What’s the Nutritional Value of Quiche?

The beauty of quiche is that it can be virtually anything you like — heavy or light, entree or appetizer, holiday treat or a Thursday dinner. And to top off the versatility, you can create a scrumptious quiche with practically any vegetable, meat or seafood. Now, if it were only healthy…

Despite the flexibility, not to mention the easy prep, some cooks have misgivings about the nutritional value of quiche. After all, it is mostly a simple custard of eggs, heavy whipping cream and cheese. And that’s a lot of unnecessary fat and calories.

White Bean Chili Recipe Will Warm the Heart

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Hearty stews and belly-warming soups are coming out of the kitchens; frost is sparkling, and winter jackets are coming out of hiding. Families are craving slow-cooked, savory meals that yield health benefits and leftovers.
Delicious, savory winter-recipe ingredients that will surely satisfy are white beans and Oso Sweet Onions, an onion grown at the foot of the Andes Mountains. Onions are not only believed to be a cancer preventative, their low-salt, low-fat health benefits are the proactive equivalent to superhero powers. Onions have 25 compounds that lower blood pressure and cholesterol, prevent thrombosis, inhibit strokes and battle heart disease, says the American Heart Association.
Plus, the antioxidants and flavonoids found in onions don’t lose their potency once cooked. This makes them ideal for slow-cooked recipes. They add a punch of flavor and a whopping serving size, making them an affordable luxury during the chilly winter months.
Use the following recipe for a tasty detour from your typical red chili.

Get Heart-Healthy With White Bean Chili

Hearty stews and belly-warming soups are coming out of the kitchens; frost is sparkling, and winter jackets are coming out of hiding. Families are craving slow-cooked, savory meals that yield health benefits and leftovers.

A delicious savory ingredient is the Oso Sweet Onion, grown at the foot of the Andes Mountains. Onions are not only believed to be a cancer preventative, their low-salt, low-fat health benefits are the proactive equivalent to superhero powers. Onions have 25 compounds that lower blood pressure and cholesterol, prevent thrombosis, inhibit strokes and battle heart disease, says the American Heart Association.

Winter Opens Homes to Pest Invasion

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Hearty stews and belly-warming soups are coming out of the kitchens; frost is sparkling, and winter jackets are coming out of hiding. Families are craving slow-cooked, savory meals that yield health benefits and leftovers.
Delicious, savory winter-recipe ingredients that will surely satisfy are white beans and Oso Sweet Onions, an onion grown at the foot of the Andes Mountains. Onions are not only believed to be a cancer preventative, their low-salt, low-fat health benefits are the proactive equivalent to superhero powers. Onions have 25 compounds that lower blood pressure and cholesterol, prevent thrombosis, inhibit strokes and battle heart disease, says the American Heart Association.
Plus, the antioxidants and flavonoids found in onions don’t lose their potency once cooked. This makes them ideal for slow-cooked recipes. They add a punch of flavor and a whopping serving size, making them an affordable luxury during the chilly winter months.
Use the following recipe for a tasty detour from your typical red chili.

Avocado Oil Is Picking Up Steam in the Kitchen

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Watch out olive oil, chefs of all varieties have a new oil option under their apron that’s as pleasing to people’s health as it is to their taste buds — avocado oil.
“My favorite at the moment is that wonderful New Zealand invention, avocado oil. It has a delectable bright green color and a delicious avocado flavor and is incredibly good for your health,” says Ray McVinne, a celebrity chef and author.
Avocado oil packs a Superman-like punch with nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. Plus, it can be infused with other savory flavors like Lemon and Rosemary to add real variety to your meals.
Avocado oil is a rich source of antioxidants, folate, fiber and vitamins E and C. Avocados are virtually the only fruit with monounsaturated fats, which are the good fats recommended by the American Heart Association. Recent studies from the Nutrition Institute uncovered even more health benefits in avocado oil.
An extra-virgin avocado oil from a New Zealand company called Olivado was found to be the best source of a much sought-after vitamin-like substance, CoQ10. Olivado avocado oil contains more CoQ10, also called “ubiquinone,” than anything, even meat.
Other international chefs, like Peter Gordon and Jamie Oliver, call avocado oil the next big ingredient. Experiment with it at home using this recipe from www.Olivado.com:
Butterflied Leg of Lamb
125 grams almonds (roasted, chopped)
3 cloves garlic (peeled)
1 teaspoons paprika
2 tablespoons cumin and coriander seeds (roasted)
1/2 teaspoon chopped dried chilli
1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 cup Olivado Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
Grated rind/juice of one lemon
Combine the first seven ingredients in food processor till texture is even, fairly fine. Add avocado oil, lemon rind and juice. Evenly rub the mixture over both sides of the prepared leg, then roast (don’t sear the lamb prior to cooking).
Place the rubbed leg cut side up, on a rack over a roasting tray. Fan-bake in pre-heated oven at 190 degrees C for 15 minutes. Turn lamb over, continue to roast for another 15-20 minutes or till cooked to your liking. Rest in a warm place for 10-15 minutes before carving.

Men: Heed Warning Signs of Heart Attack

It’s well known that more men have heart attacks than women, but many men ignore their cardiac health or don’t recognize warning signs. To further complicate matters, cardiologists can’t diagnose heart disease until the condition is advanced enough to cause high cholesterol or a blockage – problems that increase the risk of heart attack.

Most heart disease is coronary heart disease, in which arterial plaque build-up narrows blood vessels, lessening the amount of blood and oxygen that reaches the heart. While most men don’t have heart attacks until later in life – the average man gets his first heart attack at age 65 – plaque has been found in the hearts of 20-year-olds. That means that arterial plaque can build up for decades before men develop major problems.

