Vegetables Fort Bragg NC

It’s always a good idea to wash produce before eating. While “triple-washed” bagged salad mixes have gone through three complete wash cycles and a drying process before bagging, they’ve come a long way between the bagging plant and your grocery store. Better safe than sorry.

Food Lion
(910) 436-6031
3260 Ray Road
Spring Lake, NC
Store Hours
Mon-Sat 7 AM - 11 PM

Walmart Supercenter
(910) 868-6434
1550 Skibo Road
Fayetteville, NC
Store Hours
Mon-Fri:8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun:8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Pharmacy #
(910) 868-5242
Pharmacy Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Food Lion
(910) 822-2049
150 Andrews Road
Fayetteville, NC
Store Hours
Mon-Sat 6:30 AM - 11:30 PM

Aldi
3447 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC
Store Hours
Monday-Thursday 9am - 7pmFriday 9am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 12pm - 6pm

Food Lion
(910) 323-3132
4106 Raeford Rd.
Fayetteville, NC
Store Hours
Mon-Sat 7 AM - 11 PM

Walmart Supercenter
(910) 436-1199
670 Lillington Hwy
Spring Lake, NC
Store Hours
Mon-Fri:8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun:8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Pharmacy #
(910) 436-3103
Pharmacy Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sam'S Club
(910) 864-7080
1450 Skibo Road
Fayetteville, NC
 
Food Lion
(910) 864-1393
8175 Cliffdale Road S.150
Fayetteville, NC
Store Hours
Mon-Sat 7 AM - 10 PM

Walmart Supercenter
(910) 488-1800
4601 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC
Store Hours
Mon-Fri:8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun:8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Pharmacy #
(910) 488-2828
Pharmacy Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Food Lion
(910) 826-0188
7071 Raeford Rd
Fayetteville, NC
Store Hours
Mon-Sat 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM

Housecalls—Washing Bagged Lettuce, Constipation, Fluoride

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By Jennifer Arnold

Wash Before Eating

Q Do I need to wash bagged lettuce that’s labeled as “triple washed”?

A According to an official from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it’s always a good idea to wash produce before eating. While “triple-washed” bagged salad mixes have gone through three complete wash cycles and a drying process before bagging, they’ve come a long way between the bagging plant and your grocery store. Better safe than sorry.

While you’re washing your bagged salad, check out the “Use By” date on the package. If you’re more than a day or two past it, chuck the greens. Salad bags are specially engineered to slow spoilage, so you can’t go by appearance only.

And, by the way, that washing recommendation goes for all produce—even organic. While organic produce should have lower pesticide residues than regular produce, the FDA says the organic label has no impact on the risk of food-borne illness.

Constipation Elimination

Q Eating fiber and drinking water aren’t working. Are there any natural therapies that can rid me of constipation?

A More water and fiber are a good start, but there are other natural options that may help. Try starting your day with a hot cup of herbal tea instead of coffee—caffeine can make the problem worse, and hot liquids may help stimulate the colon. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) root tea can stimulate natural bile production. Paulette McMillan, dietician at the Center for Health & Wellness in Bethesda, Md., recommends 600 to 800 mg of magnesium citrate daily; magnesium deficiency is an oft-overlooked cause of constipation. Vitamin C can also help things along—try 1,000 mg once a day and, if needed, increase it by 1,000 mg a day until you see results. (Don’t exceed 3,000 mg a day, and be sure to account for vitamin C you may be getting in your food or other supplements. )

If none of these things help, it’s OK to try natural laxatives, as long as you only use them occasionally. McMillan’s favorite is an Ayurvedic formula called Triphala, made of three different dried and powdered fruits. Alternatively, one to three teaspoons of psyllium powder dissolved in a glass of water or juice taken for a few days may do the trick. And there are many herbal products made with senna, a natural stimulant laxative. Formulations vary, so check
labels for dosage recommendations.

Filtering out Fluoride

Q I worry about the fluoride in my drinking water. Do household filters get rid of it?

A Very few of them. According to Paul Connett, executive director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) in Burlington, Vt., charcoal water filters like Brita and Pur will not remove fluoride. To more effectively remove fluoride, you need an activated alumina (tricalcium phosphate), reverse osmosis (RO), or distillation filtration system. And none of these options are cheap. The activated alumina filters are the least expensive, but have a short life span, requiring frequent replacement. RO an...

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