Natural Snacks Make Nutritious Meals

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Three square meals a day are a thing of the past. Busy schedules, diverse dietary preferences and the flow of modern life necessitate more flexible and convenient meals. Luckily, snacking is in the midst of a revolution. Traditional snacks like chips and pretzels have given way to bigger, better and healthier options that deliver both convenience and nutrition in one tasty package. Whether clean-label, organic, vegan or nutrient-added, it’s up to ingredient suppliers and manufacturers to develop products that meet all of these demands. That’s certainly a tall order.
While there are no standard requirements for clean label snacks, naturally derived gums, hydrocolloids and colors are generally accepted in such applications and have become increasingly popular. You might see these ingredients listed as carrageenan, a soluble fiber from red seaweed, or cellulose gel, which is a refined plant fiber. In many foods and beverages, these ingredients improve shelf life and nutritional value without diminishing taste — like giving drinkable low-fat yogurt that distinctive creamy consistency with every sip.
They also prove quite functional in products that meet strict dietary requirements, like gluten-free and vegetarian options. Hydrocolloids and gums like carrageenan, alginates and cellulose gel can be sustainably sourced from nature and are perfectly suited for vegetarian and vegan foods. Either by improving the flavor and fullness of meatless sausage or producing non-dairy ice cream with that definitive indulgence and delectability, these ingredients are making new snacking options both possible and palatable.
Reducing the number of ingredients in a recipe is one challenge and, more recently, adding ingredients has become another. We want foods and beverages with added value, but it’s important to understand that introducing vitamins or nutrients to any product can significantly affect flavor and texture. Enriched, shelf-stable snacks that boast added protein need a stabilizer to maintain the quality of the product. Without the added ingredients like carrageenan, similar products might separate, taste chalky or be less effective than their claims imply.
Food companies are adapting their product formulations and rolling out new products to meet demand for healthy snacking solutions. Naturally derived ingredients that help reduce fat and sugar content but maintain product integrity are changing the way we snack. They deliver that indulgent experience we all appreciate. For more information on ingredients that give us a variety of snacks for a wide range of diets, please visit www.FoodScienceMatters.com.

Walk the Walk to a Healthier Life

HealthyStepsCGetting healthy is necessary to living a long, full life. You know that. But not everyone knows where to start. A combination of diet, exercise and taking healthy supplements can go a long way toward improving the quality of your life, and with the prevalence of social media, it means you are never alone in your efforts.

The following steps will help get you started on the road to a better you:

Eat Well

A Quarter of Adults Dishonest With Dentists on How Often They Floss

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – While many people are aware of the basic tenants of good oral care, thousands of people still don’t floss their teeth — and they lie about it. According to a new national survey, more than a quarter (27 percent) of U.S. adults admit they lie to their dentists about how often they floss their teeth. Along with twice-daily brushing and receiving an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation, daily flossing is a critical component in the prevention of periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease.
The Harris Poll, on behalf of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), was conducted online among more than 2,000 U.S. adults and among the top 10 U.S. markets. The AAP is using the survey results to urge all Americans to “Love the Gums You’re With” and to raise awareness of periodontal disease — a chronic inflammatory disease caused when bacteria in plaque grow below the gum line, leading to swelling, irritation, receding gums and tooth loss. Periodontal disease has been linked to many other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer. Despite its prevalence, periodontal disease is rarely discussed, resulting in a lack of urgency, awareness and education among the public.
“There’s clearly more work to be done when it comes to educating Americans about the importance of oral hygiene in maintaining healthy gums. There are more than 500 bacterial species that can be found in plaque, and brushing alone does not remove the bacteria that live below the gum line,” says AAP President Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH. “The good news about periodontal disease is that with proper and timely care, it’s treatable and often reversible. If a person has been diagnosed with or is at risk for periodontal disease, a periodontist has the training and expertise to determine the best course of treatment.”
Patients should discuss their periodontal health with a dental professional who can make a referral to a periodontist if necessary.
For more information and tips on how to properly care for your gums, visit perio.org.

