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  • Health News: Standard Test May Miss Food Ingredients That Cause Milk Allergy

    The standard test used to detect milk-protein residues in processed foods may not work as well as previously believed, sometimes missing ingredients that can cause allergic reactions, a scientist reported at the recent National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

  • Health News: US Senator Dick Durbin Calls for FDA Investigation of Energy Drinks

    After the death of Anais Fournier, a 14 year-old-girl who consumed two 24-ounce Monster energy drinks in a 24-hour period, US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) calls for an investigation into energy drinks such as Monster Energy, Rockstar, and Red Bull, which contain high levels of caffeine and potentially dangerous ingredients, yet are still marketed to young people.

  • Health News: Probiotics and Calcium Build Bone Density

    It turns out the calcium we consume through milk and supplements is not always absorbed or used to build bone. In fact, without a healthy probiotic population in the gut and the presence of other bone-building cofactors like vitamins D and K2, magnesium, zinc, and essential fatty acids, calcium can pass right through undigested.

  • Health News: Curcumin for Parkinson's Disease

    Curcumin, a compound found in the spice tumeric, proves effective at preventing clumping of a protein involved in Parkinsons disease, says a Michigan State University researcher.

  • Health News: NIH Study Shows Caffeine Consumption Linked to Estrogen Changes

    Asian women who consumed an average of 200 mg or more of caffeine a day—the equivalent of roughly two cups of coffee—had elevated estrogen levels when compared to women who consumed less, according to a study of reproductive age women by researchers at the National Institutes of Health.

  • Fiber in Your Diet

    Fiber isn’t around like it used to be. Fruits and vegetables used to be staples in the American diet. Now, processed foods have taken over every meal, from preservative-laden canned foods and microwavable items to orange puffs covered in powdered cheese. Instead of low sugar and high fiber, the situation has been reversed. And it’s wreaking havoc on your body.

    Feel fresh, feel full, and feel great with fiber.
    by Amy Vergin
  • Classic Chicken Soup (Goldene Yoikh)

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    Ingredients:

    One 4–5 pound chicken

    2 large celery stalks with leaves, sliced

    2 large carrots, peeled and sliced in 2-inch diagonals

    1 onion, quartered

    3 sprigs of flat-leaf parsley

    Salt and white pepper to taste

     

    1. Clean and wash the chicken, place it in a large pot, and cover it with water.

    2. Bring to a boil and skim the broth thoroughly.

    3. Add the vegetables and seasoning. Cover and simmer slowly for about three hours. When it’s done, strain the soup. Serve as a broth or with vegetables and chicken.

    8-10 Servings

    Nutrition information per serving Calories 557; Protein 57 g; Carbohydrate 8 g; Total Fat 31.6 g; Saturated fat 8.8 g; Cholesterol 179 mg; Sodium 214 mg; Fiber 2.2 g

  • Broccoli-Walnut Pesto with Lime

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    Broccoli packs a powerful nutritional punch, with plenty of vitamin C and folate, and the walnuts contribute beneficial omega-3s. I like the added depth of flavor the anchovies provide—they don’t taste fishy in this recipe and they do contribute more healthy fats—but omit them if you wish.

    Ingredients:

    3 cups fresh broccoli, separated into florets, stems chopped

    2 anchovy fillets, canned or jarred (optional)

    1/3 cup walnuts

    2/3 cup water, vegetable or low-salt chicken stock (more if necessary for consistency)

    1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, or substitute parsley

    2 cloves garlic

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice (or lemon juice)

    1/2 teaspoon salt (less if you use anchovies)

    Fresh ground pepper to taste

     

    1. Steam broccoli over water or stock in a covered saucepan, about 5 minutes. Do not overcook—it should be bright green.

    2. Remove broccoli from pot with a slotted spoon, and put into a blender or food processor.

    3. Add remaining ingredients to the blender container and process until smooth. For a thinner consistency, add more water or stock, a tablespoon at a time. Adjust seasoning, adding salt, pepper, or more lime juice to taste.

    4. Serve warm over cooked whole-wheat pasta sprinkled with crushed, roasted walnuts, if desired. Or use as a spread on sandwiches or as a dip for fresh vegetables.

    4 servings as a topping for pasta

  • Ratatouille with Scrambled Egg Whites

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    Ingredients:

    2 cloves minced garlic

    1 onion, diced

    4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

    2 zucchini, sliced

    1 green bell pepper, diced

    1 Japanese/Chinese eggplant, sliced

    2 tomatoes, diced

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

    2 teaspoons dried basil

    1 teaspoon dried oregano

    1 teaspoon salt

    8 egg whites

     

    1. In a skillet, sauté garlic and onion in 2 tablespoons olive oil for 1 to 2 minutes over medium heat.

    2. Add zucchini and bell pepper, and continue to sauté over medium heat for another 3 to 4 minutes.

    3. Add eggplant and continue to sauté over medium heat until all vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt, and all the herbs. Mix well and set aside.

    4. In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add egg whites; cook until the whites are set but still moist.

    5. Place scrambled eggs on a large plate and top with ratatouille.

    Serves 6

    Nutrition info per serving: 194 calories; 12 g fat; 2 g saturated fat; 1 mg cholesterol; 12 g protein; 11 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 543 mg sodium

  • Indian Spiced Salmon

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    Salmon contains an abundant supply of omega-3 fatty acids, which keep the heart healthy and reduce inflammation. Several studies suggest that curcumin, a component of the spice turmeric, may also put a damper on inflammation, as well as protect against chronic diseases. One study in mice showed that curcumin may also protect against breast cancer.

    Ingredients:

    1 teaspoon turmeric

    1 teaspoon curry powder

    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

    1/4 teaspoon allspice

    1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt

    4 (6-ounce) wild salmon fillets or steaks, about 1-inch thick

    2 teaspoons olive oil

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    1. Place the first five ingredients in a small bowl; whisk to blend.

    2. Sprinkle salt evenly onto both sides of the fish. Pat spice mixture onto one side of each fillet.

    3. Heat oil in a large, ovenproof, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

    4. Add salmon, spiced side down, and cook for two to three minutes or until nicely browned.

    5. Place salmon in oven, and bake it for five to six minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

    Serves 4

    Nutrition information per serving: Calories 266; Protein 34 g; Carbohydrate 1 g; Total fat 13.2 g; Saturated fat 2 g; Cholesterol 94 mg; Sodium 223 mg; Fiber 0.3 g