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|Diet and Exercise
Drinking a glass of orange juice a day may help stave off arthritis,
new research suggests. The findings appear in the American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Certain carotenoids, compounds commonly
found in some fruits and vegetables, appear to be responsible. The findings
from previous studies have suggested that dietary carotenoids, the chemicals
responsible for the orange and yellow coloring of fruits and vegetables,
can reduce inflammation through antioxidant effects. These data add to a
growing body of evidence that some dietary antioxidants, such as the carotenoids
beta-cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin as well as vitamin C, may be protective
against the development of arthritis.
The effects of coffee on the body fall into several categories:
- Stimulant effects. Because one of its major ingredients
is caffeine, coffee is a well-established stimulant, meaning that it stimulates
the nervous system, including such diverse networks as the nerves controlling
intestinal activity, blood pressure and airway size. As a result, any caffeine-containing
food or beverage (including tea, cola and chocolate milk) may impair sleep,
but avoiding coffee late in the day is usually an easy way to avoid this
problem. Jitters and anxiety may also be related to caffeine's stimulant
- Heartburn. Even decaffeinated coffee can stimulate
secretion of stomach acid, leading to heartburn.
- Diuretic features. Caffeine is also a diuretic — it
encourages the kidneys to produce urine so effectively that it may contribute
to mild dehydration. In addition, the increased intake of water associated
with drinking several cups of coffee also leads to frequent urination to
rid the body of excess fluid.
According to a study released in August, coffee not only helps clear
the mind and perk up the energy, it also provides healthful antioxidants
in the American diet. Antioxidants, which are thought to help battle cancer
and provide other health benefits, are abundant in grains, tomatoes and many
other fruits and vegetables. Americans are still not eating enough fruits
and vegetables, which are better for you from an overall nutritional point
of view due to their higher content of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Dates,
cranberries and red grapes are among the leading fruit sources of antioxidants.
In the study, it was found that average adult American consumes 1,299 milligrams
of antioxidants daily from coffee. The closest competitor was tea at 294
milligrams. Rounding out the top five sources were bananas, 76 milligrams;
dry beans, 72 milligrams; and corn, 48 milligrams. According to the Agriculture
Department, the typical adult American drinks 1.64 cups of coffee daily.
Too much coffee can make people jittery and even raise cholesterol levels,
so food experts stress moderation.
- Miscellaneous. Features of coffee may also have other
effects on the body. For example, yellowed teeth are common among regular
users of coffee. Injuries related to burns from hot coffee are not rare.
And there is even a suggestion by some mental health professionals that occasional
caffeine users, including coffee drinkers, should be considered dependent,
addicted or struggling with substance abuse.
The More You Eat….
The More You Eat, The More You Weigh! Even in India!
Obesity is a very personal issue because it depends on what you eat and
how often you exercise. According to a study that appears in The
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, leaner adult Indians were
poorer and overweight participants were richer. The researchers noted physical
activity, smoking, alcohol use, and participants' possessions. Their list
of 17 items included electricity, fan, bike, radio, TV antenna, car, computer,
air conditioning, and washing machine. Those with less than six items had
a BMI of 20.5 (healthy normal weight, but on the lower side), compared with
a BMI of nearly 27 (indicating overweight) in those owning 15 or 16 possessions.
The study found, average birth weight was about 6.3 pounds. Less than half
were overweight as 2-year-olds. As adults, 47 percent were overweight, 11
percent were obese, and 51 percent were obese around their midsection.
In the US, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
showed that the percentage of obese adults for 2002-04 stood at 22.7 percent
nationally. The percentage for the previous cycle, 2001-03, was 22
percent. The state exhibiting the largest increase in obesity was Alabama.
There, the rate increased 1.5-percentage points to 27.7 percent. Oregon's
rate held steady at 21 percent. The report said the states with the highest
percentage of obese adults are Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, Louisiana
and Tennessee. The states with the lowest percentage of obese adults
are Colorado, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont and Montana.
Hawaii was not included in the report.
Kids whose parents do little to discourage bad eating habits and sedentary
activities, such as television and video games, are significantly more
likely to grow into overweight or obese young adults, according to new
study findings presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological
Association in Philadelphia in August. Children with high self-esteem
were less likely to become obese, as were those whose parents had a relatively
high level of education and healthy food habits.
