Monday, June 10, 2013

Best Spice for your Brain, How to Cook Quinoa, The Benefits of Cantaloupe

Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Monday 06/10/2013
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Quinoa, Healthy Summer Grain

Considered a "super food," quinoa (KEEN-wah) is a relative of beets, spinach and Swiss chard, but its seeds resemble millet and are prepared and eaten in much the same way as barley, rice or small pasta. Available in light brown, red and even black varieties, quinoa is light yet filling and has a mellow flavor. The best part is that quinoa is good for you - it is high in magnesium; a good source of manganese, iron, copper, phosphorous, and other essential minerals, and vitamin B2; has the highest protein content of any grain (quinoa's protein is complete, containing all nine essential amino acids - a rarity in the plant kingdom); and is gluten-free and easy to digest. Try it as an alternative to pasta in cold pasta salads for warm weather meals!

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Cantaloupe (known to Australians as rockmelon) is a thick-skinned fruit with a netted skin. In peak season during June, July and August, cantaloupe is a refreshing, sweet and hearty treat, perfect for fruit salads and smoothies. Belonging to the same family as pumpkin, squash and cucumber, cantaloupe is an excellent source of beta-carotene as well as vitamin C. With a relatively low calorie-count per serving, cantaloupe is a sweet and satisfying way to get your vitamins during the summer months. Note: Diabetics should eat cantaloupe in moderation, as it falls in the medium range of the glycemic index.

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Turmeric for a Healthy Brain

Curcumin is an active compound found in turmeric (Curcuma longa). A principal ingredient in mild yellow prepared mustard and in many curries, turmeric has natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In addition, turmeric may have a specific preventive effect against Alzheimer's disease. The population of rural India has one of the lowest rates of this disease in the world; daily consumption of turmeric may be a factor. Turmeric may help reduce the risk of cancer as well.

TipTip: Two ways to tell if a cantaloupe is ripe: Either press your finger into the stem end - a gentle yielding is one indication of ripeness - or smell the stem end, as a ripe cantaloupe will have the distinctive aroma of cantaloupe flesh.
Facts on Fats Part 2

Last week we covered four ways to promote healthy fats in your diet; this week we provide three more recommendations from Dr. Weil.

Checklist 1. Strictly avoid margarine, vegetable shortening and all products listing them as ingredients. Products made with partially hydrogenated oils of any kind should not be part of your diet.
Checklist 2. Include in your diet avocados and nuts, especially walnuts, cashews, almonds and nut butters made from these nuts.
Checklist 3. For omega-3 fatty acids, eat salmon (preferably fresh or frozen wild-caught Alaskan or canned sockeye), sardines packed in water or olive oil, herring and black cod (sablefish, butterfish); omega-3-fortified eggs; hemp seeds and flaxseeds (preferably freshly ground); or take a fish oil supplement (look for products that provide both EPA and DHA, in a convenient daily dosage of 2-3 grams).


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