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Pets in the news:

Doggie Days at the local Rec center?
http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=114552&catid=188

And Airline where you can travel first class with your furry best friend:

http://petairways.com/content/reservations

Now I can take my cats to visit the  SheCat for only $149 each. Unless I cant to purchase an upgrade (larger carrier size). :bounce_pinka:I'm sure Ketana will just be thrilled!



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It would be fun to have a dog day afternoon!



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Otter like fossil reveals early seal evolution -

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090423/ap_on_sc/us_sci_seal_evolution;_ylt=AsHUxs6Y37pQTtnyMfL2_40PLBIF



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Giant space blob the mass of 40 x 109 suns. Could it be Mantrid?

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/090422-space-blob.html

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Be_You_ wrote: Giant space blob the mass of 40 x 109 suns. Could it be Mantrid?

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/090422-space-blob.html

Ut oh, next it'll be patches in the sky!



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THE FACTS ABOUT PROCESSED FOOD
REGARDING TO MUCH SALT


Are you eating too much salt?
We are all eating far too much salt in our diets and modern convenience foods loaded with sodium are stacking up trouble for the health of the nation.
According to CASH (Consensus Action on Salt & Health), there is strong evidence linking high salt intake to high blood pressure, osteoporosis, stomach cancer, obesity and asthma -and this is only the tip of the iceberg.

What should we be consuming?
The latest research from the Food Standards Agency reveals that most of us (85% of men and 69% of women) are consuming too much salt.
On average we are consuming around 9g of salt a day against the recommended RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of 6g.
How can you tell?
The Food Standards Agency say that foods are high in salt if they have more than 1.5g salt per 100g (or 0.6g sodium) and are low in salt if the figure is 0.3g salt or less per 100g (or 0.1g sodium).
How much is 6g in real terms?
6 grams of salt is roughly one level teaspoon. While this small amount of salt essential to maintain a healthy balanced body, if you're not careful it’s easy to exceed this on a daily basis, especially if your diet contains a lot of processed food.
What is the difference between salt and sodium?
Salt is not sodium, but it does have a lot of sodium in it. Table salt is made up of 40% sodium and 60% chloride.
We explore ten everyday foods that have worryingly high levels of hidden salt. Are you consuming too much?

Ready-meals
According to a survey conducted by Greater Mersey Food Standards group, the highest salt content found in their sample of 52 ready meals was Asda’s Beef Stew and Dumplings coming in at 1.2 g of salt per 100g.
If you eat the whole portion you'll be consuming nearly half of your daily allowance.

If you eat this
A 200g portion of this meal is equivalent to chomping four and a half small bags of Walker’s ready salted crisps.

Ready-made sandwiches
Fancy a Subway six-inch Meatball Marinara sandwich? Then think again. It contains a massive 4.4g of killer salt, which is 73% of your daily allowance.
If you eat this
If one teaspoon of salt equals 5g, then one of these sandwiches would be the same as consuming nearly one whole teaspoon in your mouth.
If you have similar sandwiches five times a week, that’s more than the concentration of salt in seawater.

Pizzas
A major culprit in the “too-much-salt” stakes. This is because the large amount of processed cheese they contain are loaded with salt and sodium.

If you eat this
Pizza Hut’s "Pizza Plus for 4" deal equals an alarming 12.3g of salt per portion, nearly twice your daily allowance. Even a once a week treat will rack up just under 640g of salt per person per year.

Supermarket pudding
According to findings by consumer group WHICH, Asda’s roly- poly fresh 114g pudding had 1.1g of salt - 55% of the recommended daily maximum for youngsters aged under three and 36% for those four to six.

If you eat this
Feed this to your kids twice a week and over a year, the salt intake from this product alone (over 114g) is equivalent to nearly 23 teaspoons of the savoury white stuff.

Cereals
Cornflakes are the worst offender in the breakfast cereal stakes with a relatively high salt content. As an example, Kelloggs cornflakes contain 1.8g of salt per 100g.

If you eat this
Most cereal companies recommend a 40g serving but come on, who eats that small a portion?
Eat a 100g bowlful of cornflakes each day and over a year that’s a whopping 657g of salt. To get that kind of salt rush, you’d have to munch your way through the contents of a staggering 1230 packets of crisps.

Ready meal curries
According to a table compiled by http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk, the highest salt content they found in a sample of ready meal curries was Waitrose Chicken Tikka Masala with Pilau Rice at 4.4g in a 500g packet. This is nearly 75% of your daily allowance.

If you eat this
Many of us consume far too many ready meals but if Tikka tickles your fancy, think again – munch just three of these a week and over a month you’ll notch up nearly 53g of salt.
That’s ten full teaspoons! Add a Naan bread and we’re really talking salt city.



