Avoiding E coli This Summer
Avoid E. coli at your picnics and cookouts this summer:
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Is Raw Food Healthier?
You may have heard from fans of raw food diets that we all should be eating only uncooked foods. Most nutritionists and other experts would NOT agree.
Cooking foods can actually make some beneficial vitamins and minerals more readily available to the body. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is a carotenoid thought to offer protection against prostate cancer. But lycopene is available only from cooked tomatoes. Carrots, too, contain cancer-fighting carotenoids that are available only when cooked.
So don’t stop cooking. We need variety in our diets, and eating a combination of cooked and raw foods is a good way to go.
A. Weil Eating Well for Optimum Health. Alfred A Knopf, New York, New
Eat to Beat the Heat
Drinking water, even when you don’t feel thirsty, is one of the best ways to beat the heat. Avoiding caffeinated drinks can help too.
When it comes to food, avoid heavy, high fat foots. Keep it light, and try to eat food that contains a lot of water. Good selections include
Source: American Dietetic Association
What’s “Moderate” Drinking?
For men, moderate alcohol consumption is considered two drinks per day. For women, it’s one drink per day. When you drink, you decrease your ability to make good decisions. Going beyond the moderate level puts you at risk for health problems, greater susceptibility to injury and to causing unintentional death and injury in traffic accidents.
Keep this in mind this summer, and remember that if you’re sitting outside in the sun with a drink, your body will absorb the alcohol even more rapidly than usual.
Source: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
Oats and Blood Pressure
Recent studies have shown that eating whole grain oat cereal on a daily basis may decrease blood pressure.
In one study of participants who ate 137 grams of oat cereal daily (including 12 grams of total fiber and 6 grams of soluble fiber), 73 percent were able to stop blood pressure medication. Their cholesterol levels decreased by 15 percent, and “bad” cholesterol dropped by 16 percent.
In the second study, participants with untreated high blood pressure were able to lower their pressure after six weeks of eating oat cereal.
To try to get the same benefit for yourself, read your oat cereal labels and make sure you’re getting similar fiber counts.
Source: The Journal of Family Practice, April 2002