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One Soup and Three Dishes Home-cooked Chinese Dinner

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  • Creamy Soup of Dried Scallop and Corn
  • Soy Sauce Chicken
  • Deep-fried Pork Ribs
  • Stir-fried Scallop with Celery
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Health Effects of Caffeine

The illustration below shows some of the known positive and negative health and mental effects of caffeine consumption.

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High Animal Fat Diet Increases Gestational Diabetes Risk

Women who consumed a diet high in animal fat and cholesterol before pregnancy were at higher risk for gestational diabetes than women whose diets were lower in animal fat and cholesterol, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health and Harvard University.

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes seen during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes increases the risk for certain pregnancy complications and health problems in the newborn.

Women whose diets were high in total fat or other kinds of fats—but not in animal fat or cholesterol—did not have an increased risk.

Moreover, the increased risk for gestational diabetes seen with animal fat and cholesterol appeared to be independent of other, dietary and non-dietary, risk factors for gestational diabetes. For example, exercise is known to reduce the risk of gestational diabetes. Among women who exercised, however, those who consumed higher amounts of animal fat and cholesterol had a higher risk than those whose diets were lower in these types of fat.

“Our findings indicate that women who reduce the proportion of animal fat and cholesterol in their diets before pregnancy may lower their risk for gestational diabetes during pregnancy,” said senior author.

The researchers concluded that changing the source of 5 percent of dietary calories from animal fat to plant-derived sources could decrease a woman’s risk for gestational diabetes by 7 percent.

Source: National Institutes of Health

Brownies with Health-Check Approval

Ingredients

1/2 cup cake flour, sifted
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 egg whites
1 large egg
3/4 cup granulated sugar
6 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp chopped walnuts (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with vegetable cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, and salt. Mix well. In a large bowl, whisk together egg whites, egg, sugar, applesauce, oil, and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until just blended; do not overmix. Pour batter into prepared pan; sprinkle with walnuts.
  3. Bake until just set and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.
  4. Place pan on a wire rack and cool for at least 15 minutes. Cut brownies into squares and place on a serving plate.

Makes 12 squares

Variation

For slightly chewier brown-ies, replace the 1/2 cup of cake flour with 7 tablespoons of all-purpose flour. Sifting is not necessary. Proceed with the recipe as directed. Also, instead of walnuts, try sprinkling brownie batter with chopped pecans or almonds.

Source: Healthy Meals in Minutes