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Elegant Prom Dresses, Wedding Dresses, Oscar Knockoffs, Evening Gowns & Quincenera Dresses
Monday, 29 November 2004
Olympic Soccer-Soy Diet : Get Ready For the Summer Olympics in Greece & Soccer World Cup
Topic: Food_Fruit_Fitness

Summer Fruits and Vegetables: Why did your MOMMA say they're good for you?

Add some good fats, soy products, Soccer,
Exercise to control Cholesterol and manage weight

First things first, eliminate or limit bad fats. They are the saturated fats and transfatty acids that you find mostly in animal-related foods such as meats, high-fat dairy products, tropical oils like palm, coconut and palm kernel. It's worth pointing out that some studies show that diets high in saturated fats increase the risk of heart disease, obesity and some types of cancer. Now this is why our surgeon general and other health professionals are leading a public battle against obesity. They fear the consequences of such a large epidemic. Some of the risks associated with obesity are well-known: stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes.

Where do we find the transfatty acids? Health scientists say that they are created when food manufacturers saturate vegetable oils in a process called hydrogenation. They are found in deep-fried foods, baked goods, beef fat and dairy fat, hard stick margarine and shortening. Think about the white stuff in your twinkies (lard and sugar combo). Transfatty acids raise your cholesterol while diminishing your HDLs, the good blood particles.

Where can I find the good fats?

There are two sources: Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. The monounsaturated fats are like barriers that protect and lower your cholesterol and reduce the possibility of heart disease. Where can I find these goodies? They are found mostly in vegetable oils. These monounsaturated fats can be found in olive, peanut and canola oils. You can obtain these fats in olives, avocados, soy, unprocessed nut butters, walnuts and almonds. In all things, be moderate. Now, don't make too much use of them. While they are protecting the body from invading germs and diseases, they tend to be high in calories.

Now how about the polyunsaturated fats?

They are the omega-3s and omega-6s which are essential to optimum cardiac function, joint health, mood stability. The omega-3s are usually found in walnuts, flax see, all green, leafy vegetables, fish such as salmon, sardines, trout, tuna and mackerel. Omega-6 fatty acids are found in corn, safflower, sunflower, cottonseed and sesame oils.

Hey, keep this in mind: Not all fat is bad. There are good fat and bad fats.

What's up with soy?

Substitute high-fat meats with good-fat protein. Research has shown that consuming at least 25 grams of soy protein in place of animal protein lowered blood cholesterol levels by 5 to 10 percent. That means there will be a reduction in heart-attack risk. Adopt a cholesterol-cutting diet which is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans if you want to avoid medication or reduce your doses.

What are the health benefits of soy? Is it true it helps those who are going through their menopause?

Research has shown that it does provide some relief of hot flashes and night sweats. Those who worry about hormone-replacement risks may want to take a second look at soy-based foods. According to an analysis of a research published in the annals of Internal Medicine (Nov. 2002), researchers from Columbia University and George Washington University encourage women who are bothered by hot flashes and night sweats to try soy or isoflavone-rich foods or supplements. Soy helps prevent osteoporosis too. It also helps prevent breast and prostate cancer.

The bottom line is to adopt a cancer-prevention diet which is high in fruits, vegetables, greens, beans, lentils, soups, stews and some casseroles but low in fat.


Less bad fat and more good fat:

Eat fish. Play soccer and drink silk. use canola oil or olive oil when baking and cooking. Use walnut or olive oil on salads. Sprinkle flaxseed in yogurt or on cereal. Put avocados on tacos or sandwiches. Add olives to salads, sandwiches or casseroles. Enjoy peanut and almond butter. Eat nuts. Change to trans-free margarines. Eat mussles, smelt and squid. Limit gravy and sauces. Use non-meat sources of protein such as beans, garbanzos, soy products and lentils. Buy whole-wheat bread with nuts and seeds etc.

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  • Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 4:21 PM
    Updated: Thursday, 27 October 2005 3:03 PM
    Saturday, 7 August 2004
    Consumers' Joyful Reaction to Planned Action by Associated Fruit Producers of California
    Mood:  celebratory
    Topic: Food_Fruit_Fitness

    Tree Fruit Growers of California's Central Valley
    Are pushing for a living, fair price for fruits

    For most of us, California's stone fruit consumers, we think that the local farmers who produce what has become a highly anticipated Summer staple on our tables have received a good deal on the negotiating table. After all, we want to buy and consume locally-grown, California fruit. We want to support our growing heroes. As consumers, we would always feel more comfortable knowing that the hands that produce these succulent fruits have also been able to make a decent living. This way, they would not have to worrry about whether or not to sell the farm to all-too-willing developers and completely abandon farming. According to the Associated Fruit Producers of California, a Dinuba, California, cooperative, these growers, mostly family farmers, have not been happy with the 27.5 cents per pound they receive for their fruits. Associated Fruit is advocating on their behalf. This explains why the cooperative has recently seen a major increase in its membership rolls. A recent meeting held by the cooperative was attended by a large number of local growers who are inviting their own buddies to join in.

