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Heart Healthy Coffee Cake for your Sweet Tooth

26 Sep


  • 5 cup(s) apple(s), tart
  • 1 cup(s) sugar
  • 1 cup(s) raisins
  • 1/2 cup(s) nuts, pecans
  • 1/4 cup(s) oil, vegetable
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg(s)
  • 2 cup(s) flour, all-purpose
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Lightly oil 13- by 9- by 2-inch pan.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine apples with sugar, raisins, and pecans. Mix well and let stand for 30 minutes.

4. Stir in oil, vanilla, and egg. Sift together flour, soda, and cinnamon, and stir into apple mixture about a third at a time – just enough to moisten dry ingredients.

5. Turn batter into pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool cake slightly before serving

Tidbits on health today – 1

18 Aug

Stress is bad for you

If you were not sure before, be now informed that stress is bad for your health. Scientists have recently gotten the proof tha tchronic stress might precipitate a person developing neurodegenerative diseases like multiplesclerosis.

Scientist further found that when mice were stressed out they could not fight off illnesses.

A fat epidemic is on its way

Canadian government is asked to prepare for the fat epedemic that is coming its way and to prepare for it by developing fat and clinics and hospitals ought to be prepared for the impact this would have on their services.

It is a huge problem. Researchers are saying obseity epidemic might outweight the  impact of smoking on the health care system.  According to a CBC report

    An estimated 11 million Canadians are overweight, and about half a million of them are morbidly obese and in need of treatment, including surgery, said Arya Sharma, scientific director for the Canadian Obesity Network.

Will it be Tea or Coffee


Will it be Tea or Coffee  

 According to the tea Association of Canada, many consumers consider tea to be a healthier alternative to coffee, offering a modest dose of caffeine compared to coffee’s considerable jolt. In addition, green, black, white and oolong teas – all of which are harvested from the leaves and buds of the camellia sinensis plant – are rich in antioxidants and are believed to offer a host of health benefits, from soothing stress to regulating hormones.
Officially, Health Canada has sanctioned only the following three health claims: tea is a source of antioxidants, drinking tea can increase alertness, and tea may help maintain or support cardiovascular health. Still, many researchers continue to study tea’s effects on the body, exploring the beverage’s potential to boost health and block disease.


3 coffees a day keep memory loss at bay for older women: study

7 Aug

daily dose of caffeine helps fight memory loss — at least for older women, a study released Tuesday says.Researchers in France found women aged 65 and older who drank at least three cups of coffee or tea a day were able to retain memory and thinking skills better than women who drank less than one cup. But men didn’t experience the same benefits.

The study published Tuesday in the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology found the benefits for women increased with age.

Women over 80 who drank three or more cups of coffee or equivalent tea daily were 70 per cent less likely to have a failing memory, the study says.

Caffeine consumption, however, was not found to prevent dementia.

Researchers tracked the cognitive abilities of 7,017 people over 65 years old — 4,197 women and 2,820 men — over four years. All subjects, who lived in France, were tested over the years for dementia and cognitive performance, such as memory, attention and orientation.

The researchers caution that further study is needed before they advise women to increase their daily dose of caffeine.

Other scientists agree that benefits need to be weighed against the risks of caffeine consumption, such as anxiety and increased heart rate.

“I think it’s premature for any of us to change our caffeine consumption habits based on the results of this one study. It’s far from being definitive,” said Ahmed El-Sohemy, a nutritional sciences researcher with the University of Toronto.

The study’s researchers said they are unsure why caffeine doesn’t show the same result in men and don’t yet understand why it’s effective for women.

“Women may be more sensitive to the effects of caffeine,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Karen Ritchie of the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research, said in a news release. “Their bodies may react differently to the stimulant, or they may metabolize caffeine differently.”

Researchers say they wouldn’t be surprised if longer-term studies showed the benefits of caffeine for men as well.

Previous research has pointed to the neurological benefits, but the French study is closer to proving that it’s caffeine — and not other factors such as education and income — that might explain the effect.

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