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Worldwide Food Service Safety Month

On Worldwide Food Service Safety Month

Food Service Safety MonthMaking sure that the food you’re eating is not only healthy, but safe, is what Food Service Safety Month is all about. From proper food preparation when cooking at home, to going out to eat at a public place, keeping yourself aware about food safety precautions can help you avoid the mishaps of food poisoning, unsafe hygienic practices, and overall food quality. With upcoming feasts for the holidays, it’s time to stay updated on your food safety efforts.

Why Food Service Safety Month?

The food service industry has been a staple of our lives for many years, as well as a booming business. Back in 2010, nearly 77% of sales came from fast food and full-service restaurants. Such places are required to have a hygiene certificate. This makes sure that the location where food is prepared keeps up high cleanliness levels.

However, food safety isn’t just limited to the café you may dine at during lunch. Any prepared foodstuff, such as microwaved dinners from your grocery store’s frozen section, needs to meet up to the qualities of food safety. The environments from food manufacturers where such items are prepared are also required to keep up their hygiene practices. This means surfaces are always washed, utensils are washed and separated, and the general environment is made up to standards. These practices are mainly enforced by the FDA, or Food and Drug Administration, which employs regulations that companies must abide by.

Food Safety at Home

The same can be practiced in your own kitchen, which is another goal of Food Service Safety Month. For example, foods such as chicken and fish must usually be cooked to a certain temperature before being served. Otherwise, leftover bacteria remains and can risk the person eating it becoming ill. And of course, always wash your hands before and after handling food. Make sure to also get into the habit of cleaning your kitchen area after every meal. So don’t let those dishes sit in the sink for days on end!

Standard Safety in the Supplement Category

When you’re out grocery shopping, you want to trust that your food has been assessed to the highest of food safety standards and quality. The FDA’s regulations ensure this – but it’s not only restricted to food. Cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, as well as nutritional supplements also follow safety standards for their products.

U.S. Doctors’ Clinical® has always developed each supplement above and beyond the standard. Using manufacturers that not only follow FDA guidelines, but have been certified by several cGMP organizations, which audit the procedures, environment, and practices for supplement manufacturing, U.S. Doctors’ Clinical® creates top supplements. This includes making sure raw materials are sourced correctly, and using the latest technology and equipment when developing supplements for the public.

Supplement Safety with U.S. Doctors’ Clinical®

How can you be sure that your supplements are of high-quality? Checking with the background of the company making your supplements is a must. Supplement products will also sport labels of cGMP compliance, showing they followed the guidelines and have been verified of their safety. With food safety being an imperative subject for this month, you can protect yourself not only with your grocery shopping – but knowing which supplements, like those of U.S. Doctors’ Clinical®, you can fully trust.

Roasted Chestnuts Day

Roasted Chestnuts – a Nutritious Winter Treat

Roasted ChestnutsRoasting chestnuts on an open fire sounds like the perfect addition to your holiday season. But they're more than just a staple of a winter tradition. December 14th is Roasted Chestnuts Day, and what better way to celebrate than learning about chestnuts? (Besides eating them!) These edible nuts are from the Castanea genus species, mainly found within the northern part of the world. Rich in flavor, chestnuts are native to mountainous regions in China, Japan, Europe and North America. They are imported throughout the world mainly from China.

The Multi-Beneficial Nut for the Holidays

Chestnuts have a varied nutritional profile that goes well with most diets. Here's a closer look at their benefits:

  • They are low in fats and calories. Even more so than most other nuts, including pecans and walnuts. Yet they are also bursting with numerous minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients. They are also an excellent source of dietary fiber, and are considered a low-glycemic food. Not only are chestnuts good for digestive health, but also for blood sugar management.
  • They boost the immune system. With the high concentration of vitamin C and other antioxidants, chestnuts can help stimulate the production of white blood cells, while its antioxidant nature seeks out free-radicals to get rid of, leaving your body guarded from pathogens.
  • They improve cognitive function. Chestnuts are packed full of B vitamins, including folate, riboflavin and more, which directly affect neurological development. The potassium in chestnuts can also help promote healthy blood flow to the brain, increasing levels in concentration, memory and mood.
  • They're good for the heart. Chestnuts contain the good fats that your body, and your heart, needs to function. They help balance cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation, leading to decreased risks in heart conditions.
  • They help maintain strong bones. Chestnuts contains 22% of the trace mineral, copper. The body only needs a small amount of copper, which helps enhance bone strength and increase bone mineral density.

Making the Most Out of Chestnuts

Roasting chestnuts is a very popular activity, and it's not just because of a certain song's lyrics. But they can also be prepared a number of ways such as being candied, boiled or even pureed.

However, if you want to roast them, there's a way to do so, even if you lack the fireplace.

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, so that the chestnut can separate from its shell.
  2. Make an incision in the chestnuts. With a serrated knife, slit across the entire middle surface, but do so carefully. This incision will let the steam out from the nuts while they're being heated.
  3. Quick boil the chestnuts in a pot of water. Once the water begins boiling, remove the nuts to place on a baking pan, the cut-side facing up.
  4. Start roasting the chestnuts! Put your baking pan full of chestnuts in the oven and roast for about 15 to 20 minutes. The shell will begin to split once they are roasted. Move the pan at times to prevent them from burning.
  5. Once roasted, wrap up your chestnuts in a clean towel and squeeze slightly to crush the skins. Wait for 10 to 15 minutes. Then serve and enjoy!

Roasted ChestnutsNutrition from U.S. Doctors' Clinical® for the Rest of Your Year

Roasted chestnuts are great for the holidays, but you're probably not having them daily throughout the year. Certain products from U.S Doctors' Clinical® can get you the nutritional benefits you may be missing out on, from digestive health to improved brain performance. These include probiotic supplements such as Biotix Plus®, cognitive aids such as BrainPower Advanced, or immune-boosting supplements such as ImmuneSpur. Keep your nutritional profile at level, even after the roasted chestnut season is over!