Gadget: Under-cabinet Mug Bottle Holder

山崎実業戸棚下マグボトルホルダ

The price of the holder is 1,620 yen (plus tax) in Japan.

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Grilled Corn and Scallion Toast with Cilantro Crema

Ingredients

Four (3/4-inch) thick slices country-style bread
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 radishes, thinly sliced
1/2 cup crumbled Cotija cheese
1 lime, quartered
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Topping

1/2 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons fresh cilantro (coriander) leaves
1/4 cup crumbled Cotija cheese
1/2 jalapeno chile, roughly chopped (seeded for less heat)
juice of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
8 scallions (spring onions), ends trimmed
1/2 teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt
2 ears fresh corn, shucked

Method

  1. To make the cilantro crema, in a food processor, pulse the sour cream, cilantro, Cotija, jalapeno, lime juice, and salt to a smooth puree. Transfer to a small bowl, cover, and refrigerate.
  2. Heat a grill (barbecue) or grill pan (griddle) to high. Drizzle 2 teaspoons of the oil over the scallions, sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cook on both sides until charred and soft, 4-5 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a plate. Brush the remaining 2 teaspoons oil over the corn, season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cook on all sides until the kernels are golden brown and slightly charred, 6-8 minutes.
  4. When the corn is cool enough to handle, slice the kernels off the cob.
  5. To make the toast, drizzle the bread slices with the olive oil. Toast the bread on the grill. Top each toast with some crema and corn, add 2 scallions, then finish with the radish and Cotija.
  6. Dip one side of each lime wedge in the cayenne, squeeze over the toast, and serve.

Makes 4 servings.

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Afternoon Tea at Hotel Chinzanso in Tokyo, Japan

The price is 4,730 yen (tax included) per person.

Eating Food with Too Much Salt May Cause Bloating

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

If you often feel bloated after a meal, don’t be too quick to blame high-fiber foods. The real culprit might surprise you.

Your gut may be rebelling because you’re eating too much salt, a new study suggests.

“Sodium reduction is an important dietary intervention to reduce bloating symptoms and could be used to enhance compliance with healthful high-fiber diets,” said study researcher Noel Mueller, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

He and his research colleagues looked at data from a large clinical trial conducted in the late 1990s known as Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension-Sodium, or DASH-Sodium for short.

Their conclusion: Consuming a lot of salt increases bloating, as does a healthy, high-fiber diet.

Although it’s not clear exactly how salt contributes, Mueller suspects fluid retention may be the key. Eating more salt can promote water retention and make digestion less efficient, which can lead to gas and bloating, he said.

Studies in mice have shown that dietary salt can alter the makeup of gut bacteria. And that, in turn, can affect gas production in the colon, Mueller said.

“Our study suggests that selecting foods with lower sodium content, such as those that are not ultra-processed, may help relieve bloating in some people,” he said.

Bloating affects as many as a third of Americans, including more than 90% of those with irritable bowel syndrome. It’s a painful buildup of excess gas created as gut bacteria break down fiber during digestion.

For the current study, the researchers used findings from a 1998-1999 trial. In that trial, the DASH diet — one low in fat and high in fiber, fruits, nuts and veggies — was compared with a low-fiber eating regimen. The trial’s goal was to learn how salt and other factors affected high blood pressure.

The new review found that about 41% on the high-fiber diet reported bloating, and men had a bigger problem with it than women. And diets high in salt increased the odds of bloating by 27%.

“We found that in both diets, reducing sodium intake reduced bloating symptoms,” Mueller said.

The upshot is that reducing sodium can be an effective way to prevent gas — and may help people maintain a healthy, high-fiber eating regimen.

Many things can cause bloating — lactose intolerance, celiac disease, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, infection or other conditions, said Samantha Heller, a senior clinical nutritionist at New York University Langone Health.

“If someone is experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating on an ongoing basis, they should see their health care practitioner to see if the cause can be pinned down,” said Heller, who wasn’t involved with the study. “This way they will know how to manage the issue.”

Occasional bloating is not uncommon, she added.

To help you avoid excess gas and bloating, Heller offered these tips:

  • Increase physical activity.
  • Limit highly processed foods, such as fast food, frozen meals, junk food and fried food.
  • Increase your fluid intake, and make peppermint tea part of it. Avoid carbonated beverages.
  • Eat more foods that are rich in fiber, such as vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Increase these slowly and in small portions, and be sure to increase your fluid intake at the same time.
  • Have smaller meals.

The report was published recently in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Source: HealthDay

Could Coffee be the Secret to Fighting Obesity?

Scientists from the University of Nottingham have discovered that drinking a cup of coffee can stimulate ‘brown fat’, the body’s own fat-fighting defenses, which could be the key to tackling obesity and diabetes.

The pioneering study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, is one of the first to be carried out in humans to find components which could have a direct effect on ‘brown fat’ functions, an important part of the human body which plays a key role in how quickly we can burn calories as energy.

Brown adipose tissue (BAT), also known as brown fat, is one of two types of fat found in humans and other mammals. Initially only attributed to babies and hibernating mammals, it was discovered in recent years that adults can have brown fat too. Its main function is to generate body heat by burning calories (opposed to white fat, which is a result of storing excess calories).

People with a lower body mass index (BMI) therefore have a higher amount of brown fat.

Professor Michael Symonds, from the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham who co-directed the study said: “Brown fat works in a different way to other fat in your body and produces heat by burning sugar and fat, often in response to cold. Increasing its activity improves blood sugar control as well as improving blood lipid levels and the extra calories burnt help with weight loss. However, until now, no one has found an acceptable way to stimulate its activity in humans.

The team started with a series of stem cell studies to see if caffeine would stimulate brown fat. Once they had found the right dose, they then moved on to humans to see if the results were similar.

The team used a thermal imaging technique, which they’d previously pioneered, to trace the body’s brown fat reserves. The non-invasive technique helps the team to locate brown fat and assess its capacity to produce heat.

“From our previous work, we knew that brown fat is mainly located in the neck region, so we were able to image someone straight after they had a drink to see if the brown fat got hotter,” said Professor Symonds.

“The results were positive and we now need to ascertain that caffeine as one of the ingredients in the coffee is acting as the stimulus or if there’s another component helping with the activation of brown fat. We are currently looking at caffeine supplements to test whether the effect is similar. Once we have confirmed which component is responsible for this, it could potentially be used as part of a weight management regime or as part of glucose regulation programme to help prevent diabetes.”

Source: University of Nottingham


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