Girls who were overweight before their first menstrual periods were almost
eight times more likely to be overweight as women, the study found. But
there was no link between precocious puberty alone and being overweight
later in life. The study provides reassurance that early puberty is normal
for some overweight girls, and there is no greater risk of being overweight
as an adult for a slender girl who gets her first period early. The
real culprit is childhood obesity. The study will be published in the September
issue of Pediatrics.
Dr. Terry Bennett, a New Hampshire physician, was forced to write a letter
of apology to an obese woman who was offended by his advice. The doctor
tells obese patients their weight is bad for their health and their love
lives, but the lecture drove one patient to complain to the state. Her complaint,
filed about a year ago, was initially investigated by a panel of the New
Hampshire Board of Medicine, which recommended that Bennett be sent a confidential
letter of concern. Bennett rejected that office’s proposal that he attend
a medical education course and acknowledge that he made a mistake by telling
her to loose weight. The board’s Web site says disciplinary sanctions may
range from a reprimand to the revocation of all rights to practice in the
Heme iron is only found in animal foods, and the amount in beef is about
twice that in chicken and fish. It has a different chemical form than the
iron in plant foods and supplements. Heme iron seems to damage the lining
of the colon and cause abnormal cell growth. One study shows that increasing
red meat leads to more NOCs in the colon. Red meat’s heme iron produces
more NOCs than iron from plant foods. The higher colon cancer risk from
red meat may be due to its levels of the heme form of iron. A large European
study recently reported a strong link between eating high amounts of red
meat and an increased risk of colorectal cancer. This finding supports and
extends the results of several previous studies. A study of more than 148,000
Americans released earlier this year tracked people for 9 to 19 years. Those
who ate the most red and processed meats faced a 13 to 15 percent increase
in the risk of colon cancer. The meats responsible include, but not limited
to, beef, pork, lamb and veal, plus sausage, ham, bacon and cold cuts. The
American Institute for Cancer Research’s expert panel report, Food,
Nutrition and the Prevention of Cancer, recommends cutting down
meat consumption. Since none of the risks connected with red meat apply
to plant-based dishes, make meatless entrées with beans, nuts, or
seeds for protein. Make sure the focus of your meals is vegetables,
fruits, whole grains and beans, which are the source of many health-promoting
nutrients and phytochemicals, according to the American Institute for Cancer
In addition to its culinary properties, garlic has a long history of
use in Ayurveda (the Science of Life) and folk medicine,
having been used to treat such ailments as high blood pressure, high cholesterol
and even blood clots. Capsaicin, the chemical that gives hot peppers
their heat, is currently a major ingredient in a cream used by arthritis
sufferers. It turns out that pain-sensing nerves respond to the sulfur-based
chemicals in garlic. Indeed, the same mechanism the body uses to react
to the sharpness of chili peppers and hot mustards like wasabi is the one
that detects garlic, according to a study in the Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences.
a Balance: Fat
Unhealthy saturated fat is found mainly in animal products such as meat
and higher-fat dairy products. Healthy unsaturated fatty acids, which
are either monounsaturated or polyunsaturated, are found in mostly vegetable
foods like vegetable oils, nuts, seeds like flax and urad, and leafy vegetables
like verdalago. But vegetable oils differ in their concentrations
of the two types of unsaturated fat. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated
fat, but has lower PUFA levels and more saturated fat than many other vegetable
oils, including canola, safflower and sunflower oils.
Researchers found that a diet rich in a new type of sunflower oil, which
had relatively high concentrations of both polyunsaturated fatty acids
and monounsaturated fats, bested olive oil when it came to lowering levels
of "bad" LDLs. The findings point to the importance of replacing saturated
fats in the diet with a "balance" of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated
fats. The sunflower oil's supply of both types of fat appear to be the reason
for its LDL-fighting ways, the study authors report in the Journal
of the American Dietetic Association, July 2005.
