Food and Drink

INFOGRAPHIC: FOOD POISONING

At some point in our lives…or even more than once…we will experience some type of food poisoning.  The CDC estimates that about 76 million cases a year occur.  Most are not reported because they are mild enough to treat without the help of a doctor, or because they are mistaken as being something else like stomach flu.  Some of the causes of food poisoning are bacteria, viruses, parasites and toxins.

If food poisoning happens due to a restaurant, you may have an option to sue the restaurant.  So, when should a victim consider filing a law suit for food poisoning?  You may need the help of an attorney to know what to do.  This infographic provided by Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law outlines what food poisoning is and how it can happen.

Curb Your Cravings! 5 Healthy Alternatives to Common Snack Types

Snacking has become associated with bad eating behavior. When we think of snacks, the first we think of are usually things loaded with saturated fats and high levels of sugar…Crisps, ice-cream, fizzy drinks – the list goes on and on. But we all know that the healthiest way to eat, is little and often.  Snacking can be good for you – we all just need to improve at selecting the right foods to snack on.  In this infographic provided by Prep Perfect, you will see a list of healthy alternatives to 5 of the most common snacks:

Your Guide to Farmers Markets in Portland

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Dating back to 1730 and originating in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, folks have been buying fresh and local goods from farmer’s markets.

Farmers’ markets are popular worldwide and most often reflect the local culture of their surrounding areas. These bastions of deliciousness offer a myriad of treats from meat and vegetables to cooking demonstrations and fun foodie events. Here farmers and many others sell their goods directly to consumers.

These markets are growing rapidly across the United States. The USDA stated that the number of farmers markets in the United States increased 68 percent over the last 15 years, from 5,000 markets in 2008 to 8,411 in 2015.

What are the Economic Benefits of Farmer’s Markets?

Did you know that farmer’s markets impact more than just their shoppers? They have been shown to affect the local economy as well. The increase of a vendor’s personal income and increased job creation are just some of the contributing factors. For example, vendors at farmers’ markets are liable to see increased profits by selling products to the local community than by selling them to a wholesaler.

According to the USDA, “When food is produced, processed, distributed and sold all within the same region, more money stays in the local economy.  This leads to economic development and job creation.  Farmers markets provide opportunities for small farmers and businesses to sell their products, and they help meet the growing demand for locally produced food.  Being able to quickly and directly market to the consumer gives farmers important income opportunities without the added costs of shipping, storage and inventory control.”

Why Do People Flock to Farmers Markets?

It’s all about consumer demand. More and more people want to purchase food that is both healthy and sustainable. The desire for fresh produce, meats, dairy and more, free of additives and chemicals, has been increasing for decades. This is in part due to the public wanting to increase their personal health, increase the positive ecological impact of sustainability, and their awareness of how industrial agriculture can negatively impact human health and the environment as a whole.

Sustainable.org lists even more reasons why people buy sustainably:

  • To save family farms
  • Promote animal welfare
  • Protect and support rural communities
  • Empower and protect workers

Your Guide to Farmers’ Markets in Portland, Oregon

Eating Well Magazine rated the Portland Farmers Market one of the five best in the United States. What did they base their research on? A few things:

  • Variety of local foods
  • Number of workshops and demonstrations
  • Quality control
  • Focus on education
  • And more!

The Portland Farmers Market offers a bevy of markets Portlanders can visit to satisfy their cravings for fresh fare. From the Lents International Farmers Market in southeast to the market in historic Kenton in the northwest, the city and surrounding areas are awash in all that is fresh and edible!

Check out our latest infographic.  Keep in mind; these are not the only farmers markets in our area! We invite you to explore more and enjoy all our fair city has to offer.

9 Smoothies made with 3 ingredients

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Making a fresh and delicious smoothie doesn’t always require lots of ingredients. In fact, there are plenty of recipes that have only a few ingredients and taste amazing! Keeping your smoothie regimen simple means it will be easier to make delicious blended drinks anytime. All you need is a few basic ingredients to spin up a sweet, super nutritious smoothie that is great for your health.

This infographic has nine of the best easy to make smoothies that are matched up by color. It’s a simple concept to use fruits of the same color for your smoothie, but doing so will benefit your health greatly. Here you’ll learn which quick and simple color matches are both mouthwateringly yummy and nourishing. So say goodbye to candy when you’re searching for something to satisfy that sweet tooth, and say hello to these splendid color-coded smoothies!

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Keeping Food Safe from Farm to Fork

From livestock housing to food processing, storage and transportation, regulating humidity is critical to health and safety. Farmers rely on the proper conditions to keep their animals comfortable, safe, and productive. Food processing facilities use temporary climate control to eliminate condensation, which can carry dangerous contaminants that will make food unsafe to eat. Too much or too little humidity during the warehousing phase can mean significantly reduced shelf life and even total loss of food products. Lastly, transporting food products in environmentally controlled vehicles keeps your food safe to eat as it is transported to your local grocery store.  Infographic provided by Polygon.

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