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Your Dish Sponge Is Dirtier Than Your Toilet”

Your Dish Sponge: Even sanitizing it doesn’t kill all the bacteria.


While most of the bacteria found in sponges are not harmful, there are some pathogens that could cause infections in humans. Dangerous bacteria can linger in a dish sponge even after attempts to sterilize it, according to a new German study published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Researchers from Furtwangen University described kitchen sponges as a “common microbial hot spot,” International Business Times reports. The study included DNA analysis of 14 kitchen sponges taken from private households that found 362 kinds of bacteria, even more than typically found on a toilet. Because sponges are primarily moist and designed for absorption, they have the potential to pick up bacteria like salmonella, E. coli and staphylococcus.

Most of the bacteria found were not harmful, but there were pathogens that could cause infections in humans, the researchers said. They also noted that “kitchen sponges not only act as a reservoir of microorganisms but also as disseminators over domestic surfaces, which can lead to cross-contamination of hands and food, which is considered a main cause of foodborne disease outbreaks.”
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Deli meat is a product that is quick and easy to grab for meals, snacks or party trays. It is a naturally low-fat product that many consider a great addition to a “healthy” lifestyle.
Unfortunately, typical deli meat contains some ingredients that can be damaging to one’s health, especially if consumed on a regular basis.
Deli meats have been linked to a variety of cancers, especially those affecting the digestive tract, in several studies.
This alone should cause one to question the consumption of deli meats, but why have they been linked to cancers?
Examining some of the ingredients and the process by which deli meats are made may provide some answers.
Common Ingredients
Carrageenan: used in reduced-fat foods as a fat replacement and to provide a specific “mouth-feel”
Citric acid: used as a preservative and/or a pH control agent
Corn syrup: sweetener derived from corn starch (most likely from GMO corn)
Caramel color: used to color meats—note that this is not considered an “artificial color” so it may still appear on a product that claims to have “no artificial colors” on the package
Gelatin: a form of animal-derived collagen (typically from bovines)
Modified food starch: a starch that is used as a thickener once it has been chemically modified; the source of the starch is not required to be listed
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): used as a flavor enhancer
Phosphates: used as a preservative; considered a “free” phosphate meaning it is readily absorbed in the body, as opposed to naturally occurring phosphates which have only 40-60% bioavailability; this study shows that consuming these phosphates could be fatal to those with kidney disease
Propyl gallate: an antioxidant used to prevent rancidity in rendered fats or pork sausage
Sodium nitrate: a preservative salt and color enhancer often added to jerky, bacon and lunchmeat
Sodium nitrite: a preservative salt and color enhancer similar to sodium nitrate but is also an antioxidant; typically used to cure ham and bacon
Sugar/sucrose: sweetener
Dried whey: used as a binder or extender in meat products like sausage and stews
The Dangers of these Additives
While this list is an incomplete list of the ingredients added into deli meats, these are many of the most commonly used additives.
When reading what they do, it may be easy to think that they are beneficial, but the problem is that many of these ingredients either have not been studied intensely for their long-term effects on the human body or they have been studied and have been found to be harmful.
First, citric acid has been a common additive about which there has been much discussion. The fact that what is used as a food additive is not actually derived from citrus foods, but is instead derived from a type of mold known as Aspergillus Niger concerns many because of the dangers that mold can present to the body.
It is more economical to produce citric acid in this way, but unfortunately, it could mean contamination with mold spores which can negatively impact one’s health.
This study concluded that specific amounts of citric acid can have damaging effects on the organs and should be controlled for optimal health.
Corn syrup and sugar have been established as additives that should be consumed minimally, if ever. The effects of sweeteners on the body can have both short- and long-term consequences, and these consequences are compounded due to many processed foods, apart from deli meats, being sweetened with one, the other or both.
Sodium nitrates and nitrites are also frequently discussed when it comes to additives to avoid. These particular additives are not necessarily dangerous on their own, but they become a concern once ingested if and when they combine with dietary amines to produce what is called nitrosamines.
Nitrosamines have been shown to be carcinogenic. While there is a level of nitrates and nitrites that is deemed “safe” (since it is also naturally-occurring), the problem comes when one consumes large amounts of nitrates and/or nitrites that may be added to foods during processing.
Other Dangers
In addition to the ingredients that are questionable, one specific disease tends to be more prevalent amongst deli meats.
Listeria monocytogenes is the most common disease found in packaged deli meats.
Even with the preservatives that are added in order to prevent the growth and spread of Listeria, deli meats are a notorious carrier of this harmful disease. Listeria can cause headaches, muscle aches, confusion, convulsions, loss of balance and fever, but it is most dangerous for pregnant women.
A pregnant woman who contracts Listeria may not have any symptoms or may only exhibit flu-like symptoms, but the danger is to the fetus.
Listeria can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery or infection in the newborn. It is for this reason that pregnant women are advised to eliminate deli meats while pregnant.
The process for making deli meats should also be considered. The more processed a meat is and the more machines it has to be fed through, the greater the risk of contamination with other products in the processing plant as well as increased risk for bacterial contamination. If the equipment being used is not cleaned correctly or regularly, this can
What are the alternatives and best options?
First, choose organic meats. This is one of the simpler routes to take since there are stricter guidelines for processing organic meats.
Keep in mind, however, that the more processed a food is, the more opportunity there is for contamination. If you buy organic meats, be sure to use them within a few days of purchase and to store the meat at the appropriate temperature in order to reduce the risk of bacterial growth.
Second, try to buy meat that is processed as little as possible. If you can buy from local, organic farmers who provide whole-cut pieces of meat, that would be the best option. Then you can cut your own meat into the thickness of your preference and store appropriately (use or freeze within a few days.
If you find yourself preferring to buy deli meats that are already packaged, look for organic meats without salt and nitrates/nitrites. Be sure to read the ingredient lists, and if you do not recognize an ingredient, look it up before purchasing! This is the best way to prevent buying meats that seem like healthier options but may have hidden and harmful ingredients.

