Archive | October, 2008

Halloween candy recall made in China

30 Oct

 With Halloween fast approaching comes a warning to parents and kids regarding Sherwood brand Pirate’s Gold milk chocolate coins imported from China.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to eat, distribute or sell the candy.

It is sold across Canada by Costco and may also have been sold in bulk packages or as individual pieces at various dollar and bulk stores.

The chocolate contains melamine which is the same chemical responsible for killing several babies in China, and sickening thousands more.

The following link is from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to provide you with further information.


Take a break from meat tonight – Tomato-and-Leek Frittata

29 Oct

Not a meat eater? Not a problem! You can enjoy a healthy lifestyle with a vegetarian diet. by eating lots of vegetables, whole-grain starches, soy-based meat alternatives, and milk or egg products if desired and still lose or maintain weight if that is your goal.  The good thing is that even meat eaters can set aside days where they take a break from meat dishes and enjoy vegetarian meals.   Here is a good one for you.  Make sure you scrub the leek properly to get rid of stones and dirt that are sometimes hidden in the folds.


Tomato-and-Leek Frittata 


Makes 8 servings


2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 medium leeks, cleaned and thinly sliced (white parts only)

(you can also substitute – cauliflower if leeks are not your thing)

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

8 large eggs

1/4 cup fat-free milk

Salt and black pepper

1/2 cup shredded white cheddar cheese

2 small (1-pound) ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced


Preheat oven to 350°F. Warm oil in 10″ ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add leeks; cook 8 minutes, until softened, stirring. Reduce heat to medium-low.


In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, fresh thyme leaves, milk, salt, and pepper. Stir in cheese. Pour over leek mixture in skillet. Gently lift up leek mixture to coat bottom of pan. Arrange tomato slices in overlapping pattern on top. Cook 8 minutes, until sides are set but mixture is still loose on top. Transfer skillet to oven and cook 10 minutes, until center is cooked through and tomatoes are lightly browned. Remove from oven; run a rubber spatula around edges and underneath to loosen frittata from skillet. Place on a platter and cut to your liking.

Nutritional information

123 calories

8 g total fat (3 g sat)

215 mg cholesterol

5 g carbohydrate

9 g protein

1 g fiber

129 mg sodium

(A South Beach recipe)


Cooking with Martha Stewart

27 Oct

Enter Martha’s contest with some of your down-home cooking  and win


GMO Tomatoes promises to help fight cancer

27 Oct

If there can be purple dinosaurs, why not purple tomatoes. That’s prpetty reasonable.

A team of British scientists from the John Innes Centre, Norwich, has developed a genetically modified tomato – purple tomatoes -, which they hope will be a cancer-fighting machine.  They have created the tomatoes by incorporating genes from the snapdragon flower- high in anthocyanin, which is thought to have anti-cancer properties.  Researchers found that mice that ate these tomatoes lived longer than mice that did not eat them.

 Scientists have developed purple tomatoes which they hope may be able to keep cancer at bay. Anthocyanins, found in particularly high levels in berries such as blackberry, cranberry and chokeberry, have been shown to help significantly slow the growth of colon cancer cells.

They are also thought to offer protection against cardiovascular disease and age-related degenerative diseases.

There is also evidence that the pigments have anti-inflammatory properties, help boost eyesight, and may help stave off obesity and diabetes.

The John Innes team is investigating ways to increase the levels of health-promoting compounds in more commonly eaten fruits and vegetables.

Tomatoes already contain high levels of beneficial antioxidant compounds, such as lycopene and flavonoids.

Transsexual Gene found and other tidbits

27 Oct


I just listened to a show on CBC and the host said that according to his research, gay men have the most problem with their body image followed by heterosexual women.  Those with the higest esteem for their bodies are heterosexual men and lesbian women. Interesting eh!


Transsexual Gene

The next thing that caught my attention in the BBC news is the discovery of a transsexual gene.  Australian researchers found a corelation between gene involved in testosterone action and male and transsexualism.

An analysis of 112 male to female transsexual volunteers show a strong link between the gene involved in testosterone and male transsexual have a longer version of the androgen receptor gene.

  “There is a social stigma that transsexualism is simply a lifestyle choice, however, our findings support a biological basis  of how gender identity.” said Professor

There is a social stigma that transsexualism is simply a lifestyle choice, however our findings support a biological basis of how gender identity develops. 
Professor Vincent Harley Researcher

Subsaharan Women

Not surprising but yet shocking is the new report and urgent call for action  about the state of maternal health in Sub-sahara Africa.  Something needs to be done to stop these women from dying  in such large numbers.

Dr. Francisco Songanem, director of Maternal health, WHO, said that more funds is need and a coordinated approach taken.  Most of the deaths occur as a result of unsafe abortions, haemorrhaging and problems are the major causes of mortality.

Delicious, nutritious and weight loss friendly foods

23 Oct

If you are trying to lose weight you could include some or all of these delicious antioxidant-packed foods into your meal plans in moderation of course. Remember the formula for weight gain is: excess of calories over calories burned for the day = fat accumulation

  • Blueberries:  2005 University of Illinois study found that a number of compounds in blueberries, including pigment-producing anthocyanins, have powerful cancer-preventive powers. Other berries contain similar antioxidants in smaller quantities.
  • Walnuts: Like all nuts, walnuts are a great source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Unlike other nuts, however, walnuts are high in heart-healthy omega-3 oils. Enjoy up to 15 walnuts a day as part of your nut/seed allotment. Other South Beach Diet–approved sources of omega-3s include flaxseed and, of course, fish and fish oil.
  • Pomegranates: These fruits are high in flavonoids, antioxidants also found in red wine  and cocoa ( unsweetened). Recent studies show that pomegranate juice (may also help prevent heart disease.
  • Sweet potatoes They’re rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C, both powerful antioxidants that work to eliminate free radicals (damaged cells that injure healthy cells and harm DNA). Other good sources of beta-carotene are carrots and apricots .
  • Tomatoes A 2002 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that eating tomato products may reduce prostate cancer risk. The link is so strong that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now allows tomatoes and tomato-based products, like tomato sauce, to carry a health claim linking tomato consumption with a reduced risk of prostate cancer. The key ingredient is a powerful antioxidant called lycopene, also found in pink grapefruit and guava;
  • Kale: Research shows that eating dark leafy greens, like kale, may help maintain good health by reducing one’s risk of heart disease and stroke, some cancers, and several other illnesses. They’re rich in beta-carotene, folate, and vitamins C, E, and K, which help protect against cell-damaging free radicals. Regularly eating dark leafy greens may also lower blood pressure and cholesterol and promote normal eyesight. Spinach and Swiss chard also contain these disease-fighting ingredients.

Diverticulitis diet

21 Oct
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