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Crispy Tofu Bowl With Snap Pea-Miso Salad - my fitness pal

Crispy Tofu Bowl With Snap Pea-Miso Salad

Crispy, oven-baked tofu and snap peas tossed in a sweet & savory sauce of cashew butter, miso paste, soy sauce & honey. The post Crispy Tofu Bowl With Snap Pea-Miso Salad appeared first on MyFitnessPal Blog.
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FDA Authorizes Pfizer COVID Vaccine for Kids 12-16  - web md

FDA Authorizes Pfizer COVID Vaccine for Kids 12-16

This is the first COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. authorized for use in younger teens and adolescents. In late March, Pfizer released results from a study that showed high antibody responses and 100% effectiveness against COVID-19.
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Birth Control: Types and Considerations for Transgender and Nonbinary People

No matter where you are on the gender spectrum you could need birth control, especially if there’s a chance you could get pregnant and you’re not trying to. Learn about the types of birth control available and what might be best for you.
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CDC Gives Guidelines for Simulated Cruise Ship Voyages  - web md

CDC Gives Guidelines for Simulated Cruise Ship Voyages

The guidelines outline all the requirements and recommendations for cruise ship operators to begin simulated voyages with volunteer passengers before they can restart restricted passenger services, the CDC said.
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HIV Stress and Side Effects: What to Know

An HIV diagnosis will change your life. It brings with it both physical symptoms and emotional stress. But there are things you can do to take charge of your condition, manage your symptoms, and thrive.
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U.S. Vaccine Safety System Still Has Gaps

With some 100 million Americans fully vaccinated, the U.S. is relying on a patchwork network of vaccine monitoring systems that lack the breadth and depth of large, population-based programs, experts said.
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Making Decisions About Switching Birth Control Methods

You might find that your birth control doesn’t fit into your lifestyle anymore. It’s normal and completely safe to switch methods, as long as you talk to your doctor first. Learn more about when you should switch your method, how to transition, and what side effects could happen after you swap birth control methods.
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New Advice for Blood Pressure That's a Bit Too High

If lifestyle changes don't lower a patient's slightly high blood pressure within six months, doctors should consider prescribing medication, a new American Heart Association scientific statement advises.
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At least one child has been killed and others have been injured beneath the machines, as have some pets, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The commission considers the product “a serious risk to children for abrasions, fractures and death.”  - web md

At least one child has been killed and others have been injured beneath the machines, as have some pets, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The commission considers the product “a serious risk to children for abrasions, fractures and death.”

At least one child has been killed and others have been injured beneath the machines, as have some pets, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The commission considers the product “a serious risk to children for abrasions, fractures and death.”
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EU Sues AstraZeneca Over Vaccine Shipment Delays  - web md

EU Sues AstraZeneca Over Vaccine Shipment Delays

European officials say AstraZeneca broke its contract when it said it would deliver only a third of the 300 million doses that European officials had been expecting by the end of June, The New York Times reported.
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Green Beans and Tofu With Peanuts

Indonesian-style vegetarian stir fry with color, crunch, and a kick. Make it a dinner for two for 20g of protein per serving. The post Green Beans and Tofu With Peanuts appeared first on MyFitnessPal Blog.
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Post-Vaccine Reunions Are An Emotional Rollercoaster

With vaccinations reaching more and more arms, families and friends are safely reuniting after a year or more apart. Most reunions are filled with the joy, but there’s also concern and anxiety, especially leading up to the events.
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How to create a happy workplace in ANY industry

Whenever we talk about happy workplaces, a lot of the conversation tends to be about big US corporations with huge budgets like Google, Zappos or Southwest Airlines. But happiness is possible in (nearly) any industry and in any country. That’s why I was so excited to talk to Nicolás González Restrepo for our latest Heartcount … Continue reading How to create a happy workplace in ANY industry →
Eczema: Keeping a Positive Body Image  - web md

Eczema: Keeping a Positive Body Image

Eczema can cause bumps, blisters, swelling, red rashes, cracked, or scaly skin. This may lead to self-image issues. Find out how eczema and mental health are related and what you can do to build your self-confidence during a flare.
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How to Deal With Your Controlling Mother

Does your mother still try to control your life even though you have your own home, career, and kids? Controlling moms may fear letting go because they worry about you. Learn how to set boundaries, engage in respectful discussions, and learn when to let some differences of opinion slide.
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Why Three Families Entered Kids in a COVID Vaccine Trial  - web md

Why Three Families Entered Kids in a COVID Vaccine Trial

Before signing up, parents should ask about the time commitment, trial leaders say, including the number of visits, the follow-up period, and other details. Parents will be expected to record detailed information, such as whether children have side effects such as fevers.
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How to Deal With Toxic Parents

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Toxic Family Members: How to Deal With Them

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Regeron Antibody Cocktail Offers COVID Protection

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Olive oil or coconut oil: Which is worthy of kitchen-staple status?