Speaking of brands that claim to be “healthy”…
Some have wondered about certain brands that are more expensive and make claims to be healthier than the other deli meats on the shelf. Are they actually healthier? What are the ingredients? How are they processed?
Boar’s Head

This is one of the most popular brands that is quickly considered healthier than the rest.
On some of their signs, they claim “No Fillers, No By-products, No Artificial Colors or Flavors, No Trans Fat, No Gluten”, but what do these claims really mean?
On the surface, they seem like great claims, but when you examine each statement, you find that they are somewhat deceptive.
“No Fillers”—the meats do not contain the cheap substances that are used in other processed meats to hold the meats together (i.e. carrageenan, soy concentrate, starches, etc.).
“No By-products”—their meats do not contain unusual (to the Western diet) animal parts like the lips, tripe, stomachs and hearts. This is great, except that several other well-known brands also make these claims.
“No Artificial Colors” — these colors include the FD&C certified colors like Blue #1, Blue #2, Green #3, Red #3, Red #40, Yellow #5 and Yellow #6. This is a moot point, however, since no other deli meats contain these colors either. Because caramel color is not included as an “artificial color”, it can still be used even with this claim, so be sure to look at the ingredients for this.
“No Artificial Flavors”—again, this is a misleading claim because while no “artificial” flavors may be used, “natural” flavors can be used which are very similar to artificial flavors…they are not truly natural.
“No Trans Fat”—this statement references the use of partially hydrogenated oils and are not typically used in the processing of deli meats; note that trans fats also naturally occur in some foods like meat, so claiming to have NO trans fats may not be entirely accurate depending on the type of Boar’s Head meat you buy.
“No Gluten”—meat does not naturally contain gluten so making this claim is only useful for recognizing that the factory in which the meat was processed did not also process other products that would contain gluten. In other words, there was no possibility for cross-contamination.

If you contact your local grocery store that sells Boar’s Head products and ask for an ingredient list, you will find that the ingredients are not much different from many of the other store-bought brands. Be sure to do your research if you want to obtain the healthiest meats!
Louis Rich turkey variety pack
Another brand that many turn to is Louis Rich. Specifically, the turkey variety pack (smoked white turkey, smoked turkey ham, turkey bologna and turkey cotto salami) has some interesting (read “questionable”) ingredients.
These include modified corn starch, sugar, sodium phosphates, sodium nitrite, “flavor” (what is that?!), corn syrup and dextrose. The problems with many of these has already been discussed so let’s just say that this variety pack should not be given a second thought if you are interested in finding healthy deli meats.
Some deli meat brands that have been shown to contain better ingredients include Applegate Farms, Organic Praire, Nuna Naturals and Kol Foods Oven Roasted Turkey and Simple Truth meats.
No matter what, make sure you READ THE INGREDIENT LIST before choosing!
In fact, there are more than thousands of toxic chemicals in many of the food and products you eat or use every day and they can increase your cancer risk dramatically.

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Organic foods have recently become a major part of supermarket shelves.You can find almost any food, whether produce or processed, in an “organic” version.So what does “organic” mean? According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), “USDA certified organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing, among many factors, soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives.

Organic producers rely on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible.”

Essentially, food production is held to a higher standard in order to earn the coveted “organic” label.

With this in mind, let’s talk about the difference between conventional and organic milk.

Because milk is an animal byproduct, many factors must be taken into consideration when determining if it may be labeled as organic.

Again, according to the USDA, “The USDA organic label on dairy or meat products means that the animals from which it originated were raised in living conditions that accommodated their natural behaviors without being administered hormones or antibiotics, and while grazing on pasture grown on healthy soil.

Then during processing, the meat or dairy product was handled in a facility that was inspected by an organic certifier and processed without any artificial colors, preservatives, or flavors before being packaged to avoid contact with any prohibited, nonorganic substances.”

Practically, this means several things. First, organic food is usually fresher because preservatives are not one of the ingredients. Fewer and more natural pesticides are used.

This means that all fungicides, insecticides and herbicides are not used because they tend to remain on and in the food.