A new study gives the "thumbs up" to soft, trans fat-free margarines in
terms of foods that can help reduce the risk of heart disease. This particular
study, similar to numerous studies published over the last few years, documents
the benefits of soft, trans-free margarine in a heart- healthy diet. The
new study is published in the British Medical Journal. The
researchers found that reduced risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) was
more closely associated with an increased consumption of polyunsaturated
fats (e.g., soft, trans fat-free margarines made from soybean and canola
oil). Earlier this year, soft and liquid margarine spreads were included
as part of an overall healthful diet when the government's 2005 Dietary Guidelines
for Americans and MyPyramid food guidance system were issued. For the first
time, vegetable liquid oils and soft, trans fat-free soft margarine spreads
were elevated in importance in that they "help meet essential fatty acid
needs and also contribute toward Vitamin E needs" states the 2005 Dietary
Guidelines Advisory Committee Report.
A pinch of the yellow turmeric powder is a must in almost every curry
cooked in the Indian cuisine. People who eat plenty of turmeric have lower
rates of some cancers, although the spice itself has not been shown to reduce
cancer risk in people. Bharat Aggarwal of the Department of Experimental
Therapeutics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston
and colleagues treated three batches of cells with curcumin at different doses
and for varying times. The curcumin suppressed two proteins that tumor cells
use to keep themselves immortal, the researchers write in the August issue
of the journal Cancer. Curcumin
is responsible for bright yellow color of turmeric.
Potassium is an essential element that helps in blood regulation and
improves carbohydrate metabolism by helping the muscles act efficiently.
Without potassium (and sodium), our muscles stop functioning correctly.
Severe loss of sodium can produce complications ranging from shock to death.
In addition, potassium prevents the blood's pH from becoming too acidic.
Where can you find potassium? In Bananas, of course! Bananas are also rich
in magnesium, which plays a pivotal role in energy transport and is involved
in the synthesis of protein, which helps you recover from fatigue.
Bananas are rich in vitamin B6, which helps metabolise more than 60 proteins
and assists in red blood cell production that transports oxygen to muscles.
The folate in bananas also helps concentration and memory. Bananas
give 17 per cent of our daily requirement of vitamin C, an antioxidant that
neutralises dangerous free radicals in our body and helps produce collagen,
the building block of the connective tissues such as tendons and cartilage
that keep our knees strong.
Bananas also contain fiber. Plenty of fiber in our diet is important
for good health. Fiber reduces cholesterol, improves blood sugar control
and lowers risk of heart disease. It has a positive effect on the digestive
system by helping to maintain regularity and reduce risk of diverticulitis
Vegetarian Diet Helps Prostate
More than 230,000 U.S. men are expected to be diagnosed with prostate
cancer this year, and 29,500 will die, the cancer society estimates.
A study, published in the September issue of The Journal of Urology,
promises to increase interest in whether diet might really help battle
cancer. According to the study low-fat vegetarian diet and other lifestyle
changes may help keep early-stage prostate cancer from worsening. The study
was led by heart-health guru Dr. Dean Ornish, and used his famously strict
regimen, where people become vegetarians, limit dietary fat to 10 percent
of total calories, exercise regularly and learn stress-management techniques
such as yoga. It comes just months after another study suggested low-fat
vegetarian diets might help women avoid a recurrence of breast cancer.
The slow stretches and meditations of yoga don't burn calories like a run
on the treadmill. But a new study suggests it might help people keep weight
off in middle age. Yoga helps keep people more in tune with their bodies
and eating habits and aware of bad habits. The findings, published in the
July/August issue of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, showed
that those who practiced yoga tended to avoid junk food and overeating because
they wanted to respect their bodies.
Previous research has shown that men who eat broccoli regularly are less
likely to develop bladder cancer, which kills more than 13,000 Americans
each year. Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables contain substances
that morph into isothiocyanates, which research suggests may fight cancer.
Eating broccoli may help prevent or slow the spread of bladder cancer, according
to a new study findings. Working in the laboratory, U.S. researchers found
that certain compounds in broccoli appear to interfere with bladder cancer
cells -- especially aggressive cells that tend to spread quickly around
the body. Eat a variety of vegetables in your diet. Because there's
all sorts of compounds we're finding can be healthy and disease-preventive.
