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Cooking Beans

Dried beans are a great source of inexpensive protein, fiber, vitamins, etc. etc. They also make great fall and winter dishes. The trouble with dried beans is you have to plan ahead. Most beans have to soak. The good news is you can put them to soak before you go to work! Come home and they’re ready to cook. Beans cooked properly taste lovely. OK, let’s cook beans. If you own a pressure cooker, beans are a snap and you are probably already a bean cooker. Basically, a pressure cooker cuts your cooking time in half. If you don’t own...
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Quinoa Salad

With summer in full swing I like to reduce the amount of heat in the kitchen. To that end I’m making cold salads, braised vegetables, curries, steeped grains and rice and of course grilling outside. This month I want to tell you about a great salad my wife made with quinoa. I’m not a big quinoa fan but she found this red quinoa at the PCC and I have to admit I do like the flavor. Mix it in with regular quinoa 50/50 for a great look and taste. Quinoa is loaded with protein and is gluten free.

To B-Vitamin, or Not to B-Vitamin

That is the question! (Sorry, Shakespeare! Couldn’t resist that one.) Lots of patients ask us, “Should I be taking B vitamins? B complex? Or just B12? Or folic acid? Should I just try to get all of my B vitamins from food? Are some forms of B vitamins better than others?” These are good questions and so I thought I would talk a bit about B vitamins in this month’s column. The term “vitamin” refers to a natural chemical compound (produced in part by the body, and also found in food) which is vital to certain human bodily functions and...
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GERD

When you eat, chew and swallow food, it travels from your mouth down your esophagus into your stomach. At the junction of esophagus and the stomach is a muscular band called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter or LES. The LES, when behaving properly, should allow ingested food and liquid into your stomach and then tighten up again to avoid regurgitation of the stomach contents. If the LES becomes flaccid or faulty, contents from your stomach can travel back up or reflux into your esophagus and even up to your mouth, and irritate it. People use the terms heartburn, acid reflux and GERD...
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