Gadget: Le Coupé Pro Lets You Bake and Cut Perfectly Sized Treats

Le Coupé Pro is a combination baking pan + mechanical cutting grid. Push down on the handles and voila! You have 40 identical servings of cakes, brownies, bars or whatever you baked. The bottom is even removable so you can easily pop your treats out of the tin.

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Chinese-style Steamed Three Kinds of Egg


3 salted ducks’ eggs (咸蛋)
3 preserved ducks’ eggs (皮蛋)
3 fresh eggs (beaten)
3 tbsps water
1 tbsp oil


  1. Poach the salted ducks’ eggs until done. Shell and dice coarsely.
  2. Shell and dice the preserved ducks’ eggs.
  3. Mix well the beaten eggs with water and oil. Add the diced salted ducks’ eggs and preserved ducks’ eggs and mix well. Pour the mixture into a lightly greased dish. Steam over high heat for 15 minutes.
  4. Cool and cut into slices before serving.

Source: Delicacies by Gigi Wong

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What Are Dietary Lectins and Should You Avoid Eating Them?

No scientific evidence exists to show that eliminating dietary lectins will cure any medical disorders or conditions, including autoimmune diseases. But your diet certainly can have an effect on the way you feel, especially if you have a chronic condition. If you have a medical concern triggering symptoms that seem to be related to the foods you eat, consider talking with a registered dietitian, who can review your diet and offer suggestions for modifying it in a way that may help ease your symptoms.

Lectins are naturally occurring proteins that are found in most plants. Some foods that contain higher amounts of lectins include beans, peanuts, lentils, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, fruits, and wheat and other grains. Lectins serve a protective function for plants as they grow. They don’t have any nutritional value when consumed in foods.

Some research seems to indicate that taking in large quantities of raw lectins could have negative health effects. The amount you’d need to consume each day to get to that level, however, is much higher than a typical diet would include. And studies have shown that lectins break down when processed or cooked, so the risk of adverse health effects arising from lectin-rich foods that aren’t raw is not cause for concern.

In addition, most foods that contain lectins are recommended as part of a healthy, well-balanced diet. There’s a well-established body of scientific evidence that clearly supports the benefits of a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The health benefits you receive from including those foods in your diet outweigh any perceived benefits from avoiding foods with lectins. With that in mind, a diet that avoids lectins is not one most dietitians would typically recommend.

Source: Mayo CLinic

Household Chemicals Tied to Kidney Problems

Widely used household and industrial chemicals may harm the kidneys, researchers say.

These manufactured chemicals, called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are not biodegradable. People are exposed to them through contaminated soil, food, water and air.

“The kidneys are very sensitive organs, particularly when it comes to environmental toxins that can get in our bloodstream,” said study author Dr. John Stanifer of Duke University in Durham, N.C.

“Because so many people are exposed to these PFAS chemicals, and to the newer, increasingly produced alternative PFAS agents such as GenX, it is critical to understand if and how these chemicals may contribute to kidney disease,” Stanifer said.

Analyzing 74 studies on PFAS, the researchers found the chemicals are associated with poorer kidney function and other kidney problems. They said it’s particularly concerning that children have greater exposure to these chemicals than adults.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says PFAS can be found in food packaging; stain- and water-repellent fabrics; nonstick cookware; polishes, waxes, paints and cleaning products; and firefighting foams. In fish, animals and humans, PFAS have the ability to build up and persist over time.

The study appears in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

“By searching all the known studies published on the topic, we concluded that there are several potential ways in which these chemicals can cause kidney damage,” Stanifer said in a journal news release.

“Further, we discovered that there have already been multiple reports suggesting that these chemicals are associated with worse kidney outcomes,” he added.

Source: HealthDay

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