New Strawberry Cakes of Ginza Cozy Corner Bakery in Tokyo, Japan

Strawberry Mousse Cake

Strawberry Mont Blanc

Rich Strawberry Trio

“Milk Crepe of Strawberries

The price of the cakes is 486 yen each (tax included).

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Champagne and Raspberry Gratin

Ingredients

1 lb raspberries
1/4 cup superfine sugar
2 large egg yolks
1/2 cup whipping cream, lightly whipped
2-3 tbsp champagne, to taste
handful of tiny mint leaves to garnish

Method

  1. Preheat the broiler to its highest setting.
  2. Set aside about 20 of the largest raspberries for serving. Divide the rest between four individual ovenproof dishes and place the dishes on a large baking sheet.
  3. Put the sugar and egg yolks into a large heatproof bowl and set the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Using a hand-held electric whisk, beat the mixture until it is thick, creamy, and tripled in volume. It should be thick enough to leave a ribbon trail on the surface when you lift the beaters.
  4. Fold in the cream and champagne to taste.
  5. Spoon the mixture over the raspberries and place the baking sheet under the broiler for about 3 minutes until the topping is golden and lightly caramelized.
  6. Remove and arrange the fresh raspberries on the side of the gratin. Scatter over the mint leaves and serve.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Gordon Ramsay’s maze

In Pictures: Desserts of Sweetie & Moustache Dessert Lounge in Melbourne, Australia

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Study Suggests Whey Protein Best for Seniors Rebuilding Muscle

While exercise buffs have long used protein supplements to gain muscle, new research from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, suggests one protein source in particular, whey protein, is most effective for seniors struggling to rebuild muscle lost from inactivity associated with illness or long hospital stays.

The study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, compared the impact of different forms of protein supplements on older adults, a growing population challenged by the loss of muscle and strength, or sarcopenia, which in turn can affect balance, gait, and the ability to perform the simple tasks of everyday life.

Researchers found that protein didn’t stop lean muscle loss caused by inactivity; however, whey supplements helped to rebuild muscle once the participants’ activities resumed.

“The important message here is that not all proteins are created equal. Whey is one of the highest-quality proteins and is ideal for older persons,” says Stuart Phillips, PhD, senior author on the paper and a professor of kinesiology at McMaster.

Researchers set out to compare the impact of whey vs collagen protein on muscle loss during periods of inactivity and then recovery.

Whey is considered a high-quality or “complete” protein, meaning it’s rich in all essential amino acids and is higher in leucine, one of the essential amino acids the body cannot make itself and therefore must derive from food.

Collagen peptides, by comparison, are much lower in their leucine content and lack or are low in essential amino acids.

For the study, researchers recruited men and women who were nonsmokers, didn’t have diabetes, and were between the ages of 65 and 80. One group of subjects consumed whey protein, the other collagen peptides, throughout the study.

For a five-week period, their diet was controlled, including a two-week time frame where their daily steps were restricted to 750 per day and their calorie intake reduced by 500 kcal per day, conditions that might mimic what older people often experience during a hospital stay.

Participants returned to normal activity levels during a one-week recovery period.

The team had predicted that the collagen peptide group would experience significantly greater muscle loss than the whey protein group, but that didn’t happen. Both groups lost the same amount of muscle.

“While we already know that complete protein sources are more potent for stimulating building processes we were surprised to discover that after two weeks of limiting steps among the participants, there were no apparent differences in muscle loss between the two groups,” says Sara Oikawa, lead author and a graduate student in the department of kinesiology at McMaster.

While protein was ineffective in mitigating muscle loss, researchers say, when participants returned to normal, muscle-building activity, the whey group recovered more skeletal muscle.

“When we consider measures that can be taken to help seniors as they age, it’s clear that whey is an important ingredient. Conversely, we should avoid collagen in formulations targeting older people,” Oikawa says.

In future research, Oikawa plans to focus on women specifically, who tend to experience greater difficulties in rebuilding strength.

Source: McMaster University

Our Body May Cure Itself of Diabetes in the Future

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Diabetes is caused by damaged or non-existing insulin cells inability to produce insulin, a hormone that is necessary in regulating blood sugar levels. Many diabetes patients take insulin supplements to regulate these levels.

In collaboration with other international researchers, researchers at the University of Bergen have, discovered that glucagon producing cells in the pancreas, can change identity and adapt so that they do the job for their neighbouring damaged or missing insulin cells.

“We are possibly facing the start of a totally new form of treatment for diabetes, where the body can produce its own insulin, with some start-up help,” says Researcher Luiza Ghila at the Raeder Research Lab, Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen (UiB).

The results are published in Nature Cell Biology.

Cells can change identity

The researchers discovered that only about 2 per cent the neighbouring cells in the pancreas could change identity. However, event that amount makes the researchers are optimistic about potential new treatment approaches.

For the first time in history, researchers were able to describe the mechanisms behind the process of cell identity. It turns out that this is not at passive process, but is a result of signals from the surrounding cells. In the study, researchers were able to increase the number of insulin producing cells to 5 per cent, by using a drug that influenced the inter-cell signalling process. Thus far, the results have only been shown in animal models.

“If we gain more knowledge about the mechanisms behind this cell flexibility, then we could possibly be able to control the process and change more cells’ identities so that more insulin can be produced, ” Ghila explains.

Possible new treatment against cell death

According to the researchers, the new discoveries is not only good news for diabetes treatment.

“The cells´ ability to change identity and function, may be a decisive discovery in treating other diseases caused by cell death, such as Alzheimer´s disease and cellular damage due to heart attacks”, says Luiza Ghila.

Facts: Pancreas

  • There are three different types of cells in the pancreas: alpha-cells, beta-cells and delta-cells. These produce different kinds of hormones for blood sugar regulation.
  • The cells make clusters. Alpha-cells produce glucagon, which increases the blood sugar levels. Beta-cells produce insulin, which decreases glucagon levels. Delta-cells produce somatostatin, which controls the regulation of the Alpha and Beta Cells.
  • Persons with diabetes have a damaged beta-cell function, and therefore have constant high blood sugar levels.

Source: University of Bergen


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