What’s for Dinner?

Home-cooked Asian Dinner

The Menu

Scallop Sashimi

Hainan-style Chicken Rice, Grated Daikon, Ponshu Plum Sauce, and Chicken Soup

Baked Apricot in Syrup

Pan-fried Prosciutto-wrapped Veal and Cheese with Roasted Tomato Salad


8 x 2 oz flattened veal steaks
sea salt and cracked black pepper
8 sage leaves
4 slices (3-1/2 oz) smoked mozzarella cheese, halved
8 slices prosciutto
2 oz unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil

Roasted tomato salad

1 lb vine-ripened cherry tomatoes
3-1/2 oz rocket (arugula) leaves
shaved parmesan cheese, to serve


  1. To make the salad, Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Place the tomatoes in a baking dish lined with non-stick baking paper and roast for 10 minutes or until tender.
  3. Remove from oven and combine the roasted tomatoes with the rocket and parmesan. Set aside.
  4. Sprinkle the veal with salt and pepper and top each steak with a sage leaf and a slice of mozzarella. Fold in half and wrap in a slice of prosciutto.
  5. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add the butter and oil and cook the veal for 2-3 minutes each side or until cooked through.
  6. Serve with the roasted tomato salad.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Simple Essentials – Beef, Lamb + Pork

Diet and Enlarged Prostate

The prostate gland is controlled by powerful hormones known as the sex hormones, including testosterone.

In the prostate gland, testosterone is converted to another hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). High levels of DHT cause the cells in the prostate to enlarge.

Certain foods and beverages are known to have an impact on prostate health because of their effects on testosterone and other hormones.

Research has found that a diet primarily consisting of meat or dairy products can increase the risk of prostate enlargement and cancer. This is especially true if a person does not incorporate enough vegetables into their diet.

Foods to eat

A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats is thought to protect the prostate.

Specific foods known to benefit the prostate include:

  • Salmon: Salmon is rich in healthy fats that contain omega-3 fatty acids, which help prevent and reduce inflammation within the body. Other cold-water fish, such as sardines and trout, are also rich in these types of fats.
  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes are packed with lycopene, an antioxidant that may benefit prostate gland cells. Cooking tomatoes, such as in tomato sauce or soup, helps to release the lycopene and make it more readily available to the body.
  • Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are excellent sources of antioxidants, which help to remove free radicals from the body. Free radicals are the byproducts of reactions that occur within the body and can cause damage and disease over time.
  • Broccoli: Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, including bok choy, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage, contain a chemical known as sulforaphane. This is thought to target cancer cells and promote a healthy prostate.
  • Nuts: Nuts are rich in zinc, a trace mineral. Zinc is found in high concentrations in the prostate and is thought to help balance testosterone and DHT. Besides nuts, shellfish and legumes are also high in zinc.
  • Citrus: Oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits are all high in vitamin C, which may help to protect the prostate gland.
  • Onions and garlic: One study found that men with BPH tended to eat less garlic and onions that men without BPH. More research is needed to confirm these results, but onions and garlic are healthful additions to most diets.

Also, some studies on plant extract therapies, such as an extract from a type of palm tree known as saw palmetto, have been shown to have a positive impact on the prostate size and urinary flow. More research is needed, however.

Foods to avoid

A healthful diet for an enlarged prostate is more than just eating good foods. It also means avoiding other types of foods that are not good for the prostate.

Some foods to avoid include:

  • Red meat: Research suggests that going red meat-free may help improve prostate health. In fact, daily meat consumption is believed to triple the risk of prostate enlargement.
  • Dairy: Similarly to meat, regular consumption of dairy has been linked to an increased risk of BPH. Cutting out or reducing butter, cheese, and milk may help reduce BPH symptoms.
  • Caffeine: Caffeine may act as a diuretic, which means that it increases how much, how often, and how urgently a person has to urinate. Cutting back on coffee, tea, soda, and chocolate may improve urinary symptoms of BPH.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol can also stimulate urine production. Men with BPH may find that their symptoms are improved by giving up alcohol.
  • Sodium: A high salt intake may increase the urinary tract symptoms associated with BPH. Following a low-sodium diet by not adding salt to meals and avoiding processed foods may be helpful for some men.

Managing an enlarged prostate

Dietary changes can be quite effective in managing some of the symptoms of BPH, but other basic lifestyle changes can help as well.

Some strategies that may ease BPH symptoms include:

  • managing stress
  • quitting smoking
  • avoiding fluids in the evening to reduce nighttime urination
  • emptying the bladder completely when urinating
  • doing pelvic floor exercises
  • avoiding medications that can worsen symptoms, such as antihistamines, diuretics, and decongestants if possible
  • trying bladder training exercises
  • limiting fluid intake to 2 liters of liquids each day

If these lifestyle changes are not effective, medication or surgery may be recommended by a doctor.

Enlarged prostate symptoms

An enlarged prostate or BPH is fairly common. Over 14 million men in the United States experienced BPH symptoms in 2010.

