Weekly Food for Thought with items on how high-fat diets during pregnancy could lead to diabetes in children, "Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home" by Jeni Britton Bauer and more.
A high-fat diet during pregnancy may program a woman's baby for future diabetes, even if she herself is not obese or diabetic, says a new University of Illinois study published in the Journal of Physiology.
"We found that exposure to a high-fat diet before birth modifies gene expression in the livers of offspring so they are more likely to overproduce glucose, which can cause early insulin resistance and diabetes," said Yuan-Xiang Pan, a University of Illinois professor of nutrition.
The high-fat diet that caused these changes was a typical Western diet that contained 45 percent fat, which is not at all unusual, he said.
"Until now we didn't realize that a mother's diet during pregnancy had a long-term effect on the metabolic pathways that affect her child's glucose production," Pan said. "Now that we know this, we urge pregnant women to eat a balanced low-fat diet that follows government guidelines. Then a woman can prime her child for a healthy life instead of future medical struggles."
Pregnant women should consume a balanced diet low in saturated fats, which are usually found in fattier cuts of meat, fast foods, pastries and desserts. But they should also consume appropriate amounts of healthy fats, including good sources of omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, which are important for their baby's brain and neuron development.
Flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, soybeans, walnuts, winter squash and cold-water fish that are low in mercury are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Eggs, corn oil, whole-grain bread, poultry and sunflower seeds and oil provide omega-6 fatty acids.
Tip of the Week: Eat healthy watermelon
Like its name suggests, watermelon is made up of about 91 percent water. It is a great source of vitamins A and C, potassium and lycopene, an antioxidant that may help reduce risk of cancer. One cup of watermelon has almost twice the amount of lycopene found in one tomato.
Easy recipe: Glazed Bananas2 tablespoons dark rum 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 4 bananas 1 pint ice cream or frozen yogurt
Preheat grill to medium-high direct heat. In a small bowl, blend rum, honey, and cinnamon. Reserve. Leaving their peels on, slice bananas in half lengthwise. Brush the cut sides with honey-rum mixture. Grill bananas, cut side down, for 3 minutes, or until bananas develop visible grill marks. Turn bananas and brush again generously with glaze. Continue grilling, with lid down, for a few minutes, or until bananas are browned on top, cooked through and beginning to separate from their peels. Serve with ice cream.
-- “Glutton for Pleasure” by Bob Blumer
Did You Know?
Pluots and apriums are hybrid fruits that are part plum and part apricot, invented in the late 20th century by Floyd Zaiger. – fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov
Would You Buy It? Snackwell’s caramel popcorn
Details: With five 130-calorie packs per box, the caramel corn comes in two varieties: fudge-drizzled and white fudge-drizzled.
Claims: A news release says Snackwell’s is “reinventing its line for women who want to live their lives to the fullest and enjoy perfectly portioned, indulgent snacks.”
More information: www.NabiscoWorld.com and (800) 622-4726
Comments: We found the white fudge variety crunchy but very sweet. The first four items in the ingredient list: brown sugar, sugar, popcorn and corn syrup. “Despite the sweetness, it has a light, crisp texture.” “It’s not sticky like I thought it would be.” “There’s quite a bit in each bag.”
Would you buy it? Yes
Most view Italy as the home of ice cream. Which ice cream is named after an Italian city, in order to reflect the probable origins of the ice cream as well as the contributions of Italian ice-cream makers in America?
D. Burgundy cherry
Answer is at bottom of column
Wise to the Word: Pad thai
Thailand's most known noodle dish, pad thai combines cooked rice noodles, tofu, shrimp, crushed peanuts, bean sprouts, garlic, chiles and eggs, all stir-fried together.
Number to Know
231: A small order of french fries at McDonald’s is 231 calories.
The Dish On …
"Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home" by Jeni Britton Bauer
In her debut cookbook, Jeni Britton Bauer is on a mission to help foodies create perfect ice creams, yogurts and sorbets in their own kitchens. Frustrated by icy and crumbly homemade ice cream, Bauer invested in a $59 ice cream maker and proceeded to test and retest recipes until she devised a formula to make creamy, sturdy, lickable ice cream at home. Her recipe for a milk-based American-style ice cream contains no eggs, which allows her amazing flavor combinations to shine. Filled with color photographs, this cookbook contains 100 of Bauer’s signature recipes.
From the Beer Nut’s Blog: Stiegl Pils from Austria
This week’s Import review comes to us from Austria: the Stiegl Pils. It is brewed by the Stieglbraurei. This is the first beer I had from this brewery. This looks like a classic pils: light, golden color and completely filtered. It’s a pretty beer. The smell is also traditional: grassy hops and a little malt sweetness makes it into the nose. Those aromas come through in the taste, floral, grassy and a little bready. This beer is crisp and extremely easy to drink. At 4.9 percent alcohol by volume, it goes down very easy. Great barbecuing beer and quite refreshing on a hot day. The Stiegl Pils is pretty much everything I’d expect from a pilsner. I’d recommend it.
To read more from the Beer Nut, visit http://blogs.townonline.com/beernut/.
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