- Created on 05 September 2013
NEW YORK -- Chobani says it's recalling some of its Greek yogurt cups that were affected by mold, a move prompted by reports of illnesses by some customers.
The recall comes about a week after the company first started asking retailers to pull the products from shelves, saying some cups were "swelling and bloating." Chobani had previously said it wasn't issuing a formal recall.
But the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it was in talks with the company about the matter.
Chobani said that most of the affected products have already been pulled from shelves. The company, based in New Berlin, N.Y., said the affected products came from its Idaho facility and represents less than 5 percent of its total production.
The containers are marked with the code 16-012 and expiration dates Sept. 11 to Oct. 7.
In an interview, Chobani CEO Hamid Ulukaya said it was the company's decision to move to a recall, not the FDA's. He said the problem was caused by a type of mold that is commonly found in dairy environments. The issue has been "totally fixed," he said, noting that the mold became a problem because Chobani doesn't use preservatives in its products.
Ulukaya did not say exactly how many reports of illnesses the company received, but said it was not in the hundreds or thousands.
"Everybody in the company took this hard," Ulukaya said. "It shook us up."
This week, the company was responding online to customers who were complaining about their yogurt. One person said her yogurt was "unnervingly fizzy" and another said it tasted like "wine."
The affected products include a number of different size containers:
_ Chobani 6 ounce cups
_ Chobani 16 ounce tubs
_ Chobani 32 ounce tubs
_ Chobani 3.5 ounce cups
_ Chobani Bite 3.5 ounce cups
_ Chobani Flip 5.3 ounce containers
- Created on 05 September 2013
ATLANTA (AP) — Children — like adults — are increasingly trying electronic cigarettes, according to the first large national study to gauge use by middle and high school students.
About 2 percent of the students said they'd used an e-cigarette in the previous month, according to a survey done last year. That was up from 1 percent in 2011.
More kids still smoke traditional cigarettes than the new electronic ones, and it's not clear how dangerous e-cigarettes are. It's also not clear from the report how many are using them on a daily or weekly basis.
But health officials are worried. The new study suggests many kids are now getting a first taste of nicotine through e-cigarettes and then moving on to regular tobacco products, they say.
Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provide users with aerosol puffs that typically contain nicotine, and sometimes flavorings like fruit, mint or chocolate. They've often been described as a less dangerous alternative to regularcigarettes.
Unlike conventional smokes, the federal government does not regulate e-cigarettes, although about 20 states have banned store sales to minors. The devices began to appear in the United States in late 2006, but marketing has exploded in the last couple of years.
The new study — released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — is based on a questionnaire filled out by nearly 19,000 students in grades 6 through 12 in 2011 and another 25,000 in 2012.
In 2011, about 3 percent said they'd tried an e-cigarette at least once. That rose to 7 percent last year and translates to nearly 1.8 million students.
In contrast, 6 percent of adults have tried e-cigarettes, according to a different CDC survey done in 2011.
Children still are more likely to light up regular cigarettes, though teen smoking rates have dropped in the past decade. More teens now smoke marijuana than tobacco, surveys have found.
But health officials worry e-cigarettes could re-ignite teen cigarette use. They point to a finding in the study that 20 percent of middle school e-cigarette users had never tried conventional cigarettes. When the same question was asked of high school students, only 7 percent had never tried regular smokes.
That suggests many kids experiment with the electronic devices and move on to cigarettes by high school, said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden.
"In effect, this is condemning many kids to struggling with a lifelong addiction to nicotine," he said.
Kurt Ribisl, a University of North Carolina tobacco policy expert, was a bit more restrained, saying the results "don't prove that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking cigarettes". Another study would be needed to more clearly establish the link, he added.
CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr
- Created on 05 September 2013
Sleep plays a critical role in looking and feeling your absolute best.
Getting a good quantity (i.e. 7-8 hours) of high quality uninterrupted sleep:
• Assists in controlling appetite and can reduce the risk of overeating
• Promotes calorie-burning muscle mass
• Allows for body repair and muscle recovery
• Improves energy
• Reduces stress
• Lowers risk to certain chronic illnesses
There are certain foods (and beverages) that promote high quality sleep. Foods that contain (or promote) tryptophan aid in the production of serotonin and melatonin. These chemicals have sleep-inducing effects. Foods containing melatonin, the chemical that regulates sleep, can also assist in getting a good night's sleep.
To borrow a line from The Eurythmics, "Sweet Dreams are Made of These":
• Warm Milk: contains tryptophan, which helps in the production of serotonin and melatonin. Additionally, calcium helps the brain use tryptophan to manufacture melatonin.
• Low-Fat Yogurt: Good source of sleep-inducing tryptophan and calcium, which helps the brain use tryptophan to manufacture melatonin.
• Banana: Solid source of tryptophan. Additionally, the carbohydrates contained in a banana helps bring tryptophan to the brain to aid in the production of serotonin.
• Dried tart cherries: Contain melatonin.
• Popcorn: The carbohydrates in popcorn helps to bring tryptophan to the brain to produce sleep-inducing serotonin. When preparing popcorn, use iodized sea salt (which promotes thyroid health) or another spice (such as turmeric). Avoid cheesy or buttery popcorn.
• Tart cherry juice: A good source of melatonin.
• Chamomile tea: Contains no caffeine and helps the body to relax. Sweeten with honey instead of sugar.
Avoid eating big meals 2-3 hours before bed. The energy required to digest a big meal can disrupt sleep. Certain beverages such as caffeine, sugary drinks and alcohol can also impede a good night's sleep. Instead, try one of the above foods or beverages as a light snack about an hour before bedtime.
- Created on 04 September 2013
Diet or exercise...which one is more important is an age-old debate that just keeps going on and on and on.
If you're trying to get healthy, tackling both diet and exercise is better than trying to improve one lifestyle habit at a time, new research suggests. But...the researchers did add that if you need to start with just one lifestyle change, choose exercise. They found that changing your diet first may interfere with attempts to establish a regular exercise routine.
The study included 200 people, aged 45 and older, who were inactive and had poor diets. They were split into four groups: new diet and exercise habits at the same time; diet changes first and starting exercise a few months later; starting exercise first and making diet changes a few months later; and no diet or exercise changes.
The groups received telephone coaching and were tracked for a year. Those who made diet and exercise changes at the same time were most likely to meet U.S. guidelines for exercise (150 minutes per week) and nutrition (5 to 9 servings of fruit and vegetables per day), and to keep calories from saturated fat at less than 10 percent of their total intake of calories.
The people who started with exercise first and diet changes a few months later also did a good job of meeting both the exercise and diet goals, but not quite as good as those who made exercise and diet changes at the same time, the Stanford University School of Medicine researchers said in a news release from Stanford.
The participants who made diet changes first and started exercise later did a good job of meeting the dietary goals but didn't meet their exercise targets. This may be because each type of change has unique characteristics, explained study author Abby King, a professor of health research and policy and of medicine.
"With dietary habits, you have no choice; you have to eat. You don't have to find extra time to eat because it's already in your schedule. So the focus is more on substituting the right kinds of food to eat," she said in the news release.
However, people with busy schedules may have difficulty finding time for exercise. King noted that even the people in the most successful group (diet and exercise changes at the same time) initially had trouble meeting their exercise goal, but did achieve it by the end of the study.
The study was published online April 21 in the journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine.