Boston nonprofit Oldways is hosting a series of cooking classes in Philadelphia hoping to curb the rate of obesity and other health problems in African American communities. The classes teach new ways to prepare traditional foods, such as collard greens sauteed with caramelized onions, olive oil and Dijon mustard, which cuts down on fat and helps preserve the greens' nutrients more than traditional boiling methods.
The Sonoran hot dog, a specialty in the Southwest, is a hot dog wrapped in bacon, served in a puffy roll and topped with pinto beans, onions, tomatoes, mustard, jalapeno sauce, cheese and sometimes crumbled potato chips. Said to have originated in Sonora, Mexico, they are now sold by more than 100 vendors in Tucson, Ariz.
St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, Wash., worked with the Bellingham Gluten Intolerance Group to add more gluten-free food options for patients who are sensitive to the ingredient or who have celiac disease. Challenges for the hospital included finding new vendors and cooking in an old kitchen in a way that did not pose a cross-contamination threat.
An antioxidant in grapefruit confers the same benefits as Fenofibrate and Rosiglitazone, two drugs used to control Type 2 diabetes, a study of liver cells found. The antioxidant, called naringenin, appears to help the liver break down fat and improve insulin sensitivity, researchers said.
People often overlook significant amounts of calories in specialty drinks, such as lattes, blended margaritas and even hot chocolate. Registered dietitian Susie Garcia recommends swapping out high-calorie beverages for healthier alternatives, such as regular coffee with milk, flavored waters, sugar-free energy drinks, and wine and light beers.