High levels of physical activity, such as running, swimming or heavy
gardening during leisure time can reduce your risk of stroke, according
to a study reported in August in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart
Association. In addition, walking or biking to and from work for
up to 29 minutes a day may also reduce the risk of strokes caused by a blood
clot (ischemic stroke). Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the
If you are exercising for health and fitness, and not training for a
specific sport, you may be more susceptible to overuse injuries or stress-related
or repetitive-motion injuries. These injuries usually result when joints
or soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments or bursae) become irritated and
inflamed. Another common and bothersome overuse injury is a stress fracture,
a tiny crack in a bone that has been repeatedly stressed during exercise.
Overuse injuries commonly occur when a person does an unusually large
amount of exercise, stressing tendons and joints that haven't had a chance
to adapt to the new workload. Whereas your muscles can adjust to new demands
fairly easily, the fibrous tissue in tendons and joints adapts more slowly,
increasing in size and strength gradually over weeks and months. To avoid
overuse injury, you must give these soft tissues time to toughen, even
if your muscles are urging you to go farther and faster.
Injury Prevention Tips
- Begin any new type of exercise cautiously; do short,
easy workouts for the first few weeks. Never increase the length of your
workouts by more than 5 percent from one week to the next, and never increase
both the length and the intensity of your workout at the same time.
- Avoid workouts that are substantially harder or farther
than anything you have done before. One overly stressful workout is enough
to cause painful inflammation.
- Be sure your shoes fit well. Before wearing them during
a workout, spend time breaking them in by walking around in them.
Avoid the temptation to "work through" joint or tendon pain. The effort
of exercise may mask the pain temporarily, but overuse injuries will only
get worse over time if you ignore them.
- If you feel any tingling, aching or soreness in a
joint, muscle or tendon — either during or after a workout, or the next
day — stop that activity until all signs of discomfort are gone. Also,
swelling is not normal. Pain that is not relieved by a short period of rest
is not normal.
Choice is Yours: Erection or Vision
NAION is considered one of the most common causes of sudden vision loss
in older people, with anywhere from 1,000 to 6,000 cases a year. Risk
factors include diabetes and heart disease, two of the leading causes of
impotence. The FDA has reports of NAION among users of Viagra, Cialis
and Levitra. They include varying degrees of vision loss, including blindness.
Accordingly, the government in July ordered warnings onto the labels of
Viagra, Cialis and Levitra - the impotence drugs- that some users have developed
a form of blindness.
Overpopulation of the world is a fear that is as old as our history.
In 1600 BC Babylonians and in 1798 AD Thomas Malthus feared the world was
too full of people. In 1972, Donella Meadows renewed these concerns in her
book "The Limits to Growth." In the Indian context, in early 1900s
during the Islamic rule in Hyderabad State, even a middle class woman, who
was a housewife, had 8 children. In the middle of the century, her daughter,
also a housewife, had only three children, as per government's slogan
"two or three enough." By the end of century, her daughter, who is educated
and working, had only one child, less than the government's slogan suggested
replacement limit "we two and our two". Thus, in the past century, middle
class Indians had experienced a decline in the childbirth from 8 children
per woman to 3 children per woman to one child per woman. Birth rate
in Andhra Pradesh, an Indian state of 80 million Telugus, is around 2 children
per woman today. In Russia and Europe also the same kind of decline happened.
In the beginning of 20th century an urban Russian woman was a housewife and
had 7-8 children, but population declined sharply during world wars.
That decline in Russia was drasticand sudden in the beginning of 20th century
due to communist revolution and transition of women into workforce. Yet
the world population has doubled in the second half of the century!
The birthrate in rural areas and backward areas is still high everywhere
in the world. However, it is not the sole reason for the population
increase worldwide. Most importantly, the child mortality reduction
and life span increase due to medical and technological advances have contributed
to this doubling effect. According to the articles "Human Population Grows
Up" and "The Climax of Humanity" in the September issue of Scientific
American, we will not see again this kind of increase for quite
in the Medicine and the Physician Helps Cure Disease
In India, it is held that faith in the physician and the medicine, helps
the patient. A physician is considered the God on earth and the medication
is considered divine. It is held that if you believe in the physician,
even if s/he gives clay from the pond, it works wonders. How superstitious!
