Thai Fusion Dishes

Sirloin Beef Burger with Northern Thai Hot and Spicy Flavour

Grilled Angus Beef with Thai Hot and Spicy Sauce

Silver Fish and Spaghetti with Thai Hot and Spicy Tomato Sauce

Three Kiwis A Day Linked to Lower Blood Pressure

Eating three kiwis a day was associated with improved 24-hour blood pressure in a new study.

Kiwi fruit contains lutein, which has antioxidant properties. Researchers analyzed if adding the fruit to what people eat daily would help lower high blood pressure.

Researchers divided 50 men and 68 women, average age 55 years, with mildly high blood pressure, into two groups: one added three kiwis to their daily nutrition for eight weeks and the other added an apple a day.

Researchers measured participants’ blood pressure at the study’s start and at eight weeks.

After eight weeks, they found that 24-hour systolic blood pressure was an average 3.6 millimeters of mercury lower in the kiwi group than in the apple group.

researchers reported lower diastolic blood pressure in the kiwi group, but the association wasn’t as clear.

Incorporating kiwi as part of a nutritional plan to treat high blood pressure should be confirmed with larger studies, researchers said.

Source: American Heart Association

Lunch Idea

KBQ Burger Offered by McDonald Japan

The burger is made combining Korean Bulgogi (BBQ Beef) recipe and McDonald’s own beef cooking recipe. A sauce made with Korean hot pepper paste provides the heat in the flavour. The offer is for a limited time only.

Injection Might One Day Help Lower Cholesterol

Preliminary research suggests that a single injection of a man-made protein might lower levels of “bad” cholesterol.

Given in the abdomen, AMG145 reduced low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels among a group of healthy volunteers. The shot turned off a newly identified cholesterol regulator, PCSK9, which interferes with the liver’s ability to clear bad cholesterol from the bloodstream.

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease. The first step toward lowering cholesterol is typically lifestyle changes, which include eating a low-fat diet and regular physical activity. For some, medications such as statins must be added to get cholesterol levels where they ought to be. Even this is not enough to get everyone’s numbers into the safety zone, and not everyone can tolerate currently available medications. An LDL of less than 100 mg/dL of blood is considered optimal.

The new drug hit its target, PCSK9, and decreased levels of LDL cholesterol by up to 64 percent. There were also decreases seen in levels of total cholesterol and apo-B (tiny fat particles in the blood that also increase the risk for heart disease). Levels of triglycerides and “good” HDL cholesterol were not altered by the medication, and there were no serious side effects reported. Now, researchers are testing the new shot in people who have high cholesterol.

The findings were presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

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A Grilled Shrimp Recipe from My Clippings

Ingredients

1 cup English peas, shelled, blanched and shocked in ice water
1 bunch pea shoots
2 small English radishes, sliced thinly horizontally
Lemon juice to taste
Olive oil to taste
1 stem tarragon, leaves removed and chopped
8 large B.C. spot prawns, antennas trimmed, shell on
Maldon (or any high-quality) salt
Light fruity extra virgin olive oil

Method

  1. Mix peas, shoots, herbs and radishes in a bowl. Season to taste with salt, lemon juice and olive oil. Set aside.
  2. Heat your grill to high and brush with a bit of oil.
  3. In a bowl, very lightly oil shrimp and place on the hottest part of the grill. Turn over after one minute and grill on other side for one minute.
  4. Remove from heat and place on serving plate. Sprinkle with high-quality salt and drizzle with olive oil. Serve immediately with pea salad.

Source: The Globe and Mail