New Sweet: Ice Cream Pizza

The base of the pizza is baked brownie. The ice cream (available in different flavours) is in the middle. The toppings are either white and/or dark chocolate garnache or berry sauces.

The size of a whole pizza is about 19 cm in diameter and 4 cm in height. The price is 2,600 yen in Japan.

The pizza will be available all year round at the Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream (サーティワン アイスクリーム) stores.

Chia Seed Pudding with Home-made Almond Milk


1 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup black chia seeds
1 to 2 tsp maple syrup
1 cup wild blueberries
zest from 1/4 lemon
6 to 10 mint leaves, chopped, to taste (reserve some for garnish)
1/4 cup almonds, toasted and chopped

Almond Milk

1 cup almonds, raw
4 cups water, divided


  1. To make almond milk, combine 1 cup almonds with 1-1/2 cups water in a small bowl. Cover and let soak for 6 hours.
  2. Remove almonds and discard soaking liquid. Rinse almonds. Place nuts in blender with 2-1/2 cups water and blend on highest setting for 5 minutes, or until smooth milk-like liquid is formed.
  3. Line fine-meshed sieve with 2 layers of cheesecloth and strain almond-water mixture through it slowly, taking care to separate the solids from the milk. Squeeze out any remaining liquid by pressing the back of a wooden spoon on collected solids.
  4. To make chia seed pudding, mix together yogurt, 1 cup prepared almond milk, chia seeds, and syrup in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or until mixture has a thick, creamy consistency and chia seeds are swollen.
  5. To serve, mix wild blueberries, zest, and mint into chia seed pudding until incorporated. Divide mixture among 6 small bowls or glasses and top with toasted almonds. Garnish with mint.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: Alive magazine

Video: What Makes Fried Chicken So Delicious

Battered and deep-fried chicken might be one of the most delicious foods ever.

But what makes this summer picnic staple so tasty?

It all comes down to the chemistry of frying.

In the latest Reactions video, learn how the delicate dance of fat at high temperatures leads to a crispy, savory summer snack.

Watch video at You Tube (5:11 minutes) . . . . .

Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Risk of Weight Gain, Heart Disease and other Health Issues

Artificial sweeteners may be associated with long-term weight gain and increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, according to a new study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Consumption of artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, sucralose and stevia, is widespread and increasing. Emerging data indicate that artificial, or nonnutritive, sweeteners may have negative effects on metabolism, gut bacteria and appetite, although the evidence is conflicting.

To better understand whether consuming artificial sweeteners is associated with negative long-term effects on weight and heart disease, researchers from the University of Manitoba’s George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation conducted a systematic review of 37 studies that followed over 400,000 people for an average of 10 years. Only 7 of these studies were randomized controlled trials (the gold standard in clinical research), involving 1003 people followed for 6 months on average.

The trials did not show a consistent effect of artificial sweeteners on weight loss, and the longer observational studies showed a link between consumption of artificial sweeteners and relatively higher risks of weight gain and obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and other health issues.

“Despite the fact that millions of individuals routinely consume artificial sweeteners, relatively few patients have been included in clinical trials of these products,” said author Dr. Ryan Zarychanski, Assistant Professor, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. “We found that data from clinical trials do not clearly support the intended benefits of artificial sweeteners for weight management.”

“Caution is warranted until the long-term health effects of artificial sweeteners are fully characterized,” said lead author Dr. Meghan Azad, Assistant Professor, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. Her team at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba is undertaking a new study to understand how artificial sweetener consumption by pregnant women may influence weight gain, metabolism and gut bacteria in their infants.

“Given the widespread and increasing use of artificial sweeteners, and the current epidemic of obesity and related diseases, more research is needed to determine the long-term risks and benefits of these products,” said Azad.

Source: Science Daily

More Evidence That Midlife Weight Gain Harms Your Health

For many adults, weight gain is slow and steady, but new research suggests that even a few extra pounds can boost your risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

“People don’t become obese overnight,” said study lead author Dr. Frank Hu. He’s a professor in the departments of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

“On average, people gain about a half a pound to a pound per year. Most people gain weight all the way to 55 and up,” Hu said. “But once you cross the obesity threshold, it’s difficult to go back. This study provides very strong evidence that prevention of weight gain is very important.”

The researchers found that for every 11 pounds gained, the risk of diabetes went up 30 percent. The same weight gain was linked to a 14 percent increased risk of high blood pressure and an 8 percent higher risk of heart disease or stroke.

Each extra 11 pounds was also associated with a 6 percent increased risk of an obesity-related cancer, a 5 percent higher risk of dying prematurely, and a 17 percent decrease in the odds of healthy aging.

For those who gained significantly more weight, the researchers found dramatic rises in the risk of chronic illness. For example, for people who gained 44 pounds or more, the odds of type 2 diabetes spiked by 10-fold compared to those who kept their weight relatively stable over the years.

The risk of high blood pressure more than doubled, and the risk of developing heart disease or stroke was almost twice as high, according to the study. However, the research did not prove that weight gain caused these conditions.

The information came from two large-scale studies of health professionals in the United States. They included almost 93,000 women whose health was followed for 18 years, and more than 25,000 men whose health was followed for 15 years.

The women were asked to recall their weight at age 18. The men recalled their weight at age 21.

At age 55, the average weight gain for women was 28 pounds and for men it was 21 pounds.

The findings were published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Dr. William Dietz is chair of the Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He wrote an editorial accompanying the study.

“Virtually nothing is known about the factors that promote excess weight gain in adults,” Dietz said.

“I think one of the key periods for weight gain and weight retention is during pregnancy and the postpartum periods. There’s a significant disparity in the difference in excessive weight gain in women than men, and whether this explains that difference isn’t clear,” he said.

Dietz said it’s also unknown if changes in physical activity or nutrition from young adulthood to middle age are what’s behind the weight gain. But, more importantly, he said is that this time period represents a potential opportunity to intervene and prevent later obesity and the chronic illness that comes with it.

For example, if pregnancy is a time of significant weight gain, then obstetricians-gynecologists could play a role in obesity prevention.

“During pregnancy, gynecologists may provide weight counseling, but once a mother has delivered, she may not see the gynecologist for a while, and care shifts back to her primary care doctor, who may be uncomfortable raising the idea of obesity,” Dietz explained.

“But adult weight gain is not a benign condition. We need to help health care providers learn how to treat people with obesity,” he said.

On an individual level, both Hu and Dietz recommended monitoring your weight on a regular basis, especially during life transitions, such as getting married or becoming a parent. Step on the scale to see what you weigh, measure your waist circumference or pay attention to how your clothes fit. If you notice a change, get your weight in check sooner rather than later.

Although it’s never too late to gain health benefits from losing weight, it becomes much harder to take weight off and keep it off the heavier you get.

“If the dam is already open, the flood has already happened and it’s extremely difficult to rebuild the whole damn instead of repairing it,” Hu said.

“Prevention is much more important and much more effective. Health professionals should pay attention to even modest weight gain,” he said.

Source: HealthDay

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