Monday, February 2, 2009

Peanut Butter/ Salmonella

With all the talk in the media about the recent outbreak of Salmonella from contaminated products that use peanut butter, I came across an interesting article while reading the informative online newsletter www.realage.com .

Everyone knows the benefits of a diet rich in fiber. It helps lower cholesterol, helps stave off hunger-pangs when dieting and so on. But did you also know that it may protect against diseases too?

"In a lab study, researchers exposed a variety of foods to several strains of E. coli and Salmonella. The results? The bacteria adhered to fibrous foods -- like pumpkin, artichoke, and flax. A good thing, because if the bacteria latches on to intestinal tissues instead, it might have some gut-churning consequences."

There was also an interesting aside about the protective benefits that cilantro has also in protecting from diseases.

"Cilantro contains antibacterial compounds that may help inhibit...food poisoning. The best safeguards against food-borne illness are still frequent hand washing and safe food handling practices. However, serving meals with a side of cilantro-seasoned salsa may be both a nutritious and protective bonus."

More good reasons to make sure you get plenty of fiber in your diet--and another excuse to eat chips and salsa [with lots of cilantro!]

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