Thai Dinner for Two
Tum Yum Soup
Thai-style Shrimp Sashimi
Chicken Satay and Grilled Zucchini
Beef Tenderloin with Green Papaya Salad
Grilled Pork Neck
Yellow Curry Crab with Roti Prada
Dessert – Baby Coconut Milk Pudding
4 boneless skin-on duck breast, 6 to 8 oz each
4 blood oranges
1/2 cup pomegranate concentrate
6 tbsp honey
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
Makes 4 servings.
Source: Adventure in Grilling
Help keep the kitchen clean — eat out.
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I am a nutritional overachiever.
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I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and think, “Well, that’s not going to happen.”
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I didn’t fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian.
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“New diet to fight dementia,” claims the Sunday Express, while The Independent reports: “Mediterranean diet could help beat dementia”.
Despite the media focus on the Mediterranean diet, this was only a small part of a review which aimed to discover whether some modifiable risk factors (such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure) were linked to the risk of developing dementia in people with existing mild cognitive problems.
The review found collated relevant studies, covering a wide variety of potential risk factors, finding the most evidence around diabetes, high blood pressure and mental health.
Researchers found that the evidence suggested diabetes increased the risk of “conversion” from mild cognitive impairment to dementia. However, this increased risk was not adjusted for other potential confounding factors such as physical activity or smoking – which could influence the results.
The researchers found a single study assessing the Mediterranean diet in people with one type of mild cognitive impairment (particular problems remembering specific events). It found that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s among people with this type of mild cognitive impairment. However, it does not provide strong enough evidence to suggest that following the Mediterranean diet will definitely reduce the risk of a person with mild cognitive impairment developing dementia.
While this review is helpful, there is still a lot to be learned about risk factors for dementia and how to reduce risk.
Where did the story come from?
The study was carried out by researchers from University College London and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, US. One of the authors reported receiving financial support from various sources including the National Institute on Aging and National Institute of Mental Health, as well as various pharmaceutical companies. The other authors reported no financial relationships with commercial bodies.
The study was published in the peer-reviewed medical journal the American Journal of Psychiatry.
The main body of The Independent’s article is quite representative of this study, focusing on links with diabetes and mental health symptoms and risk of dementia. However, the choice to focus the headline on the Mediterranean diet is quite confusing and misleading. The Mediterranean diet was not the main focus of the review or its findings, and the evidence on it in the review comes from only one study. The Express’ coverage was similarly skewed in focusing on diet.
What kind of research was this?
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9 oz firm tofu, drained
1 onion, coarsely grated
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 small bunch of parsley, finely chopped
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 oz ground almonds
2 tbsp olive oil
12 oz spaghetti
sea salt and ground black pepper
1 bunch of fresh basil, to garnish
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 large eggplant, diced
2 zucchini, diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 tbsp agave syrup
14 oz can chopped tomatoes
scant 1 cup vegetable stock
Makes 4 servings.
Source: Vegan Cooking