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Soon, Eating A Corn Tortilla Won’t Just Be Yummy, It’ll Be Healthy

After years of research, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will allow companies to add folic acid to corn tortillas. Folic acid is essential during the first month of a pregnancy because it helps prevent birth defects. Since the 1990s, it has been added to the grains we eat, but this latest push to add it to tortillas is a shoutout to the Mexican-American community specifically.

There’s no question that the tortilla is the ultimate Mexican food staple.

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It’s used for everything,  from tacos to enchiladas to even holding butter when you’re low on cash.

And they have proven to be so useful that astronauts use them to eat without making a mess.

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But now, they are finally going to be used to better the health of babies all around the country.

That corn tortilla you are holding in your hand right now (we assume) will soon have folic acid.

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Seven years ago, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study claiming that by simply adding folic acid to corn tortillas could help prevent birth defects within the Mexican-American community.

It might sound super lame, but this is big news for pregnant Mexican-American women. Adding this vitamin to a staple food can help prevent spina bifida, a pretty major birth defect.

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Spina bifida causes the spine  to never completely and properly form, leaving the baby with a huge cyst on the lower back filled with spinal cord and spinal fluid. Most spina bifida cases, which happen within the first month of pregnancy, can be resolved by surgically removing the cyst. In some cases, however, lifelong treatment is required.

So, why are they adding folic acid to the tortilla? Literally to help Mexican-American women.

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The March of Dimes filed a petition in 2012 urging the FDA to add folic acid to corn tortillas because Mexican-Americans have the highest number of spina bifida cases when compared to the white and black communities. It worked.

Folic acid is a B vitamin that your body needs for cell growth and development.

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You can find it in leafy greens, liver and kidneys. You can also consume it via grains (bread, instant oatmeal or pasta) that have the word “enriched” on the packaging. These are fortified with folic acid.

Since the 1990s, the US has been adding folic acid to grains but the tortilla was not that popular back then.

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“There is no question that Hispanic women are having babies with spina bifida and anencephaly because the FDA isn’t putting folic acid in the flour,” Dr. Godfrey Oakley, a former director of the birth-defects division at the CDC, told Yakima Herald.

In a press release, the FDA gave tortilla manufacturers the green light to start adding folic acid immediately. ?

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“Increased consumption of folic acid in enriched flour has been helpful in reducing the incidence of neural tube defects in the general population,”Susan Mayne, Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said in the statement. “Our analysis shows that adding folic acid to corn masa flour will help increase the consumption of folic acid by women who consume this flour as a staple in their diet.”

So there you have it, folks. Tortillas are tasty AF, and soon they’ll also prevent birth defects!

READ: This Girl Was Bullied In Elementary School For Packing Tortillas For Lunch

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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Mountain Dew Margaritas Are Apparently A Thing At Red Lobster Now?

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We’ve seen all kinds of takes on the timeless classic that is a Margarita. From frozen Margaritas to ones with cranberry juice and dashes of blue curaçao and twists of basil and ginger beer we’ve literally seen it all. Or so we thought.

Recently, Red Lobster announced that they’re doing a Mountain Dew-take on the beloved and salty tequila cocktail.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita promises to set you aglow.

The drink is the first official Mountain Dew cocktail and of course, it is bright lime green. While the cocktail’s recipe is being kept strictly under wraps, like everything at Red Lobster’s, it’s supposed to pair “perfectly” with Red Lobster’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

“Red Lobster is thrilled to work with PepsiCo, not only because it has a great portfolio of brands, but specifically because of the food and beverage innovation possibilities,” Nelson Griffin,the Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer at Red Lobster said in a statement about the drink.

Red Lobster’s DEW-Garita is due to debut at Red Lobster locations nationwide in September and by the end of 2020.

The Margarita is an iconic Mexican drink related to a drink called Rhe Daisy.

The classic Tequila sour cocktail is one of the most beloved cocktails in the world. According to Wine Enthusiast “One story claims that the drink was created in 1938, as Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera mixed it for gorgeous Ziegfeld showgirl Marjorie King. Supposedly, Tequila was the only alcohol that King would abide, so Herrera added lime juice and salt.”

To make your own classic Margarita check out this recipe below

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedge
  • 2 ounces white Tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice

Directions

Shake out coarse salt on a plate. Wet the rim of a glass by using the lime wedge. Press the rim of the glass in the plate of salt to coat. Add ice to the glass.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake well, and pour into the prepared glass over ice.

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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El Pollo Loco Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Grant To Support Latina Small Businesses

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Covid-19 has devastated millions of Americans with job loss. Unemployment skyrocketed as the federal government failed to create and execute a plan to combat the pandemic. El Pollo Loco is stepping up and giving our community a chance to keep business doors open and community members employed.

El Pollo Loco is giving Latina business owners in the greater Los Angeles area a lifeline in these uncertain times.

The Latino community is the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs and business owners in the U.S. According to a Stanford University study, Latino business owners grew 34 percent while every other demographic grew 1 percent over the last ten years.

However, Covid has changed things. Latina-owned business are some of the hardest hit and the sudden loss is impacting our community. According to the Pew Research Center, Latinas experienced a -21 percent change in small business ownership and jobs since the Covid downturn.

El Pollo Loco is offering $100,000 in grants to different Latina-owned businesses because of the pandemic.

The fast food chain has started a GoFundMe to keep the donations going. El Pollo Loco has already pledged $100,000 to help Latina small businesses and the GoFundMe promises to keep the donations flowing. For every $10,000 raised in the GoFundMe, El Pollo Loco will donate it to a Latina small business. The GoFundMe has raised over $100,000 at the time of this post.

#WeAllGrow Latina partnered with El Pollo Loco to give Latina business owners this lifeline.

#WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco are asking the Latino community to help find Latina small businesses that deserve the grants. Instead of making the decision themselves, #WeAllGrow Latina and El Pollo Loco want you to nominate your favorite Latina small business for the grant.

“This year has been unlike any other, leaving Latina-owned businesses disproportionately impacted,” Bernard Acoca, President and Chief Executive Officer of El Pollo Loco, said in a statement. “Given the critical role brands are expected to play during the pandemic and on the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, we felt compelled to find a way to support the people and city we call home.”

In order to nominate a business, here is what you have to do.

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Using social media, nominate your favorite LA-based Latina small business and tag @elpolloloco and @weallgrowlatina while using #grantcontest and #FundLatinaFoodJefas. You can nominate the business up to five times.

People are already nominating their favorite food places in LA.

You have until Sept. 15 to nominate your favorite Latina small business. You can help them win $10,000 and mentorship from El Pollo Loco to help Latina business owners in LA keep their doors open. You can learn more here.

READ: California Is Poised To Become The First State To Offer Unemployment To Undocumented Workers

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