Recipe: Royal Walnut Cheesecake
by Kelly of Raw Gourmet La Vie
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Note: The cheesecake, beet lace, and orange flower candy require preparation 1 day ahead of assembly due to dehydration time and refrigeration time for the cheesecake to set up.
Walnut Filling Ingredients:
Beet Lace Ingredients:
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Maca Is Good for More Than Your Mojo
Grown in the Peruvian mountains, maca’s history is long and distinguished, as it was used even earlier than the Incans for both food and traditional medicine. Its most notable use was to proliferate fertility in both men and women and, serendipitously, increase sexual desire. That may be why another name for it is Peruvian ginseng.
Today, maca is taking on new life with clinically proven and remarkable health benefits, both as a food and supplement. Studies show it to improve mood and memory, lower stress levels, treat osteoporosis, protect against UV radiation,3 help balance hormones,4 and perform a dozen other functions.
Similar to a turnip, maca root (Lepidium meyenii) is the world’s highest-growing cultivated crop, still flourishing in the rocky soil, high winds, intense sunlight and widely fluctuating temperatures of the Andes Mountains, at altitudes at or above 13,000 feet. Rain Tree, a tropical plant database, notes certain basics of the maca root:
Epidemic of Obesity by Jay Kuo
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The epidemic of obesity in United State has been increasingly cited as a major health issue in recent decades. While many industrialized countries have experienced similar increases, obesity rates in the United States are among the highest in the world. Even worse, the statistic show this trend won’t stop. The obesity percentages for the overall US population reached 19.4% in 1997. In 2013 the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that 27.6% of American citizens were obese. The latest data shows adult obesity rates now exceed 35 percent in four states, 30 percent in 25 states and are above 20 percent in all states. Louisiana has the highest adult obesity rate at 36.2 percent and Colorado has the lowest at 20.2 percent. It has been estimates that 3/4 of the American population will likely be overweight or obese by 2020.
The picture below shows the percentage of obese in each state. We can see that even with the leanest State, Colorado, have over 20 percent obesity rate. That mean 1 out of 5 person is obesity.
In a nutshell: Fast food and sugary drink. The ultimate cause may be connected to Americans addiction to fast food: Hamburgers, French fries, bacon, doughnuts, soda, milkshake and other carbohydrate drink. While there are indeed many other wealthy food to choose along the street. The characteristic of fast food make it the top choice in every day diet. Cheap, fast and full of fat. These food items are relatively inexpensive and available at fast food chains across the country. You can find several Fast food restaurant in a signal shopping plaza. The cheap price attract many middle or lower class people whom can’t really proper health meal on daily bases. These Fast foods are frequently fried and are high in calories. Consumption of foods exceedingly high in fat calories can lead to obesity.
Beside of fried fast food. Several studies had suggest a strong relation of sugary drink and obesity in United State. Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that from 1989 to 2008, calories from sugary beverages increased by 60% in children ages 6 to 11, from 130 to 209 calories per day, and the percentage of children consuming them rose from 79% to 91%. Another study done by National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) found that on any given day, half the people in the U.S. consume sugary drinks; 1 in 4 get at least 200 calories from such drinks; and 5% get at least 567 calories—equivalent to four cans of soda. Sugary drinks are the top calorie source in teens’ diets (226 calories per day), beating out pizza (213 calories per day).
A sedentary lifestyle could be another possible contributing factor to obesity. A sedentary lifestyle is a type of lifestyle with no or irregular physical activity. Sedentary activities includes sitting, reading, watching television, playing video games, and computer use for much of the day with little or no vigorous physical exercise. The major transportation in the United States are cars, which is a sedentary activity as well. Sadly, all the activities listed above are what normal American do and occupied most of the day.
For example: In the morning, you wake up in the morning and eat the breakfast in a sit down position. Than you drive to your office and sit in your desk for whole day. After a tiring day you just drive home and grab a bag of fast food because you are too tired to cook. And for the rest of your night you just sit in your coach, watching games and have a bottle of beer. That a typical white color workers day. As you can see, there is not much exercise or physical activity involves. Much of the workforce gets insufficient exercise. Most employees work sitting down for hours at a time. As Americans have become more sedentary in their lifestyles, obesity rates have risen. More than 60% of adults do not exercise as recommended, and approximately 25% of adults are not active at all ( Lawlor & Chaturvedi 2006).
Statistically, people in America who live in the most poverty-dense counties are those most prone to obesity. Counties with poverty rates of >35% have obesity rates 145% greater than wealthy counties (Levine 2011). Although there are many reason that lead to obesity. The strong correlation between poverty and obesity could not be ignore. In the article “Poverty and obesity: the role of energy density and energy costs” Adam Drewnowski explain why poverty is relate to obesity. First is the inverse relation between energy density (MJ/kg) and energy cost ($/MJ). High energy density mostly composed of refined grain, added sugar and fat which basically are fast food. Second, the high energy density and palatability of sweets and fats are associated with higher energy intakes. Those energy will transform to body fat and stay inside. These high energy density (fast food) are usually cheap and more affordable than prudent diets based on lean meats, fish, fresh vegetables, and fruit. Therefore, become attractive to low income group. More and more Americans are becoming overweight and obese while consuming more added sugars and fats and spending a lower percentage of their disposable income on food (Drewnowski & Specter 2004).
Obesity and Depression
Besides of the possible root to obesity, current research also shows that obesity is related to depression. According to a 5 year period (2005-2010) survey by National Health and Nutrition Examination, 43% of with depression were also suffer from obesity, and adult who with depression were more likely to be obese than adults without depression. This number is much higher than national average which was 27.6% in 2013. It also point out that the proportion of adults with obesity rose as the severity of depressive symptoms increased. David A. Kats, MD and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison assessed quality of life in 2,931 patients with chronic health conditions including obesity. He found that clinical depression was highest in very obese participants
The chart below indicates people, both man and woman, who suffer from depression, are more likely be obese than those without depression.
Blackburn, G. Walker, A. (2005) Science-based solutions to obesity: what are the roles of academia, government, industry, and health care? The American Journal of clinical Nutrition. Vol 82. No 1. Pp 207-210
Drewnowski, A. Spector, SE. (2004) Poverty and obesity: the role of energy density and energy costs. The American Journal of clinical Nutrition. Vol 79. No 1. Pp6-16.
Lawlor, D. Chaturvedi, N. (2006) Treatment and prevention of obesity—are there critical periods for intervention? International Journal of Epidemiology. Vol 35 Issue 1
Levine, A. (2011) Poverty and Obesity in the U.S. DIABETES, Vol 60. Pp 2667-2668
Pratt, L. Brody, D. (2014) Depression and Obesity in the U.S. Adult Household Population, 2005–2010. NCHS Data Brief No. 167