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Sundry Sunday

 

It has been a while since I had enough miscellaneous bits of news to do a Sunday Sundry. But I have some very interesting tidbits for you today.

First up:

‘Bad’ Cholesterol Not As Bad As People Think Texas A&M Study Shows

It seems that so-called bad cholesterol (LDL) may not be so bad after all in people who exercise regularly.

Steve Riechman, a researcher in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, says the study reveals that LDL is not the evil Darth Vader of health it has been made out to be in recent years and that new attitudes need to be adopted in regards to the substance.

 Steve Riechman says….”There’s no doubt you need both – the LDL and the HDL — and the truth is, it (cholesterol) is all good.  You simply can’t remove all the ‘bad’ cholesterol from your body without serious problems occurring.” [Emphasis mine.]

You can read the very short article by clicking the following link: ‘Bad’ Cholesterol Not As Bad As People Think.

Second:

STILL Disagreement Over Salt Despite Another Big Study

From the New York Times:

A new study found that low-salt diets increase the risk of death from heart attacks and strokes and do not prevent high blood pressure, but the research’s limitations mean the debate over the effects of salt in the diet is far from over.

I participated in a big study that tested this same hypothesis over twenty years ago, with the same result.

Scientists just can’t get the data they want on this subject. So they keep trying. God bless their pea-pickin little hearts.

You can read the entire article here, New York Times, and draw your own confusions.

In the mean time I use salt, but mostly sparingly.

Last of all:

Your Mood Takes a Beating From Spring Allergies

‘Ya think????

From the John Tesh web site comes the news that our allergies may also cause depression. Critics of the study say the depression comes from lack of sleep.

You can read the very short, two paragraph article by clicking the following link: Mood and Allergies.

Whether depression, lack of sleep, or just the allergens themselves, all I know is without meds I would be miserable!!

As for cholesterol and salt, why don’t they just say they just really don’t know for sure. It looks one way, but each human is different and that for now the best we can say with any degree of certainty is eat a varied diet in moderation.

See the Quote of the Day (bottom of page) to see how I really feel about it!!

To take your mind off all of the contradictory medical news I offer a wonderful recipe today.

Featured Recipe           Marmalade-Cheese Toast

Today’s Featured Recipe comes from the March, 2011 edition of Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazine. When I first saw and read it I knew I HAD…HAD to try this recipe.

And believe me, it did not disappoint.

Is Marmalade-Cheese Toast for Breakfast or Dessert?

Martha does not say. But I think it could be eaten at any meal, including a midnight snack or for desert.

I also think it would be fantastically delicious used as finger food for a party or on a buffet by simply cutting each piece of toast into 6-8 small bites.  Instant canapé.

This is what you will need for 3 Toasts:

3 slices whole grain bread

3 slices of cheese (white cheddar or provolone)

About 3 tablespoons orange marmalade

Optional: 3 teaspoons butter (my addition)

Here is what you do:

Lightly toast the bread.

Since I do not like dry toast I lightly buttered it. If you are watching your fat or calories, or if you just do not want to use butter at all omit this step.

Top each piece of toast with a slice of the cheese.

Top with some marmalade.

Broil about 1-2 minutes is what the directions say. I needed to broil about 3-4 minutes until cheese began to melt.

Bite into a delicious treat!!!

I used both types of cheese. I like the sharp white cheddar better than the provolone cheese. The cheddar was sharp enough to provide a nice contrast to the sweet marmalade. But both are wonderful, wonderful!!!

Bon Appetite!!!!

Cost

3 slices whole grain bread                       $0.51

3 slices of cheese                                   $1.87

About 3 tbspns orange marmalade           $0.30

Optional: 3 teaspoons butter                    $0.24

Total cost = $2.92
Cost per person = $0.97
COMMENT OF THE WEEK

As always therer wer e alot of great comments this week. But I ahve toget it down to one and I really liked this one from Maureen regarding Joan Espenshade and her Poer Packs program to feed hungry children.

What an outstanding woman. It takes a very special person to put her own wants and needs aside to do something like that for kids she will probably never meet.  Sorta makes me feel all selfish and stuff.

Quote of the Day

Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.  
Mark Twain
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