne Thorndike, a general internist and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. "It's just really important to be conscious of what's in your snacks, and not to just eat mindlessly." It's hard to measure just how much of the American diet consists of snacks. A 2011 U.S. Department of Agriculture report concluded 90% of adults snacked...

For Heart Health, Not All Plant-Based Diets Are Equal: Study

18 March 2020
For Heart Health, Not All Plant-Based Diets Are Equal: StudyWEDNESDAY, March 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A plant-based diet can benefit your heart, but only if you eat certain healthy types of food, researchers say. They tracked the eating behavior and the development of heart disease among more than 2,000 adults in Greece over 10 years, starting in 2002. Compared to those who ate more animal-based foods, men who ate more plant-based foods had a 25% lower risk of heart disease. Though the same trend was seen among women, it was less strong: Those who ate the fewest animal-based foods cut their heart disease risk by 11%. On average, people whose diet was heavier on plant-based foods ate three animal-based foods a day. Others ate five animal-based foods a day, according to the study being presented Wednesday as part of an online meeting of...

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