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Millet Rice

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Millet Rice (Korra Buvva, Korra Annam)

What is Millet?

Millet is small, round in shape, and can be white, grey, yellow or red. The most common form in stores is the pearled, hulled kind. It is a tasty grain that has a mildly sweet, nut-like flavor which is intensified when the grain is toasted. The protein content is very close to that of wheat; both provide about 11% protein by weight. Millet is rich in B vitamins (especially niacin, B6 and folic acid), calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. Millet contains no gluten, so it is appropriate for those with celiac disease or gluten/wheat intolerance.

sweet potato leaves

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Many people are familiar with sweet potatoes – the tuber we use for cooking, baking or making desserts. But do you know that the leaves of the sweet potato plant can be eaten as well? Known as Fun Shee Yip in Cantonese, the leaves are tender; have a nicely-balanced flavor, with not even a hint of bitterness. Its nutritional content is said to be comparable to the spinach. The leaves contain dietary fiber, lipid, and essential minerals-&-nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, sulfur, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, aluminum and boron. They are also good sources of vitamin A ( very high content; good for skin-care ), thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and ascorbic acid. The leaves are high in protein, making it a perfect intake for vegetarians.

The bioactive compounds contained in SPL play a role in health-promotion by improving our immune function; reducing oxidative stress and free radical damage; reducing cardiovascular disease risk, and suppressing cancer cell-growth.

You can cook SPL in every way that you normally cook other greens. You can use it in soups. You can also stir-fry it or blanche it.

Apart from being tasty, this simple vegetable is packed with nutrition, being the only vegetable with Iodine, a common substance found in seafood. It also contains vitamin A, C and Calcium; In the Philippines, it is widely believed that lactating mothers fed sweet potato tops improve their breast milk production. In fact, it is now a major ingredient of a commercially available food supplement drink in the Philippines. It is also a folk remedy which is used to treat diarrhea and dizziness.

The Best Fish to Eat (and the Most Dangerous)

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The Best Fish to Eat (and the Most Dangerous)
By: Celeste Perron
May 18, 2011

We all hear, ad nauseum, that fish should play a big role in a healthy diet. They’re a good source of protein, are packed with essential fatty acids, provide a range of vitamins and minerals, and are low in “bad” fats (true regardless of whether you consider saturated fat or omega-6-laden vegetable oils to be the enemy).

And now that summer is almost upon us, I’m dreaming of fish tacos — though fish is a good idea all year, I tend to crave it most when the weather is warm. But the issue of which fish to eat seems to grow more complicated by the day. Many varieties of fish are being hunted to extinction, fish farms are hurting the oceans, many fish are contaminated with heavy metals and toxins like PCBs, and now we’ve got radiation from Japan in the water.

To help an eager pescavore sort out how to eat healthily and sustainably, I’ve tried to answer some of the most pressing questions:

What’s the healthiest fish to eat?

Although all fish offer some health benefits, salmon seems to take the superfood prize. It’s loaded with the omega-3s DHA and EPA, which boost cardiovascular health, improve mood and brain function, protect your joints, prevent macular degeneration and may help prevent cancer.

But, beware: About 80% of salmon in your supermarket is farmed, and farmed salmon, while cheaper, could do you more harm than good. A blog post by Mark Sisson explains why farmed salmon is a bad deal—fewer omega-3s plus a hefty dose of PCBs and other contaminants, plus red food dye (since farmed salmon is fed an unnatural diet, the flesh would be grey if not dyed a rosy hue).

Your best bet is wild, Alaskan salmon. Yes, it costs more, but if you can’t afford big fillets try buying smaller portions and putting it in omelets, pasta or tacos.

What are the safest and most eco options?

In general, fish that are low on the food chain—think sardines, anchovies and shellfish—are the least contaminated with toxins. Some other relatively safe and earth-friendly choices: Alaskan and California halibut, Alaskan salmon, Mackerel, California squid, Dungeness crab, and farmed shellfish. (This is according to a good fish/bad fish list put together for San Francisco magazine by Kenny Belov, an owner of Sausalito, CA restaurant Fish, one of my favorite places to eat.)

What about tuna?

Tuna is tricky—it’s packed with healthy fats but usually also packed with mercury (a potent neurotoxin that can build up in our bodies). Plus, in part because the past couple of decades have seen an explosion in sushi consumption, tuna are being stripped from the oceans at an unsustainable rate. So because of both health and ethical reasons, I try to avoid it.

If you do eat tuna, it seems that the best choices are Pacific albacore and US Yellowfin (if they are troll- or line-caught).

Which other fish should I avoid?

It’s a long list, unfortunately. See it on the Seafood Watch website and download one of their seafood guides—they have printable wallet guides as well as Iphone and Android apps, and do guides specific to various regions of the country. I have the guide on my Iphone and find it really helpful when I’m trying to make sense of the seafood counter.

Should I worry about radiation?

Probably not—that’s the consensus anyway, though of course there are dissenters. (This Mother Jones article explains.) I heard Andrew Weil speak at an event last week, and when somebody asked him about radiation dangers he said that the radiation seemed to not be affecting Alaskan waters, so at least we can eat fish from the far north without fear.

The Best Foods For Better Sex

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The Best Foods For Better Sex
Breakfast for Two
The foolish see an Egg McMuffin; you should see the ingredients for sex. The combo provides extra zinc—a mineral that she needs to stay well lubricated and you need to keep producing semen—and niacin. This B vitamin is essential for the secretion of histamine, the chemical that helps trigger explosive sneezes and orgasms. It also has a perfect balance of fat, since studies have found that too much or too little dietary fat can decrease levels of libido-boosting testosterone.