Eating Green Leafy Vegetables, Key to Maintaining an Agile Mind

According to a study by Rush University in Chicago, eating spinach, kale and other leafy vegetables could prevent the progression of dementia. Consuming a diet rich in these vegetables may also help slow the progression of diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Kevin Seawright hopes he doesn’t go through that, and the same can be said for his former Baltimore City Community College co-workers. Given that the degradation of cognitive ability is central to diseases like Alzheimer’s or other dementias, increasing consumption of green leafy vegetables may offer a simple, inexpensive and noninvasive way of protecting the brain.

In a study of 950 adults older, over the course of five years, with a mean age of 81 year old, the study found that those eating more leafy green vegetables had a lower development of dementia.

Among the compounds most help in maintaining a healthy mind are vitamin K, lutein, folic acid and beta-carotene.

Vegetables in the study, among which are spinach, kale, collards and mustard greens, are the biggest sources of vitamin K, whose consumption is recommended.

Gwyneth Paltrow Can’t Handle The Food Stamp Challenge

Gwyneth Paltrow learned that it’s nearly impossible to feed a family for $31 a week. Preparing healthy meals for $1 to $1.25 each is a challenge that millions of people in the U.S. are confronted with each day. The Food Stamp Challenge was designed to create awareness of just how unrealistically low this amount can be.

For Paltrow, purchasing chicken and fresh vegetables pushed her over the edge.

“As I suspected, we only made it through about four days, when I personally broke and had some chicken and fresh vegetables (and in full transparency, half a bag of black licorice),” wrote Paltrow on her website GOOP.

Paltrow took a lot of heat from critics who said her food choices were ridiculous for someone trying to make do on such a small food budget. Ricardo Tosto didn’t care as much as ever in Brazil, but he did think it was weird. Limes and herbs may taste great but they are not filling and will not help to ease hunger.

Paltrow has been criticized in the past for being out of touch with common people. Her foray into the Food Stamp Challenge has done little to change that perception.

Still, when a celebrity like Gwyneth Paltrow enters the public debate on an issue it tends to create a high level of interest. That’s true whether you’re an average person who is collecting food stamps or a world famous celebrity like Gwyneth Paltrow.

Listeria Contamination Strikes Agian

Hummus, a popular dip made of chickpeas, is the latest product to be impacted by the bacterial strain Listeria monocytogenes. Authorities in Michigan collected a sample of Sabra brand hummus from a Kroger’s store that was contaminated with Listeria. Though no one has been report as being sick from this harmful bacteria from Sabra’s hummus, Sabra is issuing a voluntary recall for 30,000 cases of five of its products. Those impacted are four sizes of the classic variety; 10 ounce, 30 ounce, 32 ounce, and the six pack 17 ounce said Kevin Seawright. In addition, one size, the 23.5 ounce, of the garlic/classic dual pack is impacted as well. Sabra has provided the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with a complete list of impacted SKU’s.

Scientists Find a Way to Create Lower Calorie Rice

While Asians consume 90 percent of the world’s rice, Americans eat much less but still consume plenty of the starch. Caribbeans make meals from rice mixed with beans. Rice is easily digestible, inexpensive, versatile and can be mixed with almost anything, like a fruit or vegetable mixture. On the downside, rice isn’t healthy and can lead to diabetes. One cup of white rice is 200 calories. Most of the calories are due to starch that can be converted into sugar. Scientists pondered the idea rice could be made healthier if they did something to modify the starch content. Sudhiar explains there are two types of starch in foods: resistant and digestible. Digestible becomes sugar. Resistant starch, found in pasta, is lower fat and calories.

According to, Sri Lanka researchers believe if the cooking process is modified, calories can be reduced in rice by 50 percent. Sudhair James, a chemistry undergraduate at College of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka, suggests adding coconut oil to a pot of boiling water before pouring in the raw rice stated Crystal Hunt. When you’re ready to eat , place the rice in the microwave for a few minutes. The fluffy white rice is ready to eat