Category: Food Written by BlackDoctor.org
For many people, summer season is also grilling season. But for your next cookout, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics mentions these barbecue safety suggestions:
• Buy two sets of grilling tools (one for raw meat and one for cooked meat), as well as a meat thermometer to make sure your food is thoroughly cooked.
• Grill lean meats to avoid flame flares caused by fat drippings.
• Don't allow your food to become charred. Some studies suggest charred meat may be linked to cancer. Let your meat marinate for a few hours before cooking to help reduce the chances of charring.
Additionally, there are two carcinogens that you should be aware of:
What are HCAs?
Heterocyclic amines, or HCAs, are carcinogenic compounds created when meat is heated up. It has been shown to increase the risk of breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and prostate cancers.
Marinate meat. It can lower HCAs by as much as 99 percent. Rosemarry, tumeric, and avocado oil are some of the best ingredients to use.
What is acrylamide?
Acrylamide is a naturally-occurring compound formed when starchy foods are cooked at 250° F or higher. Based on lab animal studies, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified acrylamide as a "probable human carcinogen."
Soak potatoes. Soak raw, sliced potatoes in water for two hours to slash acrylamide by nearly 50 percent. Avoid storing potatoes in the refrigerator, which encourages them to produce more acrylamide during cooking.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:50
Category: Food Written by BackDoctor.org
What are some unhealthy "healthy" snacks that you probably eat every day? Experts say that snacking is very important. They also say that many of us are NOT snacking on the right foods. Which snacks that we think are healthy to experts say we should be avoiding.
Yes, frozen yogurt typically has less fat than ice cream. However, it has almost the same amount of calories and sugar, particularly at self-serve yogurt shops, where the servings tend to be larger and the toppings consist of high-calorie and high-fat cookies, candy and other snacks.
These types of snacks were designed to help athletes better fuel their intense workouts. But these bars have now morphed into virtual candy bars. If you must eat a protein or energy bar, eat one that's 200 calories or under, and that contains no more the 20 grams of sugar.
...specifically, reduced-fat peanut butter. The problem? When fat is removed, some other ingredient is used to replace it, namely sugar. Also, since the monounsaturated fat in peanuts is good for you, there's really no need to reduce the fat content. The truly healthy move is to use natural peanut butter to better avoid the unnecessary sugar.
Seriously, just eat a piece of fruit. Some smoothies can contain more than 1000 calories thanks to sugar overkill. Or, if you want a smoothie, try making one at home, where you can better control the serving size and sugar content.
Trail mixe can be very high in fat and calories. One handful alone can contain 300 calories or more. Additionally...very few people actually eat just a handful.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:27
Category: Food Written by Food Doctor
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to set a new, and stricter, limit on the permissible amount of arsenic allowed in apple juice, following a year of pressure from consumer groups regarding the dangers of children drinking the juice over long periods of time.
Here are the safety facts that you need to know...
Studies have shown that the juice contains very low levels of arsenic, a cancer-causing agent found in everything from water to soil to pesticides. While the FDA has previously claimed that the arsenic levels are not dangerous to consumers, they've decided to limit the permissible amount to the same level currently permitted in drinking water.
Under the new regulation, apple juice containing more than 10 parts per billion could be removed from the market and companies could face legal action. Agency officials stressed that the vast majority of juices on the market are already below the threshold.
"Overall the supply of apple juice is very safe and does not represent a threat to public health," said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, in an interview with The Associated Press. "We decided to put forward this proposed action level to give guidance to industry and to assure ongoing safety and quality."
Many experts – including the government and consumer advocates – agree that drinking small amounts of apple juice isn't harmful. The concern involves the effects of drinking large amounts of juice over long periods of time.
Another point of agreement is that children under 6 shouldn't be drinking much juice anyway, because it's high in calories. Health experts say children under 6 shouldn't drink any more than 6 ounces of juice a day – about the size of a juice box. Infants under 6 months shouldn't drink juice at all.
