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One Soup and Four Dishes Home-cooked Chinese Dinner

Menu

  • Assorted Vegetables Soup
  • Baked Lemongrass Chicken Wings
  • Stir-fried Beef and Broccoli
  • Pan-fried Shrimp with Tomato Sauce
  • Store-bought Roasted Pork
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Home-cooked Romantic Dinner for Two

Menu

  • Irrestistible Green Salad with Cheese Hearts
  • Beef and Seafood Hot Pot
  • Spicy Chocolate Mousse

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Severe, Rapid Memory Loss Linked to Future, Fatal Strokes

Severe, rapid memory loss may be linked to — and could predict — a future deadly stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2012.

Researchers found that people who died after stroke had more severe memory loss in the years before stroke compared to people who survived stroke or people who didn’t have a stroke.

Increased memory loss may be linked to a higher risk of fatal stroke for several reasons, researchers said.

“People who die after stroke may have worse underlying disease prior to stroke. This suggests early disease is accumulating and that something is happening to these people before they are diagnosed with clinical stroke. However, memory impairment is associated with increased mortality regardless of stroke. Memory impairment may therefore make patients more vulnerable to death in the wake of the stroke, for reasons that are unrelated to stroke severity.”

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Stir-fried Snow Fungus and Cloud Ear Fungus with Broccoli

Ingredients

1 piece large snow fungus
1/2 oz cloud ear fungus
2 oz beansprout
2 tbsp preserved vegetable (chopped)
10 oz broccoli floret
1 tsp cornstarch

Sauce

1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tsp light soy sauce
1 tsp dark soy sauce
dash white ground pepper
1/4 tsp sesame oil

Method

  1. Cut broccoli into bite-sized pieces. Blanch in boiling water with salt and oil. Remove to the serving platter.
  2. Soak fungi until soft. Remove the hard part of fungi. Cut into smaller pieces.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok. Sauté preserved vegetable until fragrant. Add fungi and stir-fry briefly. Add mixed sauce ingredients and bring to a boil.
  4. Add beansprout and toss to combine. Thicken sauce with cornstarch solution. Pour fungi and sauce over broccoli. Serve hot.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

Walmart to Label Healthier Food as “Great For You”

After a lengthy debate, Walmart decided that eggs are indeed healthy.

Eggs are among the foods getting a new “Great For You” icon from the world’s largest retailer as it tries to convince shoppers that they can make healthy, low-cost choices when picking out food at its U.S. stores.

The icon comes just over a year after Walmart, the main U.S. arm of Wal-Mart Stores Inc, said that it would look for ways to improve the nutritional value of the food it sells and make healthier fare less expensive.

Walmart is the largest seller of food in the United States, and food accounts for more than half of the chain’s annual sales, so any changes it makes in its food aisles can have a ripple effect on chains such as Kroger Co, Supervalu Inc and Safeway Inc.

To earn Walmart’s stamp of approval, foods must meet specific thresholds. Fresh fruits and vegetables qualify, as do lean cuts of meat. Brown rice makes the cut, while white rice does not. Skim and 1 percent milk qualify, while 2 percent and whole milk do not.

“There are no candy bars,” said Andrea Thomas, the company’s senior vice president of sustainability.

The company spoke with food and nutrition experts, health organizations, government entities and others to decide on its criteria.

“We had a nice, long debate about eggs,” said Thomas.

While some people felt that eggs should not be on the list because of the cholesterol they contain, she said, others argued that they are a good, low-cost source of protein. After hearing the various reasons, Walmart decided that eggs made the cut.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not yet introduced a standardized seal to show foods that meet certain health criteria.

“At the point in time that there is a standardized label that comes out from the FDA then we’ll be happy to make a switch,” said Thomas. “At this point we feel like our customers need help right now; we don’t know how long that’s going to take.”

At first, Walmart’s green and white “Great For You” icon will appear on signs for fresh fruits and vegetables and then pop up on packages of about 20 percent to 25 percent of the company’s Great Value brand food and on some of its Marketside items. Brand-name foods may also qualify for the seal.

Walmart’s efforts also include lowering the amount of sodium and added sugars in some of its food. The company said it cut 15 percent of the sodium in Great Value ketchup, an average of 15 percent of the sodium in Great Value canned vegetables such as corn, green beans and carrots, and more than 70 percent of the sodium in fresh steaks, roasts and certain other cuts of beef.

Walmart also said it reduced or eliminated the price difference between more than 350 “better-for-you” items such as low-sodium lunch meat and the equivalent regular product .

First lady Michelle Obama, who was with Walmart when it unveiled its plans in January 2011, said that the new seal gives parents information they need to make healthy choices, which is “a key piece of solving childhood obesity.”

Walmart, famous for its efforts to keep costs low, said it would not throw out old packaging in order to quickly bring out products with the icon. As it runs out of packaging, it will print new boxes and labels with the seal of approval.

Source: Reuters