Thursday, March 26, 2009

Clean & Healthy

I ran across some interesting articles on MSNBC that I thought I'd pass along. The first is called Wipe Out the 10 Worst Germ Hot Spots and was so interesting. For instance, did you know that your sink has 1000 times the bacteria as your toilet? EW! Nothing a little diluted bleach can't handle though. And while I don't think I'll be disinfecting the ketchup bottles at restaurants before I use them (one of the suggestions), most of the other hot spots have very manageable solutions.

The second article stems from the book Eat This, Not That - a very interesting series of books that examines the actual health factor of various restaurant and super market foods. For example, if you're going out for breakfast and want to spurge, but still want to make the better decision, pancakes are better than french toast and bacon is better than sausage. This article is called the 6 Worst "Healthy" Restaurant Foods and it's really shocking. For example, you'll be amazed to learn that the Blimpie Veggie Supreme Sandwich (12 inch) has the caloric equivalent of 4 1/2 McDonald's hamburgers and the saturated fat equivalent of 33 strips of bacon. YOWZA!


Ouiser said...

i love eat this, not that. i think i need to eat at home!!

die Frau said...

Amazing how those little tricks sneak in there, making "healthy" options awful.

The germ article does make me more aware, but I feel as though it's a bit of a scare tactic as well, the continued attempt to sterilize our society.

Perhaps I have that feeling because I just learned that the leading theory as to why kids today have so many allergies to items like peanuts is that their bodies are so over saturated with anti-bacterial everything that their systems never learn how to defend against anything. Therefore, their bodies view foods like peanuts as invasive and put up defenses in the form of allergies. Know who has the least allergies? Kids who grow up on farms. It's just something to ponder, although I will think twice about using soap dispensers or ketchup!

GIANTS FAN said...

over the last few years pedi's are trying to get moms to use basic soap, with all the antibacterial every thing we are creating more super bugs, and making kids more prone to getting sicker, I have not read the articles yet,but i will. It goes back to the polio epidemic few street kids got sick, makes you think,

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