Saturday, June 19, 2010

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EVOO Amps Up Good Cholesterol


Okay, I have to apologize for quoting the ever-perky Rachael Ray (EVOO!! :), happy face, smiley face with an i with a heart over it ;), ooh, another perky icon!)

Enough of that. The bottom line for you and me is that we need this oil in our lives, on our skin, in our salad, and in our foods. It's got about a gazillion (plus or minus a couple of million) health benefits. In fact, if you put a bit on a teaspoon and had a bit each day, you would be doing one of the best things you could possibly do for your OVERALL health.


4. Olive oil

Olive oil contains a potent mix of antioxidants that can lower your "bad" (LDL) cholesterol but leave your "good" (HDL) cholesterol untouched.

The Food and Drug Administration recommends using about 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil a day in place of other fats in your diet to get its heart-healthy benefits. To add olive oil to your diet, you can saute vegetables in it, add it to a marinade, or mix it with vinegar as a salad dressing. You can also use olive oil as a substitute for butter when basting meat or as a dip for bread. Olive oil is high in calories, so don't eat more than the recommended amount.

The cholesterol-lowering effects of olive oil are even greater if you choose extra-virgin olive oil, meaning the oil is less processed and contains more heart-healthy antioxidants. But keep in mind that "light" olive oils are usually more processed than extra-virgin or virgin olive oils and are lighter in color, not fat or calories.


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Friday, June 18, 2010

NUTS! How To Raise Good Cholesterol

Nuts rule. I could eat them on a boat, I could eat them with a goat, I could eat them in the rain, I could eat them on a train.

Just make sure you get them only very lightly salted, and without any kind of crazy sugar or dye on them. That just messes up the flavors!!


3. Walnuts, almonds and other nuts

Walnuts, almonds and other nuts can reduce blood cholesterol. Rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, walnuts also help keep blood vessels healthy.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, eating about a handful (1.5 ounces, or 42.5 grams) a day of most nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, some pine nuts, pistachio nuts and walnuts, may reduce your risk of heart disease. Just make sure the nuts you eat aren't salted or coated with sugar.

All nuts are high in calories, so a handful will do. To avoid eating too many nuts and gaining weight, replace foods high in saturated fat with nuts. For example, instead of using cheese, meat or croutons in your salad, add a handful of walnuts or almonds.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

For High HDL, Get The Big O(mega-3 fatty acids)

How to raise your "good cholesterol"? Eat fatty fish.

Fatty? Isn't that bad? Nope. Not any more. Of course, it used to be bad, but that was a sad fad. So don't be a cad, you can even ask your dad, add fatty fish to your diet.

What about supplements? Pills are for Sick People. Your best source of your nutrition is from ... food. Eat food.


2. Fish and omega-3 fatty acids

Eating fatty fish can be heart-healthy because of its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce your blood pressure and risk of developing blood clots. In people who have already had heart attacks, fish oil — or omega-3 fatty acids — reduces the risk of sudden death.

Doctors recommend eating at least two servings of fish a week. The highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids are in:

  • Mackerel
  • Lake trout
  • Herring
  • Sardines
  • Albacore tuna
  • Salmon
  • Halibut

You should bake or grill the fish to avoid adding unhealthy fats. If you don't like fish, you can also get small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids from foods like ground flaxseed or canola oil.

You can take an omega-3 or fish oil supplement to get some of the benefits, but you won't get other nutrients in fish, like selenium. If you decide to take a supplement, just remember to watch your diet and eat lean meat or vegetables in place of fish.


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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mayo ... To RAISE Your Good Cholesterol

This is from the Mayo Clinic -- the 5 best foods to raise your good cholesterol.

The old idea that you should lower all cholesterol, at all costs, was wrong and potentially harmful. Now we know that this HDL cholesterol actually prevents heart disease, and should be raised as high as possible.

Let's just start with the first one: Oatmeal (see below). But, here's the deal. If you have a morning oatmeal, and eat it with a dash of low fat milk, margarine, fruit, and a glass of orange juice, you are going to be STARVING by 10:00.

The low carb people, although way off base in many other ways, actually have this one right! You need some healthy fats in there to prevent the carbs in the oats from turning to sugar in your veins. So, supplement your bowl 'o oats with a dab of real butter and perhaps half-n-half: not a lot, just enough to enrich it. This lowers the glycemic index of the oatmeal and, basically, makes it last longer through the day.

1. Oatmeal, oat bran and high-fiber foods

Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the "bad" cholesterol. Soluble fiber is also found in such foods as kidney beans, apples, pears, barley and prunes.

Soluble fiber can reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream. Five to 10 grams or more of soluble fiber a day decreases your total and LDL cholesterol. Eating 1 1/2 cups of cooked oatmeal provides 6 grams of fiber. If you add fruit, such as bananas, you'll add about 4 more grams of fiber. To mix it up a little, try steel-cut oatmeal or cold cereal made with oatmeal or oat bran.


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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Eat For Guinness Glory

This woman has a problem. She's just not heavy enough.

She is eating more to weigh more to become listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the world's heaviest living woman.

Listen, she has goals, aspirations, diabetes, and she's not letting anyone get in her way. Her name is Donna Simpson, 42, and she now clocks in at more than 600 pounds. Her dream weight? 1,000 pounds.

She has already received a book deal and a reality TV offer, so she is definitely getting the attention she's after. What does she want? To tell people that it's okay to be fat, and people shouldn't give you a hard time when you're overweight.

And she disagrees with the doctors and researchers who say, "Darling, being that large is unhealthy. Bad for your heart, bad for your bones, bad for your kidney, bad for your system that has now settled into diabetes." Her response is basically, nu uh.

Be that as it may, her quest to be a voice for fat acceptance is approaching the goal line. She's a mere 400 pounds of fat away from the millennial mark. Good luck Donna, and bon appetit.

Monday, June 14, 2010

No WAY! Burger King "chicken" tenders

How bad must they be?

Really, how bad MUST they be before Burger King removes their own chicken tenders because, "the quality of the product was too poor to serve to its customers".

But was it flavor, or safety? BK also teased with the curious statement:
"Food safety at Burger King restaurants is non-negotiable," the company said in a statement. "(Burger King) was notified by one of its suppliers that the chicken tenders product produced between May 10-20, 2010 may not meet the company's stringent food safety specifications."

Pull them because they're gross or pull them because they're dangerous. Either way, I'm going to take BK's advice and avoid their chicken parts pressmeat nastiness.

Burger King chicken tenders removed from menu

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Does The Sin Tax Work?

The short answer is, NO.

This is an interesting case study from Germany, which recently imposed a specific tax on popular teen alcohol drinks in 2004.

How much of a tax? They nearly doubled retail prices of the drinks in an effort to reduce consumption among their under-age drinkers.

Writing in the journal Addiction, Stefanie Muller pointed out that consumption of alcohol actually increased after the Sin Tax was introduced. The little German teens simply shifted their preferences from the teen alcohol drinks (known as "alcopops") to the more alcoholic beer and spirits.

So. Germany doubled the tax on the alcoholic drinks popular among teens. That caused the teens to increase consumption of other drinks, including some such as spirits that may be associated with riskier consumption patterns.

Thus, there must be additional ways to approach this problem. The "top-down" tax approach must be accompanied by efforts to change the mindset of these kids themselves. And the best anti-drug, anti-drink, anti-risk behavior in the world is call The Parents.

German alcopops tax failed to reduce teenage drinking, says study

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