Cancer Center Finds Smokeless Tobacco May Help You Quit

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – A cancer center is taking a unique approach to getting cigarette smokers to quit by suggesting they use smokeless tobacco as an alternative.
The James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the University of Louisville have aimed their “Switch and Quit” campaign –headed by Brad Rodu, professor of medicine at the University of Louisville — at Owensboro, Ky., a city that has the nation’s highest smoking rates (it kills about 220 residents a year), in a state that leads the nation in tobacco growth and export.
It is an understatement to say this program — which was started in 2011 and continues today — has an uphill battle in getting Owensboro residents to switch, but as Dr. Donald Miller, an oncologist and director of the cancer center told USA Today in an interview, “this is as reasonable a scientific hypothesis as anybody has come up with and it needs to be tried.”
Supporters of the program say that smokers who switch to smokeless tobacco rather than nicotine patches or gum, are more likely to give up cigarettes. For the 46 million Americans who smoke, that could be welcome news.
“If nicotine can be delivered in a less harmful way, millions of lives could be saved in the United States,” Radu said.
Bolstering Radu’s research is a 2007 report from the Royal College of Physicians in London, which suggested that some smokeless tobacco products are about 90 percent less harmful than cigarettes.
This is also good news for tobacco accessory producers like FLASR, an Atlanta-based company that has created portable spittoons.
“If more people turn to smokeless tobacco, they’re going to need an easy and discreet way to enjoy their product of choice without attracting attention,” says FLASR CEO Everett Dickson.
To that end, FLASR has created a flask that has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not being used, which eliminates the risk of embarrassing spills and leaks so often seen with cups and bottles. In addition, the 4-ounce pocket-sized spittoon is designed to allow users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution, no matter where you go.
“Finding a way to let people have their nicotine that carries less risk, it’s the realistic solution,” said one oncologist.
For more information visit www.flasr.com. Market listing: FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR).

Accidents Can Hurt More Than You Think

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – NewsusaInfographic – Even the most minor of accidents, such as a broken arm, can lead to temporary loss of income and the inability to pay normal living expenses. Supplemental insurance, like accident insurance, can help consumers stay ahead of the medical and out-of-pocket expenses that may add up quickly after an injury, allowing consumers and their families to focus on recovery -; not finances. Read below for fascinating facts and safety tips to help keep your life on track. For more information, visit aflac.com/individuals.

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Key Ingredients for a Healthy Heart

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As the weather warms and schedules become packed with summer sports and activities, it can be easy to let your heart healthy diet slide to the bottom of the priority list. With a dash of planning and a spoonful of creativity, summer meals can taste as good as they are nutritious and give you the fuel you need to take advantage of the wonderful weather.
Here are some tips for keeping your meals and snacks heart healthy in the summer months:
Go Lean with Protein
Being on the go doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice muscle-building protein in the summer. For dinner options, choose lean meats, poultry or fish. Select lean proteins for refreshing and easy-to-make sandwiches such as Simply Delicious sandwich meats from Land O’ Frost. The entire line of Simply Delicious products meets the American Heart Association’s nutrition requirements for heart healthy foods.
Become a Fruit Fanatic
Summer is the season for fresh fruits that are chock full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. They make a great substitute for traditional desserts that are high in fat and calories. Wash and slice any combination of juicy melons, berries, or other fruits and add them to your favorite yogurt or sorbet and blend for a cooling and healthy treat. Larger fruits such as peaches or pineapple also pair nicely with grilled items.
Streamline Salads
Salads are also a go-to for the summer months but accompanying oily dressing and cheese can load them down with fat and calories. Choose low-fat or light dressing options and steer clear from cream-based diet spoilers. Minimize added sodium and fat by sprinkling low-fat varieties such as Swiss, Mozzarella, Parmesan or cottage cheese.
With these guidelines in mind, your summer meals will be every bit as heart healthy as they are tasty! For coupons and more information about Simply Delicious products from Land O’Frost, visit www.landofrost.com.

