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Pork Belly Soba


The price for each bowl is 680 yen.

Braised Pork Belly Served with Pineapple Salsa


1-1/2 cups soy sauce
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup of port
6 thin slices washed and unpeeled ginger, cut lengthwise from a 2- to 4-inch piece
10 garlic cloves, crushed
2 bunches green onions, white and green parts, 3 pieces thinly sliced, the rest cut into 2-inch lengths
2 cinnamon sticks
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds pork belly, cut into 2-inch cubes
2 cups pineapple cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 jalapeno, stemmed and minced, seeds included


  1. In a stockpot or other tall wide pot, combine the soy sauce, sugar, port, ginger, garlic, green onion lengths and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Transfer the pork to the pot and add enough water to cover. Simmer, covered, until the pork is cooked through, about 2 hours. (Quick Tip: cook in a pressure cooker, over medium-high heat, for 40 minutes.)
  3. Meanwhile, make the salsa. In a small bowl, combine the pineapple, sliced scallions and jalapeno and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Divide the salsa among four individual serving plates, reserving some for garnishing. Top with the pork, garnish with the remaining salsa, spoon the braising liquid around the pork, and serve.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Simply Ming One-pot Meal

Physicians Analyze Food Trends and Publish Dietary Prescription for Optimal Heart Health

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Nutrition researcher Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., president and founder of the nonprofit Physicians Committee, is one of 12 authors of “Trending Cardiovascular Nutrition Controversies” in the March 7, 2017 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which recommends whole food, plant-based eating patterns for optimal heart health.

Dr. Barnard and the cardiovascular researchers, including Andrew Freeman, M.D., Pamela Morris, M.D., Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., Dean Ornish, M.D., and Kim Williams, M.D., reviewed the latest research behind popular food trends to create an evidence-based prescription to provide clinicians with a quick guide to relay to patients in a clinical setting.

Leafy green vegetables, berries, especially blueberries and strawberries, and plant proteins, such as lentils and beans, earn accolades for supporting cardiovascular function. They combine into a plant-based dietary pattern that lowers blood pressure, stabilizes blood sugar, and breaks down arterial plaque, the early formation of atherosclerosis. These foods should be consumed whole, compared to blended in juices or grounded into antioxidant supplements.

Olive oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, and nuts provide healthful sources of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, but should be consumed in moderation due to their high calorie content.

Dietary cholesterol should be limited. A Southern dietary pattern, rich in added fats, fried foods, eggs, organ and processed meats, and sugar-sweetened beverages, along with coconut oil and palm oil should be avoided.

Gluten-containing foods should be avoided only if patients have sensitivities or allergies. A gluten-free diet reduces early morbidity and mortality for people with celiac disease, which is about 1 or 2 percent of the population. Nonceliac gluten sensitivity may impact 6 percent of the population.

“It’s no surprise people are confused about what constitutes a heart-healthful diet,” says Dr. Barnard. “With thousands of studies published each year, we get contradictory headlines. We collaborated on this review to provide a real-time prescription based on the best available peer-reviewed research.”

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Nearly half of Americans have at least one controllable risk factor, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking.

“In addition to eating colorful, plant-based foods, it’s important to make time for sleep, exercise, and stress management, which could come in the form of social support or even listening to music,” says Dr. Barnard. “Diet comes first, but what we eat should fuel a healthy lifestyle.”

Source: EurekAlert!

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FDA Warns Whole Body Cryotherapy Shows No Benefits and May be Dangerous

There’s no evidence that a growing trend called whole body cryotherapy is effective, but it does pose a number of risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

In whole body cryotherapy, people are placed in an enclosed space and exposed to vapors that reach ultra-low temperatures ranging from minus 200 to minus 300 degrees Fahrenheit, typically for two to four minutes.

Many spas and wellness centers claim that whole body cryotherapy can treat diseases and conditions such as Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, stress, anxiety or chronic pain.

“Based on purported health benefits seen in many promotions for cryotherapy spas, consumers may incorrectly believe that the FDA has cleared or approved [whole body cryotherapy] devices as safe and effective to treat medical conditions. That is not the case,” Dr. Aron Yustein, a medical officer in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in an agency news release.

“Given a growing interest from consumers in whole body cryotherapy, the FDA has informally reviewed the medical literature available on this subject. We found very little evidence about its safety or effectiveness in treating the conditions for which it is being promoted,” Yustein said.

The FDA also warned that whole body cryotherapy poses a number of risks, including frostbite, burns and eye injury from extremely low temperatures.

According to Dr. Anna Ghambaryan, an FDA scientific reviewer, another potential hazard of whole body cryotherapy is asphyxiation (suffocation), “especially when liquid nitrogen is used for cooling.”

The addition of nitrogen vapors to a closed room lowers the amount of oxygen in the room and can result in oxygen deficiency, which could lead to the loss of consciousness, she explained in the news release.

Another concern is that patients who decide to have whole body cryotherapy — especially if they choose it over treatments shown to be effective and safe — may have a worsening of, or lack of improvement in, their health condition, the FDA said.

If you’re considering whole body cryotherapy or already using it, discuss it with your doctor, Yustein advised.

Source: HealthDay

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