In this issue
April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

On Nutrition: Questions about nitrites and nitrates

By Barbara Quinn

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last week's column on nitrates and nitrites generated some questions from readers.

Kristina writes: "I am confused. The article says inorganic sources of nitrates are found naturally in food and the nitrates that we use as preservatives are organic? Did I read that correctly?"

No, and it's an important distinction. "Inorganic" forms of nitrate and nitrite are found naturally in foods such as beets, celery, and spinach. Inorganic nitrates and nitrites are also used for food preservation. These inorganic compounds have a lower risk for toxicity and have been shown to help lower blood pressure and enhance athletic performance.

"Organic" nitrates and nitrites are more complex molecules and are the main ingredients in potent heart drugs such as nitroglycerine and amyl nitrite. An overdose of these powerful substances could be fatal.

Theresa writes, "Interesting article.... My question for you is — does buying meats cured with celery salt offer any advantage (safety) over sodium nitrates and nitrites? Yes, I realize processed meats should be limited, but I'm asking for my children — they love hot dogs and it's not a food I serve often, but I'm wondering if I'm reducing some of the risks associated with consuming cured meats by choosing varieties cured with celery salt? The brands curing with celery salts tend to be leaner and lower in sodium than the ones that do not."

Good question. Sodium nitrate is a very effective food preservative. It kills bacteria as it "cures" meats such as hot dogs. According to regulations by the US Food and Drug Administration, sodium nitrate can be safely used to preserve foods if the amount does not exceed specific guidelines.

Hotdogs and other foods made with "no added nitrates" must be protected from bacteria in other ways. Celery is naturally high in nitrate. So meat products preserved with celery salts contain…guess what? Sodium nitrate.

And remember that nitrate in food — either naturally occurring or in nitrate salts — is converted in the body to nitrite and then to beneficial nitric oxide.

This is NOT to say that hot dogs are health foods. We are called to limit our intake of processed meats for a variety of other health reasons. And you are wise to choose products with lower amounts of sodium and fat.

Suffice it to say that this subject is a good example of what food safety expert Carl Winter from the University of California at Davis says: "The dose makes the poison."

Lest we all get confused, a recent study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that found a beneficial effect on athletic performance from eating beets (which are high in nitrates) states, "It is not known why dietary nitrate has been associated with healthful effects in some instances and harmful effects in others…Because whole vegetables have been shown to have health benefits, whereas nitrates from other sources may have detrimental health effects, it would be prudent for individuals seeking performance benefits to obtain nitrates from whole vegetables, such as beetroot."

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Barbara Quinn is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.


Confusing concepts

Nutrition nursery rhymes
Understanding sweeteners
Ups and downs of birthdays
Genetically modified foods
Fun with potatoes
Sugar questions
Yeast infection diet
Questions from readers
Beware of the hCG diet
Diets that work
Pregnancy advice from mom
Terminology review
Thoughts for the New Year
Reasons to have a cup of tea
What's new for 2012
Applications for healthy living
Clarifying organic terminology
Facts about type 1 diabetes
Myths and facts about diabetes
Food Still Better Than Supplements
Celiac questions

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