We got an email from
a friend today who said it was Beautiful Womens
Month. I believe that means all of us and certainly
all of you. It came with all the fun facts Im sure youve
seen like, If Barbie was a real woman, shed have
to walk on all fours due to her proportions. And Marilyn
Monroe was a size ___ (Ive seen 10-14!) There
was one I hadnt seen before which was cute and it made
me wonder if everyone read it differently:
An English professor
wrote words on a blackboard and asked
the students to punctuate it correctly. The words were
"Woman without her man is nothing"
The men wrote: "Woman, without her man is nothing."
The women wrote: "Woman! Without her, man is nothing."
I guess the point
is that we are nothing without each other! On that note, on
to the business at hand. This month, if you have any money
left in your flexible spending plan (FSP), you may want to
use it to buy Oöna
well entice you to do that.
Also in this issue, is interesting new way to choose food
and decrease caloric intake, the difference between soy supplements
and soy foods and powders, good news for menopause women at
cancer risk, and since its apple season, maybe we can
find something interesting about them that we didnt
Its not big hair, and I like Jennifer Aniston, but I
am looking forward to the day that hair style is out. Isnt
ten years of JA look a-likes enough? But big food? Im
in. This theory on food has to do with its energy
density defined as the amount of calories per gram.
A food has low energy density if it has fewer calories relative
to its weight or up to 1.5 calories per gram, 1.5 to 4 are
medium and over 4 calories per gram are high density foods.
Big foods would be considered those that contain
a lot of fiber and water. The example given was chicken soup
has just 0.5 calories per gram would be just as filling and
less fattening than cheese ravioli at 3.2 calories per gram.
Some are obvious like this one, but others are less obvious
like cream of broccoli soup has an energy density of 0.8 while
graham crackers have a density of 4.2 calories/gram. And there
are ways to lower the density of foods. If for example you
really prefer full-fat salad dressing you can lower the density
by adding a lot more vegetables. The idea behind this is apparently
backed by numerous studies (presented at the North American
Association for the Study of Obesity) that show that we are
more satisfied by the amount of food we eat without regard
to calorie content. The overall effect by eating high density
foods is the consumption of less calories and feeling satisfied.
Some guidelines to lower the energy density of foods are 1.
Consume far more fruits, vegetables, salads and soups
this may include adding more vegetables to stews and casseroles.
2. Use the blender, smoothies fill you up the longer they
are whipped and 3. Substitute high density foods when you
can like switching to low-fat dressings cheeses and cooking
oils. (This is based on a report in the Wall St. Journal Tuesday,
October 14, 2003 front page of the Personal Journal by Tara
We get a lot of questions about the differences between soy
supplements and soy foods. We always say that you should eat
soy foods because soy supplements are often stripped of other
nutrients and compounds that contribute to their health benefits.
This is also complicated by the fact that isoflavones exist
in two forms: aglycones (non-sugar form) and glycosides (sugar
form). The non sugar form is much more easily absorbed and
you should check the label that lists the aglycone forms.
The best way to take soy supplements is to take them with
soy foods it insures that you have all the bioavailability
to absorb the supplement. For the full story go to
Very exciting news this month and if you or someone you care
about is at risk of recurring breast cancer. Until now, if
a woman's cancer is estrogen sensitive (and many are) she
would take tamoxifen for 5 years, which is remarkably effective.
After 5 years, the drug looses its benefit but the effects
of the drug can last for years. Now, a woman can take a new
drug, letrozole (Femara) after their five years of tamoxifen
and cut that yearly risk in half. The study will be published
this month (Nov. 6th) in the New England Journal of Medicine.
here for more information. (Interesting side note: that's
how the founder of Oöna got into this business. She had
a catalog for women living with breast cancer and tamoxifen
can cause women to have menopausal symptoms. She did research
and created Oöna)
We know "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" but
here's a couple of things you may not know.
- Apples are most
known for being low in calories and high in fiber (5 grams
per apple) Fiber intake also has been shown to reduce intestinal
disorders and the water-soluable fiber fraction in apple
pectin has been shown to low cholesterol-lowering effects
(you can bet they are a low density food).
- Did you know they were also high
in potassium? The nutritional outline looks like this:
Fat (grams) 1
Fiber (grams) 5
Potassium (mg) 170
- There are 2,500 varieties of apples grown
in the US. The taste of apples depends on many factors -
latitude, terrain, weather, and the care with which they
were grown. 15 popular varieties (you know them delicious,
jonathan, granny smith, etc.) account for 90% of US production.
- Apples are a member
of the rose family.
- Americans eat 19.6 pounds or about 65
fresh apples every year, while Europeans eat about 46 pounds
of apples annually.
- 25 percent of an
apple's volume is air. That is why they float.
- Apples are the second
most valuable fruit grown in the United States. Oranges
- Archeologists have
found evidence that humans have been enjoying apples since
lat least 6500 B.C.
- Apples have 5 seeds.
There are five seed pockets, each with a seed, in an apple.
Believe it or not
there are a ton more apples facts, go to http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/apples/facts.html
That's it for this month! As always,
check out our website for lots more information at www.oonahealth.com.
In Good Health,
The Oöna Team
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