Study Links ED to Heart Attack

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – A new study suggests that men experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED) need to worry about more than their sex life — in men with cardiovascular disease, ED can indicate a greater risk of heart attack.

The study of 1,500 men, which was published in “Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association,” found that men with both ED and cardiovascular disease were twice as likely to have a heart attack than men with cardiovascular disease, but no ED. And the worse the ED, the greater the risk.

This research only confirms what doctors have known for years — men need to take ED seriously.

The male organ serves as the barometer of a man’s overall health, with dysfunction often acting as a precursor for other existing or potential health issues. Studies have established that men with ED are more likely to develop heart problems like heart attack, cardiac death, stroke and angina, or chest pain. ED can also be an early sign of diabetes, high cholesterol levels and other physical ailments. Even mild symptoms of ED can mean that there are issues in other parts of a man’s body.

Before addressing ED, men should make sure that they are otherwise healthy. Doctors who specifically deal with sexual dysfunction issues, such as physicians with Boston Medical Group (www.bostonmedicalgroup.com), can identify underlying issues that may be causing ED.

Treatment is available even for men with diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, cancer and kidney or liver problems, who often have trouble taking oral medications for ED, due to potentially serious systemic side effects. Intracavernous pharmocotherapy (ICP) — a small and minimally invasive injection of a combination of FDA-approved medications — may be a better option. Other alternatives include intraurethral suppository and vacuum suction devices.

Sex is an important part of physical, psychological and emotional health. Men experiencing ED should ask their doctor about treatment options — but only after looking for underlying health issues that may be causing the problem.

Why You Should Help Your Child Avoid Cavities

Teaching your kids to care for their teeth will do more than ensure a healthy smile — it may also help them avoid health problems later in life.

Many parents consider cavities a normal part of childhood — after all, children eat more sweet foods than adults and often neglect brushing and flossing. But research links cavities and tgum diseaset with serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease.

Kids Take Gum Disease to Heart

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Teaching your kids to care for their teeth will do more than ensure a healthy smile — it may also help them avoid health problems later in life.

Many parents consider cavities a normal part of childhood — after all, children eat more sweet foods than adults and often neglect brushing and flossing. But research links cavities and gum disease with serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease.

Research suggests that there is a relationship between gum disease and heart health. The American Academy of Periodontology reports that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to have heart disease. Likewise, in a study of 657 heart-disease patients published in “Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association,” lead researcher Moise Desvarieux, M.D., Ph.D. of Columbia University discovered that patients with harmful bacteria in their mouths were more likely to have a clogged artery in their neck, a precursor to stroke.

Researchers believe that, when the harmful bacteria that cause gum disease invade the gum line, they also access the bloodstream. Once they enter the circulatory system, these harmful bacteria can cause disease in other parts of the body.

But kids will be kids, and some may stop brushing their teeth before they finish singing “The Star Spangled Banner” or forget to floss after eating that ice cream cone. Even if kids are excellent brushers and flossers, they can’t get rid of the harmful bacteria living in every part of their mouths.

Parents can skip the risk by giving their kids probiotics for oral care, like EvoraKids (www.myevorakids.com), a chewable that contains beneficial bacteria that are normally found in healthy mouths. When these good bacteria adhere to the teeth, they leave less room for harmful bacteria to grow, helping to support tooth health.

“Daily use of a product such as EvoraKids is an easy way to naturally maintain oral health,” says Dr. Jeffrey Hillman, D.M.D., Ph.D. and chief medical officer for Oragenics. “The good bacteria inhibit the growth of the damaging bad bacteria, leading to better health and breath.”

For more information, visit www.myevorakids.com.

Boost Your Health With Fish

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but you could probably use a few more on your plate. Seafood — like shrimp, tilapia, and salmon — is brimming with nutrients. What really sets seafood apart from other healthy foods is that it’s a natural source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

“Fish has become a go-to food for a real health boost,” says Aviva Goldfarb, author and founder of “The Six O’Clock Scramble,” an online weekly menu planner and cookbook. “It’s a lean protein and a great way to get a dose of omega-3. Since our bodies cannot make omega-3, it’s important to regularly include them in our diets.”

Studies show that a diet containing omega-3s may decrease the risk of certain cancers, decrease blood pressure, reduce Alzheimer’s symptoms, improve arthritis and joint pain, and promote heart health.

“A lot of people are intimidated when it comes to preparing fish, but by keeping the ingredients simple and flavorful, you can prepare a healthy, delicious dish in minutes,” says Goldfarb.

Experts, including the American Heart Association, recommend consuming at least two servings of seafood a week. Not sure where to start? Try this easy, delicious recipe for Grilled Tilapia Broccoli Penne, which packs a huge super-nutrient punch in one meal.

The fillets add an authentic, flame-grilled taste, no grilling required. For more ideas and recipes, visit www.gortons.com.

Grilled Tilapia Broccoli Penne

Serves 2

2 Gorton’s Signature Grilled Tilapia Fillets

4 ounces whole wheat penne pasta

2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil

1 small onion, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups broccoli florets

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Prepare Gorton’s Signature Grilled Tilapia Fillets and pasta according to package instructions, and cut each fillet into four pieces. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat for two minutes and sauté onion and garlic five minutes, add broccoli, sauté seven minutes, add pasta and remove from heat. Combine remaining ingredients with broccoli mixture, arrange fish pieces over pasta and serve.