Obese Kids with Poor Diet Showed Early Signs of Heart Risks

Obesity often saddles teenagers with a wide variety of conditions that boost the risk of heart disease, such as inflammation, insulin resistance and signs of trouble in the metabolic system, a small new study suggests.

“The metabolic abnormalities suggest that the process of developing heart disease has already started in these children, making it critical for them to make definitive lifestyle and diet changes,” said the senior researcher.

The findings were presented at the American Heart Association scientific sessions, held in Atlanta.


Ricky Cheung’s Home-cooked Dessert


200 g ginger slices
100 g egg yolk
100 g water
30 g sugar
200 g 35% cream


  1. Preheat oven to 230ºF.
  2. Chopped ginger and water in a blender. Strain and retain the liquid.
  3. Mix ginger solution with the other ingredients thoroughly. Pour into individual ramekins.
  4. Put ramekins in a deep baking pan. Fill water into the pan up to half of the height of the ramekins.
  5. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove ramekins from oven. Sprinkle sugar evenly on top of custard. Caramelize the sugar by blow torching before serving.

Source: Hong Kong Magazine

Sushi Cake Appetizer

The appertizer shown in the pictures below is prepared by a Chef at a restaurant in Guangzhou, China. The outside is a pastry shell coated with pie filling. Inside is sushi rice topped with salmon roe, cooked shrimp and tobiko. Athough it looks like a cake, it is actually a sushi. Cool!

Below is a dessert created by a chef at the same restaurant.

Hello Kitty Japanese Snack

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Exposure to Mercury from Fish Pose No Detectable Heart Risk

Though repeatedly linked to neurological deficits in children and unborn babies, Americans’ level of exposure to mercury from sources such as fish is not associated with a higher risk of heart disease, stroke or other cardiovascular disease, a new study by researches at Harvard Medical School suggests.

Health experts have long advised the public to balance the health benefits of fish (which often contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids) with the potential of mercury exposure from doing so.

Not only was no link between mercury and higher cardiovascular disease found, the study said, but participants with higher mercury levels actually experienced slightly lower heart disease rates. Mozaffarian and his team attributed this to the other beneficial effects of fish consumption.

The authors noted that their research should not change advisories for eating fish with higher mercury levels among women who are or may become pregnant.

The study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine.