Health Talk: How many vegetables should I be eating? What about my kids?

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Q: I keep seeing recommendations about cups of vegetables, but I’m confused about how many I should be eating. What about my kids?

A: If you’re like most adults, you should be aiming for 2 to 3 cups of vegetables a day, as seen in the Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern from the Dietary Guidelines. This amount also holds for children ages 9 and older. Targets for children age 8 and under, are less – about 1 to 1.5 cups a day.

“Cups” of vegetables mostly refers to a portion equal to one measuring cup for raw or cooked vegetables. For lettuce, spinach or other raw leafy vegetables however, two cups count as a cup. A medium carrot, celery stalk and small pepper each count as half a cup. If you don’t want to measure, an average adult fist is a rough guide to a 1-cup portion. So you can aim for one to two fist-size portions of vegetables at lunch and dinner each day. Read more… “Health Talk: How many vegetables should I be eating? What about my kids?”

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    Can Exercise Offset Alcohol-Related Cancer Death?

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    Research shows that drinking alcohol increases cancer risk. Now, a new study is suggesting that going for that daily run or walk might offset risk for cancer mortality.

    This study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found the link between alcohol and cancer mortality goes away when people meet the minimum physical activity guidelines. These findings have been making headlines, but do they give you license to drink with abandon as long as you’re physically active? Not so fast.

    The study used data from over 36,000 British men and women ages 40 and up who were interviewed between 1994 and 2006 about their physical activity and alcohol consumption habits as part of larger, ongoing health surveys. Researchers classified participants as never-drinkers, ex-drinkers, or current drinkers based on what they told interviewers. Current drinkers were further categorized by how much alcohol they drank in the past week. Read more… “Can Exercise Offset Alcohol-Related Cancer Death?”

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      Nice and Easy, Fresh Peppers with Fish

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      “Let’s keep it nice and easy.” I’m with Frank Sinatra on this, in cooking as well as in love. To give fish big flavor, pan-searing filets coated with crushed black peppercorns is as nice and easy as it gets. Good for salmon and swordfish, it turns even bland tilapia into a treat. (Chicken cutlets and a lean cut of beef like iron steak like it as well.)

      Chefs who obsess about ingredients go on about salt, specifying when to choose coarse or fine-grained salt and whether to use kosher, sea salt—and from which waters—or pink salt from the Himalayas. On pepper, “freshly ground” is pretty much all they say. Read more… “Nice and Easy, Fresh Peppers with Fish”

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