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Millet Couscous with Roasted Carrots Recipe – Bon Appétit

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INGREDIENTS

  • 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)

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

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

PREPARATION

  • 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

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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

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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

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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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Analysis

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.

‘Fantastic’

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

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“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.

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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.

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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.

減重快樂食物!香蕉澱粉越吃越瘦

香蕉是快樂食物,不僅能減重瘦身,更緩解憂慮。

香蕉是快樂食物,不僅能減重瘦身,更緩解憂慮。

 

香蕉是快樂食物,不僅能減重瘦身,更能緩解情緒憂慮。醫師指出,香蕉含有大量的「抗性澱粉」,不易被消化酵素分解,具有飽足感能抑制肥胖;利用香蕉減重,建議應挑選青澀蕉,調配優酪乳或是綠茶,當代餐食用,且最好連香蕉皮一起打成汁飲用,可夏日消暑養生遠離肥胖。

台灣肥胖症衛教防治學會常務理事、肥胖減重專科醫師劉伯恩指出,「失戀吃香蕉皮」不要以為只是一句玩笑話,其實是有根據,主要是香蕉皮含有豐富的正腎上腺素,有幫助脂肪分解及促進新陳代謝的效果,也有助於減重,堪稱是一種天然無副作用的「快樂的食物」。

香蕉血清激素高 如天然百憂解

同時香蕉含有豐富血清激素,能增加新陳代謝速率及緩和腦神經情緒,同時豐富的血清激素,能讓心情放鬆,解除憂鬱,所以香蕉有天然「百憂解」藥食水果美譽,而青香蕉膳食纖維豐富能瘦身,增加腸胃蠕動,更具減重功效。

除了血清激素外,香蕉另含有豐富的醣類、維生素、礦物質、果膠以及鉀、鋅等微量元素,其中鉀離子可強化肌力與肌耐力,鋅可增強活力,醣分又能迅速轉化為葡萄糖,因此香蕉是最適合運動員食用的食品之一。

【香蕉減重 飲品當代餐】:

1.香蕉1根、低脂優酪乳200c.c,打成果汁;配上皮蛋1顆、豆腐1小塊及少許肉鬆。熱量才200大卡。

2.香蕉1根、無糖綠茶300c.c.、黑糖半湯匙,打成果汁;配上去皮雞腿1支、蔬菜沙拉1份。熱量是300大卡。

香蕉抗性澱粉熱量低,具有飽足感,,可幫助減重的效果。

香蕉抗性澱粉熱量低,具有飽足感,,可幫助減重的效果。

 

膳食纖維高 控制體重

一般而言,青香蕉澀澀的,一般人不可能生吃,屏東麟洛鄉香蕉農邱永豐將青香蕉連皮攪碎、過濾,製成「香蕉抗性澱粉」,因為能控制體重,被視為另類高利用的膳食纖維。所謂「抗性澱粉」是指小腸所不易消化的澱粉及其次級產物,這是因為抗性澱粉的結構不易被消化酵素切斷。

目前由屏東縣永信蔬果運銷合作社與日本岡山市VANTEK產銷合作,歷時5年,成功研發出自綠熟香蕉萃取「香蕉澱粉」方法,讓香蕉不再只是快樂水果,更是健康減重、緩解情緒,及預防腸胃疾病的生技食品。

香蕉抗性澱粉 5大好處

1.能幫助減重:抗性澱粉具有與膳食纖維類似的功能,且熱量極低,又具有飽足感,可促進餐後脂質氧化作用,減少脂肪的堆積,可幫助減重的效果。

2.可調節血糖:抗性澱粉的消化速度極為緩慢,可改善餐後高血糖與高胰島素血症的問題,幫助維持血糖的穩定,很適合血糖不穩定或高血糖者食用。

3.預防大腸癌:奧抗性澱粉可在結腸內被細菌發酵和吸收,發酵後的代謝產物維持腸道酸性環境,促進了毒素的分解與排出,在一定程度上預防大腸癌。

4.增腸道健康:與膳食纖維一樣,抗性澱粉可直接進入到大腸,為益生菌所分解利用,幫助有益菌生長,進而維持腸道機能健康。

5.降低膽固醇:抗性澱粉飲食可有效降低血膽固醇與三酸甘油脂,預防動脈硬,幫助心血管保健,對熱量控制,以及血糖控制有正面幫助。

事實上,專家建議每日應攝取20g的膳食纖維,相當於20根香蕉,但1天要吃20根香蕉並不容易,香蕉抗性澱粉即是最佳替代品。香蕉抗性澱粉色白光滑,摸起來和麵粉的感覺相似,加水調和呈黏稠狀,無色無味,可直接飲用,亦可加入牛奶或飲料增加口感。

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

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