Friday, 30 March 2012

Time for Some Juicy, Delicious Oranges!

Oranges
One of the fruits that belong to the group described as "hesperidium".
One of the many fruits that have both healthy outside and inside.



Did you know that....
  • Orange and other citrus fruits are an excellent source of C,A, and B-complex Vitamins?
  • Oranges include no saturated fat or cholesterol, but is abundant of dietary fiber called "pectin" which can help one cut off another size of his pants.
  • Oranges also include an abundant amount of minerals like potassium and calcium.

    (http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/orange-fruit.html)


Even though an orange is an October-February fruit, it can still be eaten deliciously during the "non-season" period.
  • Orange Rosemary Roasted Chicken!
    Ingredients:
    3 skinless, bone-in chicken breast halves, each 8 ounces3 skinless, bone-in chicken legs with thigh pieces, each 8 ounces2 garlic cloves, minced1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil3 teaspoons fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, minced1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper1/3 cup orange juice
    Directions:
    Preheat the oven to 450 F. Lightly coat a baking pan with cooking spray. Rub each piece of chicken with garlic. Dab fingers in oil and rub with oil, and sprinkle with rosemary and pepper. Place the chicken pieces in the baking dish. Pour the orange juice over the chicken. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Using tongs, turn the chicken and return to the oven until browned, about 10 to 15 minutes longer. Baste the chicken with the orange juice from the pan as needed to prevent it from drying out. Transfer the chicken to individual serving plates. Spoon orange juice from the pan over the top of the chicken and serve immediately.
    (
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-recipes/NU00414)
  • Mandarin Orange Cake!
    Ingredients:
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 cup unbleached flour
    1/4 cup egg substitute (equal to 1 egg)
    1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
    1 teaspoon of baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon of salt (optional)
    2 tablespoons of oil (canola)
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    ~Toppings
    2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
    2 teaspoons of skim milk
    Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Mix sugar, flour, egg substitute, Mandarin oranges, baking soda, salt, oil, and vanilla, mashing the orange, and pour into a 9-inch by 9-inch pan that has been sprayed with non-stick coating. Bake for 30-35 minutes. 
  • ~Toppings
  • Combine sugar and milk. In the microwave, heat on high until mixture starts to boil. Drizzle over hot cake.
    (
  • http://homecooking.about.com/od/cakerecipes/r/blc87.htm)

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Everyday PhD Podcast -EPP- Episode 1.

For iTunes users, follow this procedure: http://youtu.be/NUEmtkRPS9Q

For Non-iTunes users...
    click this link for download: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/68082152/EPP%20-%20Everyday%20PhD%20Podcast/episode1.%20epp.mp3
 

OR LISTEN HERE!

Who Wants Some Strawberries?



Strawberries
Berries that are both delicious, nutricious, and can be included in most meals easily.

 March is the month when all strawberries get riped up enough to be eaten!
So start eating this delicious&nutritious fruit!



Did you know that....
  • Strawberries have 3 grams of fiber per serving?
  • 150 grams of strawberries can help you from falling into negative emotions (depression)?
  • Cosmetologists recommend strawberry face packs for
  • Strawberry peelings refreshes your skin?




Food You Can Make Easily!
  • Thick Strawberry Shake!Ingredients:
    6 large strawberries
    1/2 cup of your favorite yogurt
    1/2 cup of vanilla or strawberry ice cream
    1/2 cup of whole milk

    Directions:
    First Blend strawberries and milk together until straberries are well blended, than add ice cream and yogurt and whip for just a little bit so smoothie remians thick.
    (
    http://www.smoothie-recipes.com/fruit/strawberry.html)

  • Strawberry&Cream Cheese Sandwich!Ingredients:
    1 tablespoon reduced-fat cream cheese, (Neufch√Ętel)
    1/4 teaspoon honey
    1/8 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
    2 slices very thin whole-wheat sandwich bread
    2 medium strawberries, slicedDirections:Combine cream cheese, honey and orange zest in a bowl. Spread bread with the cheese mixture. Place sliced strawberries on 1 piece of bread, top with the other.
    (
    http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/strawberry_cream_cheese_sandwich.html)

  • Strawberry-Raspberry Sundaes!Ingredients:
    1 cup strawberries, plus more for garnish
    1/2 cup raspberries, plus more for garnish
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
    2 cups nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt
    Directions:Pour strawberries and raspberries with sugar and lemon juice in a blender. Serve over frozen yogurt and top with sliced strawberries and raspberries, if desired.
    (
    http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/strawberry_raspberry_sundaes.html)
They are all healthy recipes, so enjoy!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Eating Green Vegetables


Eating vegetables of all kinds is important. From the hearty orange carrots to the bright red tomatoes, every vegetable has different vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. So what about green vegetables? What's so beneficial about them?


