March 2014 - Contrary to long-standing concerns about the stimulant effect of caffeine sparking atrial fibrillation, a new analysis concludes that its unlikely habitual caffeine intake from coffee and other dietary sources increases risk. In fact, the pooled analysis found that atrial fibrillation risk fell with increasing caffeine intake.
Kale may well be the it vegetable of the moment, celebrated in everything from cooking magazines to health websites. But unlike some food fads, this nutritious leafy green deserves the attention its suddenly getting: With a mere 36 calories, one cup of kale delivers five grams of fiber, 200% of your daily vitamin C, 180% of vitamin A and 40% of magnesium. Its packed with at least 45 antioxidant flavonoids. Like its cruciferous-vegetable kin, including broccoli and cauliflower, it contains glucosinolates sulfur compounds associated with reduced risk of cancer.
Besides the Seahawks and Broncos, viewers of this years Super Bowl saw two other fierce competitors: Greek yogurt brands, slugging it out in commercials. That would have been unthinkable only a few years agoin 2008, Greek yogurt accounted for only 4% of US yogurt sales. But today Greek yogurt makes up 44% of the multibillion-dollar US yogurt market and is responsible for almost all the growth in this part of the grocery aisle. More than half of US households bought Greek yogurt last year, according to retail research firm IRI.\n
Phosphorus, a mineral found in foods such as meat and milk, is important for forming bones and teeth, making proteins for healthy cells, and transporting cellular energy. But too much of a good thing can be harmful among people with kidney disease, and a new study suggests excess phosphorus consumption is associated with increased mortality risk, even in people with normal kidney function.\n
Turkey burgers (when made with ground turkey breast) are a healthy alternative to fatty beef burgers, but all too often they turn out dry and flavorless. Our solution is to add grated fresh apple to the lean turkey. Not only does this add moisture to the patties, the apple contributes a delicious sweet-tart flavor. Cider-glazed caramelized onions and a creamy mustard sauce provide the finishing touches to these burgers.
A potentially life-saving prescription for fighting heart disease, diabetes and stroke could be as close as those walking shoes gathering dust in your closet. According to an unusual new study, the benefits of exercise in reducing mortality from those leading causes of death match or even exceed the effects of prescription drugs for the same conditions.
Q What is the current thinking about the safety of microwaving food covered by plastic? I see vegetables wrapped in plastic or in plastic bags with directions to microwave right in the plastic. I thought plastic when heated released carcinogens?
Q We have been hearing about the benefits of lycopene. Is it true that red and yellow tomatoes have different types of lycopene, and that the type in yellow tomatoes is more easily absorbed by the human body?
Q The vitamin D supplement I take also contains calcium carbonate, cellulose gel, maltodextrin, croscarmellose sodium, stearic acid, magnesium stearate and corn starch. Only vitamin D3 is listed in the Supplement Facts label. Do these other ingredients have any nutritional value? Are they safe?
Q You continue to sing the praises of salmon as a source of omega-3. Im not a fan of salmon (or other fish, for that matter). How much omega-3 in capsule form should I take to approximate the benefit of one serving of salmon?