Seeds & Nuts in September
Quotation - September “I don't know too many parents that want to feed their kids soda, but high-fructose corn syrup is cheap. The price of soda in 20 years has gone down 40 percent while the price of whole foods, fruits and vegetables, has gone up 40 percent and obesity goes up right along that curve”. …Chef Tom Colicchio
Chef Christopher Daly Speaksâ€Ś Summer is almost over and I will miss it. When I was a kid it was a very special time. The country setting that I was raised in lent itself to some great activities. There was swimming, football, baseball, biking, hiking, and camping followed by more swimming, football, and baseball, biking, hiking and camping. These were our real â€œsummer treatsâ€?.
Those “treats” were magnified by a factor of ten when my Grandfather would visit. He would typically start his visit with a trip to the local five and dime with all of us kids packed into “The Buick”. The deal was we could have any combination of toys, baseball cards and sugar from the fountain that did not exceed five dollars. This to a gaggle of kids was pure luxury, and for Grand-Dad it was a great and inexpensive way to coerce some better behavior (I would imagine). It was a Machiavellian tactic to coral the energy of four kids done cheap, cheap, cheap, and it worked every time. The simple combination of candy and root beer floats, or the ice cream made fresh off the farm was a rarity and a treat, and not an everyday thing for us.
Fast forward to today and many of those indulgences are still pretty cheap and available in a lot more places than the country five and dime. Recently, I read a report from HHS in Washington and it opened with the headline “The Diabetes Epidemic Won’t be Cheap”. There was plenty to be alarmed about and it actually coincided with a talk I had with my editor regarding sugar. Sugar is not always a bad thing (in my opinion) and as a chef who also loves to create pastry, it’s a bit of a necessity. Nine grams of sugar from fruit is equal to 9 grams of sugar from cookies, providing that sugar is all natural or organic, not to be confused with High Fructose Corn syrup and synthetic variants. As I read the report, two specific things have changed dramatically since those summer days that I am still remembering.
First and foremost, consumption is way, way up and second, there seems to be a major decline in our children’s interest in spending summers swimming, playing ball, hiking and camping. Kids are getting much more sugar, and much less exercise. I can only hope America starts to wake up to this whole thing and realizes where we are heading. It’s not a pretty picture, and it seems like “The Buick” is headed right over the cliff.
Chef Sal Montezinos
75 & Countingâ€Ś
“You have to exercise to be healthy! Here is how you start… Walk. It’s as simple as that; just walk. Take the dog for a walk. Take yourself for a walk, and walk a little more every day. If the weather is bad, go to the mall and just walk. Keeping active on a daily basis is beneficial to your body, and perhaps more importantly, to your mental and spiritual well-being. Give it some time – you are going to feel better and that’s what exercise is all about. I started walking many years ago, and now I run six miles a day. Forget about that and just walk and enjoy”. Chef Sal.
Joel Harper is a celebrity trainer with clients ranging from Dr. Oz to Olympic Medalists; to 10-year-old kids just learning to appreciate good health.
â€œInstead of talking on the phone with a friend - go for a Hikeâ€? Exercise is Hip4Kids!
The 2013 Picture of Obesity in America…
And it’s not a pretty picture.
More than 78 million adults (35.7%) are classified as obese. More than 12.5 million children (16.9%) are classified as obese. I read that things are getting better. Please tell me what Iâ€™m missing. The problem remains out of control. Having said that, Hip4Kids will continue the battle. The real issue is saving our kids!
Visiting Hours: The Great Egg Debate
By Sara German, RD, LN Avera Sacred Heart Hospital One of the wonderful things about the field of nutrition is that it changes all the time â€” there is always something new to learn. Thatâ€™s also one of the not-so-wonderful things about the field of nutrition. As we all know, eggs (or at least egg yolks) are full of cholesterol and should be avoided to prevent heart disease. Right?
Well, as it turns out, the humble egg is a food that nutritionists have gotten wrong for a long time. Much of the concern about the egg has centered on its cholesterol content. High LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating no more than 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol per day, and a large egg contains about 185 milligrams, more than half of the recommendation. We might expect that eliminating cholesterol from the diet would prevent it from getting into our blood, but the reality is that the effect dietary cholesterol has on blood cholesterol levels is relatively small. In fact, studies have shown that people who restricted their intake of carbohydrates and ate more eggs actually had improved cholesterol levels. In an article recently published in the British Medical Journal, researchers examined eight studies that looked at the relationship between egg consumption and the risk for coronary heart disease and stroke.
They found that people who ate one egg per day were not at increased risk for heart disease or stroke. The exception was people with diabetes â€” diabetics who ate the most eggs were more likely to have heart disease. On the plus side, eggs are fairly inexpensive and pack a lot of nutrition into a small package. One large egg contains six grams of high quality protein and only 70 calories, along with iron, vitamin A, and other nutrients. Eggs are also fast and easy to prepare, making them a natural addition to breakfast. Recent research suggests that eating a high protein breakfast can increase fullness and decrease feelings of hunger later on in the day, so adding an egg to your morning could actually help you lose weight.
A registered dietitianâ€™s take on the subject.
M R I E INDS B H T L E Y FU HEIR TUMM T G N I D IES E E F
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Chia seeds are high in iron, folate, calcium,
magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and soluble fiber. The superseed's calcium and magnesium promote bone and dental health, while the omega3s help your heart by lowering triglycerides, the bad fats in your blood that can cause heart disease. Their soluble fiber helps decrease cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, and make you feel full longer.
Sunflower Seeds These underrated superseeds are an excellent source of B vitamins, including folate (which helps prevent birth defects), and vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage, helps maintain healthy hair and skin, and may work to prevent cancer. They are also rich in protein and heart-healthy fats.
These superseeds are a source of B vitamins, iron, magnesium, zinc, and protein, and are particularly rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which may help lower anxiety. Pumpkin seeds also have high levels of essential fatty acids that help keep blood vessels healthy and lower bad cholesterol. Eat them: Snack on them raw or roasted.
The plant sterols in pecans help battle heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol levels and according to research performed at New Mexico State University, a serving of pecans daily can significantly lower LDL cholesterol levels in the blood, helping to clear the arteries. The nutrients in pecans help guard against infections, and the vitamin E protects against cancer.
Cashews are a wonderful source of fiber and protein. They are rich in mono-unsaturated fats that might be conducive to heart protection. In addition to their healthful monounsaturated fats, cashews are a good source of copper, magnesium, zinc and biotin.
Brazil nuts are high in calories, but they contain good quantities of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. The nuts are an especially excellent source of monounsaturated fats that helps to lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increases HDL or "good cholesterol" in the blood. They are gluten free and also a very good source of vitamin-E and thiamin.
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