The American Academy of Pediatrics said Friday children should be encouraged to eat whole fruit.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 12:19
Category: Food Written by BackDoctor.org
The goal of a healthy diet for type 2 diabetes is to focus on foods that will support normal blood sugars, a healthy weight, overall health and avoidance of diabetic complications. According to the American Diabetes Association, people with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) can enjoy a variety of foods. General guidelines encourage eating more of certain foods while limiting others, however every diet needs to be individually tailored according to culture, personal preference, sex, age and other lifestyle factors.
Sugar in food causes blood sugar to rise. A type 2 diabetic with consistently high blood sugar levels is at risk for complications like retinopathy (retina damage), neuropathy (nerve damage), foot ulcers, skin disorders and kidney disease. While sugar is OK in small amounts, it should be limited to maintain a normal blood sugar. Sugary foods also tend to be high in calories while lacking essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Filling up on nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins is a better way to use calories.
Limit dietary fat, because it is high in calories and consuming too many calories can lead to obesity. Obesity not only complicates diabetes but is also one of the greatest risk factors for developing heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, asthma and arthritis. Decrease dietary fat by choosing low-fat dairy products, lean meats, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. You can also cut fat and calories by cooking with little or no oil or butter; making smart choices when eating out; monitoring portion size; and limiting high-calorie snacks and desserts. The ADA especially emphasizes the need to avoid saturated and trans fats which increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke and raise cholesterol. A 2010 article from "Diabetes Educator," a publication of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, reported that a plant-based, low-fat diet helped control blood sugars in type 2 diabetes.
Vegetables offer many essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but you should limit starchy vegetables in a type 2 diabetes diet because they function more like a carbohydrate and raise blood sugars. Starchy vegetables include peas, corn, potato, winter squash, pumpkin and sweet potato.
The ADA recommends drinking alcohol only if blood sugar is well controlled and advises women to limit their intake to one drink per day and men to two drinks per day. Moderate alcohol intake benefited people with T2DM by reducing the risk of heart disease, however too much alcohol negatively affected blood sugar and nullified any benefits to the heart.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:20
Category: Food Written by Food Doctor
Most deaths occurred in middle- to low-income countries, the Harvard researchers noted. The findings are surprising because this problem is often though of this as a problem only in high-income countries. These latest findings do not prove that sugary drinks kill people. They only show a correlation between high consumption and deaths from heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.
Recently, a judge struck down Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial limit on large sweetened sodas and other sugary beverages, one day before the rule was to go into effect. Bloomberg said he would appeal the decision and defended his plan, which would have limited the size of sugary drinks sold at restaurants, food carts and theaters to 16 ounces.
But that's not the only type of measure officials can take. Others could include taxing sugar-added drinks, or limiting advertising of the beverages to children. But "anti-soda" moves are a tough sell — not only because the beverage industry and many consumers resist. It's also hard to pin ill health effects on one component of people's diets, even if it's a nutritionally dubious one.Sugary beverage consumption is often paired with other unhealthy food choices or behaviors. Chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, are the result of many factors, not just excess sugar intake. Therefore, everyone should be limiting added sugar — from drinks and food. We just do not need added sugar that is empty calories.
Overall, they estimate that upwards of 180,000 deaths were "attributable to" sugary drink consumption in 2010. That included more than 130,000 from diabetes, about 45,000 from heart disease and stroke, and 4,600 from various cancers.
As for sugary drink intake, young Cuban men beat the rest of the world: Men younger than 45 typically downed more than five servings per day. And in general, Latin America and the Caribbean had the most deaths linked to sugar-sweetened drinks.
It's difficult to blame deaths on high-sugar drinks alone. But the findings highlight one important, and simple, move that people can make to improve their diets. Sodas are not the only culprit. Often, these fruit juices that people think are healthy are loaded with sugar.
One of the big concerns in the sugary-drink "war" is that many children and teenagers are downing huge amounts of liquid calories. Because this study focused on deaths from chronic diseases, it says nothing about the potential health effects on kids across the globe.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 11:50
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