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9/27/04

HealthWise at 5 From 9.27

  • Menopaused Sweet Tooth

If you've passed menopause, you might want to reconsider how much sugar you use on your food. Recent research indicates that post menopausal women don't taste sweet foods as acutely as before. And the dulled sweet-tooth may lead women to sweeten foods and drinks more than in the past. A Turkish study noted that only a third of the women noticed a change in their tasting ability, though almost half noticed a change in their diets. Tasting salty, sour and bitter foods appears to be unaffected by the change-of-life.

  • Contact Lens Readiness

Before your youngster trades in glasses for contact lenses, a look at the two "M's" could help parents assess their child's readiness. Temple University Health System eye professionals say motivation and maturity are the two "M's" your child must possess to successfully make the switch to contacts. The Temple doctors say kids need to be motivated to use them on a daily basis and mature enough to handle them responsibly and hygienically.

  • Office Food Safety

If you enjoy sharing goodies at work, some easy rules will keep your office food fest from turning into a bacteria fest. A recent survey by the American Dietetic Association found more than 70% of the workplaces had food sitting out at least once a week. And more than two-thirds of the time, the food is out for longer than two hours. Keep perishable foods at safe temperatures for prolonged munchie breaks. And give those foods a pink slip if they've been sitting out at room temperature for longer than two hours.

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