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Millet Couscous with Roasted Carrots Recipe – Bon Appétit


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 cup millet
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 ¼ cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 6 medium carrots, peeled, cut into 1” pieces
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup roasted almonds, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves with tender stems
  • Lemon wedges (for serving)


Calories (kcal) 400 Fat (g) 19 Saturated Fat (g) 2.5 Cholesterol (mg) 5 Carbohydrates (g) 50 Dietary Fiber (g) 8 Total Sugars (g) 9 Protein (g) 9 Sodium (mg) 520


  • Preheat oven to 400°. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add millet and cumin seeds and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until millet is tender, 25–35 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, toss carrots with 2 Tbsp. oil on a rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Roast until tender and golden brown, 15–20 minutes.
  • Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat; cook almonds and cayenne, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve millet drizzled with oil and topped with carrots, cilantro, almond mixture.

via Millet Couscous with Roasted Carrots Recipe – Bon Appétit.

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via Budget King: Track your expenses and income, get gorgeous reports and graphs | App Saga.

Foreign doctors face GMCs English language tests

Previously only doctors from outside Europe could face tests


New powers allowing the medical regulator to check doctors’ English language skills have come into force.

Previously only doctors from outside Europe could have their language skills tested by the General Medical Council (GMC), but this has now been extended to European doctors coming to Britain.

The GMC hailed the change in law as an “important milestone”.

Ministers said “for the first time ever” there was now a “full system of checks” of doctors’ language skills.

Necessary knowledge

The change gives the GMC the power to ask European doctors for evidence of knowledge of English, and to order them to have a language test if “serious concerns” are raised about them.

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said: “This is an important milestone in creating better, safer care for patients.

“Everyone has a right to expect to be treated by doctors who can communicate effectively in English and this will help us achieve this.”

Mr Dickson said that under European law the GMC was not allowed to check every doctor, but said the change was a “vital first step”.

He said it did not “absolve” medical employers of their duties to check doctors were “qualified and competent”.

The risk of a doctor not being fluent in English was highlighted by a lethal mistake made by Dr Daniel Ubani, a German doctor doing an out-of-hours shift who gave a lethal dose of a painkiller to patient David Gray.

As a German citizen he was able to register to work in the UK without passing a language test.

At the end of April, there were 27,641 doctors registered with the GMC who had qualified in European countries.

Health Minister Dan Poulter said: “For the first time ever, we have a full system of checks in place to prevent doctors working in the NHS who do not have the necessary knowledge of English from treating patients.

“This is a huge step forward for patient safety. I am pleased to have played my part in making this happen.”

via BBC News – Foreign doctors face GMCs English language tests.

Savile: Reports reveal a terrible picture – Jeremy Hunt

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt apologises to the victims of Jimmy Savile on behalf of the government and the NHS.

Ex-BBC DJ Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted victims aged five to 75 in NHS hospitals over decades of unrestricted access, according to reports investigating the alleged abuses in 28 hospitals.

“If we cannot undo the past, I hope that honesty and transparency about what happened can at least alleviate some of the suffering,” Mr Hunt said in the House of Commons on Thursday. “It’s the least we owe them.”

via BBC News – Savile: Reports reveal a terrible picture – Jeremy Hunt.

Call to halve target for added sugar

Sugar: There are growing concerns about sugar and health


People need to more than halve their intake of added sugar to tackle the obesity crisis, according to scientific advice for the government in England.

A draft report by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) says sugar added to food or naturally present in fruit juice and honey should account for 5% of energy intake.

Many fail to meet the old 10% target.

The sugar industry said “demonising one ingredient” would not “solve the obesity epidemic”.

The body reviewed 600 scientific studies on the evidence of carbohydrates – including sugar – on health to develop the new recommendations.

One 330ml can of fizzy pop would take a typical adult up to the proposed 5% daily allowance, without factoring in sugar from any other source.

“There is also an association between sugar-sweetened beverages and type-2 diabetes.

“In children there is clear demonstration that sugar-sweetened beverages are associated with obesity.

“By reducing it to 5% you would reduce the risk of all of those things, the challenge will be to get there.”

The target of 5% of energy intake from free sugars amounts to 25g for women (five to six teaspoons) and 35g (seven to eight teaspoons) for men, based on the average diet.

Daily added sugar intake by age group

‘Silver bullet’

Public Health England will now reconsider its recommendations on fruit juice and smoothies in its five-a-day campaign.

The current advice from the NHS is that juice counts as a maximum of one portion a day, while a smoothie may count as more than one portion, depending on how it is made.

It will also investigate measures to protect children from food advertising while online and whether a sugar tax would have any merit.

Dr Alison Tedstone, the chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said: “We are very concerned around sugar intakes in England.

“It doesn’t mean having a completely different diet from today, it is thinking about swapping high sugar foods for a lower sugar alternative.

“Instead of fizzy drink, have water or low-fat milk, instead of a chocolate bar, have a piece of fruit.”

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By James Gallagher, Health editor, BBC news online

Orange juice

There’s something noticeably missing from a call to halve added sugar – how would you go about doing it?

This group was set up to assess the science and determine what we should be eating. Its role was not to come up with policies.

The target of 5% is a huge challenge when teenagers are currently getting 15% of their calories from added sugar.

One option that doctors have called for is a tax on sugary drinks. The measure is being tried in Mexico, although there is still little evidence on its impact.

