Monday, December 20, 2010

Holiday Pancakes

One of the best parts about the holiday season, I believe, is the food! Instead of paying big bucks for restaurant-prepared holiday pancakes...make your own. It's simpler than you may think...

This recipe uses either freshly cooked pumpkin or canned pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mixture)...

If making from scratch:
1 cup unbleached wheat flour or oat flour
3/4-1 cup water
1/4 cup pumpkin
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 egg
1 teaspoon brown sugar (if desired)

If making from boxed pancake mix (which is super easy..btw):
1 cup pancake mix
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup pumpkin

Mix all ingredients throughly. Prepare skillet by lightly greasing with your favorite oil. Heat skillet over medium heat until a couple drops of water start bouncing around.

Spoon mixture into skillet. This recipe makes me four six-inch pancakes. Adjust size to your liking.

Cook until top start to bubble. Gently flip over and cook until done. It will only be a couple of minutes.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Funding Sources

This applies to every health site you read or any "study findings" pertaining to any topic. Research the funding sources. Find out who the funding sources are. Be assured that "study results" will be skewed by funding sources.

The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) has a My Pyramid which is supposed to contain health eating suggestions. What the FDA doesn't tell you is that certain funding sources would not let the independent scientists incorporate researched facts into the Pyramid guidelines.

For instance, scientists wanted to state that red meat needed much stricter consumption guidelines. The American Cattle Industry is a USDA funding source, so results needed to be skewed to favor more red meat consumption.

Scientists wanted to incorporate stricter guidelines for minimizing soda pop consumption. That could not happen due to the soda pop industry being a USDA funding source.

These are just two examples of the importance of knowing who funds certain studies.

I know because I performed extensive research into this area while doing a number of college-level research papers.

Weight Loss Tips

I found this interesting link while doing online research into weight loss and healthy foods...Hope you enjoy!

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