Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Debunking Frozen Food Myths

A common misconception is that you can’t have a quick meal that is healthy at the same time. As you consider stocking up on frozen foods, keep the facts in mind. With proper handling and storage, frozen foods offer both convenience and nutrition. By reading ingredient labels and choosing high-quality, whole food options, you can ensure that you always have a ready supply of healthy foods on hand.

Families are facing new challenges when it comes to shopping for groceries while adhering to the government’s #StayAtHome mandate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to recent findings, frozen food sales have spiked 78.8% compared to a year ago, as many families are turning to the availability and convenience of frozen foods. This is attributed to the recent stockpiling by consumers brought on by COVID-19. 

While many still want to prioritize the nourishment of their families, particularly during these times, the question of whether frozen foods are as nutritious as their “fresh” alternatives have come up. The answer is that both are healthy and knowing how to read your nutrition facts is one of the best ways to ensure you’re preparing healthy meals for your family. 

Nutrition facts on packages allow you to compare different products in order to select nutritious foods. You can consider factors such as calories, fat, protein, and sugar content across brands, which helps you make smarter choices. Understanding a food label can be difficult; however, doing a little research of terms on a food label can help you know what to look out for. 

Here are some common myths and truths about frozen foods: 
  1. Myth: Fresh is better than frozen. This is a common misconception. What people don’t realize is that frozen foods, such as fruits and vegetables, can actually have more nutritional value than fresh food. These foods are usually picked at peak ripeness, and then processed very soon after harvest, which preserves nutrients.  Fresh produce may have a shorter lifespan due to the time it takes for foods to be packed and shipped, not to mention the time it sits in the supermarket.  Exposure to air, light, and water at the grocery store can also deplete fresh produce of certain vitamins.
  2. Myth: All frozen food is high in sodium. More food manufacturers are working to reduce the amount of sodium to meet the demands of health-conscious consumers. According to the American Heart Association, 9 out of 10 Americans consume too much sodium and recommends no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) a day. Be sure to take the time to read the label before making your food selection, particularly on frozen meals and entrees.  When you purchase frozen vegetables, opt for those with no added salt or salty sauces. 
  3. Myth: All frozen foods are highly processed. This might have been true years ago, but as more consumers become savvy about nutrition, food manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and offering more minimally processed foods that are close to their natural state. It is easier these days, for example, to find frozen meals that contain vegetables and whole grains. Again, reading and understanding food labels will help you make the right choice for you and your family. 
  4. Myth: Refreezing your frozen food is bad. Let’s face it. As much as we try to plan out our meals, busy schedules cause our plans to suddenly change, which means the meat you thawed out may need to be put back in the freezer. As long as you thawed out your meat in the refrigerator and not on the counter-- which is a big no-no-- returning it to the freezer is acceptable. Thawing foods at room temperature can allow bacteria to rapidly multiply and may lead to food-borne illness.  But, to be fair, it should be noted that refreezing food can compromise the texture and flavor. For best results, try to use refrozen meats in dishes that are cooked with moist heat, such as soups or stews.
  5. Myth frozen foods expire. According to foods that are continuously stored at 0°F be saved indefinitely. But many home freezers won’t achieve temperatures quite that low, so a more realistic time-frame for keeping frozen foods is 6-9 months.  Storing foods in air-tight packages or using a vacuum-sealing kit removes the air from the freezer bag to preserve the food and help preserve quality. 

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About the Author. 
Susan Bowerman is the senior director of Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training at Herbalife Nutrition and is one of the primary authors of the Company-sponsored blogs, I Am Herbalife Nutrition and Discover Good Nutrition.

Bowerman is a registered dietitian, holds two board certifications from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a certified specialist in sports dietetics, and a certified specialist in obesity and weight management, and is a Fellow of the Academy.

Bowerman earned a B.S. in biology with distinction from the University of Colorado and received her M.S. in food science and nutrition from Colorado State University. She then completed her dietetic internship at the University of Kansas. She has taught extensively and developed educational programs targeted to individuals, groups and industry in her areas of expertise, including health promotion, weight management and sports nutrition.

Prior to her role at Herbalife Nutrition, she was the assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition and has held appointments as adjunct professor in nutrition at Pepperdine University and lecturer in nutrition in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Bowerman was a consultant to the (then) Los Angeles Raiders for six seasons and was a contributing columnist for the Los Angeles Times Health section for two years. She is a co-author of 23 research papers, 14 book chapters, and was a co-author of two books for the public: “What Color is Your Diet?” and “The L.A. Shape Diet” by Dr. David Heber, published by Harper Collins in 2001 and 2004, respectively.

About Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Novuhair boosts optimism via free workout program

This workout program is designed to help beginners and complement the workout of those with active exercise routines.

NOVUHAIR ®, the leading natural hair loss treatment in the Philippines, partnered with The Fit Filipino (FITFIL) Movement lead by Jim & Toni Saret, the brand’s VIP Fitness Coaches, to a FREE 20-day Facebook Live workout aimed at improving your wellness quotient goals through a “Bulletproof Immune System Activity Booster”.

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  • Optimism Adds Resilience
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Friday, May 15, 2020

Dahil Mahal ka ni Hotel Sogo Gusto Nila Safe ka!

Even though a lot of businesses have closed down, Hotel Sogo continued its support to the frontliners and LGUs who risk fighting against COVID-19. Hotel Sogo, the leading hotel chain in the Philippines is now ready to leap into the new normal as part of its So Clean, So Good, So Safe campaign under the Sogo Safe Program that aims to secure the safety of its employees and guests.

I can't wait to take my family for a staycation at Hotel Sogo pero ang tanong gaano ba kasafe magstay after lockdown? Hotel Sogo had just recently the first to provide free room accommodations that served as a temporary shelter to healthcare workers and frontliners. A total of P80-million worth of donation or more than 800 room accommodations were given to healthcare workers, OFWs, and seafarers repatriates for free. This is in coordination with 10 city mayors and 31 hospitals in the country.

Worry not because Hotel Sogo just recently launches their "Hotel Sogo Stay Safe Campaign" watch the video of the playbook preview:

Here are some fo the New Normal Features:

  • Hotel Sogo Mobile app is also up for contact tracing.

  • Uniforms of the hotel staff are redesigned to incorporate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Temperature screening and disinfection mats upon entering the hotel

  • Social distancing at the front desk. Installation of the protective acrylic glass panel in the front desk.

  • Social distancing with markers and limit of persons in elevators

  • Hand Sanitizers in common areas
  • Contactless hotel features (doors and elevators)

  • UVC light treatment is also modified in elevator consoles,  door handles,  keycard cases, cash register, and food preparation

  • Use of UVC disinfection light array cart in cleaning and disinfection of rooms and bathrooms. Studies show that the use of UVC, with wavelengths between 200 and 270 nanometres (nm), can kill microbes, germs, bacteria, and viruses. This has been adopted since the use of UVC is done in recent years and is also used in disinfecting hospitals as UVC kills pathogens and microorganisms. 

  • Constant disinfection in all amenities is also implemented

  • No-contact facilities from lobby doors to toilet fixtures thru installing foot door opener and foot-controlled dispenser.

  • Hotel Sogo has created newly designed giveaways for guests such as no contact keys and sanitizers. The no-contact key serves as a tool in touching common objects like door handles, elevator buttons, and ATMs.

  • Social distancing in the workplace and in crowded areas like the canteen.

  • Provision of multivitamins to employees.
  • Hand sanitizers in common areas.
With Hotel Sogo change is good and with their new feature, I can trust them that my family will be safe once we had our staycation again.

To find out more about Hotel Sogo, visit its website: