Food Expiration Dates Lead to Unnecessary Waste, Real and Fictional Benefits of Garlic, Obesity Linked to Increased Migraines

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  • Food expiration dates and their meaning:  The recently published report called The Dating Game: How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, indicates that the perplex system of date labeling is a major force of unnecessary food waste. Date labeling was established in the 1970s to provide consumers with a guarantee of food freshness, however this system has evolved into a “largely incoherent signaling device for consumers”. According to the report, that incoherence represents cost to consumers as well as retailers, is unsustainable for our planet as it creates unnecessary food waste, and could even be leading to increased health risk.
  • Real and fictional health benefits of garlic: There are written records from the past few centuries that describe numerous garlic uses in natural medicine; but recent scientific research has new evidence and recommendations.  The book “Garlic: The Mighty Bulb” covers the entire world of garlic and the many ways it can be used around the house and for improved health. Among the topics included are health and remedies, garlic myths, growing, harvesting and storing garlic, garlic around the world and through history and much more. The chapter on garlic in modern medicine describes garlic’s healing properties and describes conditions and treatments for cardiovascular disease and poor circulation, cancer, heavy metal toxicity, infections, skin problems, viruses and more.
  • Obesity linked to increased migraines: About ten to fifteen percent of people have episodic migraines-headaches occurring less than every other day. Now a new study suggests that overweight and obese people have a higher risk of episodic migraines. Researchers found that episodic migraines were almost twice as common among obese people as among normal-weight adults.  According to Dr. Lee Peterlin from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore: “This finding suggests that patients and doctors need to be aware that obesity is associated with an increased risk of episodic migraine and not wait until a patient has chronic migraine to address healthy lifestyle choices, such as diet and exercise, and to choose medications that impact weight with care.”
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