How hot dogs are produced?

This time of year with baseball games occurring at the professional and minor league levels, people everywhere are consuming hot dogs on a regular basis.u Do you know what comprises a hot dog? Beef Trimmings and Fat Trimmings. Have you ever seen the process from start to finish? I came across this video and it

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Spicy Sushi and Salmonella

This news report looks at a recall of spicy sushi. When this story was released, the source of the salmonella had not been identified. Check out this story!  Think about where you would look with respect to the source of the salmonella. As of last week,(According to MSNBC)  this incident had affected 258 people in

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Berries and Flavonoids

Check out this story about berries and the brain. I was really struck by the term “Flavonoids” and I wanted you to know a little bit more about them. The video shows some real benefits of blue berries and strawberries. The following statement caught my attention, “Cognitive aging can be delayed 2.5 years by consuming

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Shelf Life and Nutritional Value of Food

I am seeing a lot of articles in the news that are addressing the topic of “Shelf Life” and the nutritional composition of food. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency came out with a report this month that indicated that nutritional labels failed to provide consumers with proper nutritional information. Some companies claimed the following, Companies

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Story of Sweet Loren’s Cookies

Swee Loren’s is an all natural baked goods cookie company that specializes in fresh and frozen cookie dough. Loren overcame cancer a few years ago and took on the challenge to bake an all-natural product which contained 100% whole grains, no refined sugar, dairy free and coconut oil. In 2009, Loren entered a cooking contest

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Bacteria on Trays and in Lunch Boxes

Check out this study of 45 fast-food trays and 100 lunch boxes in North Carolina. The laboratory study tested for fecal bacteria, listeria and staph. I like this study because it actually tested a larger number of locations. Here were some of the highlights: The trays came back with no evidence of fecal bacteria, listeria

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Soda Pop and Health Risks

A new study out of Harvard suggests that drinking soda, regular or diet pop can be detrimental to a person’s health. When stories like this come out, I don’t want to send out a wave of panic, but I know from personal experience that I was one of those people who used to drink pop

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Pink Slime Process

This story has been in the news a lot the last few days. Check out this news story. The pink slime is a filler which takes waste trimmings and reprocesses them in a way that the trimmings can be added back into the final product. I thought this video was very interesting and explained the

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Calories on Menus

Restaurants, everywhere are listing their calorie information on their menus. As a consumer, always be aware of the size of the portions along with the calories displayed on the menus.  This really is the key. At Midwest Laboratories, we test food packages sold in restaurants and the numbers can be staggering at times. Most of

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Food at the Movie Theaters

Check out this Consumer Reports study on the numbers behind what we are putting in our mouths. The numbers are a bit alarming. I think another study should also be performed with respect to the amount of money that is made on marking up pop and popcorn. The table listed below really is scary. I

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