But, wait, according to a University of Michigan study, patients will feel
better if they believe they're taking painkillers even if their doses contain
no medication. The study, examining the placebo effect, shows
that the brain releases chemicals that relieve pain in patients who believe
they're being treated. It is to be published in the Journal
Nocturnal enuresis (en-yer-ee-sis), or bed-wetting, is when urine is
involuntarily released at an age when bladder control should have been
achieved. Bedwetting is a problem for more than 5 million U.S. children
age 6 or older. Alarms and medicines are available, but understanding how
their bodies work for many kids is key to staying dry. Children usually
get nighttime bladder control between ages 3 and 5. The brain and bladder
must learn to work together: First, the bladder signals the brain that it’s
filling. The brain then either signals back for the bladder to relax and
hold more urine overnight, or signals the child to awaken. Boys are twice
as likely as girls to experience delays in nighttime bladder control, and
bedwetting tends to run in families; whatever age mom or dad became dry
usually is the age their own children will. Sources as the National Kidney
Foundation and the pediatrics’ academy have some kid-friendly advice.
- Exercise the sphincter muscle that controls urination
by squeezing it several times a day.
- Limit liquid near bedtime, but drink two extra
glasses of water earlier in the day to exercise your bladder. “We think
if you pay attention to your bladder in the daytime, you’ll pay more attention
at night,” Bennett explains.
Tell kids it takes practice to achieve bladder control, just like sports
stars practice their jobs daily — and offer small weekly rewards for the
effort whether they stay dry or not, advice that mothers of two of Bennett’s
patients called key to maintaining children’s enthusiasm.
- Kids should chart on a calendar how often they wet.
Once they’re dry for 14 consecutive nights, bedwetting likely is over.
Skin cancer in America
More than 1 million Americans develop some form of skin cancer each year.
Among those most at risk are people with light skin, hair and eyes, a combination
frequent in redheads and blonds. They are particularly prone to sunburns,
a risk factor for anyone, especially if the burns occur in childhood. Redheads
sunburn easily, but that may not be the only reason they are at high risk
of skin cancer. New research suggests the pigment that colors their skin
may set them up for cancer-spurring sun damage even if they do not burn,
presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society.
But, a recent research shows that red-headed women are better at bearing
pain than blondes or brunettes. The findings, however, reveal that Mc1r
gene does not help men, because of the subtle differences in the way
male and female brains process pain.
Diabetes in the Indian Continent
International health officials say diabetes needs much more attention,
particularly in India. Indians are genetically more susceptible to
diabetes. Compared to Americans whose average age for the onset of diabetes
is around 59, in India it is much less at 43. It is estimated that almost
3.2 million people die of diabetes across the world every year and there
are 30 to 33 million diabetics in India now. Every fourth diabetic in the
world today is an Indian. The World Health Organization predicts the number
of diabetics in India would go up to 40 million by 2010 and 74 million
by 2025. The good news is like heart disease, diabetes also can be
prevented to some extent by following a healthy life style involving healthy
diet and exercise.
A report published in the New England Journal of Medicine
concludes that a common type of dog tick can spread Rocky Mountain spotted
fever, a bacterial infection that causes fever, nausea, vomiting, muscle
pain, lack of appetite and severe headache, among other symptoms, and which
can be fatal. The findings come following an investigation by government health
officials into Arizona's first-ever outbreak of Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Over the counter pain killers
A study published in the journal Hypertension found that
women who took moderate daily doses of acetaminophen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs were more likely to develop hypertension than women who did not.
Women aged 34 to 53 who took more than 400 milligrams a day of an NSAID
such as ibuprofen or naproxen had a 60 percent higher risk for hypertension,
and those aged 51-77 who took that dose of an NSAID had a 78 percent increased
risk. The only NSAID that did not appear to raise blood pressure was aspirin.
In a study of women smokers, those whose spouses also smoked had a higher
risk of stroke than those married to nonsmokers, according to a study in
Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.
