Vegetable Carvings

Lunch Suggestion

Chinese Noodle and Crepe Lunch

Menu

Noodle Soup with Braised Beef and Wonton

Pan-fried Green Onion Crepe

Mediterranean Diet Gives Longer Life

A Mediterranean diet with large amounts of vegetables and fish gives a longer life. This is the unanimous result of four studies to be published by the Sahlgrenska Academy.

Research studies ever since the 1950s have shown that a Mediterranean diet, based on a high consumption of fish and vegetables and a low consumption of animal-based products such as meat and milk, leads to better health.

Study on older people

Scientists at the Sahlgrenska Academy have now studied the effects of a Mediterranean diet on older people in Sweden. They have used a unique study known as the “H70 study” to compare 70-year-olds who eat a Mediterranean diet with others who have eaten more meat and animal products. The H70 study has studied thousands of 70-year-olds in the Gothenburg region for more than 40 years.

Chance of living longer

The results show that those who eat a Mediterranean diet have a 20% higher chance of living longer.

“This means in practice that older people who eat a Mediterranean diet live an estimated 2 3 years longer than those who don’t”, says Gianluca Tognon, scientist at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.

Support in other studies

These results are supported by three further as yet unpublished studies into Mediterranean diets and their health effects: one carried out on people in Denmark, the second on people in northern Sweden, and the third on children.

“The conclusion we can draw from these studies is that there is no doubt that a Mediterranean diet is linked to better health, not only for the elderly but also for youngsters”, says Gianluca Tognon.

Source: University of Gothenburg

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A Winnipeg Dessert Legend

Ingredients

Cake

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 cup egg whites
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup toasted pecans, finely chopped

Caramel Sauce

2 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

Cream

1½ cups whipping cream
2½ Tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Method

Cake

Sift half of sugar with flour. In large bowl, beat egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form. Add almond extract and remaining sugar (2 Tbsp at a time). Beat until glossy with stiff peaks. Fold in flour mix in four portions. Fold in pecans. Pour into parchment-lined jelly roll pan. Bake at 350°F for 12 minutes, until top is golden & cake springs back when touched. Cool, inverted, on a cookie rack. Remove from pan and, using a round cookie cutter, punch 12 cake circles.

Caramel Sauce

Bring butter and half of cream to boil on medium heat. Add sugar & remaining cream. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Cool.

Cream

Whip cream with icing sugar and vanilla.

Assembly

Place cake circle on serving plate. Cover with thin layer of caramel sauce and cream. Repeat layer ending with cream. Drizzle caramel sauce to cover entire top of cake. Garnish with pecan half.

Yields 4 single tortes

Source: ciao!