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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Monday, 28 March 2011

Margarine damages the lining of blood vessels

This post includes a summary of a paper published in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 2002 Mar;205(1-2):95-102 and a recipe for stuffed pumpkin.

Study title and authors:
PCB-induced oxidative stress in endothelial cells: modulation by nutrients.
Put Your Heart in Your Mouth
Hennig B, Hammock BD, Slim R, Toborek M, Saraswathi V, Robertson LW.
Cell Nutrition Group, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546, USA.

This paper can be accessed at:
Hennig finds that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) can damage the lining of blood vessels (endothelial dysfunction) which can lead to heart disease, and that polyunsaturated omega-6 oils can increase this damage.

Foods rich in polyunsaturated omega-6 oils include safflower oil (78%), sunflower oil (68%) and soybean oil (51%), all of which are main constituents of margarine. 
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Recipe of the day

Stuffed Pumpkin

Hickory Farms Beef & Pork Summer Sausage
Food Mall: Sausage
1 lb sausage removed from casings
1 tbs fresh sage, chopped OR 1 1/2 tsp dried sage
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 small sugar pumpkin or 1 kabocha squash

1. Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil

2. In a large skillet, brown sausage, breaking it into chunks with the spatula. Add in sage, allspice, salt and pepper. Cool.

3. Cut the top of the squash or pumpkin like you are preparing it to be a jack-o-lantern (angle the knife, so that it creates a little shelf for the top to sit on).

4. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon and discard or toast later for munching.

5. Sit pumpkin or squash on the baking sheet and fill with contents of the skillet. Replace the top.

6. Bake at 400 for about an hour or until the squash is soft and caramelizes.

7. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.

Stuffed Pumpkin