Category Archives: Health

McDonald’s Salad Outbreak Hits Midwest

By Swahili Scientists

McDonalds has been the subject of a recent health scare.

McDonalds has been the subject of a recent health scare.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 286 people in 15 states have been infected with a parasite called Cyclospora, which is an increase of 120 people in the last week alone, as of July 26.

So far, there have been 11 hospitalizations but no deaths associated with this outbreak. The parasite has been linked to salads from McDonald’s.

However, Cyclospora is oftentimes present in cow manure. When Cyclospora-infected cow manure is used to fertilize crops, including lettuce, that same lettuce can infect consumers. The parasite isn’t typically transmitted from one person to another, but rather, makes people sick after it is ingested.

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The Many Benefits of Moringa

Moringa has a multitude of health benefits.

Moringa has a multitude of health benefits.

By The Swahili Scientists

Moringa has gained a good deal of popularity in the US as a powerful healing agent and a “superfood” because of its highly nutritious profile. When ingested as a tea, it has been shown to possess powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and tissue-protective properties among many other health benefits.

Moringa is a plant whose size ranges from tiny herbs to massive trees that have been used by people in Africa and Asia for thousands of years. Moringa is in the flowering plant family Moringaceae and the name is derived from murungai, which is the Tamil word for drumstick. It contains 13 species from tropical as well as subtropical climates.

The most widely cultivated species is Moringa oleifera, which is native to the foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India. However, Moringa stenopetala, is an African species that is also widely grown, but to a much lesser extent than Moringa oleifera. Different species of this tree are located in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Angola, Namibia, Egypt, Madagascar, and India.

Moringa leaves and pods contain a large amount of essential proteins, vitamins, and minerals. It is a significant source of essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. It also contains a significant amount of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6, folate, and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). In terms of minerals, it contains calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc. Lastly, it contains very low amounts of fat and offers no harmful cholesterol.

As a result of moringa’s many medicinal benefits, it was named the “miracle tree” during the food crisis in Africa. In the Philippines, it is called a “mother’s best friend” because

FDA Seeks to Regulate Lab-Grown Meat

By MCNS Staff

Lab grown meat is likely to soon hit a grocery store near you.

Lab grown meat is likely to soon hit a grocery store near you.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it intends to regulate lab-grown meat this past week. Given this announcement, we now have an idea about how the US government plans to deal with this new technology.

According to, some concerns have arisen over the fact that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), rather than the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), wants to regulate lab meat. Currently, the USDA oversees meat products.

Either way, observers suggest that lab-grown or “clean” meats are years away from being stocked on grocery store shelves.

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Is it Best to Eat Before or After a Workout?

By MCNS Staffimages

Should you eat before or after a workout? This question is even more important if a person exercises first thing in the morning. Nutrition and exercise are very important factors for a person’s overall health and proper nutrition can fuel your exercise as well as aid the body in recovery.

So what’s the verdict? According to, it depends on multiple factors, and perhaps the dominant consideration is your personal preference. For further detail, click here.