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September 22, 2018

Making Healthier Choices while Eating Out
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Knowledge is power when it comes to healthier eating. A recent study shows that restaurant patrons order lower calorie foods when menus display that information. Then, research into plastics containing BPA led to recommendations to avoid it. But should alternative plastic products be avoided too?
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Posted Calories make a difference
Alex M. Susskind, PhD, Associate Professor at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University co-authored a study that found that diners at full service restaurants whose menus listed calories ordered fewer calories in their appetizer and entree courses. He said even the chefs at the restaurants in the study were startled by the high number of calories in some dishes. He said the study highlights the critical importance of information for consumers to make wise decisions.
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The Danger of Plastic
Patricia Hunt, PhD Meyer Distinguished Professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences at Washington State University is the geneticist who discovered the dangers of the endocrine disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic products twenty years ago. Her latest study examined the effects of several BPA alternatives. She found that that these replacements impact reproduction in mice in much the same way as BPA. She offered advice to consumers on how to avoid products that may contain these hormone-disrupting compounds.
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Freezing Your Credit
In the year since the Equifax security breach, which exposed the personal information of hundreds of millions of Americans, only 10 percent of consumers reported placing a freeze on their credit, according to a survey by NerdWallet and the Harris Poll. Liz Weston, Certified Financial Planner, personal finance columnist at said, effective Sept. 21, consumers can freeze and unfreeze their credit files for free at all credit reporting agencies. She explained why it is particularly important for parents to freeze the credit of children under the age of 16.
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