Olive oil or coconut oil: Which is worthy of kitchen-staple status?

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Coconut oil has developed a cultlike following in recent years, with proponents touting benefits ranging from body fat reduction to heart disease prevention. Sadly for devotees, the evidence to support these assertions remains rather sparse.

But there is plenty of research to suggest that other plant-based oils have advantages over their animal-derived counterparts, particularly when it comes to heart health. So which is best? While no specific type should be hyped as a panacea, one variety isnt getting the press it deserves: olive oil.

The case for olive oil continues to grow

Olive oil is a staple fat in the Mediterranean diet, and its previously publicized benefits have largely relied on examining its use by European populations. This information is useful, but looking at olive oil within the context of American diets provides us with stronger data to guide dietary choices here at home.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology looked at adults in the United States and found that replacing margarine, butter, or mayonnaise with olive oil was associated with reduced cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. This is particularly notable because Americans tend to consume less olive oil than our European counterparts. In the US, high consumers averaged a little less than one tablespoon of olive oil a day, whereas daily intake in studies examining Mediterranean populations has been as high as three tablespoons.

After taking demographic and lifestyle factors into consideration, those consuming more than half a tablespoon per day had a reduced risk of developing CVD compared to those using olive oil infrequently (less than once per month). Consuming more olive oil was also associated with a decreased likelihood of dying from CVD. Even slight increases in olive oil consumption, like replacing roughly a teaspoon of margarine or butter each day with a similar amount of olive oil, had advantages.

Olive oil was also correlated with a reduction in inflammatory compounds that may contribute to the progression of CVD. Olives contain plant chemicals called polyphenols that may help reduce inflammation. Using virgin olive oil, which is extracted through mechanical rather than chemical means, is thought to offer higher levels of protective plant compounds than refined olive oils. Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is a product of the preferred, mechanical processing.

Though we need more research, these polyphenols may also extend benefits to other areas of the body, like the brain. For instance, along with other healthy diet habits like eating leafy greens, primarily using olive oil when cooking has been associated with combating the decline in brain function that happens as we age.

How does coconut oil compare?

Proponents of coconut oil cite the medium-chain fatty acids it contains as a benefit because of the unique way these fats are digested. Its claimed these fats offer advantages related to weight loss and cholesterol, though these assertions remain controversial. Regardless, lauric acid, the primary fat found in coconut oil, is thought to behave differently from other medium-chain fats, and may not deliver as promised.

In a recently published study in the journal Circulation, which compiled data from a variety of trials, coconut oil did not show benefits related to waist circumference or body fat compared to other plant-based fats. Coconut oil, a tropical plant oil, also did not fare as well as nontropical plant oils, like olive oil, with respect to reducing other cardiac risk factors. In fact, coconut oil increased low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the kind associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

Coconut has been an important fat in a variety of traditional diets in Asia, and is touted to impart health benefits within these communities, including fewer cardiac complications and premature deaths. However, these diets often feature minimally processed coconut products, like coconut flesh, which are also higher in nutrients like fiber. Lifestyle habits in these Asian communities also typically include eating more fruits, vegetables, and fish than in many American diets.

That said, extra virgin coconut oil, which can be purchased in the United States, is arguably less processed, and often refined in a manner similar to EVOO. A recent trial published in BMJ Open looking at extra virgin coconut oil did not show an increase in LDL cholesterol when compared to EVOO during a four-week period. (Both oils performed better than butter.) Unfortunately, there are not enough human studies involving extra virgin coconut oil to support its use as a primary fat in our diets. Nor do we have information about its long-term effects here in the US.

And the winner is olive oil

The benefits of using nontropical plant-based oils remain very promising, making olive oil a natural choice in the kitchen. Try oil and vinegar on a fresh summer salad, or in place of mayo in potato or tuna salad. Consider a drizzle of olive oil instead of a pat of butter or margarine when cooking vegetables. And keep coconut fat to occasional use, say, to enhance the flavor of a vegetable curry, or as a substitute for butter in baked desserts.

The post Olive oil or coconut oil: Which is worthy of kitchen-staple status? appeared first on Harvard Health Blog.

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