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13 Mar

The Salt/Blood Pressure Debate

In response to last week’s canned soup post, reader Dave offered this comment: “I’d just like to point out that just as many Apple readers believe in literature that debunks the lipid hypothesis, there’s a camp that says there is minimal effect on blood pressure from salt. There are two sides to many stories!”

We couldn’t agree more that nutritional (or general health) debates are rarely so simple as they’re made out to be. As long-time readers have probably noticed, we’ll mention salt recommendations now and then and generally try to keep our recipe suggestions fairly low in salt. We do tend to follow general salt recommendations. Blood pressure issue aside, high salt intake (as we mentioned last week) has been associated with osteoporosis, asthma, kidney disease and stomach cancer.

But what about the salt and blood pressure issue? Does it really hold water (pun intended)? We’d say it has enough bearing to figure into our choices, and for some people, research suggests, it’s crucially significant.

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13 Mar

Healthy Tastes Great!

Try one of these delicious and healthy meals tonight, and share your favorite mushroom recipes in the comment boards!

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13 Mar

Smart Fuel: Shiitake Mushrooms

Once relegated to the Asian foods section of grocery stores, shiitake mushrooms have emerged a prominent contender in the produce aisle, promising to add a little extra oomph – and even some medicinal benefits – to vegetable socks, soups and noodle dishes.

Although this fungi is an excellent source of selenium and a good source of iron, protein, dietary fiber and vitamin C, shiitake mushrooms are much more revered for their combination of antioxidants and other compounds, so much so that they have been used in Asian medicine for the past 6,000 years!

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12 Mar

Eat This Today, Feel Better Tomorrow: Installment III

What can we say? We love good food, and we appreciate that you do too. The post has been popular, and we appreciate your comments and requests.

As we mentioned last week, we’ve been working on incorporating more seasonal fare into the menu as reader Sonagi requested. Shopping seasonally is, of course, not only good for the environment but good for the nation’s farmers and your wallet. Spring is finally beginning to peep through (even for your folks in the Upper Midwest—poor souls), and the stores are gradually picking up early spring produce and herbs. We thought it was the perfect time for incorporate some of spring’s best. Interested in learning more about seasonal fare? Check out the CUESA website.

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12 Mar

Yoga Good for Beating Symptoms of Breast Cancer

A study presented Saturday at the International Association of Yoga Therapists Symposium for Yoga Therapy Research in Los Angeles suggests that yoga may ease menopause symptoms in breast cancer survivors.

Breast cancer survivors suffer more severe menopause symptoms than other women, largely because the drugs used to prevent cancer recurrence can exacerbate the symptoms of menopause (hello hot flashes!) Furthermore, women with breast cancer are very much limited in their treatment options for menopause symptoms because traditional aides, such as hormone replacement therapy, may increase their risk of future recurrence.

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