Symptoms of BPH include:

  • increased urinary frequency and urgency
  • difficulty starting urination
  • weak urine stream or dribble at the end of urination
  • interrupted urination
  • frequent urination at night
  • incontinence
  • pain after ejaculation
  • painful urination
  • urinary retention or inability to urinate

These symptoms occur when an enlarged prostate gland blocks the urethra, the tube that runs between the bladder and outside of the body. This blockage can make it difficult or even impossible to pass urine.

Treating BPH depends on the severity of the symptoms. Sometimes, only basic lifestyle changes are needed.

However, there are also medications or surgical procedures that can be effective in reducing the size of the prostate or the symptoms associated with BPH.


Treating BPH can range from making simple lifestyle and dietary changes at home to medication and surgery. Reducing red meat consumption and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can help manage symptoms.

It is important to stay in communication with a doctor about symptoms, particularly if the doctor suggested a “watch and wait” approach.

If the suggested lifestyle changes are not effective in reducing the symptoms, more aggressive treatment may be needed.

Source : Medical News Today

Eating Fish Might Guard Against Multiple Sclerosis

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People who eat fish regularly seem to have a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis, researchers report.

How much fish makes a difference? In this study, people who ate fish at least once a week — or who ate fish one to three times a month and took daily fish oil supplements — had a 45 percent lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) compared to folks who ate fish less than once a month and who didn’t take fish oil supplements.

“Our study showed one more potential benefit of a seafood diet,” said study author Dr. Annette Langer-Gould, who noted that eating fish regularly has already been linked to a lower risk for cardiovascular disease. She’s the regional lead for clinical and translation neuroscience for Kaiser Permanente Southern California.

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system. The disease disrupts communication between the brain and the rest of the body, the researchers explained. One of the main signs of multiple sclerosis is the loss of myelin, a fatty substance that covers and protects the nerves. In MS, the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys myelin.

The first time someone has symptoms of MS — such as fatigue, numbness or difficulty walking — for 24 hours or more, it’s called clinically isolated syndrome. At this point it’s not yet clear if someone has multiple sclerosis or not. They may never have another episode of symptoms, or they may go on to have MS. They are, however, at increased risk of developing MS compared to the general population, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The current study included more than 1,100 people from Southern California. Their average age was 36. Half had been diagnosed with early MS or with clinically isolated syndrome.

The study also included an analysis of 13 genetic variations in a human gene cluster known to regulate fatty acid levels. Two of the 13 variations were linked to a lower risk of multiple sclerosis, no matter what the fish consumption was. This suggests that some people may have a genetic advantage in regulating fatty acid levels, the researchers said.

How might consuming more omega-3 fatty acids from fish help prevent multiple sclerosis?

“Omega-3s are known to be neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory, which may potentially protect against the development of multiple sclerosis,” Langer-Gould suggested. But, she added, this study couldn’t show a cause-and-effect relationship.

Nicholas LaRocca, vice president of healthcare delivery and policy research for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, reviewed the new study findings.

He said, “There are a lot of health benefits from eating oily fish like salmon, but as was mentioned by the authors, this study can only show an association.”

LaRocca added that researchers have been trying to find ways to change environmental factors — such as diet — to lower the risk of multiple sclerosis, and this might be one thing contributing the development of the disease that could be modified.

What about people who already have the disease?

Langer-Gould said the study didn’t look at people with more advanced disease. But she said since omega-3s are known to protect against cardiovascular disease and people with multiple sclerosis who also have cardiovascular disease are more likely to end up disabled, eating fish isn’t a bad idea.

And, she pointed out, eating fish or seafood is better than getting omega-3s from a fish oil supplement.

Source: healthDay

Women with Apple-shape Body May Have Higher Risk for Heart Attack

Higher waist and hip size are more strongly associated with heart attack risk than overall obesity, especially among women, according to research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

In a study of nearly 500,000 adults (aged 40-69) from the United Kingdom, researchers found that while general obesity and obesity specifically around the abdomen each have profound harmful effects on heart attack risk in both sexes, women were more negatively impacted by higher waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio than men.

This study suggests that the differences in the quantity and distribution of fat tissue not only results in differences in body shape between women and men, but may also have differential implications for the risk of heart attack in later life, researchers noted.

“Our findings support the notion that having proportionally more fat around the abdomen (a characteristic of the apple shape) appears to be more hazardous than more visceral fat which is generally stored around the hips (i.e., the pear shape),” said lead author Sanne Peters, Ph.D., Research Fellow in Epidemiology at the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Additional research on sex differences in obesity may yield insights into the biological mechanisms and could inform sex-specific interventions to treat and halt the obesity epidemic.

According to statistics in the AHA’s 2018 Statistical Update, 40 percent of American women age 20 and older and 35 percent of men were considered obese in 2013-14 national surveys. Being obese puts you at a higher risk for health problems such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain cancers.

Source: American Heart Association

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