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Tuna Melt Toast with Olive Salsa

Ingredients

1 small bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
3 scallions (spring onions), light green and white parts only, finely chopped
1/4 cup pitted green olives (preferably Lucques), roughly chopped
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
Kosher (coarse) salt (optional)
8 ounces oil-packed canned tuna, drained and flaked
4 marinated artichoke hearts, drained and thinly sliced
heaping 1/4 cup shredded fresh mozzarella cheese (preferably buffalo mozzarella)
scant 1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese (not fresh mozzarella)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (3/4-inch thick) slices sourdough bread
pinch of red pepper flakes

Method

  1. To make the olive salsa and tuna, in a small bowl, mix together the parsley, scallions, olives, olive oil, and lemon juice. Taste and season with salt if needed.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together the tuna, artichokes, both mozzarellas, and black pepper until everything is evenly mixed.
  3. Preheat the broiler (grill) to high.
  4. Arrange the bread on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Toast the bread lightly on both sides, 1-2 minutes per side, until golden brown.
  5. Top each toast with the tuna mixture and sprinkle with some red pepper flakes.
  6. Broil until the cheese is melted and bubbling on top, 2-3 minutes. Serve hot, topped with the salsa.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Chef Bill Granger

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Is High-intensity Interval Training the Fountain of Youth?

Len Canter wrote . . . . . . . . .

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is an exercise technique done by alternating short bursts of all-out effort in an aerobic activity with periods done at a very slow pace.

HIIT has many benefits, not the least of which is being able to get the results of a regular 30-minute workout with less heavy exertion and making exercise more enjoyable.

Mayo Clinic researchers found an even greater plus. There’s nothing like HIIT to stave off the aging process, thanks to changes it creates at the cell level, effects that can’t be achieved with any kind of medicine. What’s more, as positive as the changes were for younger people studied, they were even greater among people over 65.

Gauging the level of intensity needed for the HIIT intervals isn’t difficult. A person’s maximum aerobic activity (220 minus your age) can be rated on a scale of 0 to 10. High-intensity intervals are done at an exertion level of 7 or higher, around 80% to 95% of your maximum. (As a comparison, moderate activity is 60% to 70%, and vigorous activity is 70% to 80%.)

You can decide on the length of the segments. But, in general, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the high-intensity intervals should last between 30 seconds and 3 minutes. The low-intensity intervals can be anywhere from two to four times as long. While HIIT can be done with any type of aerobic activity, walking on a treadmill, running and cycling are particularly easy to adapt to the sequencing.

Sample HIIT Workout

  • Warmup: 5 minutes
  • High-intensity activity: 1 minute
  • Low-intensity activity: 2 minutes
  • High-intensity activity: 1 minute
  • Low-intensity activity: 2 minutes
  • High-intensity activity: 1 minute
  • Low-intensity activity: 2 minutes
  • High-intensity activity: 1 minute
  • Low-intensity activity: 2 minutes
  • Cooldown: 5 minutes

Experts at ACE suggest getting your doctor’s OK first and using the technique for only one or two workouts per week. Note that interval training is not an alternative to strength training for improving muscle strength and mass, so be sure to include both types of exercise in your weekly fitness plan.

Source: HealthDay

Study: Yogurt Might Help Men Avoid Colon Cancer

Steven Reinberg wrote . . . . . . . . .

Yogurt is a healthy food, and it may also be a cancer fighter, a new study suggests.

Men who had two or more servings of yogurt a week had a 26% lower risk of developing precancerous growths in their colon, a new study reports. Researchers didn’t find the same cancer-fighting benefit for women, however.

“These data suggest that other characteristics of yogurt, such as its potential role in altering the natural bacteria in our guts, may have cancer-preventive properties,” said researcher Dr. Andrew Chan. He’s a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

But researchers cautioned that the study doesn’t prove yogurt prevents colon cancer, only that there appears to be an association.

Specifically, the findings suggest that Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, two bacteria usually found in yogurt, may reduce cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.

Researchers said yogurt may also reduce acid in the gut, creating a more hospitable environment for these beneficial bacteria. In addition, yogurt may fight inflammation, helping to reduce cancer risk, they said.

“These findings require further corroboration in other populations and additional work in understanding the mechanisms by which yogurt may affect gut health,” Chan said.

Researchers said they did not receive any funding for the study from the yogurt industry.

For the study, Chan and his team collected data on nearly 33,000 men and nearly 56,000 women.

All had an endoscopy between 1986 and 2012 to check for growths inside the lower bowel. Every four years, they also told researchers about their diet and how much yogurt they ate.

During the study, more than 5,800 men developed colon polyps, as did more than 8,100 women. The abnormal growths, also called adenomas, precede development of cancer.

Men who ate yogurt two or more times a week had a 26% lower risk for the kind of adenomas that are likely to become cancerous and for those in the colon rather than the rectum.

Their risk for noncancerous adenomas was 19% lower, researchers found.

Chan’s team, however, didn’t find any link between yogurt consumption and adenoma risk in women.

Dr. Arun Swaminath is director of inflammatory bowel disease at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “It’s not clear why this association didn’t hold true for women,” said Swaminath, who had no role in the study.

He said it’s also unclear if yogurt with probiotics — live bacteria and yeasts that help keep the gut healthy — is superior to plain yogurt, “though the mechanism of benefit is thought to result from improvements to the microbiome.”

In any case, tweaking your diet to include more yogurt is easy and may be beneficial, Swaminath said.

“If you’re motivated, you can replace your red meat servings with yogurt to get a fantastic bounce for your gut health,” he said.

The report was published online in the journal Gut.

Source: HealthDay


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