Foods that fight inflammation

Doctors are learning that one of the best ways to quell inflammation lies not in the medicine cabinet, but in the refrigerator.

Your immune system attacks anything in your body that it recognizes as foreign—such as an invading microbe, plant pollen, or chemical. The process is called inflammation. Intermittent bouts of inflammation directed at truly threatening invaders protect your health.

Foods that combat inflammation

Include plenty of these anti-inflammatory foods in your diet:
olive oil
green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards
nuts like almonds and walnuts
fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges

Eating Right – Metabolic Syndrome

Four Tall Chefs - Vickie Wade

Four Tall Chefs – Vickie Wade

Kids with metabolic syndrome have at least three of these risk factors:

excessive belly fat

high blood pressure (hypertension)

abnormal levels of blood fats (lipids), including cholesterol and triglycerides

hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)

You might be surprised to learn that these are problems kids can have. After all, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are usually things older people grumble about.

Not so anymore. Thanks to the rising obesity epidemic in young people, kids and teens are getting these conditions — and they’re getting them earlier than ever before. Some estimates say that nearly 1 in 10 teens — and over a third of obese teens — have metabolic syndrome. And a study of 375 second- and third-graders found that 5% had metabolic syndrome and 45% had one or two risk factors for it.

This is something parents should know about, especially because they can take steps to lessen their kids’ chances of developing metabolic syndrome or the risk factors that lead to it.

Metabolic Syndrome

Sugar and Spice – What Are You Made Of

"WHAT ARE LITTLE GIRLS MADE OF? (NURSERY RHYME)" What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice, And everything nice, That's what little girls are made of.

What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice,
And everything nice,
That’s what little girls are made of.

Herbs, Spices, More

Various foods eaten by breastfeeding women (from carrots and garlic to mint and vanilla) affect the flavor of their breast milk. Interestingly, a mom’s prenatal diet—if it regularly includes strong spices such as curry, cumin or fenugreek—may affect her newborn’s body odor.

Cereal – What Did You Have For Breakfast

The Conversation Camille Pissarro, c. 1881

The Conversation
Camille Pissarro, c. 1881

Six sensible cereal suggestions:

Avoid cereals depicting cartoon characters, prizes, or games on the box—clues that the cereal is likely loaded with sugar.

Look for cereals made from unsweetened whole grains—or at least ones with whole grains as the first ingredient(s) and no more than 4 to 6 grams of sugar per serving.

Beware of low-sugar cereals that are made from refined grains and have negligible fiber. The real challenge is to find a low-sugar cereal that is also high in fiber (3 grams or more) from whole grains.

Ignore nutrient claims on the front of boxes, like “excellent source of vitamin D” or “good source of fiber.” Such labeling is “designed to distract consumers from focusing on the unhealthy sugar content,”

Be aware that you may be eating more than a serving of cereal at each sitting, since the listed serving sizes are small.

Compare nutrition labels.

Lastly, if your favorite cereal is very sugary and you don’t want to give it up altogether, you can moderate the sweetness by mixing it with a cereal that has little or no added sugar.

Excerted from Berkley Wellness

Cereal: How Sweet It Is