    July is considered as an important period in the harvest season all over the San Joaquin Valley. "This is a great development for the farmers as well as the farming community's sympathizers, advocates and family members. We, consumers, want farmers to continue to produce because we believe in their products. Where else can you find such a large variety of top quality, fresh tree fruits?" wrote Mr. Joseph-J. Charles, author of two books on the Central Valley's stone fruit consumption. Last year, he published "The Long Lost Garden of Eden" which has been welcome by the local farming community. Thanks to popular acclaim, he has just released "California Blossoms and Harvest Delights," a consumer-oriented book on the Valley's stone fruit production and terroir. Both books are available at

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    Author Charles said that the timing of the negotiation news did not surprise him at all. After talking to many farmers, growers and their family members during the research for his books, he found signs that an increase in per-pound price was just around the corner. Growers were complaining of being unable to meet their bank deadlines. They often complain that the production costs and related expenses are highly superior to the price they get from the market. They often have to resort to the non-picking of small fruits which the grocery stores refuse to display. Once the fruits are picked and packed, the growers usually lose some bargaining edge. Therefore, they are forced to sell even at a loss.

    A local farmer's daughter was recently shopping at a local grocery store in the Fresno/Clovis area. She was shocked by the disparity between the per-pound price the growers receive and $1.69 per pound charged by the grocerery clerk. She shared her reaction with the author as follows: "I just bit into one of the nectarines you gave to me....fantastic!!!!! It is so sweet!!!!!! You know, every time I go into a grocery store now, I always talk with the produce clerk. I always ask if they know that while they are charging the customer $1.69/lb and up for fruit that the poor farmer is lucky to be getting $6.00 per box. Sheesh! What a rip-off! There truly is no respect for the farmer. I wish the general public knew or at least tried to do something about being ripped off like that!! If the price per pound at the store reflected how much the farmer received per box, the farmer would be getting about $25 per box! Okay - I'll calm down now!! Thanks for being my captive audience AND thanks for the wonderful fruit."

    Associated Fruit's advocacy and efforts on behalf of the growers and family farmers reflect the realities of the marketplace. If we, consumers, have been willing to pay up to $1.90 per pound, we believe that the farmers' request for a fair price is just. In light of the preceding considerations, we still think that 27.5 cents per pound is a bare minimum. All they are asking for is for everybody to be happy. They are not too greedy after all. As consumers, we don't want the growers to get ripped off. We don't want to get ripped off in the fruit aisles either. Everyone just hopes that the grocery stores, hungry for more profits, don't pass down the new costs to shoppers.

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    a cooperative of fruit growers.

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    Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 9:16 AM
    Updated: Saturday, 23 October 2004 6:45 AM
    Sunday, 11 July 2004
    Harvest Season in Central California & Congratulations To Soon-to-be Daddy, Chris
    Mood:  celebratory
    Topic: Food_Fruit_Fitness

    Never a dull moment: A full week-end of activities!

    You can do it alone! Congratulations!


    Once the chile is ready, I had to transport it to the baby shower site. I could not find the Historical Museum in Kingsburg, CA without assistance. The heat reminded me that we are in July. Most of us were baking and sweating profusely. Yet, a good friend will stand with you when you have to barbeque. Thanks to Dan for manning this huge grill. I had errands to run. I had to check the fruit harvest between Reedley and Kingsburg. I could not bear it. It was hot. Who can resist great peaches and nectarines!

    We are deep into this year's harvest. Fruit pickers are in a hurry to get home. The heat is beating them among these green and loaded stone fruit trees. The grapes are being harvested too. I had to get home. A tired guest needed to rest. I had to clean up before he arrived. Our farmer friend surprised us with some juicy nectarines and other varieties. Our guest and the farmer had a bowl of menudo for lunch.

    Let's give some credits to Kat: she prepared the chile and menudo. Everybody loves them. Great job!

    Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 1:16 PM
    Updated: Thursday, 27 October 2005 2:50 PM

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