September 28th, 2011
The current contaminated cantaloupe outbreak, which has killed 13 people in the US, truly qualifies as a frightening turn of events for the food buying public, because nothing about previous listeria infections pointed toward whole fruits as a potential source of contamination.
We’ve heard warnings about hot dogs, deli meats, soft cheeses, prepared foods and foods that grow in warm, humid environments like sprouts. These foods had been culprits in previous contamination episodes and became the focus of warnings about how to avoid listeria. Soft “Mexican-style” cheese or queso was implicated in the worst-known listeria outbreak in the US in the 1970s, which killed 50 people.
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August 28th, 2009
Green Right Now Reports
Increasingly we’re hearing about how local, seasonal food is richer in nutrients than canned or out-of-season produce that’s been shipped in from afar.
UT Southwestern Medical Center nutrition experts say we can be even more deliberate with our menu choices by choosing seasonal fruits and veggies that offer specific health benefits.
Their tip today: Eat fresh melons in season — and that means late summer in the US — to get a boost of potassium. That mineral can help athletes and those suffering from high blood pressure.
“Melons like cantaloupe and watermelon are particularly high in potassium,” says Lona Sandon, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. “One fourth a cantaloupe contains 800 to 900 milligrams of potassium, roughly 20 percent of the recommended daily value.”
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