How to cut out cancer from outdoor grilling

Grilling is very popular in the United States during the summer, but it does come with some health consequences.  We have heard the warnings about the increased cancer risk from eating grilled meat. AARP wrote a great article explaining how to cut down on the risk of cancer from your meat.

Dietitian Alice Bender, spokeswoman for the American Institute for Cancer Research, says the solution is what you cook and how you choose to cook it–always be aware of charring or burning the meat when you are grilling. Vicki Piper, senior clinical dietitian at Anderson, recommends cooking your meat slowly and at low heat, because high heat can cause carcinogenic substances to form in the meat.

Here are some tips:

  1. Marinade— By marinating the meat, it has a strong protective effect against cancer-causing compounds since the liquid helps prevent burning. Vinegar or lemon juice along with herbs such as rosemary, tarragon, and sage has the best effect against them. Plus, they make the meat more flavorful!
  2. Precook food—Attempt cooking the meat, poultry, or fish for a couple of minutes in the microwave before putting them on the grill. The less time on the grill equals the less contact to cancer-causing chemicals.
  3. Avoid flare-ups— Try to trim the excess fat so that it doesn’t drip and cause smoke and flare-ups which can burn your meat.
  4. Skip on the processed meat— Processed meats such as hot dogs can lead to an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Researchers are not sure what causes it, but predicts it might be the nitrites or the nitrates added as preservatives or something that occurs during the processing.

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Remember to clean your grill after or before using to prevent char bits sticking to your meat.

Happy Grilling!

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Being skinny doesn’t mean you’re healthy

There are so many TV shows lately exhibiting an obese person trying to lose weight in order to be healthy. This could be a reminder for some, but being skinny doesn’t necessarily mean that you are healthy either. A new study conducted by an international group of scientists led by Ruth Loos at the Medical Research Council in the UK, found that lean people can be at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. After analyzing 75,000 people, they found that leaner people with a specific genetic variant were at higher risk despite their lower body fat.

Scientists advises everyone to  not only focus on the amount of fat, but the type of fat that they might have. The fat that is deposited under the skin doesn’t contribute a lot to the development of metabolic disorders such as diabetes or heart problems. You need to look deeper into the body such as the liver to find the bad fat building up. In other words, skinny people may not have a lot of visible fat from the outside, but they could be collecting visceral fat (bad fat) deep inside their body.

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Courtesy of Time HealthLand–Read more here!

Trouble sleeping? Try a cooling cap!

New research conducted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine reported that by keeping the head cool, more insomniacs can sleep easier. Previous studies indicated that people with insomnia can’t  sleep due to the added brain activity that goes on at night. This results in the brain’s temperature being too hot to sleep.

The researchers gave 12 insomniacs a cap that contained circulating water at cool temperatures, and the results were surprising. They were all able to fall asleep as effortlessly as people without the condition. It only took them 13 minutes to fall asleep compared to the 16 minutes of the control group and they slept on average 89% of the time.

More studies need to be conducted before a definite conclusion can be reached. This solution would be great for people who are not comfortable taking medication for their condition or for those who existing treatments are not working.

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Link between TV and disease/early death

It is known that one of America’s favorite pastimes is to sit down on the comfy couch and watch TV. The average American watches TV about five hours a day becoming one of the common activities after work and sleep. Dr. Frank Hu and his research team from Harvard School of Public Health have recently analyzed data from eight large studies that was conducted in the 1970’s. It is a known fact that the link between watching TV and poor health are related, but now Hu’s team were able to quantify how much TV watching can contribute to disease and early death.

HealthLand Magazine reports:

“For every two hours of TV watching, the researchers found, the risk of type 2 diabetes increased by 20% over 8.5 years of follow-up, the risk of heart disease rose by 15% over a decade, and the odds of dying from any cause increased 13% during a seven year follow-up.”

 
Dr. Hu further explains that watching an excessive amount of TV is related to decreased physical activity and increased consumption of junk food. These are risk factors towards diabetes and heart disease which are conditions that contribute to early death. Also, physical activity and TV viewing are mutually exclusive which means that those who watch a lot of TV exercise less.

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Tougher rules for Sunscreen Labeling (Finally!)

The FDA has recently announced stricter rules for sunscreen manufacturers on labeling their sun protection claims. There are new provisions that permit simpler sunscreen labels and require the manufacturers to test their product’s effectiveness against UVA and UVB. The UVB rays are known to cause sunburn and both UVA and UVB rays are the foundation to cause skin cancer and wrinkling.

The FDA has been considering the new rules since 1978 and will turn into laws by next summer. They have found that any products with SPF of 2-14 are not effective in reducing the chance of skin cancer or premature skin aging, therefore must include a warning explaining that it hasn’t been proven to reduce the risks of cancer or skin aging. Interestingly enough, the FDA has suggest removing any SPF labels above 50, because they haven’t found any verification that sunscreens with that high of SPFs could give anyone better protection. The administration is continuing to research on the claim until further evidence has been found.

Also, the FDA is requiring all manufacturers to remove words such as “waterproof,” and “sweat-proof” from labels, because they are misleading to the consumers. They have instructed them to use terms such as “water-resistant” and they must label how many minutes that the product could uphold sun protection.

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Looking for your long lost relatives?

When life gets busy, you tend to lose contact with family members and distant relatives. Many people have different reasons to find their long lost uncle,  second cousin twice removed or that billionaire aunt that you heard you had (one can dream). AARP.com found some websites that you can start with to research your family history and find any family members you never knew you had.

State and local records: Put together by volunteers, this website USGenWeb Project provides genealogical research in every county and every state in the United States.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: The museum has a huge database of 42 million records of survivors and Holocaust victims: USHMM.org/research/collections/search/.

Ancestry.com: If you feel like paying for a service that allows you to search through 6 billion records worldwide, then give this website a shot. However, many local libraries have a subscription to this site so try there first. Ancestry.com also sponsors RootsWeb.ancestry.com. This website is free, made possible by volunteers and includes local history, gravestones and old church records.

Ellisisland.org: This website offers a list of passengers from every ship that entered the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. This is a neat website, because you can find the passengers’ last residence, their profession, and any other family members that they have in the US and in their country of origin.

Findagrave.com: A database that provides more than 60 million grave records and millions of photos.

Click here for more websites to continue your search!

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Lightened Chocolate Desserts

You don’t have to stay away from chocolate when you’re on a diet. Cookinglight.com listed 20 mouth watering chocolate recipes that are more health conscious. Now, who doesn’t like chocolate? Below is one of our favorite recipes for individual chocolate soufflés, 152 calories each.

Ingredients
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven 350º
  2. Grab two ramekins (6-ounce) and coat them with cooking spray and sprinkle each ramekin with 3/4 teaspoon granulated sugar.
  3. Mix 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, flour, cocoa, and milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook 2 minutes while stirring until smooth. Spoon chocolate mixture into a medium bowl and then cool 4 minutes. Next, stir in vanilla.
  4. Place egg white in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form.
  5. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form (do not overbeat).
  6. Gently stir 1/4 of egg white mixture into chocolate mixture; gently fold in remaining egg white mixture. Spoon mixture into prepared dishes.
  7. Sharply tap dishes 2 or 3 times to level.
  8.  Place dishes on a baking sheet; bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until puffy and set.
  9. Sprinkle each soufflé with 1/2 teaspoon powdered sugar. Serve immediately.

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Recipe courtesy of cookinglight.com

Image by: Randy Mayor