Rinsing off chicken is a tradition in many kitchens, but food safety experts say it's not necessary to wash your poultry, just cook it thoroughly. The good safety and inspection service branch of the USDA says washing chicken does not get rid of any bacteria that you can kill by cooking. However, it is possible to cross contaminate your sink and countertops with the dripping, raw chicken, increasing the likelihood that illness-causing bacteria will get on other foods and utensils, from washing it in your sink.
There's a new reason to include folic acid in your diet, it could help protect your memory. A new study found healthy people who took 800 micrograms of folic acid for three years performed better on memory tests than those who did not take the supplement. The scores on memory tests were comparable to people who were five and a half years younger, and almost two years younger on cognitive speed tests. Now researchers want to know if folic acid can help reduce dementia for people at risk for Alzheimer's Disease. You can get you folic acid in supplement form, or by eating leafy green vegetables like broccoli, spinach and asparagus; fruits like strawberries, and oranges; and in whole grains. Researchers had 818 health people with no memory problems. Half were given a placebo, half 800 micrograms of folic acid daily. They followed the participants for three years. Those taking folic acid performed better in tests for simple speed, information processing and memory.
Having good friends, could help you live longer. That's according to a new study out of Australia that finds relationships with friends is a stronger predictor of how long someone will live than having close family ties. Researchers say friends may have important effects on mood, self esteem and coping mechanisms, and feeling connected may help provide purpose and positive physiological benefits for the body. Previous studies have shown seniors who are socially active reap the same survival benefits as seniors who are physically active.