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Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Seniors

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

The Baby Boomers are now in their late sixties and early seventies.  This group, which I am a member of, does not want to age like the generations before them.  We want to be active and involved until our last days.  One way of ensuring that is consuming fish.  Fish is brain food.  It has high doses of  Omega-3 fatty acids.  Fatty acids keep out brains healthy.  These fatty acids help to prevent memory loss and stop reduced cognitive abilities.  A recent study out of the Netherlands found individuals that consumed fish at least once a week slowed down cognitive decline.  Omega-3 fatty acids seem to prevent dementia.  So plan to have tuna salad or sandwiches at least once a week.  Additionally, have white fish and crustaceans (shrimp, crab, or lobster*) often.

Note: Stay away from Tilapia.  The farming method used on this fish produces high doses of bacteria and/or parasites.

* Do not consume crustaceans if you are allergic to them or other fish.

The following recipe is my husband’s favorite fish recipe.  It is found on page 81 of my book.

MEXICAN FISH CASSEROLE

1 1/2 pounds firm white fish (cod, grouper,snapper)

1 cup sorghum flour (for dredging)

Salt and Pepper

2 tablespoon to 1/4 cup margarine

8 ounces jar red salsa

8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded

6 ounces jack cheese, shredded

1/4 cup parsley

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Clean and prepare fish.  Cut fish into 3 to 4 inch pieces.  Coat fish with flour, salt, and pepper.  In 12 inch skillet, melt margarine.  Saute fish on both sides until brown.  Place fish pieces into baking pan that is greased.   Top each piece of  fish with: 2 tablespoons salsa, 2 tablespoon cheddar cheese, 1 tablespoon jack cheese.  Place baking pan into oven and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Remove from oven.  Sprinkle with parsley.  Serves 6

Sodas and Seniors: A Bad Combination

Monday, August 18th, 2014

For sixty years the Baby Boomers as a demographic group have been a strong, influential group.  They tried marijuania, but stayed away from cigarettes.  Their search for healthy exercise started many fitness centers around the world.  Their focus on healthy and different foods started many different restaurants including vegan, vegetarian and healthy American restaurants.  But the one thing the Baby Boomers are also known for is their love of soda.  Constant consumption of sodas influenced the expansion of many soda manufacturers.  These companies advertise that their sodas were refreshing, caused harmony, gave you energy, etc.  Not once did these companies, like the fast food restaurants, ever say that their product was healthy. Never!  The results of the consumption of sodas for sixty years by the Baby Boomer (now seniors) is in and it is not good. 

Prior studies have already linked sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) with weight gain and type 2 diabetes.  This is not mentioning the adverse effect on teeth.  Now for the newest disease links to sodas : From the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition comes the link between sugar-sweeten beverages and Coronary disease risk in women.  Another study noted in this same journal was the association of sodas and prostate cancer.  In 2013, a study centered on the risk of lymphoma and leukemia in the 60ish population found an increase risk with the comsumption of soda.  The greater risk of stroke is what a different study found in men and women ingesting soda.  Osteoporosis and hip fractures has increased for women with the frequency of soda consumption.  Men are also starting to show an increase in the risk of hip fractures with soda consumption.  A study done in 2014, connected the consumption of sugar-sweeten beverages and the risk of Rheumatoid arthritis for women.  Finally soda consumption and the development of chronic inflammatory disease and cardiovascular disease is consistently increasing.  This is not good news for the Baby Boomers with a soda habit.  Maybe it is time to substitute other beverages for soda.

Want Early Dementia? Eat another Donut.

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Sugar in any form seems to be the guilty culprit again.  Two recent studies out this summer found that individuals consuming high levels of sugar have a higher risk of developing dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease).  So what is a high level of sugar?  A normal amount of sugar in the blood is considered to be 100 milligrams per deciliter.  Only 15 more milligrams per deciliter in the blood was found to make the difference in the dementia risk.  It is even worse for those with diabetes.

The studies followed individuals who had reached the age of 65.  These individuals were then monitored for years.  The studies received about 17 blood samples per individual over the years.  So far no study has been initiated to see if changes to the diet will lower the risk of dementia.  One of the biggest problems of individuals over the age of 65 is changing patterns and getting around processed food.  Many individuals have been eating a certain way for so long it is hard to change.  Processed foods with it’s hidden sugars make it difficult for the lay person to discover what foods contain dangerous high sugars. Learning to shop and cook a new way is a definite challenge for the Baby Boomers who are turning 65- 10,000 individuals a day.

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