Good Day Alabama for September 10, 2012

Good Day Alabama for September 10, 2012

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Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for September 10, 2012:

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us from the Vestavia YMCA to show us the latest exercises you can do for the week. For more information, call (205) 823-0144.

BBB - David Smitherman with the Better Business Bureau joined us with a look at retirement plans. During challenging economic times, it can be tempting to forego contributions to your retirement account, or even to pull money out of an existing account to cover other expenses. Some plans allow you to withdraw money for certain hardship reasons (to prevent eviction or foreclosure, for instance), but there can be some pretty tough financial consequences for tapping or ignoring your retirement plan. The FINRA Investor Education Foundation points out a few good reasons to keep your retirement savings intact - tax liability, opportunity costs, and opening assets to creditors. The Better Business Bureau says it is best to look at other ways to save or borrow - tightening your belt on expenses, taking advantage of employer match programs to keep funding your IRA or 401(k), contributing pre-tax dollars to a retirement plan, etc. You may also be able to borrow from your 401(k) without actually taking a withdrawal; this would reduce your tax burden and would likely come with a lower interest rate than a bank loan. Check with your plan administrator on whether or not this option is available. For more information on this and other financial topics, check out www.saveandinvest.org.

BETH K - The big health headline last week was that organic foods aren't worth the price because they don't actually do anything to improve your health. But is that the whole story? UAB Nutritionist Beth Kitchin joined us with a closer look. The "study" really wasn't a study. It was what we call a "systematic review". The researchers looked at a bunch of different studies that all evaluated organic foods in one way or another. The researchers then provided some general conclusions about organic foods based on these studies. The studies that the researchers looked at studied three questions about organic foods - do they reduce the likelihood of allergies? Are they more nutritious than non-organic foods? And do they reduce pesticide levels in the body?  The answers to those questions were no, no, and yes but not by much. However, the studies that the researchers reviewed did not look at the risk of cancers or at the benefits of organic foods on the environment.  Also, the studies were somewhat limited in number and scope. So, this is not the final word on whether organic is the way to go.  Die hard organic food believers are unlikely to give up their choice. And that could pay off in the end for their health - but we just don't know. and it is likely to help the environment. Also, people often choose foods based on values that lie outside of scientific evidence.  But what if you're on the fence about organic foods? Maybe it's a budget issue or you're just not sure if they're really all that healthy. Is Organic Your Only Option? If you want to get rid of pesticides on your fruits and vegetables, going organic is your best option. But not everyone can afford organic fruits and vegetables. Organic produce may not be available where you shop. So what can you do? First of all, you can spend your dollars on organic where it matters most. Known as the "dirty dozen", these are the top most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables: celery, peaches, strawberries, apples,  domestic blueberries, nectarines, sweet bell peppers, spinach/kale/collard greens, cherries, potatoes, imported grapes, & lettuce. So if you want to get the most bang for your organic buck, these are the fruits and vegetables most worth the money. However, if you really don't want to shop organic, studies shows that there are things you can do to lower the amounts of pesticides on your produce. You should rins, scrub, peel, and discard the outer leaves.

RARE DISEASE - Janice talks with Tyler Baker about his rare disease - Eosinophilia. They discussed the Eosinophilia Fundraiser at Lakeside Park in Pell City on Saturday. Registration is $25 and begins at 8am. For more information, visit facebook.com/ea5kfunrun.

ASK THE GARDENER - Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Sallie Lee took questions from viewers about their gardening needs. You can reach her at the Extension office with your questions at (205) 879-6964 ext 11.

COOKING
- Van Sykes from Bob Sykes Bar B Q joined us with a look at grilling tips....the Magic of Wood & Smoke. He says Cured Hardwoods (hickory, pecan, oak) are best for barbecue and heavily spiced foods. Fruit woods(apple, cheery, peach) are best for grilling lightly seasoned foods. In the battle of chips versus chunks, chunks are best for gas grills. Wrap chunks in foil pouches & cut holes in them. Place pouches next to burners & wait till it smolders to cook meat. Chips are best for short cooks but you should keep adding them through out. Pellets are for smokers. They are usually made from sawdust and are best for competition cooking. In the battle of charcoal lump versus briquettes, lumps are made from hardwood material. Briquettes are made from sawdust and binders. Van recommends you use a chimney to light charcoal. Do not soak the wood because water can't penetrate wood. And he says do not use too much wood. You can over smoke food. He recommends you use about 16oz for butts or brisket and 4oz for turkey & chicken. He likes to burn the bark to add flavor. And he says if the woods flame, close off the air vent. He recommends you record time and temps and wood types for future cookings.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we pause to remember the events eleven years ago - the attacks of 9/11. We talk with Pearl Williams who lost her son that day and the efforts she's made to remember him and help others with loss. Hunting season is just around the corner. We turn to our vet to look at some of the most common injuries that happen to animals during this time... or anytime. We're gardening with Jimmy Rockett! We look at what's new in entertainment - from music to movies on store shelves this week! And in Money Tuesday we get the scoop on how to choose the best financial advisor to help you ... that and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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