FOOD – Regulatory Overlord The Regulatory Overlord Chronicles Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:14:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fruits and their Fallacies Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:08:39 +0000 more »]]> Fruits and their Fallacies

Fruits and their Fallacies

Fruits are an integral part of our diet. The human body craves fruits on instinct, partly because of their sweet taste, flavor and scents, and partly beacsue it enables the body to get rid of the toxic wastes, owing to the extremely rich water content. As fruits are the simplest meal to digest, they become an important means for losing weight and getting nutrients. However, many people are unable to benefit entirely from fruits and this may be because of lack of knowledge about the consumption of fruits or the numerous fallacies surrounding them. This article is designed for those whose opinions are greatly mislead by the fallacies on fruits.

To begin, it is a common belief amongst the majority of consumers that fruit juices are acidic and hence harmful. However, this is far from true. Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits do contain acids, which are very weak and are easily oxidized by the body. Unlike fruits; meat, corn and rice are the foods containing true acids, which take a lot of time for digestion and are often referred to as ‘acid-ash’ foods.

Furthermore, many people think that eating acidic vegetables and fruits together can be a cause of serious indigestion. The truth of the matter is, that the acid present in such fruits and vegetables does not at all interfere with the process of digestion but helps to facilitate the process instead, while supplying numerous beneficial vitamins and nutrients to the body.

It is also popularly, yet mistakenly believed that eating fruits with a combination of meat and starches is a definite cause of high levels of acids in the blood. On the contrary, fruits eaten with a variety of different vegetables balance the acidic-alkaline equilibrium of the body and prevent the blood from becoming too acidic or vice versa.

Another extremely false and ridiculous fallacy surrounding the consumption of fruits is that fruit juices taken with a glass of milk can be hazardous to the stomach and result in a great ailment. However, this too is blatantly false. The fact is that fruit juices actually help milk to curdle and consequently easily digested. In other words, fruit juices aid the gastric juices of the stomach to help in digestion. In fact, lactating mothers are often advised by doctors to take orange juice regularly. Since fruit juices do no harm when taken alone, they are also not dangerous when taken with milk.

It is, nevertheless, important to allow suitable gaps between meals. Eating fruits on an empty stomach is quite healthy and helps to lose weight. However, one should wait for at least 3 hours to consume fruits if one has had a full-course meal. It is also significant to eat fresh fruits, as only these are healthy and beneficial. Genetically altered or processed fruits lack all the important nutrients that a fruit naturally has. They only taste good but contain zero nutritional value.

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Saving lives is worth celebrating, CDC Reports Sharp Decline in Foodborne Illnesses Tue, 12 Feb 2013 05:49:03 +0000 more »]]> Saving lives is worth celebrating....

Saving lives is worth celebrating….

Foodborne illnesses are defined as the illnesses caused by pathogens that enter the human body where food is the carrier. They may be transmitted via close contact with an infected person or ingestion of contaminated foods. The epidemic nature of food borne diseases is a known cause of concern amongst the respective regulatory and compliance authorities. However according to the CDC’s (‘Centers of Disease Control’ in the United States) most recent report released on 25th January, 2013, a sharp decline in the number of deaths and reported cases of foodborne illnesses have been observed.

In the fields of science and technology, facts and figures are known to speak for themselves. Thus, a 1% decline in the number of reported cases may not seem much, but it accounts for roughly 200 individuals prevented from infection, and 12 from hospitalization. Additionally, there is a 32% decline compared with the mean off the last five years that the CDC report reflects. Since foodborne diseases spread rapidly through close contact and ingestion of contaminated food, or from infected persons, the decrease observed is definitely worth a celebration for industry and regulators alike.

At first glance, the CDC report would not enable an individual to realize the stark decrease or significance of 32% in cases reported. However, a closer examination and evaluation of the report will shed light on the subject. The bi yearly nature of the current report does not help one realize the facts and figures as they may appear to be elevated, but that is certainly not the case.

The facts and figures presented in the report are as follows:

Latest Report:Illnesses: 29,444Hospitalizations: 1,184Deaths: 23 Previous report:Illnesses: 23,152Hospitalizations: 1,276Deaths: 22

The above figures might indicate an elevation but CDC used the new procedure named ‘new reporting form and online data’. This new method may not display results in black and white but this does not mean they are incorrect. A detailed study of the report helps shed light on the underlining cases and its contents.

It must be kept in mind that change of technology cannot change the figures of results, as so is also admitted by CDC. The organization, nonetheless, is unsure about the reasons of the turndown in the outbreak reports.

Some trends are worth nothing in the current report:

  • Among the 790 outbreaks with a laboratory-confirmed illness, norovirus was the most commonly reported infection, accounting for 42% of outbreaks; followed by Salmonella, with 30% of outbreaks.
  • Of the 29,444 outbreak-related illnesses, 1,184 (4%) resulted in hospitalization.Salmonella caused the most outbreak-related hospitalizations (49%), followed by Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (16%), and norovirus (9%).
  • Outbreaks caused by some pathogens were particularly severe. For example, Listeriaoutbreaks resulted in the highest proportion of persons hospitalized (82%), followed byClostridium botulinum (67%), and paralytic shellfish poisoning (67%).
  • Among the 23 deaths, 22 were linked to bacteria (9 Listeria, 5 SalmonellaE. coli O157, 3Clostridium perfringens, and 1 Shigella), and 1 was linked to norovirus.

The report also hypothesizes the decline observed in food borne diseases is mostly in regards to non-virus outbreaks. These are normally transmitted through a variety of routes, mainly via close contact with the pathogen or infected persons. Furthermore, through the introduction of ‘National Outbreak Reporting System’, the electronic reporting of cases of foodborne illnesses has been enabled and allows for greater . Although no conventional reasoning has been put forth, this new technique is rather a commendable success. Thus, saving lives is as good a reason as any for celebration.