Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for November 5, 2012:
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh worked out on this Exercise Monday! He joined us with Curtis Starks at EVO. For more information, call (205) 583-3000.
BETH K - UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us to explain how to avoid Bisphenol A. Bisphenol A or BPA is a chemical used in cans and some plastics. The FDA declared BPA safe in 2008 but safety concerns since then prompted the banning of BPA in baby bottles and baby food containers. Studies since 2008 show that BPA may not be as safe as once thought but the research is not entirely clear. Evidence is slowly mounting that increased levels of BPA in our bodies could be linked to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. But again, the research is unclear and if they are risky, we don't know how much is dangerous. A study that was published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that people who at a serving of canned soup once a day for 5 days had an over 1000% increase in their urine levels of BPA compared to people who ate soup prepared with fresh ingredients. Again, Beth says she cannot stress enough that we really don't know if BPA is dangerous and if so, how much is bad. But this is one of those situations where it makes sense to cut back to be on the safe side. So here are some tips:
· Avoid #7 Plastics: take a look at that little recycling symbol on the bottom of plastic bottles and plastic container
· Microwave and Store Foods in Glass: Plastic containers leach out chemicals when they are microwaved. Acidic foods like tomatoes are also more likely to leach chemicals out of the plastic.
· Decrease the Canned Food: try to avoid eating canned foods every day. I hate advising this because there are a lot of healthy canned foods out there like canned vegetables that we like to use in soups, stews, etc. I don't think you have to eliminate them but you should try to decrease them and use frozen or fresh as much as possible. Hopefully, we will be seeing more "BPA-Free" options becoming more available as this topic gets more attention. With Thanksgiving coming up, I wouldn't go too crazy with ditching the canned foods if they are a big part of your favorite holiday recipes but it is a good idea on a daily basis to cut back.
BBB - With migrating and mating season occurring between October and December, your chances of a single-vehicle accident involving a deer or other large animal just went up. Are you covered? David Smitherman, BBB President/CEO recommends that drivers read their auto insurance policy closely or they could miss out on reimbursements or other benefits they are entitled to receive. You might be surprised to see what is included, and what's not. According to the non-profit Insurance Information Institute, on average a deer-vehicle collision costs $2,800 per insurance claim; $10,000 if there is injury to the driver or a passenger. Only comprehensive coverage reimburses drivers for loss due to contact with animals such as birds or deer. This fact often causes confusion among drivers who are not aware that collision coverage will not cover a collision with an animal. In addition, most auto insurance policies do not automatically cover the cost of a replacement rental car after an accident.
Although many drivers have coverage for a replacement rental car, they may not realize it because this optional coverage was added at such a minimal expense, usually just a couple of dollars a month. This coverage provides immediate access to a replacement rental car until repairs are made to their damaged car, or you are authorized by your insurance company to purchase a new car. You should also know if you have gap coverage. If you do and your car is totaled, you won't have to continue making payments on the balance owed on the car. Gap coverage pays the difference between the amount the insurer pays for the totaled car and the amount the insured owes on his or her lease or loan. Without this coverage, drivers are responsible for paying the remainder of their lease or loan even when their car is totaled. BBB recommends car owners who are looking to understand what their auto insurance covers: report the damage as soon as possible; know what your deductible is and ask about any additional charges before authorizing work; ask about warranties on repairs; & do business only with a reputable company. For more tips you can trust, visit http://www.bbb.org.
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.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, it's Election Day! We talk with Republican and Democratic spokesmen for their latest pitch and we talk with an analyst about what we can expect from this election! Jeh Jeh heads to Center Point for the latest Red Rock Tuesday trail location! Dr. Asa Andrew joins us with advice on the best breakfast foods for you! We look at the newest books on store shelves to entertain you. And in Good Day Gardening we look at greens and what you can expect from your garden right now ... that and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!