Does grape juice offer the same heart benefits as red wine?

The answer below is provided by Martha Grogan, M.D., cardiologist with Mayo Clinic.

Possibly. Some research studies suggest that red and purple grape juices may provide some of the same heart benefits of red wine, including:

  • Reducing the risk of blood clots
  • Reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol
  • Preventing damage to blood vessels in your heart
  • Helping maintain a healthy blood pressure
  • Grapes are rich in health-protecting antioxidants, including resveratrol and flavonoids. These antioxidants are found mainly in the skin, stem, leaf and seeds of grapes, rather than in their pulp. The amount of antioxidants in grapes depends on many factors, including the kind of grape, its geographic origin and how it’s processed. Dark red and purple grapes tend to be higher in antioxidants than are white or green grapes. Likewise, the level of antioxidants such as resveratrol found in wine varies, with higher levels in red wine.

Besides grape juice, other grape products may offer health benefits, including dealcoholized wine, grape extracts and grape powder.

Keep in mind that it’s also beneficial to eat whole grapes — not just grape juice. Some research suggests that whole grapes deliver the same amount of antioxidants that are in grape juice and wine but have the added benefit of providing dietary fiber.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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Lunch Idea

Korean Lunch for Two

Menu

Ginseng Chicken Soup with Brown Rice

Spicy Beef and Vegetables Soup with Rice

Six Banchan – Kimchi, Tofu, Potato Salad, Pickled Daikon, Peanut and Ikan Bilis

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Lifestyle Changes Prevent Cancer

In 2010, around 43% of cancer cases seen in the UK were caused by lifestyle and environmental factors, according to several news sources. This equated to around 134,000 cancers caused by potentially avoidable behaviours such as smoking, drinking alcohol and eating a poor diet.

The news is based on an extensive report that has estimated how lifestyle factors can influence a range of cancers. Tobacco smoking was the biggest risk factor for cancer, responsible for over 19% of all new cases. Other factors included being overweight (5.5% of cases), having a poor diet (9.2%) and drinking too much alcohol (4%). As cancers usually have multiple causes, these figures do not mean that we can identify specific people whose cancer was caused by each of these factors, but they can help to predict the number of cases that could be prevented by cutting out all of these harmful factors.

“Many people believe cancer is down to fate or ‘in the genes’ and that it is the luck of the draw whether they get it,” said Professor Max Parkin, the report’s main author and an epidemiologist at Queen Mary University of London. “Looking at all the evidence it’s clear that around 40% of all cancers are caused by things we mostly have the power to change.”

This new study of the link between cancer and lifestyle is one of the most comprehensive undertaken to date. Undertaking these lifestyle changes could also have a positive impact on other major diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

This study provides another good reason for people to live a healthy lifestyle.

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A Classic Pear Dessert with Modern Twist

Ingredients

4 large pears
2 tbsp each lemon juice and melted butter
4 cups vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup toasted sliced or slivered almonds

Quick Chocolate Sauce

3/4 cup whipping cream
5 oz bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp amaretto or brandy (optional)

Method

Quick Chocolate Sauce

In small heavy saucepan, bring cream to boil; remove from heat. Whisk in chocolate until melted. Whisk in butter, and amaretto if using. Let cool. (Sauce can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 week; warm slightly to pourable consistency.)

Pear

Peel, halve and core pears. Brush with lemon juice and butter. Grill over medium heat until heated through and marked with the grill, about 8 minutes, turning once. Let cool if desired.

To Serve

Place pear half, cut-side-up, in each serving dish. Top with scoop of ice cream, drizzle with chocolate sauce and sprinkle with almonds.

Source: homemaker’s


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