Monthly Archives: May 2009

Elizabeth Hasselbeck-Celiac Disease

The 31-year-old talk show co-host spares no blushes about the digestive ailment that left her in agony for years after a series of misdiagnoses. Continue reading

Food Ingredient News You Can Use: Sulfites

No Sulfites

No Sulfites

Sulfites are commonly used in the processing and storage of various foods and drinks. In the U.S., they were finally banned for use on produce in 1986. At that time the FDA also required other beverages containing sulfites, such as wine, beer and dried fruit to have warning labels. Continue reading

Food Intolerance and Food Allergy

Food Intolerance - Food Allergy

Helpful information was discovered recently on the differences between food allergy and food intolerance. Most people use these two terms interchangeably, probably because they use the same method of prevention of the appearance of symptoms — staying away from the food that cause them. Needless to say, the two conditions are different from each other and it is rather important that one is able to distinguish between the two. Continue reading

ADHD and Diet

ADHD and Diet

ADHD and Diet

(Editor’s Note: We believe it is important to bring these facts to your attention, though some statements and opinions made by researchers are, at times, admittedly inconclusive. FoodFacts urges consumers to be aware of all additives and food colorings that are within the foods they eat. It is an essential part of our mission to empower consumers with this type of important information throughout our site.)

ADHD has been linked  at times to diet, which includes food allergies and nutritional deficiencies. Simply eliminating certain foods or adding others might reduce the symptoms or eliminate them altogether. Hyperactive children are especially vulnerable since they are “hyper” sensitive to sugar and other stimulants. Have you ever noticed how your child’s behavior changes very shortly after he or she consumes a soft drink, sugary cereal or chocolate? Many believe it is worth attempting to address the “root” of the problem first, if it is indeed nutritional, before ingesting the potentially toxin pharmaceutical alternatives that merely mask the symptoms. Making healthy food choices for you and your child is NOT difficult. There is NO downside to adopting a healthy eating program and huge benefits for everyone, whether dealing with a current health issue or preventing future ones. Continue reading

Ban on Red Bull Energy Drink

Red Bull

Red Bull

It looks like some corporate crisis public relations is needed right now for the wildly popular Red Bull energy drink.

According to news reports, including the Associated Press, six German states have told retailers to stop selling Red Bull Cola energy drinks after a test found a trace amount of cocaine.

The bans started Friday after a sample test conducted by authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia state found 0.4 micrograms per liter in the drink.

Five other states also banned it from shops amid concerns over possible narcotics law violations.

Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment said Monday that the cocaine level was too low to pose a health risk. It planned to produce a more detailed report Wednesday.

Red Bull said its cola is “harmless and marketable in both the U.S. and Europe.” It said similar coca leaf extracts are used worldwide as flavoring, and a test it commissioned itself found no cocaine traces.

Study: Childhood Food Allergies Might be Linked to Obesity

childhood food allergies

childhood food allergies

Reducing childhood obesity may have yet another benefit: lowering the incidence of food allergies.

Researchers studying more than 4,000 children ages 2 to 19 enrolled in a larger survey of childhood health found a significant association of overweight and obesity with allergic reactions to eggs, peanuts and other common allergens. For example, overweight and obese children were over 50 percent more likely than those of normal weight to be allergic to milk. Over all, the obese and overweight children were about 25 percent more likely to have one or more food allergies.

“While there’s nothing conclusive about our findings,” said Cindy M. Visness, the lead author, “this is one more motivation to try to prevent obesity in children.” Dr. Visness is an epidemiologist with Rho Inc., a company that provides research and statistical services for clinical trials.

The scientists also found an association between being overweight and levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation, which suggests that systemic inflammation may also play a role in the development of allergies. The authors acknowledge that their study, published in the May issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, does not prove that obesity causes allergies, and that other explanations for the association are possible.

Source: NY Times