Ilene’s Healthy Tips for July 28 – August 1, 2014

Ilene Yalen, MSRD WellAmerica 2014

Ilene Yalen, MSRD
WellAmerica 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fight back against inflammation, a cause of heart disease and some cancers.  Inflammation is a silent killer – you can feel fine for years until disease strikes.  Most fruits, vegetables, omega 3 rich fish, nuts and teas reduce inflammation that can lead to disease.  These foods stand out in reducing bio-markers for inflammation and providing heart healthy benefits: berries, cherries, raisins, salmon, basil, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, nuts and green tea.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – Spice of Life

Turmeric, curry, and ginger have an anti-inflammation effect.  Mix turmeric with brown rice for a flavor and color boost.  Cut back on refined and processed foods such as chips, sodas, white flour and white rice. We have all heard the warnings on consuming highly caffeinated beverages, and now an abundance of concentrated caffeine powder is being sold easily online with little education to customers!   Caffeine powder, which is used for inexpensive homemade caffeinated drinks, is sold in packages containing 100,000 milligrams – the equivalent of 1000 red bulls worth of caffeine! It is incredibly easy to mistakenly use too much – just 1 teaspoon is the same as drinking 35 red bulls – enough to kill you.  Up to 400 mg a day is safe for adults.  That equals four cups of coffee.  Levels above that are associated with negative health outcomes. So, keep very close track of how much caffeine you ingest, and avoid giving caffeine to children.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

We have all heard the warnings on consuming highly caffeinated beverages, and now an abundance of concentrated caffeine powder is being sold easily online with little education to customers!   Caffeine powder, which is used for inexpensive homemade caffeinated drinks, is sold in packages containing 100,000 milligrams – the equivalent of 1000 red bulls worth of caffeine! It is incredibly easy to mistakenly use too much – just 1 teaspoon is the same as drinking 35 red bulls – enough to kill you.   Up to 400 mg a day is safe for adults.  That equals four cups of coffee.  Levels above that are associated with negative health outcomes. So, keep very close track of how much caffeine you ingest, and avoid giving caffeine to children.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Caffeine and alcohol are a bad combination! According to new research, mixing caffeinated energy drinks with alcohol appears to boost the desire to keep on drinking – increasing the risk for binge-drinking three fold. Caffeine can partially mask the effects of alcohol, giving off the illusion of being more alert. According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, energy drinks are currently consumed by more than one-third of 18 to 24 year-old adults, including firefighters.  Every summer local firefighters are transported to E.D.s for irregular heart rhythms caused by energy drinks.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Is it better to brush your teeth before or after meals? It depends. Experts in dentistry concur that brushing your teeth after meals is usually most beneficial.  Unless you’re eating or drinking highly acidic foods, especially fruit and fruit juice. Acidic foods can leave the enamel on your teeth weakened leading to discoloration, cracks or chips. In this case, swish with water and wait 40 minutes for the calcium in your saliva to re-mineralize any weakened enamel, and then brush.

 

 

Ilene’s Healthy Tips for July 21 – 25, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ilene Yalen, MSRD WellAmerica 2014

Ilene Yalen, MSRD
WellAmerica 2014

Is it OK to eat food coated with freezer burn? Freezer burn happens when frozen food undergoes multiple spikes in temperature that make it melt slightly, and then refreeze, creating large ice crystals. Although the taste of your food may be compromised, freezer burn won’t make you sick.  If you see ice crystals on food simply rinse in water, then cook.  Different frozen foods do have a storage life.  For Example:  bread 3 months, butter 9 months, fruit 6 months, and hamburger 3 months.  For more information go to:  http://whatscookingamerica.net/index.html.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

If you find a few moldy berries in a carton, should you throw them all out? Just toss the moldy berries, any berries touching the moldy ones, and others that feel mushy. To help prevent this, make sure you open the carton and inspect it in the grocery store, and once you’re home, don’t rinse the berries until you’re ready to eat them since dry produce tends to last longer.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Looking for an easy, healthy appetizer to serve your guests? Try lobster/crab salad with small rolls or crackers (preferably whole wheat). To make 24 servings, mix the following ingredients:

  • 2 cup cooked lobster or crab meat, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt or hummus
  • 1/3 cup of chopped scallions
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) finely shredded hearts of romaine lettuce or cabbage

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Should you rinse meat before cooking it? Rinsing may seem like a good way to remove bacteria and sliminess, but it might increase your chance of spreading bacteria around the kitchen if you aren’t careful.  Use a separate cutting board for meat, fish, poultry and wash after each use to avoid cross-contamination.  You’re better off ridding bacteria by thoroughly cooking your meats to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.  To be sure use a cooking thermometer and insert it into the food.

Friday, July 25, 2014

We know excess refined sugar (sucrose) isn’t healthy for you, but what about the sugar in fruit?  The sugar in fruit is an unprocessed sugar, fructose, found in its most natural state. 3-4 servings of fruit per day are recommended as they provide fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and thousands of phytochemicals, many of which have been proven to promote health and prevent disease. If you’re trying to decrease your sugar intake, reduce refined, processed sucrose and corn syrup first, and then decrease dried fruit or concentrated juices. Whole fruit will provide the most health benefits for the calories they contain.