La Caleta Cocina Ecuatoriana offers wine pairing dinners and gets rave reviews

    By Susan Burke March Every once in a while you’re lucky enough to have a dining experience unforgettable enough that you take the time to write a review on TripAdvisor.com. Recently when my husband and I visited La Caleta, it was on the recommendation of friends. Word of mouth is always the best recommendation. Check […]

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    Don’t eat these! The four worst foods ever

    I apologize in advance for the rant but today I’m just fed up. Sometimes I can’t help myself. From least worst to worst worst foods ever manufactured, here are the four manufactured foods that have no place in a healthy diet. #4: Ramen noodles. Recently, while listening to NPR’s Morning Edition, I had the extreme […]

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    Immerse yourself in Cuencano culture through its unique foods and recipes

    By Susan Burke March One of the most effective and enjoyable ways to understand a culture is to experience, taste, and appreciate its foods. In Cuenca there are dozens of restaurants serving international foods…Italian, Indian, Japanese, Thai…even Austrian food can be found, and deliciously.  But, Ecuadorian cuisine has its own flavors and ingredients, and for […]

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    Nutrition news you can use

    This week I’ll detail some recent newsworthy nutrition-and-health-related items, and provide the source links for those who’d like more information. Do you compensate for liquid calories? As reported in the September 12 edition of NutritionAction.com, your body may not register the calories in drinks as well as it does the calories in foods. In one […]

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    Can good nutrition make Alzheimer’s better?

    Like all types of dementia, Alzheimer’s is caused by brain cell death, and is classified as a neurodegenerative disease — cell death isn’t sudden, it occurs over time.  Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, and it is a global problem.  Currently there is no “cure” for the disease, but science points toward lifestyle, […]

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    How the powerful sugar industry manipulated U.S. public health policy

    You’d think that the United State’s public health officials would make recommendations based only on unbiased and substantiated science. But you would be wrong. As reported online in the New York Times, a researcher from the University of California, San Francisco recently published a paper in the JAMA Internal Medicine suggesting that “Five decades of research […]

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    What’s in your medicine cabinet? Check the labels for banned ingredients

    More than a year ago the European Union announced that the antibacterial pesticide triclosan is toxic and bioaccumulative (defined as the accumulation of a substance such as a toxic chemical, in various tissues of a living organism).  As reported in BeyondPesticides.com, the European Chemicals Agency announced that “No safe use could be demonstrated for the […]

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    Men’s health update: The mostly good news about saw palmetto

    This week I’m answering a question emailed to my husband on that most social of media outlets, Facebook! Dear Ken, Will you ask your wife to write a column about Saw Palmetto supplements?  Specifically, which one is a good one in her opinion, or even if they are worth taking for that matter. I am […]

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    The Paleo Diet: Back to the Stone Age, or just another New-Age fad?

    There are diet trends, and diet fads galore. The Paleo Diet, although not new, frequently pops up in the headlines, usually fueled by celebrity endorsements. Advocates call it the “first-ever” diet, while others call it the “best-ever”. But let’s separate the claims from the truths so you can decide for yourself if this popular diet is […]

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