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FDA says ricotta and string cheese added to Listeria outbreak recall

FDA says ricotta and string cheese added to Listeria outbreak recall

The cheese recall announced earlier this month has expanded to include additional types of cheese, according to El Abuelito Cheese. Multiple brands are covered by this recall, which now includes Quesillo and Requeson products in addition to queso fresco soft cheeses. The reason for the recall is a Listeria outbreak that has caused cases in four states.

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Study finds beefy ‘good’ cholesterol may increase heart attack risk

Study finds beefy ‘good’ cholesterol may increase heart attack risk

Health experts have long advised their patients to make dietary changes that reduce their LDL 'bad' cholesterol while increasing their HDL 'good' cholesterol. However, studies have shown a bit of paradox in the sense that raising HDL cholesterol doesn't necessarily reduce heart disease risk -- and the reason, according to the latest research, may be problems associated with big versus small cholesterol particles.

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Plant-based diet high in certain foods protects brain and heart

Plant-based diet high in certain foods protects brain and heart

Yet another study has found good reasons to consume a plant-based diet, one that -- in this case -- ensures it includes high amounts of certain foods. According to the new research from the Boston University School of Medicine, a plant-based diet that is high in certain foods like berries and low in others may help protect brain and heart health.

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Many cheese products recalled following CDC’s outbreak warning

Many cheese products recalled following CDC’s outbreak warning

Days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an advisory warning of a Listeria outbreak without a clear source, the FDA has highlighted a new related recall covering a number of Hispanic-style cheese products. The recalled cheese products were sold in several states across the Eastern half of the US.

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Study finds caffeine may shrink brain grey matter, but don’t panic

Study finds caffeine may shrink brain grey matter, but don’t panic

The latest study on caffeine reports that it may cause notable, but temporary, changes in the brain's grey matter volume -- the ramifications of which are unclear at this time. The study involved giving participants caffeine for 10 days, as well as a placebo for 10 days, and monitoring changes in their brain structure.

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CDC warns new listeria outbreak is moving fast and linked to cheese

CDC warns new listeria outbreak is moving fast and linked to cheese

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned consumers to avoid Hispanic-style cheeses like queso fresco over a Listeria outbreak that could be dangerous in certain high-risk people. The advisory was first published late last week; there's an active investigation in progress and, at this point in time, no product recalls associated with it.

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Nestle expands plant-based products with new vegan KitKat bar

Nestle expands plant-based products with new vegan KitKat bar

Nestle, the company you love to hate, is expanding its plant-based food products with a new variety of a classic candy bar: Vegan KitKat. The company says it has seen many requests for a vegan KitKat option, prompting the launch of this new treat -- which Nestle says is officially called 'KitKat V.'

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Bill Gates says ditch cows for synthetic beef

Bill Gates says ditch cows for synthetic beef

It's no secret that cattle -- the kind raised for beef and milk products -- are bad for the environment. Various efforts have been introduced to address this problem, including encouraging the public to eat less beef, potential feed changes to reduce emissions, and more. In a recent interview, Bill Gates took things one step farther by calling on wealthy countries to switch entirely to synthetic beef.

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More fresh basil recalled over intestinal parasite risk

More fresh basil recalled over intestinal parasite risk

A few months after its last recall, Shenandoah Growers Inc has recalled additional fresh basil products over the risk of contamination with the Cyclospora parasite, which can potentially lead to an intestinal infection called Cyclosporiasis. The voluntary recall has been made 'out of an abundance of caution,' the company says, noting that it involves fresh organic basil packed at its Indianapolis facility.

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Coca-Cola will start selling drinks in paper bottles this summer

Coca-Cola will start selling drinks in paper bottles this summer

Coca-Cola Company has announced that it is testing a more sustainable paper bottle in Hungary, with limited online sales of the product starting this summer. The company's Brussels-based research and development 000 is working with Danish startup The Paper Bottle Company on this project, with an ultimate goal for bottles that 'can be recycled as paper.'

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Study warns some energy drinks may lead to serious heart issues

Study warns some energy drinks may lead to serious heart issues

Some popular energy drinks may put consumers at risk of serious heart issues, according to a new study from Texas A&M University. The study involved 17 popular and readily available energy drink brands, as well as the use of lab-grown cardiomyocyte (human heart) cells. When the cells were exposed to the drinks, some were found to beat faster and experience other unwanted changes.

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Eating grapes may be a surprising way to reduce UV skin damage

Eating grapes may be a surprising way to reduce UV skin damage

Eating grapes may provide protection against damaging ultraviolet sun rays that lead to sunburn, skin damage, and, potentially, the development of skin cancer. The findings were recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, noting that plant chemicals called polyphenols are likely the reason for this possible benefit.

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