Green vegetables contain a source of chemicals that make sure the immune system of  a person is functioning properly. The chemicals enter the body and ensure that immune cells in the gut and skin known as intra-epithelial lymphocytes (IELs) are protecting the body as needed. These IELs are located right beneath the skin, and act as the first line of defense for any foreign substances which attack the body after a wound or injury. 




Had the IELs not existed, the human body would become increasingly susceptible to infections and other sources of bodily harm. And for the IELs to perform their duties, the chemicals  from green vegetables have to be consumed on a regular basis. So remember: when your mom tells you to eat your veggies, make sure you eat them (especially the green ones)!



Citation:

Cell Press. "Eating green veggies improves immune defenses." ScienceDaily, 13 Oct. 2011.      Web. 6 Mar. 2012.

Sugar in Popular Drinks


When you choose to drink these beverages...


more information on: http://www.sugarstacks.com/beverages.htm

Sugar sweetened drinks linked to obesity, health problems


Sugar sweetened drinks linked to obesity, health problems


Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil



Earlier this week, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the American Heart Association and 10 Boston-area hospitals announced a new effort to reduce the consumption of soda and sugar-sweetened beverages in the city.
Under the leadership of the Boston Public Health Commission, hospitals have pledged to remove high-sugar beverages from their premises and replace them with more nutritious options; install free water dispensers; display red, yellow and green stoplight symbols on beverages to indicate their nutrition value; and educate patients and staff about healthy beverage choices.
 “I have been concerned for years about the impact of obesity and especially about children and youth drinking sugary beverages like soda, sports drinks and energy drinks,” Menino said in a statement. “My vision is to make the city of Boston a model for making the healthy choice the easy choice. I commend these ten hospitals and the Public Health Commission for their leadership and for taking on the challenge of creating healthier environments for patients, staff and visitors.”.............. (for more story visit: http://www.baystatebanner.com/health16-2012-02-23)

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Lung Cancer?


What is Lung Cancer?
Cancer is a class of diseases characterized by out-of-control cell growth, and lung cancer occurs when this uncontrolled cell growth begins in one or both lungs. Rather than developing into healthy, normal lung tissue, these abnormal cells continue dividing and form lumps or masses of tissue called tumors. Tumors interfere with the main function of the lung, which is to provide the bloodstream with oxygen to be carried to the entire body. If a tumor stays in one spot and demonstrates limited growth, it is generally considered to be benign.
 Lung cancer is called "primary" if the cancer originates in the lungs and "secondary" if it originates elsewhere in the body but has metastasized to the lungs. These two types are considered different cancers from diagnostic and treatment perspectives.
In 2007, about 15% of all cancer diagnoses and 29% of all cancer deaths were due to lung cancer. It is the number one cause of death from cancer every year and the second most diagnosed after breast and prostate cancers (for women and men, respectively). Lung cancer is usually found in older persons because it develops over a long period of time.

Classification
l  Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)
n  Squamous cell carcinoma or epidermoid carcinoma. As the most common type of NSCLC and the most common type of lung cancer in men, squamous cell carcinoma forms in the lining of the bronchial tubes.
n  Adenocarcinoma. As the most common type of lung cancer in women and in nonsmokers, adenocarcinoma forms in the mucus-producing glands of the lungs.
n  Bronchioalveolar carcinoma. This type of lung cancer is a rare type of adenocarcinoma that forms near the lungs' air sacs.
n  Large-cell undifferentiated carcinoma. A rapidly growing cancer, large-cell undifferentiated carcinomas form near the outer edges or surface of the lungs

l  Small Cell lung Cancer (SCLC)
n  Characterized by small cells that multiply quickly and form large tumors.
n  Most of the cases are caused by smoking.



Symptoms
l  Persistent or intense coughing
l  Pain in the chest shoulder, or back from coughing
l  Changes in color of the mucus that is coughed up from the lower airways (sputum)
l  Difficulty breathing and swallowing
l  Hoarseness of the voice
l  Harsh sounds while breathing (stridor)
l  Chronic bronchitis or pneumonia
l  Coughing up blood, or blood in the sputum
l  Fever
l  Fatigue
l  Unexplained weight loss
l  Pain in joints or bones
l  Problems with brain function and memory
l  Swelling in the neck or face
l  General weakness
l  Bleeding and blood clots

Prevention
l  Choose not to smoke tobacco!
l  Don’t drink alcohol!
l  Those who have come in contact with asbestos, radon, and secondhand smoke have an increased risk of developing lung cancer.
l  If a family member developed a lung cancer, an individual will have a genetic predisposition for developing the disease.
l  Screening test for lung cancer does not exist yet. Please prevent!




Videos for Lung Cancer (youtube.com)