Dinner in the Sky at Brussel

Enjoy great dining experience 50 metres above the ground and magnificent view of the city.

Cheese Helps Reduce LDL Cholesterol Levels

New research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found eating cheese may not be as bad for cholesterol levels as other types of fat. The findings suggest cheese actually lowers low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol when compared with butter intake of equal fat content.

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen enrolled 50 participants to compare the effects of diets of equal fat content rich in either hard cheese or butter or a habitual diet on blood pressure and fasting serum blood lipids, C-reactive protein, glucose and insulin.

The randomized dietary intervention consisted of two six-week crossover periods and a 14-day run-in period during which the 50 subjects consumed their normal diet. Participants replaced part of their normal dietary fat intake with 13% of calories from cheese or butter. After six weeks, the cheese intervention resulted in lower serum total, LDL-, and HDL-cholesterol concentrations and higher glucose concentrations than the butter intervention. Cheese intake did not increase serum total or LDL-cholesterol concentrations compared with the run-in period, during which total fat and saturated fat intakes were lower.

Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Lunch Idea for Pho Lover

A Huge Bowl of Vietnamese Pho at Pho Garden, San Fransisco

Each bowl of pho contains 2 pounds of noodles and 2 pounds of combination beef. The meal costs US$22. However, if you can finish the bowl of pho within 60 minutes, it is free. The restaurant will hang your photo on thier wall of Pho Garden Champians.

Experimental Drug Safely Boosts Good Cholesterol, Lowers Bad

An experimental drug raised levels of “good” HDL cholesterol while reducing the levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol ― without elevating blood pressure, the reason for which the development of another drug in the same class was previously halted, according to late-breaking research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2011.

The study is simultaneously published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Evacetrapib was effective on lipid levels when used alone and also provided additional benefit when administered with other commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering medications called statins.

Compared with patients taking a placebo, blood cholesterol results improved as the dose of evacetrapib increased:

  • LDL levels fell 13.6 percent to 35.9 percent.
  • HDL levels rose 53.6 percent to 128.8 percent.
  • Levels of triglycerides, another blood fat linked to heart disease risk, fell 16 percent at the highest dose.

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A Pork Dish with Lemon and Wine Sauce

Ingredients

1 pound pork tenderloin
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup white wine
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
2 tablespoons capers
2 tablespoons lemon segments (flesh without rind or fibre)

Method

  1. Cut tenderloin crosswise into 2-ounce medallions (approximately six to eight pieces, depending on the size of tenderloin).
  2. Place medallions between two pieces of plastic wrap and use a meat mallet to flatten them to approximately 1/4-inch thickness.
  3. Season meat with salt and pepper and dredge in flour. Heat heavy skillet on medium heat, add olive oil and then add medallions. Cook approximately two to three minutes on each side.
  4. Pour off any excess fat from skillet, then add white wine and lemon juice. When they start to boil, turn heat down to medium-low, add butter and stir to create sauce.
  5. Add capers, parsley and lemon segments. Season to taste before serving.

Source: The Globe and Mail