Monthly Archives: July 2014

Green Beans: Abundant, Affordable, Appetizing

It’s easy being green with today’s Spicy Green Beans recipe. An abundant and economical summer crop, green beans (also called string beans) are a good source of potassium. This nutrient helps to maintain body fluid movement, improve cell production, and even control blood pressure and other heart-related concerns. Iron, also found in green beans, helps… Read more »

Fast Food Could Change the Human Race

We know fast food can change individual health. Now it looks like it can affect our future in a bigger way: Routinely eating fast food could permanently alter our internal ecology and DNA, according to a new study published in Nutrition Journal. Besides its association with chronic health issues like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes… Read more »

Chronic Pain Relief for Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia Patients

Patients with chronic pain due to neuropathy or fibromyalgia can find relief with two anti-seizure drugs, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The medications–gabapentin and pregabalin—are also known as pain modulators because they are more notably used to treat neuropathic pain than seizure disorders. Many people suffer… Read more »

Summer Squash, Simply Made

So plentiful now, quick-growing summer squash come in many shapes and sizes. The most common are zucchini, yellow (straight-neck and crook-neck) and patty-pan. Summer squash are excellent sources of Vitamin C, potassium and phytochemicals. One cup contains fewer than 20 calories, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Vitamin C is an antioxidant. Antioxidants… Read more »

Body Image Problems Start Early

Conflicting messages about body image are in the news again. This week, a reality TV star’s Instagram post showed her wearing her 4-year-old daughter’s pajamas. The image prompted conflicting responses. Some took the photo as an innocent, playful act between mother and daughter. Others considered it a dysfunctional interpretation of the 40-something celebrity’s body image… Read more »

Corn-Tomato Sauté for Meatless Monday

This dish features two fresh vegetables that are so plentiful this time of year: Corn has a bad rap for providing few nutritional benefits. In reality, corn provides nearly 10% of the recommended daily value of folate, thiamin, phosphorus, Vitamin C and magnesium, according to the USDA. Magnesium helps regulate blood pressure and heart rate,… Read more »

Substance Abuse and ADHD

Children with ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) are more likely to engage in substance abuse compared to their peers without ADHD, according to the most recent edition of the journal Pediatrics. Children with ADHD and other behavioral health issues are at even higher risk of developing substance use disorders, the report said. But there is hope: Medication… Read more »

9 Ways to Nurture a Healthy Body Image

A major clothing retailer recently added a women’s size XXXS (or 000—three zeroes) to its racks, fueling discussion of “vanity sizing” and the challenges of a negative body image. Many studies link body-image dissatisfaction and eating disorders with exposure to mass media’s “thin ideal,” according to the National Eating Disorders Association. Yet a positive body… Read more »

Quinoa “Pasta” Recipe

This primavera quinoa “pasta” recipe boosts protein power by using the powerhouse seed as a base rather than traditional macaroni. A veggie assortment adds color and nutrition. Created by Anthony Volpe, a chef at Plainview Hospital, Quinoa Primavera works as a side dish or main course. Serving size: 8oz. Serves four. Per serving: 114 calories,… Read more »

Women with Diabetes, Watch Out for Heart Disease

Women with diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2) are at a higher risk for developing heart disease than men with the disorder, according to a study in a recent issue of Diabetologia. The medical journal’s meta-analysis of 64 studies involved more than 850,000 individuals and 28,000 coronary events. It confirmed the connection between diet, exercise… Read more »