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Nutrition News: Alcohol and a Healthy Lifestyle

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As for red wine being healthy, no research has proved a causal relationship between drinking alcohol and having better heart health, according to the American Heart Association.

The bottom line is this: Have a drink, with food and in moderation, if you enjoy that. But also get enough physical activity, stop smoking, lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, and eat more fruits and vegetables.

Q and A

Q: Should I wash my chicken before cooking it?

A: It may actually do more harm than good, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Raw poultry can be contaminated with harmful bacteria, which is destroyed by cooking it to the proper temperature: 165 F. While many people think rinsing chicken before cooking it will wash off the bacteria, the practice may spread germs over the kitchen from the small droplets of water. Better ideas include keeping raw poultry refrigerated until ready to cook; using a separate cutting board for raw chicken and meats; and washing, rinsing and sanitizing those cutting boards and countertops. Remember to wash hands thoroughly after handling raw poultry.


One of my favorite ways to prepare vegetables is to roast them. How do you do that? Cooking Light offers this recipe for Roasted Broccolini. It will work for all vegetables.


2 pounds Broccolini, stems removed


3 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoon lemon zest

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Preheat oven to 450 F. Toss together Broccolini and olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with zest, salt and red pepper; toss well. Roast at 450 F on top oven rack until slightly crispy and stalks are tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Serves 8 (serving size: 3/4 cup).

Per serving: 70 calories; 4 grams protein; 3 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams fat; 3 grams fiber; 218 milligrams sodium.


Charlyn Fargo is a registered dietitian at Hy-Vee in Springfield, Illinois, and the media representative for the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For comments or questions, contact her at or follow her on Twitter @NutritionRD. To find out more about Charlyn Fargo and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at



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