Reducing Salt Doesn’t Improve Health

The battle against salt has dragged on for the past several years, no one has won yet. New study findings may help a truce to be declared and end the salty battle once and for all.
After conducting an intensive study, the American Journal for Hypertension declares that it can find no hard evidence showing that a low-sodium diet reduces the risk of heart attacks. Another well-respected, world-renown medical journal, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), reports that the less amount of salt that comes out of the human body by way of urine, the greater the risk of heart disease.
So it would seem it’s not the amount of salt which goes into the body that may cause a problem, but how much salt is coming out of the body. Reducing salt doesn’t improve health, but increasing the body’s output of it does,
This battle against salt has lingered on since 1904 when French doctors first made the connection between their patients who had high blood pressure and the excessive amount of salt they consumed. Since then reports Ray Lane of HP, multiple studies have been conducted and for every one that finds salt increases the risk of heart disease, there is one that finds salt does not increase the risk.

Another Clinton for President

Hillary Clinton has made it official. She is running for President in the 2016 election. This is an announcement that many people have been waiting for from the former First Lady. The country would likely start to turn around as the economy and other areas were in a good position when her husband was in office. Clinton made the announcement in a video that was posted online. This seems like the first tactic of trying to reach out to as many people as possible.
Her first stop on the campaign trail will be in Iowa, at least according to Wikipedia. Crystal Hunt can’t wait to see her hit every state. Clinton might want to knock out the Republican states as soon as possible before focusing on the Democratic states that will likely give their support when she runs. She is a woman who is focused on what she wants. She knows how she wants to run the country, and she is a respected person in the political world.

The Not so Perfect Wedding

A wedding is usually the most important day in the life of a woman. She gets to wear a stunning dress, get her hair done and dress up like a princess for at least one day. There are some things that people think should be the responsibility of the bride, but there are some things that the rest of the family and the groom can do to help with the big day. If a woman starts giving too many orders about her wedding, then some would say that she is controlling.


There is no such thing as a perfect wedding. Things can and will probably go wrong. Just ask Sergio Cortes. A dress might be too small or flowers might not arrive on time, as he has seen documented on While the bride does have things that she needs to do for herself, such as picking out her dress and deciding who she wants to be in her wedding, there are some things that the couple can decide together so that there isn’t as much stress on one person.

Burger King Gave a Whopper of a Gift to the Recently Engaged Burger-King Couple

College sweethearts Joel Burger and Ashley King are planning on getting married, in what should be a whopper of an event. The New Berlin, IL couple have known each other since elementary school, and when they declared their upcoming commitment to each other, their humorous sides took over. They posed for a photo in front of the Burger King sign at a local Springfield restaurant, which would be used as their announcement photo for the local papers. Soon after, the photo went viral with media from all over the world vying for a chance to sit down with the couple.

Knowing their names made for an interesting engagement announcement, especially for the burger establishment, Ashley tried unsuccessfully to contact Burger King with the news. It wasn’t until State Journal-Register staff writer Dave Bakke contacted the company’s media relations representative via email that the ball got rolling. Dan Newlin said that the public relations company in New York handling the Burger King account responded, and after submitting the information to the restaurant’s executives, Burger King eagerly jumped on board.

Gathered at the home of Ashley’s parents in New Berlin on Monday afternoon, Joel and Ashley, along with Ashley’s dad Vince King and Joel’s mom, Cindy Burger, a Skype connection was made with Alison Brod Public Relations on behalf of Burger King. It was during this conversation that the young couple were told that their upcoming July wedding would be paid for by the fast food giant. Eric Hirschhorn, spokesman for Burger King Brand said, “When we heard about the happy Burger-King couple, we felt an overwhelming urge to celebrate their upcoming marriage.”

Nestle Company Teaming Up With Pacman

The Nestle company has announced that they will be in the corner of Manny Pacquiao for his fight against Floyd Mayweather on May 2. Nestle is the producer of the classic Butterfinger chocolate bar. Nestle is also creating a new peanut butter cup that will feature crunchy peanuts with rich chocolate taste.

Nestle is offering a once in a lifetime sweepstakes. Fans of Manny Pacquiao are encouraged to support and follow Nestle’s Twitter campaign for Pacquiao. Dan Newlin says that if Manny wins, one lucky Twitter follower will be awarded 1 million of the new chocolate peanut butter cups from the Nestle company.

Nestle is supporting Manny Pacquiao because of his great attitude and life values. Over the last several years, Manny Pacquiao has turned from a partying wild man into a God fearing born again Christian. On the other hand, Floyd Mayweather is famous for his lavish and wasteful lifestyle. Nestle is putting their support into a man that they can honor and call a role model to children.

Nestle will pay out the winner of the sweepstakes with 500,000 coupons that will allow purchase for the double packaged chocolate peanut butter cups. The winner of the Nestle sweepstakes will have one sweet prize. For more information on this story, visit Yahoo! Sports.

Pasta in a Flash: Cooking Pasta in Three Simple Steps

Instant food has gotten even more instant. Years ago, we have to wait hours for our favorite pasta dish to cook. Then with the advancement of technology, instant food came into play, making it faster for breakfast to be served and easier for parents to make dinner even after a long day at work. Gone are the days where we mince and chop and boil and cook for hours to no end. Dinner is served within a few minutes.