There is evidence suggesting that your exposure to secondhand smoke can
increase your chances of getting heart disease. And that is also true for
stroke. Exposure to cigarette smoke raises the risk among teens of metabolic
syndrome, a disorder associated with excess belly fat that increases the
chances of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, according to another study
in online journal Circulation.
Gates Foundation is the biggest donor to India to fight AIDS. In the
state of Karnataka, which includes Mysore, 8% of all adults, or 2.6 million
people, could be HIV-infected by 2013, swamping hospital beds and busting
health budgets, according to a preliminary Gates Foundation estimate. HIV
cases are concentrated in six of India's 30 states, chiefly among its three
million sex workers and six million long-distance truckers. Spot checks of
prostitutes in some cities have found HIV infection running as high as 50%.
Their mobility could spread the virus far and wide, reprising the early spread
of AIDS along truck routes in Africa. AIDS also poses a threat to the economy
of India and South Asia, since India's HIV hot spots lie near the centers
of its economic boom. The city of Mysore, with 1,840 prostitutes targeted
for safe-sex education by the Gates clinic, is 90 miles southwest of Bangalore
-- the engine of India's high-tech growth and the epicenter of the subcontinent's
economic boom. (See http://www.aegis.com/news/wsj/2004/WJ040501.html).
But being frank about AIDS transmission is difficult in a society where
polite people don't discuss sex and the disease carries a powerful stigma.
A woman was stoned to death in one state because she was HIV-positive, says
Ashok Alexander, the project's director. He spoke with Jerrome McDonnel on
Chicago Public Radio's World View
on August 30.
Rosy deep-dish cobbler with rhubarb, strawberries and raspberries
Filling: 1 1/2 pounds rhubarb, cut into 1/3-inch slices, 1 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca, 1 1/2 pints strawberries, hulled, halved
1/2 pint raspberries, 2 teaspoons orange zest
Cobbler crust: 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons
1/4 teaspoon each: allspice, salt, 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled,
cut in 8 pieces, 1/2 cup whipping cream, Ice cream for serving.
Procedure: 1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Mix together rhubarb, sugar and
tapioca in large bowl; set aside 15 minutes. Transfer to large skillet over
high heat. Cook, stirring, until juices begin to thicken, about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat; stir in strawberries, raspberries and zest. Transfer mixture
to a 10-cup souffle dish.
2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, allspice and salt in food processor.
Work in butter by pulsing processor blade or with pastry blender in bowl
until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add cream; process or mix just until
dough clumps together. Press dough into firm mass on floured board. Knead
dough, folding and pressing it back onto itself, until it becomes smooth
and cohesive, about 30 seconds.
3. Roll out dough on heavily floured board to slightly larger diameter
than souffle dish. Brush away excess flour with pastry brush. Place dough
on top of fruit; gently tuck edges down into fruit. Place dish on jelly
roll pan to catch any juices.
4. Bake cobbler until crust is lightly browned and juices bubbling, 50-60
minutes. Cool completely on wire rack to allow juices to thicken.
5. Serve warm. Reheat in 300-degree oven until warm, about 15 minutes.
Top each serving with 4 tablespoons of ice cream.
1 1/2 pounds rhubarb, cut into 1/3-inch thick slices, 2 1/2 cups fresh
blueberries, 1 tablespoon orange zest, 2/3 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons
dark rum or water, 3 1/2 tablespoons quick cooking tapioca, 1/4 teaspoon
Topping: 1 cup each: packed light brown sugar, flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon,
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup pecans, 1 stick (1/2 cup) plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened,
cut into tablespoon size pieces, Vanilla ice cream for serving
Procedure: 1. Put rhubarb, blueberries, zest, sugar, rum, tapioca and
nutmeg in large mixing bowl. Toss until well mixed; set aside 15 minutes.
2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. For topping, combine brown sugar, flour,
cinnamon, salt and pecans in food processor; pulse to combine. Scatter butter
over mixture. Pulse until mixture starts to clump, about 20-25 times.
3. Transfer fruit to a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate or baking dish. (Surface
will be uneven.) Use fingers to evenly arrange small clumps of topping
over fruit; gently pat into place. Place on cookie sheet.
4. Bake crisp until top is well browned, 50-60 minutes. Cool on wire
rack 15 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.
