Friday, August 22, 2008

Allergy Prone? Easy On The Booze!

If you suffer from allergies, or it they run in the family, you might want to cut back on alcohol.


Scientists at Spain's University of Santiago de Compostela have reported a link between even moderate alcohol consumption and the igE antibodies found in high levels in the blood of people prone to develop allergic illnesses, such as hay fever, asthma or eczema.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Healthy Honey

Honey may be even more beneficial than you think. In a recent study at the University of California, Davis, when researchers fed 25 people four or more tablespoons of buckwheat honey each day for 29 days, blood samples showed increased levels of compounds that help protect against cancer and heart disease.But you don't need that much honey to get a benefit, and buckwheat isn't the only variety to try.

In general, the darker the honey, the more antioxidants it has. Look for avocado and wild flower varieties.

Recipe Lime and Honey Dip:
1 package (225g) Neufchatel cream cheese, at room temperature1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt2 tbs.honey2 tbs. low-fat (1% fat) milk1 tbs. lime juice1 tsp. vanilla1/8 tsp. ground mace or nutmeg1/4 tsp. grated lime rindIn a small bowl, with an electric mixer on high, beat Neufchatel cheese, yogurt, honey milk, lime juice, vanilla and mace until creamy. Stir in the lime rind. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour (will keep for two days).
Serve with an assortment of fresh fruits. Make about 1 1/2 cups.

Enjoy the recipe.Per 1 tbs. serving : 0.158 kilojoules, 3 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 3 g carbohydrates.

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