Contemporary International Cuisine

Cured Hamachi with Fromage Frais

Roast Chicken Consommé

Roast Lamb Fillet and Breaded Lamb Leg

Dessert – Chocolate Financier, Smoked Almond Ice Cream and Armangnac Filled Dates

The Restaurant – Madam Sixty Ate, Hong Kong

Social Jetlag is A Real Health Hazard

Social jetlag—a syndrome related to the mismatch between the body’s internal clock and the realities of our daily schedules—does more than make us sleepy. It is also contributing to the growing tide of obesity, according to a large-scale epidemiological study reported online on May 10 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication.

“We have identified a syndrome in modern society that has not been recognized until recently,” said Till Roenneberg of the University of Munich. “It concerns an increasing discrepancy between the daily timing of the physiological clock and the social clock. As a result of this social jetlag, people are chronically sleep-deprived. They are also more likely to smoke and drink more alcohol and caffeine. Now, we show that social jetlag also contributes to obesity; the plot that social jetlag is really bad for our health is thickening.”

Each of us has a biological clock, he explained. We can’t set those clocks according to our whims like watches. They are rather entrained by daylight and night-darkness to provide the optimal window for sleep and waking. In modern society, we listen to those clocks “less and less due to the increasing discrepancy between what the body clock tells us and what the boss tells us.”

To find out how big this problem really is, Roenneberg’s team is compiling a vast database on human sleeping and waking behavior, which they’ll eventually use to produce a world sleep map. Now 10 years into the effort, they already have lots of information, including participants’ height, weight, and sleep patterns.

Their analysis shows that people with more severe social jetlag are also more likely to be overweight. In other words, it appears that living “against the clock” may be a factor contributing to the epidemic of obesity, the researchers say.

The findings should weigh in on decisions about Daylight Saving Time, not to mention work and school times, they add. It would also help if people began spending more time outdoors in open daylight or at least sitting by a window. As people fail to do this for one reason or another, their body clocks get set later and later, leaving them awake into the night and tired by day.

“Waking up with an alarm clock is a relatively new facet of our lives,” Roenneberg says. “It simply means that we haven’t slept enough and this is the reason why we are chronically tired. Good sleep and enough sleep is not a waste of time but a guarantee for better work performance and more fun with friends and family during off-work times.” And slimmer waistlines, too.

Source: EurekAlert!

Many Britons Are Not Eating Enough Fruits and Vegetables

Just one-in-five Britons are eating the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, a poll for World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has found.

Nearly a decade after the Department of Health introduced the 5 A DAY campaign, a YouGov survey has shown that on average only 22 per cent of the British adult population is consuming five or more portions a day.

The charity commissioned the survey to coincide with Cancer Prevention Week, which starts on May 14 and culminates in Fruity Friday at the end of the week.

WCRF Head of Education Kate Mendoza said: “These figures show that many people are still finding it difficult to follow the healthy eating message. Getting at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day is the building block of a healthy diet. Not only are fruit and veg a good source of nutrients, they also tend to be low in calories and full of fibre so help us maintain a healthy weight.

“A diet based on plant foods, such as wholegrains and pulses as well as fruit and vegetables, can reduce cancer risk as research shows they protect against a range of cancers. Recent research has confirmed that foods containing fibre reduce the risk of bowel cancer.”

She added: “A lot of WCRF’s work focuses on raising awareness of the importance of diet, physical activity and body weight in relation to cancer risk. Although people are more aware of the significance of eating 5 A DAY than they used to be, it is clear that there are still barriers to incorporating plant foods into our daily diets.”

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A Refreshing Rice Vermicelli Dish

Ingredients

100 g Taiwanese Rice vermicelli
1 slice ham
1 egg (beaten)
20 g chives
20 g assorted sweet and sour pickles

Sauce

3 tbsp ketchup
2 tsp cider vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp light soy sauce
1/8 tsp sesame oil
dash pepper

Method

  1. Cook rice vermicelli in boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove, and drain. Cut into sections.
  2. Cut ham into thin strips and chives into sections. Finely shred the pickles.
  3. Heat 1 tsp oil in a non-stick pan, fry egg until semi-cooked. Mix in ham, chive and pickles. Toss to 2 more minutes. Remove.
  4. Add sauce ingredients to pan. Stir and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Return ham and mixture in Step 3 and rice vermicelli. Toss to combine. Serve hot or cold.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

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