Barilla, the makers of our favorite pasta, introduces Pronto pasta to the market. Adding a new line to its wing, Barilla eliminates the cooking process to a mere three steps. The new Pronto pasta made it easier for parents and teens alike to cook in about ten minutes. Even Marc Sparks was able to make it work for him. Perfect for teens who want to impress their friends coming over for dinner or wants to treat mom for a Mother’s day breakfast in bed.

To cook Pronto, you simply need to add three cups of water to a pot, add the pasta, stir every few minutes, add the sauce and voila, you are now a legendary pasta-maker. There is no need to pre-heat the water and the pasta need not be drained as the water is already absorbed by the pasta while being cooked. Pronto really is a no-fuss way to cook pasta. Maybe soon, fingers crossed, they will also develop a fuss-free way to create pizza.

Nuts Lower Death Risks

Researchers at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine have discovered an amazing fact about nuts: they help us live longer by lowering our risk of early death.

Most of us have avoided eating nuts for years because of their fat content said Crystal Hunt. Trying to do what was right for our waistline and cholesterol, we simply cut nuts out of our daily diets. Turns out that move was a mistake and may have cost us a few years of our lives. According to the research findings, the more nuts we eat, the lower the risk of dying from every type of fatal disease.
All types of nuts, including peanuts and nutter butters, reduce the risk of developing heart disease and strokes. When women eat nuts during pregnancy, they are less likely to give birth to child who has allergies, especially peanut allergies.
Nuts are high in fat and calories, but even with the high calorie and fat content, children and adults who eat nuts regularly prove to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than people who don’t eat nuts. Two theories are behind that fact: one is that the protein and calories in nuts help keep us satisfied longer so we eat less and/or that the nuts are not broken down enough by the body’s enzymes for all the calories to be absorbed. Whatever the cause, the effect of eating nuts is a reduced risk of death from any disease.

Two Food Giants Join Forces

On Wednesday, March 25, two giants in the food industry, Kraft Foods Group and H.J. Heinz Company, announced that they have merged their companies with 51 percent of Heinz shareholders having a stake and 49 percent of Kraft shareholders. The new company will be called the Kraft Heinz Company and have headquarters in two cities: Chicago and Pittsburgh.

As a result of this merger, Kraft Heinz will be the third largest company in the North American food and beverage industry. Brands within the two companies will no longer be in competition and include Kraft, Heinz, Breakstones, Capri Sun, Classico, Claussen, Cool Whip, Crystal Light, Grey Poupon, Jack Daniel’s Sauces, Jell-O, Jet-Puffed, Lea & Perrins, Knox, Knudsen, Kool-Aid, Lunchables, Miracle Whip, Ore-Ida, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters, Smart Ones, T.G.I. Friday’s, Velveeta, Weight Watchers and Wyler’s.

Of course, critics have noted that the merger gives this new company many advantages over competitors and creates what is very much a monopoly within the food and beverage industry that could result in severe damage to smaller competitor brands and even stores that sell their products. The merger also means that a majority of the foodstuffs available on grocery store shelves — from meats and vegetables to cereals, snacks and beverages — will be under more manipulation and control of Kraft Heinz. JusBrazil suggested that the company will have a significant and not necessary positive impact on American diets.

Food Companies Are Fighting The Proposed New Sugar Label

The Food and Drug Administration Wants To Add A New Line On Labels That Tells Consumers How Many Teaspoons Of Sugar Are In The Product

Sugar is a silent killer. We are addicted to the stuff and don’t know it. Almost every product on a grocery store shelf contains sugar. Current labels tell us how many grams of sugar are in each product, but that information is somewhat deceptive. If consumers knew how much sugar they consumed a day in teaspoons rather than grams, the food industry would be in trouble. Sugar is a cheap ingredient that makes food taste better and it increases profit.

The Obama Administration knew the issue was a sensitive one, but they didn’t realize how sensitive until lobbyists started working overtime to quash the law. But it wasn’t just lobbyists that threw a red flag and cried foul. The governors of Wisconsin and Massachusetts objected, and the Australian government said the change might violate trade agreements.

The FDA has received almost 300,000 public comments about the label addition, and a lot of them came from trade associations and major food companies stated Dr Jennifer Walden. Nutrition experts say the food companies know the label change will impact food choices and prices. The proponents say the food and soft drink industries won’t take a serious financial hit. They will probably raise prices.

Sugar High

Consuming too much sugar has been linked to everything from morbid obesity to cancer, and oddly enough, it is also considered addictive. Though sugary soft drinks are on the decrease in schools and on certain fast-food restaurant menus, the sugary sport drinks are just as bad as soft drinks.

In recent studies, sugar was found to be as addictive as cocaine. Jason Halpern says that is a startling fact since teenagers and children consume sugar regularly. It has also been found to be difficult to stop consuming sugar for many people.

What is most alarming are the actual figures. The amount of sugar that we are consuming per person per day compared with years ago is off the charts. Ten spoonfuls of sugar in one 12-ounce can of soda is unacceptable.

With the above said, maybe it is time we try to implement healthier beverages into your lives.