Eat Smart · Feel Great · Get Well

Cheers and Jeers

by Laura Jungreis, blogger

Cheers to…

Bananas, which are being hailed as the miracle fruit because of their benefits to both the body and the mind.  Bananas are known for being high in fiber, potassium and antioxidants.  But they also contain dopamine and serotonin, offering benefits to the brain and mood.  Read more about the benefits of bananas

The US Department of Agriculture, for announcing that schools will receive additional funds to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to students.  The Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Program aims to improve student nutrition and instill healthy habits.  An additional $48 million is being given to the program, which will be distributed to agencies in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  Learn more about the program here.

Jeers to…

Keratin hair treatment, which contains formaldehyde as a key ingredient.  Formaldehyde is a compound that can lead to rashes, burning in the ear, nose and throat, asthma attacks and even cancer after prolonged exposure.  Other salon treatments, like manicures and pedicures, are being scrutinized for their safety as well.  Read more about hidden salon dangers here.

Palmyra Bologna Company, who recalled 23,000 pounds of bologna after cases of E. coli were reported.  The four cases were reported in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, and the product has been distributed in New York.  Get more details about the recall here.