Ready-made soups
or a quick easy snack, there’s nothing like opening a can of warming soup, but these are loaded with salt so are you also opening up a can of worms at the same time?

If you eat this
A 400g can of Sainsbury’s Chunky Vegetable Soup contains 2.4g of salt. One per week over six months means you’ve ingested 62.4g of salt. That’s like gulping down 4½ tablespoons of salty dark soy sauce.

Tomato ketchup
The nation’s favourite condiment eaten by almost every age group on every food group. But is ‘tommy’ sauce as good for you as you think?

If you eat this
Heinz Original tomato ketchup tots up a not insignificant 3.1g of salt per 100g, the recommended 15ml serving being equivalent to 0.5g of salt.
However, when you take into account that kids usually slather their food in the stuff, the RDA can easily be blitzed.

Biscuits
Us Brits are closet dunkers and love nothing more than dipping a nice salty biscuit into our cup of PG. But beware.

If you eat this
Dunk just four Co-op digestive biscuits in your tea a day and forget about the fat, you’ll clock up a stonking 1022g of salt a year.  That’s the same salt content as eating 157 packs of spreadable butter!


Take-away Chinese food
Whether your favourite is an Indian, a Chinese, KFC or fish and chips, we all love a good old take-away on a Friday night.

If you eat this
Taking the most popular Chinese as an example, a recent WHICH sample found a high 4.7g of salt per portion.  A once a week jaunt to the Chinese therefore means you’ll amass an unhealthy annual salt intake of 245g a year – that’s the same as eating 4083 packs of Walkers Salt & Vinegar crisps - and that’s without all the MSG too!

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The foods that are killing the planet


Beef
Although it might look pretty safe when it’s cooked and sitting on your plate, some foods have a bad habit of ruining our planet.  We put together a list of the environment’s worst offenders to give you the ten foods that are killing the planet.

As innocent as cows may look, they are actually one of the very worst offenders when it comes to the destruction of the planet.   Not only is rearing beef very water intensive (it takes 2,400 litres of water to produce a 150g hamburger) cows produce more CO2 than all of the cars on the planet!

Pork
As with cows, pigs take up an incredible amount of water to produce. One survey suggests that it takes 5,900 cubic metres of water to produce one ton of pork.  Producing meat is so intensive that one study suggested that households who replaced 24% of red meat with chicken or fish would do the same good for the environment as if they bought all their food locally.

Palm oil
Part of the problem is that palms are grown at the exclusion of other crops, creating a dangerous monoculture. This has also meant that the natural habitat of orang-utans has been largely destroyed.

Lamb
While we have been conditioned to consider buying locally as the healthiest option for the environment it’s not always true.   A report in the New York Times concluded that it was better for the environment to import lamb into the UK, creating 1,520 pounds of carbon dioxide per ton as opposed to 6,820 pounds of carbon dioxide per ton for lamb from British pastures!

Oysters
Dredging is the practice of dragging a heavy steel frame along the bottom of the sea in order to rake up the bottom-dwelling shellfish like oysters and scallops.
The problem is that the dredging destroys coral habitats and ensnares other animals like starfish and octopuses.

Tuna
Tuna fishing practices have been under scrutiny for some time because the nets that are used to catch the tuna can also snare sharks, dolphins and turtles.
Fortunately, dolphin-friendly tuna is now available but John West the UK’s largest seller still has a bad reputation – catching 1kg of other species for every 10kg of tuna.

Strawberries
Many supermarket strawberries come from Egypt over 2,000 miles away, a journey that produces 214kg of carbon.
Asparagus
As with the strawberries, the maddening aspect of imported asparagus is that the UK variants taste far better – but they’re only available for a limited time. That means supermarkets turn to places like Peru for their asparagus some 6,300 miles from the UK creating over 1.4kg of CO2 per pack.

Blue fin tuna
No one truly knows what the global impact of removing species from the food chain is, but it’s fair to say that removing links from a chain is rarely a way of strengthening a system.  This is why the hunting of blue fin tuna, which is prized in sushi restaurants, is so dangerous because the stocks of the fish are dangerously low and it’s possible they may be eaten into extinction.


All these remarks or information may be true but one thing they forget to mention is that all our local produce is over priced.  The many reasons why supermarkets say they import food is because it’s cheaper and also some things you can’t get all year around.  But unfortunately it may be cheaper for the supermarket to import stuff but it’s not good for CO emissions as mentioned above.