The tough decisions are all still to come – what measures will the public accept and how can we be encouraged to eat less sugar without driving us back into the arms of saturated fat and salt?

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The SACN advice echoes an announcement by the World Health Organization in March.

Its draft guidelines reiterated that sugars should constitute no more than 10% of energy intake and that people and governments should be aiming for 5%.

The limits would apply to all sugars added to food, as well as sugar naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates.

The Food and Drink Federation, which represents manufacturers, said: “SACN’s comprehensive analysis of the evidence on carbohydrates has looked at the role of carbohydrates, including sugars and fibre in the diet. We will look at the content of the report and its recommendations over the next few weeks with the intention of engaging in the consultation process and related discussions.”

Dr Julian Cooper, head of food science at AB Sugar, said targeting sugar was not a “silver bullet” and people should balance their calorie intake against how much they exercise.


The campaign group, Action on Sugar, said the development was “fantastic” news.

The group’s chairman Prof Graham MacGregor argued: “{Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt must start by setting targets for reducing sugar in soft drinks this summer and move responsibility for nutrition to an independent body such as the Food Standards Agency so that the soft drinks and food industry are given a level playing field, with the threat of regulation to ensure the whole of the food industry comply.

“Before another million British kids become obese.”

Public Health Minister for England, Jane Ellison, said: “We know eating too much sugar can have a significant impact on health, and this draft advice confirms that.

“We want to help people make healthier choices and get the nation into healthy habits for life. This report will inform the important debate taking place about sugar.”

via BBC News – Call to halve target for added sugar.

Drastic action needed on Ebola

“Drastic action” is needed to contain the spread of deadly Ebola in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization WHO.


Nearly 400 people have died in the outbreak which started in Guinea and has spread to neighbouring Sierra Leone and Liberia.

It is the largest outbreak in terms of cases, deaths and geographical spread.

The WHO said it was “gravely concerned” and there was potential for “further international spread”.

The outbreak started four months ago and is continuing to spread.

So far there have been more than 600 cases and around 60% of those infected with the virus have died.

Ebola, a haemorrhagic fever, has no cure and is spread by contact with the fluids of infected people or animals, such as urine, sweat and blood.

Most of the deaths have been centred in the southern Guekedou region of Guinea.


The WHO has sent 150 experts to the region to help prevent the spread of the virus but admits ” there has been significant increase in the number of daily reported cases and deaths”.

Dr Luis Sambo, the WHO’s regional director for Africa, said: “This is no longer a country-specific outbreak, but a sub-regional crisis that requires firm action.

“WHO is gravely concerned of the on-going cross-border transmission into neighbouring countries as well as the potential for further international spread.

“There is an urgent need to intensify response efforts…this is the only way that the outbreak will be effectively addressed.”

The charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has already warned that theEbola outbreak is out of control.

It says the epidemic will spread further unless there is a stronger international response.

Molecular model of parts of the Ebola virus

Ebola virus disease (EVD)

  • Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage
  • Fatality rate can reach 90%
  • Incubation period is two to 21 days
  • There is no vaccine or cure
  • Supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhoea and vomiting can help recovery
  • Fruit bats are considered to be the natural host of the virus

Why Ebola is so dangerous

via BBC News – Drastic action needed on Ebola.







香蕉血清激素高 如天然百憂解



【香蕉減重 飲品當代餐】:






膳食纖維高 控制體重



香蕉抗性澱粉 5大好處







via 減重快樂食物!香蕉澱粉越吃越瘦 | 20140625 | 華人健康網.


台灣約有1 成女性有掉髮的困擾,其中3成和疾病有關。

台灣約有1 成女性有掉髮的困擾,其中3成和疾病有關。


掉髮是許多女性心中永遠的痛,醫師指出,台灣約有1 成女性有掉髮的困擾,其中3成和疾病有關,平日若是突然大量掉髮,也就是1天掉髮超過100 根,可能是身體發出健康警訊,包括免疫系統、甲狀腺及頭癬等疾病,所以不可輕忽。另外,飲食不均衡,也可能是掉髮的元兇。


缺鐵掉髮 應對症治療






異常落髮 健康出現警訊

常見與掉髮相關的全身性問題包括:甲狀腺疾病、營養缺乏(缺蛋白質、缺鐵、缺鋅等)、自體免疫疾病 (如紅斑性狼瘡)、感染 (如梅毒)、雄性荷爾蒙異常 (如腎上腺、卵巢腫瘤)、藥物引起(如抗凝血劑、維他命A酸)等,這些問題需要詳細詢問病史,並加上抽血檢查來診斷。






【異常落髮 4項指標】







via 女性沒「髮」度!恐是缺鐵釀禍 | 20140626 | 華人健康網.












































via 邊吃邊瘦!13種必吃燃脂食物 | 20140626 | 華人健康網.







不吃早餐 容易罹患心臟病

除了吃早餐要把握黃金時間之外,男性如果輕忽早餐的重要性,可能也會令人傷「心」。根據哈佛大學公共衛生學院營養學系的一支研究團隊所發表的一份長達 16 年的研究報告,指出不吃早餐的男性有較高的機率罹患心臟病或是死於冠狀動脈疾病。因此,男性每天再怎麼忙碌,都應該記得要吃早餐。














via 遠離肥胖!起床90分鐘內快吃早餐 | 20140626 | 華人健康網.

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