Growth hormones, antibiotics and animal byproducts in their food are all prohibited for cows providing organic milk.

Antibiotics given regularly to livestock increases the likelihood of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and feeding animal byproducts can increase the risk of mad cow disease in livestock.

Instead, cows are required to graze in open spaces for at least a certain amount of time. Going along with this, all food consumed by these cows must be GMO-free.

They cannot be fed foods that are genetically modified or genetically engineered.

In 2016, one study showed that organic milk had a greater amount of nutrients than conventional milk.

A study published by the American Dairy Science Association indicates that organic cow milk contains higher levels of vitamins, antioxidants and unsaturated fatty acids than conventional milk.

Because of all these standards, organic farming tends to be environmentally beneficial.

Using natural methods for farming means there is less pollution, better water conservation, less energy use, less soil erosion and better soil fertility.

Clearly, there are standards that are to be upheld in order for your milk to be considered organic, but how often do organic dairy companies uphold those standards to the highest degree?

Questionable Practices

Peter Whoriskey is a journalist who spent time investigating the organic farming practices of Aurora Organic Dairy, a company that provides organic milk to large retailers.

What he found was pretty interesting. During his investigation, he found that while they followed the protocol for allowing cows to have access to grazing pastures, out of 15,000 cows, only a couple hundred cows were ever out grazing at a time; the rest were in feedlots. While this might not be the case on every organic farm, it does raise questions about large, organic dairy farm practices.

The way that the USDA qualifies farmers as organic farmers may also be a point of concern.

Instead of the USDA sending out their own certifiers, the dairy farmers will hire their own inspectors who then certify them and report back to the USDA.

These inspectors visit the farm once a year to examine the standards.

This method of certification could raise questions because the certifier is paid by the dairy farm to report to the USDA.

They are not paid by the USDA for an objective report. As an example, Whoriskey discovered that the certifier who investigates Aurora Organic Dairy found that the visit takes place outside of grazing season, meaning the certifier does not even see the farm during grazing season—the time of the year that plays a big role in whether or not a farm can obtain “organic” status.

Horizon Organic milk, another popular store-bought brand of organic milk, has been found to implement some sneaky advertising.

According to their cartons, they contain DHA Omega-3, an omega-3 that supports brain health.

You would expect that there is increased omega-3 in their product due to better farming and grazing practices.

After all, some studies do show some increase of omega-3 in milk from cows that graze regularly, but this is not the cause in Horizon’s milk.

Instead, they actually add an omega-3-containing oil produced by algae that is fed with corn-syrup.

Apart from the gross-factor, there is hardly any GMO-free corn in the United States causing you to wonder if the corn-syrup fed to the algae is GMO-free.

If it is not, this seems like a violation of the non-GMO aspect of organic standards.

As you can see, just because something is labeled “organic” does not necessarily mean it is of a higher quality or is a result of better practices than conventional dairy farms.

Why it’s important to buy local

While not all small, organic dairy farms may uphold perfect standards, many of them will have better farming practices than the big farms simply because they have fewer cows to feed.

This allows for more grazing throughout grazing season and quicker milking times.

Buying organic milk from local farmers also gives you the opportunity to visit their farms to see their farming practices for yourself and get to know their passion for organic farming.

How to determine the quality of your organic milk

If you want to really know the quality of your milk and how closely the farm it comes from follows organic standards, but you cannot personally visit the farm, you can look at the code on a house brand carton of milk.

Aurora Organic Dairy’s code is 08-29, and other house brand codes will be four or five numbers. With this information, you can research the farm and determine if they follow protocol to your satisfaction.

Another good resource is the Cornucopia Institute.

They are major advocates for family farming, and state that “…through research and investigations on agricultural and food issues, [the Cornucopia Institute] provides needed information to family farmers, consumers and other stakeholders in the good food movement and to the media.

We support economic justice for the family-scale farming community – partnered with consumers – backing ecologically produced local, organic and authentic food.”

Always research the brands of milk you are interested in purchasing if you choose to buy organic milk so that you may know that your milk is of the highest quality!

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Welcome and thank you for visiting,Jamhuri Healthcare Services Inc, where "Loving and caring is what we do"

Older citizens are more likely to be disabled or dependent due to medical problems. These problems change a person's relationships with family and friends.
Personal care within the home remains the preferred choice for the majority of seniors today.

Jamhuri Healthcare Services Inc, located in Pikesville (Baltimore county)is a licensed provider, serving seniors in Maryland for the past 10 years.

For more information, about senior care,
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Welcome and thank you for visiting,Jamhuri Healthcare Services Inc, where "Loving and caring is what we do"

Older citizens are more likely to be disabled or dependent due to medical problems. These problems change a person's relationships with family and friends.
Personal care within the home remains the preferred choice for the majority of seniors today.

Jamhuri Healthcare Services Inc, located in Pikesville (Baltimore county)is a licensed provider, serving seniors in Maryland for the past 10 years.

For more information, about senior care,
Call Jamhuri Healthcare Services Inc.
1-800-547-2851 & Local 410-484-3656
visit us on the web: www.jamhuricares.com.
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