Category Archives: Food

FDA tests find very low levels of arsenic in rice

In tests for arsenic in more than 1,300 samples of rice and rice products, the Food and Drug Administration has found levels vary but overall are far too low to cause any immediate or short-term adverse health effects.

The results, out Friday, represent the first time FDA has released broad numbers on arsenic’s presence in rice products. The findings show the highest average levels in brown rice, the lowest in rice wine. The brown rice had 160 parts per billion inorganic arsenic per serving, infant rice cereal 120 and rice wine 11.

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Fresh, unprocessed baby foods tied to less allergy

Babies who ate more fruits and vegetables and fewer packaged foods were less likely to develop food allergies in a new study that looked at overall diet patterns instead of just specific foods.

“We have been aware that certain diets seem to reduce the risk of allergy in infants,” said Dr. Magnus Wickman, a professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, who was not involved in the study.

“The mechanism behind that is that we think that different kinds of fatty acids and antioxidants, different kinds of vitamins and essential minerals are good for your health and also prevent allergy,” he said.

Researchers estimate that up to eight percent of children have a food allergy.

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Breastfeeding: World’s most effective, inexpensive life-saver

In 2011, more than 6.9 million children died before their fifth birthday. Over 98% of these deaths occurred in developing countries. India accounted for 1.6 million deaths. Pediatricians and public health experts say exclusive breastfeeding for six months can save many such children.

According to the United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF), breastfeeding is the most effective and inexpensive way of saving a child’s life.

“Breastfeeding is a baby’s ‘first immunization’ and the most effective and inexpensive life-saverever,” says UNICEF deputy executive director Geeta Rao Gupta. “There is no other single intervention that has such a high impact for babies and mothers as breastfeeding and which costs so little for governments.” She says starting breastfeeding in the first hour after birth can reduce the risk of newborn death by up to 22% by averting deaths related to sepsis, pneumonia, diarrhoea and hypothermia.

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Study: Diet soda doesn’t help you lose weight

Diet soda, it turns out, may not be the panacea for weight loss that we all thought — and many of us hoped — it was.

In fact, a Purdue University study has found that diet sodas may be linked to a number of health problems from obesity to diabetes to heart disease, just like their more sugary counterparts.

Susie Swithers, a professor of psychological sciences and a behavioral neuroscientist, reviewed a number of recent studies looking at whether drinking diet soft drinks over the long-term increases the likelihood that a person will overeat, gain weight and then develop other health problems.

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