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Yummy desserts for diabetics

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I'm not going to lie to you: Desserts without sugar do not taste as good as desserts with it.

But diabetes is not to be taken lightly. It is literally a matter of life and limb. Amputations are common with diabetes. So is blindness. Sugar makes it worse, and so do carbohydrates.

Basically, everything that makes a dessert good is what makes it ...Read more

Fiber is under the radar, but still boosts health

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Dietary fiber is so 20th century.

Important research published and widely publicized in the 1970s, '80s and '90s highlighted fiber's role in reducing the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders including diverticulitis, and some cancers -- all while helping to control weight. Save the world with fiber.

Here in the ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Pan Fried Ropa Vieja (Flank Steak in Tomato Sauce)

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"Old cloths" is the literal translation of ropa vieja. The Cuban dish is made with leftover meat or flank steak that has been simmered several hours until it falls apart into strings. Any shredded meat boiled or fried can be used for this dish. As long as it is cooked with a traditional sauce of onions, garlic, green peppers and tomatoes, it's a...Read more

The role of food and obesity in early onset of puberty

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Let's talk seriously about periods.

Doctors and scientists have noticed an alarming trend. Some girls in elementary school are experiencing their first period -- menarche -- as early as fourth grade.

That's 9 or 10 years old.

This shift is noticeable across the board. In the United States, the average age for a girl's first period is now just...Read more

Should you be drinking birch water?

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Yesterday's sparkling water is today's coconut water is tomorrow's ... birch tree sap?

Birch water, a waterlike sap tapped from birch trees, is the latest beverage to join an alternative water market that accounted for about $2.7 billion in sales worldwide in 2016, according to food and beverage consultancy firm Zenith Global.

The lure of the ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Beer-Soused Pork with Potato and Leeks

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Juicy pork chops, potatoes and leeks lightly coated in a beer mustard sauce star in this one-pot meal.

How to clean leeks:

Leeks look like a giant scallion with broad, dark green leaves that are tightly wrapped around each other. This makes it difficult to clean the dirt from the leaves. The quickest way to clean them is to trim the root end ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Quick Turkey Wrap

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Turkey slices, sweet pimentos, and pickles rolled together in a colorful tortilla make a quick, put-together sandwich that can be taken to eat on-the-run.

Helpful Hint:

-- The filling can be used with a whole-wheat pita pocket or 2 slices of whole wheat bread.


-- Prepare ingredients.

-- Assemble wrap.

Shopping List:

To buy: 1/2...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Chimichurri Pork Chops with Quick Rice and Tomatoes

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This Latin favorite features chimichurri sauce over sauteed pork. Parsley, garlic, red pepper flakes, oil and vinegar are the basic ingredients for this piquant sauce that is used throughout South and Central America.

Chimichurri sauce can be bought in a jar, or you can make your own with the recipe given.


-- Make chimichurri sauce...Read more

How to introduce peanut-based foods to your baby

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Dietitian Laura Yudys gets a lot of questions about peanuts.

And those questions have only increased with recommendations from the National Institutes of Health in January on how to introduce babies to peanut-based foods.

The guidelines are based on research that shows early exposure can lower a baby's chance of developing peanut allergies.

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Diabetes Quick Fix: Salsa Beef Salad

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Roast beef, salsa, shredded lettuce and cheese give this salad the earthy flavors of the Southwest. Enjoy it for lunch or a light quick dinner.

Helpful Hints:

-- Washed, ready-to-eat shredded lettuce is available in the produce department.

-- Buy salsa that has no added sugar or oil.

-- Ask for lean, low-sodium roast beef in the deli section...Read more

Can blueberries beat the 'baby blues' in new mothers? These scientists think so

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Could the super-food we know as blueberries be any more super? Maybe.

A new study by researchers in Toronto finds that a dietary supplement regimen of the powerful antioxidants blueberry juice and blueberry extract can help ward off the "baby blues."

The temporary mood swings and sadness experienced by many new moms can sometimes lead to more ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Buffalo cheese burgers with a side salad

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Ground buffalo (also called ground bison) adds a new dimension to this all-American cheese burger. Buffalo meat is very low in saturated fat and has a wonderful flavor. It can be found in many supermarkets either fresh or frozen and is worth looking for it.

Helpful Hints:

--To quickly defrost frozen chopped onion, place in a strainer and run ...Read more

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