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If this is true then all those bastards at Kings and this blasted government can go and fuck them self's.  Because I look over weight, well I am some people think I eat crap but those who know me say I get really healthy stuff.  Yes I don't get proper excise but that's due to my painful illness.  I could go on but it depresses me.

Fat enzyme explains why some people don't get flabby

A "fat controller" in the gut could explain how some people can live off high calorie diets while remaining slim and healthy, new research suggests.

Last Updated: 12:08PM GMT 15 Mar 2009

The enzyme, MGAT2, determines whether dietary fat is used to generate energy or stored under the skin around the waist. The discovery of its role could be the key to preventing obesity, diabetes and heart disease

Scientists found that mice missing the gene for MGAT2 were able to feast on a high fat diet without becoming flabby or overweight.

Mice lacking MGAT2 were also protected against glucose intolerance - a precursor to diabetes - high cholesterol and a build up of fat in liver cells.

Enzymes are biological catalysts that are essential for numerous biological functions.
MGAT2 is one of three MGAT enzymes found in the intestines of both mice and humans. Cutting MGAT activity with drugs could be another way to combat obesity, the scientists believe.
Dr Robert Farese, from the University of California at San Francisco, and colleagues, reduced MGAT activity in mice by more than half by knocking out MGAT2.

On a low fat diet, the mice developed in just the same way as normal animals. But on a 60 per cent fat diet, they gained much less weight.

After 16 weeks, the experimental mice weighed 40 per cent less than mice with functioning MGAT2 genes and the amount of fat they carried was more than 50 per cent lower.
Further studies showed that mice lacking MGAT2 had less insulin in their blood and better glucose tolerance after prolonged high-fat feeding than normal mice.

They also had reduced concentrations of harmful cholesterol in their blood. A high level of low density lipoprotein (LDL), known as "bad", cholesterol, is a major risk factor for heart disease.
A chief reason for the current obesity epidemic is thought to be that the human body still behaves as it did many thousands of years ago when food was far more scarce.

The excess calories eaten today are stored away as fat to help in leaner times which never arrive. MGAT enzymes appear to play an important role in this energy storage process.

Reporting their findings in the journal Nature Medicine, the researchers wrote: "Our studies identify MGAT2 as a key determinant of energy metabolism in response to dietary fat and suggest that the inhibition of this enzyme may prove to be a useful strategy for treating obesity and other metabolic diseases associated with excessive fat intake."

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My understanding is that sea scallops are definitely "harvested" by the destructive dredging method, but the smaller sweeter bay scallops can be farmed. Oysters here on the north american west coast are farmed and these farming operations - as opposed to typical salmon and shrimp farming operations - are relatively benign. A big problem with Swine production is the effluent which may be the cause of recent news ....

Celery is high in sodium, but due to other compounds it contains is said to be beneficial to blood pressure. It also is a "negative calorie" food - utilizing more calories to break down than it supplies (similarly it requires several calories of energy to bring a refrigerated 1-calorie diet drink up to body temperature.)  I try to eat one bunch every day.

A good salt reduction ploy is to use low-sodium soy sauce.


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Thanks for the good information DFG. I know I need to cut out things that are not good for me. My metabolism has been sluggish, I'm on something to help with that, but I need to do more.



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Angel wrote: Thanks for the good information DFG. I know I need to cut out things that are not good for me. My metabolism has been sluggish, I'm on something to help with that, but I need to do more.
This was not aimed at you Angel ok.  I wish I could find the article about stress because it says that people who are over weight and have stressful life whether it's due to your job or other factors, that stress makes it harder to loose weight.  I can really believe that, because I eat quite well. 

Celery, I love it but unfortunately due to all the bad dental work I've had, I don't have teeth to eat with even with the ones I still got.  Over here you have to rob a bank to go to the dentist and that's when you can find a NHS dentist are they all went private and only seem to treat children.  But back to celery, I can eat it if I cook it.  It makes a different vegatable.  I'm glad I don't eat meat no more, apart from a bit of fish that is.

It's 2pm and all I have had to eat today, is one banana, a few blueberries and washed it down with warm water which had fresh chopped ginger in it.  Later on I'm going have green lentils, fresh cherry tomatoes and veg with small jacket potato done in the microwave washed down with water or I might splash out and have a mug of unsweetened soya milk.

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I know it wasn't DFG, I just think it's good information for anyone. As we get older, things get more clogged up and sluggish and need some improvement.



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I keep on getting Swine Fever jokes sent to me via email from various friends and family, so I went and googled it to find out about it and here's an article I found.

http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/47231,news,swine-fever-its-origins-and-symptoms-to-look-out-for

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Women are better drivers than men!

http://editorial.autos.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=788126



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Why am I not surprised at that. Woman can multi-task see.


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