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David Evans

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Sunday, 3 October 2010

Low carb diets lower the risk of heart disease compared to high carb diets

This post includes a synopsis of a paper published in Lipids Volume 45, Number 10, 907-914 and a recipe for sweet potato cayenne battered sea bass.

Study title and author:
Atherogenic Dyslipidemia: Cardiovascular Risk and Dietary Intervention
Kiran Musunuru

Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health (Vintage)

Atherogenic dyslipidemia comprises a triad of increased blood concentrations of small, dense low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particles, decreased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) particles, and increased triglycerides. A typical feature of obesity, the metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes mellitus, atherogenic dyslipidemia has emerged as an important risk factor for myocardial infarction and cardiovascular disease.

Low-carbohydrate diets appear to have beneficial lipoprotein effects in individuals with atherogenic dyslipidemia, compared to high-carbohydrate diets, whereas the content of total fat or saturated fat in the diet appears to have little effect.

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Recipe of the day

Sweet Potato Cayenne Battered Sea Bass

Fresh Virginia Beach Black Sea Bass 4 lb.
Food Mall: Sea Bass
■1/2 pound fresh sea bass, without skin

■3/4 tbsp Irish or other organic butter
■pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
■1/4 tsp cayenne –
■1/8 – 1/4 tsp cinnamon
■1/8 cup Sweet Potato flour

This will be best if you use a cast iron pan. Heat pan on medium – high and melt 1/2 tbsp butter. Rub cayenne and cinnamon very gently onto “only” one side of your sea bass, cautiously wet with some water sprinkles. (Make sure that you don’t rub the cayenne and the cinnamon off.)

Now batter sea bass with sweet potato flour and carefully pat to get rid of excess flour. Carefully place the fish into the golden bubbling butter, reduce heat to medium, cook for 3 – 5 minutes on each side and enjoy with some fresh vine ripe tomato and a Thai chili or your favorite side dish. Put the other 1/4 of the butter on top of the side that you’ll flip.

Sweet Potato Cayenne Battered Sea Bass