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Barbecue Food Safety
If barbecue is big for you in the summer, make sure you’re doing it safely.

  • If you marinate the food, marinate it in the refrigerator, not on the counter. If you use some of the marinade as a sauce for later, keep it separate, or bring it to a boil before you use it.
  • When you’re carrying food to a picnic, keep it cold. Keep it in a cooler in the shade, and take out only the pieces you’ll be cooking right away.
  • Pack drinks in a separate cooler, because opening and closing the cooler frequently raises the temperature too much.
  • If you’re reheating already-cooked foods, make sure they reach 165 degrees F. or that they’re steaming.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Healthy Picnics, Reunions
If you’re planning the menu for a family reunion or Memorial Day picnic, give some thought to making the food a little more on the healthy side than you usually do. This doesn’t mean your picnics have to be radically different, bland or boring. Just by making a few adjustments, your menu can be tasty and healthy at the same time. With diabetes and heart disease so prevalent, you’re doing everybody a favor.

  • Instead of potato chips and heavy dips, serve baked chips and salsa. A little guacamole dip can be a good thing too, because it’s made from avocadoes, which contain healthy fat.
  • Instead of using white bread or rolls, serve whole wheat.
  • If sandwiches are on the menu, try filling them with carrots, cucumber, hard boiled eggs, tuna, tomatoes, a little cheese…fresh foods like these are healthier than most processed “lunch meats.”
  • In general, try to avoid snacks that have hydrogenated fats. Most chips that don’t have these fats are pretty expensive, but pretzels are a safe bet.
  • Plan activities after you eat. This gets people away from the food table and gets them burning the calories.

Source: American Dietetic Association

Food for Hepatitis C
When you have hepatitis C, it’s important to take care of your liver. What kinds of foods should you eat? What should you avoid?

  • Drink very little alcohol. To be on the safe side, ask your doctor how much alcohol, if any, is safe for you.
  • Talk with your doctor about how much protein is safe for you, and whether it should be animal, vegetable or dairy protein.
  • Limit salt. Ask your doctor how much salt you should have each day, and read food labels to figure out how much salt you’re getting with each meal.
  • Make sure you don’t get too much vitamin A or D. Your doctor can tell you how much of these vitamins you can have safely.
  • Never take a medicine and drink alcohol at the same time without asking your doctor first. Acetaminophen, a common pain reliever, can be especially dangerous.

Source: Hepatitis Foundation International

Food for High Blood Pressure
If you have high blood pressure or are just trying to avoid it, it’s a good idea to decrease the salt in your diet and increase potassium.

  • Avoid processed, frozen, canned, smoked and cured foods; these are almost always high in salt.
  • Avoid salty snacks like potato chips, pretzels and corn chips.
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Some of those with the highest potassium levels include bananas; cantaloupe; avocadoes; prunes; lima, soy and pinto beans; tomatoes.

Source: A Weil. Eating Well for Optimum Health. Alfred A Knopf, New York, New York, 2000; J Whitaker. Reversing Hypertension. Warner Books, New York, New York, 2000.

Eating for Bone Health 
You need calcium for healthy bones, which is probably no big news flash to you. But here are some of the finer points of how to get the calcium you need, and how to get the most out of it:

  • Make sure you get vitamin D every day, because you need vitamin D to absorb calcium
  • If you can’t eat dairy products, there’s a good chance you should take a calcium supplement. Ask you doctor what kind of dosage is right for you.
  • Smoking can upset your body’s calcium balance, and so can caffeine. Remember, there’s caffeine in most soft drinks, so limit those in your diet.

Source: A Weil. Eating Well for Optimum Health. Alfred A Knopf, New York, New York, 2000; J Whitaker. Reversing Hypertension. Warner Books, New York, New York, 2000.

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