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Omega 3 Supplements

If you are eating a lot  of food with Omega-3 or taking Omega-3 supplements for heart health you are wasting your time and money.  According to a recent study both foods high in Omega-3  and supplements, ” have no impact on overall death rates, deaths from heart disease, or strokes and heart attacks.”

HOWEVER……

Another study found that:

“Taking enough omega-3 fatty acid supplements to change the balance of oils in your diet could slow a key biological process linked to aging, new research suggests.”

You can read more about the first study at this link: For heart health, fish oil pills not the answer, and the second study at this link: Omega-3 Supplements May Slow a Biological Effect of Aging.

 

Low-Carb Diet Found To Be Best For Weight Loss

I know I am beginning to sound like a broken record on the low-carb diet. However, it is true. Low carb diets are best and there is a new analysis that shows this.

A review of 17 different studies that followed a total of 1,141 obese patients on low-carb eating plans — some were similar to the Atkins diet — found that dieters lost an average of almost 18 pounds in six months to a year.

I highly recommend you read this very short article yourself to get all of the details by clicking this link: Low-carb diet gets more support from new analysis.

 

Eating Out Might Actually Be Cheaper Than Cooking

The long and short of this headline is simply that the cost of food at the supermarket is increasing at the rate of 6% a year, a 2.5 % increase in the cost of restaurant food per year.

It is becoming cheaper for consumers to dine out. “It’s all about substitution, as prices at grocery stores rise, consumers will respond by making choices,” says Dutta. [Neil Dutta an economist at Bank of America.]

You can read the entire article by following this link: Eating Out.

This is a very interesting article and includes and an unscientific comparison of  meals at many popular restaurants (for instance: Outback Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, etc.) Vs making the same meal at home.

For those of you not going out to dine tonight  here is our……………

Featured Recipe    Herb and Lemon Pork Chops

This is a very tasty and easy recipe to make. The longer you let the pork chops marinate the stronger the lemon flavor and the more delicious this dish is.

This is what you will need for 3-4 people

3- 4 pork loin chops

3-4 garlic cloves

½ teaspoon fennel seeds

8 stems of fresh thyme*

2 lemons

4 tablespoon olive oil divided

Salt and pepper to taste

* 2 stems per pork chop

Here is what you do:

Roughly cut or crush the fennel seeds. I use the flat side of the knife to crush the seeds just a bit. Place the crushed seeds in a bowl. Zest and juice 1 of the lemons into the bowl too.

Remove the thyme leaves from the stem and add to bowl.  [If you are right handed hold the thyme in your left hand. Starting at the top of the stem run your fingernails {using thumb and index finger} down the stem all the way to the bottom  and the leaves will come right off.] Press the garlic and add to the bowl too.

Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the bowl and mix well.

Place the chops on a dish and rub the herb mixture all over both sides of the chops. I do that by placing a tablespoon of the olive oil mixture on top of a chop. Then I use my hands to rub the mixture on both sides of each chop, adding more of the lemon-olive oil mixture until it is all used up.

Marinate the chops in the fridge for at least one hour and up to one day. Remember, the longer the chops marinate the stronger the lemon-thyme mixture and the more delicious the chops become.

When ready to cook, salt and pepper the chops on both sides.

Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil too a large skillet and heat over medium high heat until very hot.

Add the chops and cook for 3-4 minutes per side until the chops are nice and brown on both sides and cooked through. If your chops are thicker increase cooking time by 2 or 3 minutes per side.  Do not over cook the chops as this will suck all the delicious  juices out of them and make the chops dry and very tough.

While the chops are cooking cut the remaining lemon into quarters.

When the chops are done place on a serving plate.  Add a sprig or two of fresh thyme to the plate for garnish along with one of the lemon quarters.  Squeeze the fresh juice onto the finished chop. Serve with a salad.

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

3 pork loin chops                   $5.25

3 garlic cloves                       $0.16              

½ teaspoon fennel seeds       $0.06

6 stems of thyme                  $0.42

2 lemons                              $1.32

4 tablespoon olive oil             $0.46

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $7.67
Cost per person = $2.55

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6 comments to Food News Round Up

  • Love the porky chops. disagree with eating out being cheaper. Initially it might be, especially for families of one or two but when you factor in the health consequences of all the extra sodium, trans fats and other baddies in the food, I suspect the outcome will be more expensive.

    • Roberta

      Glad yu like the pork chops. 🙂

      You and I continue to disagree on fats. I ascribe to Gary Taubes and the research he has cited that shows that and fat is not evil. In fact, there is plenty of research out there that says it is low-fat and yo-yo dieting that contributes to obesity. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22116724 ~ Just one of hundreds of articles I could cite. One of the biggest factors in obesity is lack of physical activity, not what we eat.

  • I do agree with you Roberta. Friends and I were just discussing each topic you wrote about today. We’re on the same ‘wave length’ it seems! Chops look and sound great. I love pork. Here’s a tip you may not know…when you pick out your chops look for the palest in color. Those are the tender ones. The ones that are the redder are the toughest. My butcher told me this many years ago and I’ve followed his advice and not been disappointed.

    • Roberta

      Thanks for the great tip on how to pick the most tender pork chops, Dawn. Appreciate it very much. Great info to have.

      So very interesting we were both reading the same info on the same topics. You know what they say about great minds and all. 🙂

  • Terry

    Roberta as always a gem in the mixture of good cooking and thought provoking articles and videos 🙂

    • Roberta

      Thank you, Terry. Glad you like the mix of good food and discussion of topics of the day served up here. 🙂