For Love of the Game — Smokeless Tobacco Still a Part of Baseball

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Smokeless tobacco is as much a part of baseball as the Cubs’ disappointing run at the World Series year after year.
While Major League Baseball is urging its players to reconsider a habit as old as the sport itself, there is also a history to think about — one that has linked the two together in the hearts and minds of Americans.
This begs the question: Is there life to baseball without smokeless tobacco?
To come to a conclusion, we have to look at the history of smokeless tobacco and how the two have become inextricably linked together.
In the mid-1800s, when baseball was first getting its footing in America, chewing tobacco was extremely popular, and baseball players used it for the same reasons other men did — pure pleasure. Soon, however, players found added benefits to using smokeless tobacco products, such as, creating more saliva in the mouth in a dusty environment. This, in turn, helped players to moisten their gloves with spit.
It also helped the smokeless tobacco industry when cigarettes — which threatened smokeless tobacco companies in the early 20th century — were attributed to fatigue and bad luck among players. In this way, snuff and chew, continued to gain ground.
“Chewing tobacco is a tradition in baseball,” says Everett Dickson, CEO of FLASR, a company that has created accoutrements for the smokeless tobacco user. “It’s a part of the game, seeing a pitcher or hitter at bat with a small piece of tobacco tucked into his cheek. Having said that, we also understand the concerns of the general public, and support any decision by policymakers and Major League Baseball.”
Until then, however, FLASR wants those who do use smokeless tobacco (players included) to know there are products that are discreet and help with the more inconvenient and messy aspects for users.
One such product is FLASR’s pocket-sized, portable spittoon, which has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays closed when not in use. This eliminates the risk of spills and leaks often seen with cups and bottles. FLASR reusable spittoons also feature the exclusive Thumb-Lok Twist Cap for one-handed ease of use making it an ideal solution for taking snuff, dip or chew into the bullpen or on long road trips.
For more information, visit www.flasr.com. Market listing: FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR).

5 Ways to Cut Down on Stress During a Home Remodel

CleanRemodelCMaybe you’ve grown just sick enough of that 1970s avocado-green kitchen to update it to something more sleek and modern. Or perhaps it’s as simple as remodeling a bathroom. Whatever the room, home renovations can test even the most patient personality through the sheer chaos and mess that are inevitable.

To get through your renovation, organizing the clutter is key. The following tips should help you stay on top of the disorder.

New Drug May Give Hope to Cancer Patients

BiotechPropancBiotech is the new buzzword for 2015, and these companies are making a big splash these days, offering potential investors a compelling array of options. Among those to watch is Propanc Health Group Corporation (PPCH). Propanc is a developmental-stage health care company that is currently focusing its efforts in the field of new treatments for chronic diseases, particularly solid tumor cancers. The company was established in 2007 and is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia.

Talk Before You Take When Dealing With Medicine

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Experts say communication is key when dealing with prescription medicine.
Research has shown that a gap in communication between health care providers (HCPs) and patients about the potential risks of prescription medicines can result in adverse drug events. Increasing communication about prescriptions can help ensure that patients avoid such events, improve adherence to their medicine regimen(s) and live healthier lives.
The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) launched a campaign earlier this year called “Talk Before You Take,” aiming to spark this necessary patient/HCP engagement and encourage more conversations between patients and HCPs.
“It’s imperative that health care providers and patients keep the lines of communication flowing,” says Ray Bullman, NCPIE executive vice president.
Bullman and his colleagues’ research for the campaign was developed by Johns Hopkins University and Ipsos Healthcare, with support from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, nearly half of Americans take prescription medicines, and over 20 percent of Americans take at least three. However, the research found that approximately 62 percent of patients were not aware of any safety warnings about their medicines. Ten percent of patients unaware of the possibility of a severe side effect actually experience a serious reaction.
“It is important for patients to understand how to take their medicines safely so they experience all the benefits and minimize the potential risks,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Talk Before You Take encourages more discussion about medications between patients and their health care providers and pharmacists, which can improve the health of patients and our health care system.”
In addition, the campaign offers four tips for patients and caregivers to guide conversations with HCPs:
* Talk to your health care provider and ask questions about the benefits and potential risks of prescription medicines you take.
* Tell your health care provider about all of the medicines you are taking — including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and dietary supplements.
* Tell your health care provider about any allergies or sensitivities that you may have.
* Read and follow the medicine label and directions.
For more information, visit www.talkbeforeyoutake.org. This work is supported by FDA grant number 5U18FD004653-03.