Carrot Green Apple Salad
Ingredients: 2 cups carrot – peeled and grated, ½ cup green apple,
finely sliced and chopped, ½ cup onion, finely diced, ¼ cup
parsley leaves, nicely chopped, 1 or 2 green chilies, chopped ½ lemon,
1 or 2 tbs cooking oil, salt to taste.
Directions: Heat oil in a saucepan. Add onions and green chilies and fry
them for 30 seconds to make them soft. Add grated carrot, mix well and add
salt. Turn off the heat. Add green apple, parsley leaves and squeeze in the
lemon juice and mix well. To make this dish a bit heavier, your can mix in
any variety of drained, canned pulses.
Vegetable salads are an integral part of south Indian vegetarian meals. These
salads are made with different vegetables and pulses.
Dr. Renukadevi Vepachedu
Tips for dining vegan
in a meat-eating land
It's difficult to be a vegan in a meat-eaters' world--even in a vegetarian-friendly
part of that world. But with a little research and flexibility, it's possible
to find a restaurant that will satisfy people at both sides of the table.
If you're taking that vegetarian or vegan in the family out for a meal,
there are a few steps you can take to try to assure a pleasant dining experience.
First, remember: Vegetarians don't eat meat, poultry or fish. Vegans go
further, excluding all animal products, such as eggs, dairy, honey or anything
that includes gelatin.
1. Do research: Check the Internet to see if your dining destination
posts a menu on its site to get an idea of the eatery's parameters.
2. Call ahead: Ask if the restaurant has vegetarian options. Then throw
a real curve and ask about vegan options. Most places are willing to improvise.
Some even seem to welcome the challenge. But make sure they know exactly
what is off-limits (yes, honey is an animal product).
3. Be flexible: Don't expect gluten dishes at a rib joint. Work with
the server and chef; they're usually more than happy to try and put together
a satisfying meal.
4. Consider eateries geared to the vegetarian/vegan. A few online sources
worth checking out include www.vegchicago.com, www.vegdining.com and www.happycow.net.
5. Remember that these eateries can be diverse. As author Margaret Littman
notes in "Veg Out Vegetarian Guide to Chicago" (Gibbs Smith, $12.95 paperback),
her look at 150 vegetarian and vegan restaurants, "Like Chicago's always
impressive restaurant scene, the selection of veg-friendly eateries run
the gamut from greasy corner diners to upscale bistros with attentive sommeliers."
Here are some restaurants for vegan dining in Chicago area:
632 S. Wabash Ave.; 312-427-9470
The best tofu in the city.
3411 N. Halsted St.; 773-935-6696
Known nationwide as one of the best vegan restaurants; they do it all,
from their annual Thanksgiving feast to wedding cakes.
1561 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-772-4019
Their chocolate soy milkshakes make you feel like you're getting away
738 N. Wells St.; 312-587-1050
2057 W. North Ave.; 773-235-3072
Mediterranean fast food. The menu tells you which items are vegan. Huge
How much debt can you carry?
The first rule of thumb says that monthly payments on debt should be
no more than 20 percent of your monthly disposable income. Disposable
income is the income after subtracting mortgage or rent, food, utilities,
and taxes. Thus the debt does not include mortgage.
For example, a family that rents a home for $ 1000, has after-tax take-home
pay of approximately $2,500 per month. The utilities or other expenses
are, let us say, $ 500. Let's assume that the family's food costs are $500
per month. This means that the family has $500 a month in disposable income.
According to the guideline, installment debt payments should not exceed
$100 per month (20 percent of $ 500). How much debt could the family carry
for $100 per month? If the debt had an average maturity of three years,
$100 would be adequate to service about $3,000.
The second rule of thumb states that your total debt should be less than
one-third of your annual disposable income. Continuing with our example,
the family living in rented quarters with an annual disposable income of
$6,000 should not owe more than one-third, or $2,000, in consumer debt. Thus
the family in our example can carry a debt in the range of $ 2000 to $ 3000.
The important point is that you must carefully plan for consumer debt
as one component of a monthly budget that includes adequate provisions for
regular savings and an emergency reserve.
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