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Archive for January, 2008

11 Jan

Dining-out Danger?

mcdonaldsWe’re all familiar with the old saying “you are what you eat,” but a new study suggests it may be more of a case of you are where you eat.

According to research in February’s American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the mix of restaurants in an area is an important indicator of body mass index (BMI – which admittedly is a near useless metric) and thus your risk of obesity.

10 Jan

Healthy Tastes Great!

Here are three healthy and hearty parsnip recipes that will surely warm you up on those cold winter nights!

10 Jan

Livin’ La Vida Long Time

grimreaperLooking for a way to stave off a visit from the Grim Reaper? Follow four simple rules and you could earn yourself an extra 14 years as a mere mortal.

In a study of 20,000 British adults, researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council determined that people who exercise regularly, eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, drink moderately and quit smoking live 14 years longer than their less virtuous counterparts.

10 Jan

Smart Fuel: Parsnips

parsnipsWith a long narrow, knobby body and a tuft of green leaves, the parsnip could easily be confused for an anemic version of the carrot.

The missing link, if you will, is beta-carotene, the compound responsible for giving carrots their golden hue. But rest assured, parsnips have plenty of nutritional power. For example, the parsnip boasts a high volume of insoluble fiber, which is important for a healthy digestive system as well as for regulating cholesterol and reducing blood sugar fluctuations. It is also a good source of potassium, which helps reduce the risk of kidney stones. The vegetable’s high folic acid content, meanwhile, can help reduce the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis and dementia and, for pregnant women, decrease the likelihood of birth defects. Rounding out parsnip’s nutritional power punch, its high vitamin C content has been associated with improved lung function—and even a reduction in asthma symptoms in children—and also gives skin a healthy glow.

9 Jan

Spar of the Day: Taking on MSG

msgcopy 1Now and then, we at MDA like to branch out from our usual shrinking violet positions and journey into the precarious territory of current controversy. Today we venture into the debate over a disputed additive/ingredient: MSG—flavor friend or fodder foe?

Let’s break it down.

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