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Boston Baked Beans

Healthy Recipe: Boston Baked Beans

They are called "baked beans," and you can put the pot in the oven instead of cooking these on the stovetop, but I find it easier to control the cooking using the range.

Black Beans & Rice

Healthy Recipe: Black Beans and Rice

Slowly cooking the sausage so that the fat renders out of it is the key to giving this recipe fullest flavor without adding fat in the form of a roux (which is butter and flour). Be patient and cook this slooooowwwly. The beans will break down and thicken the dish (and of course mashing a few against the side of the pot with your spoon as it cooks won't hurt either).

Falafel

Healthy Recipe: Falafel from Dr. Gourmet

Falafel are generally deep fried, but traditionally they were pan fried. It doesn't take a lot of oil to get the outside crispy. The key is to use a very hot oven and let the falafel cook long enough until it doesn't stick when you shake the pan.

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Mind over matter?

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.Recently one focus of obesity research has been into the way the body registers hunger and satiety, or fullness. We've discovered an amino acid (these types of amino acids are known as peptides) called ghrelin which appears to help signal hunger as well as fullness. When the stomach is empty or immediate stores of energy are low, ghrelin is secreted from the stomach and passed through the bloodstream to the brain, where it connects with certain receptors in the brain - somewhat like a key in a lock - to help produce the physical feeling of hunger.

When the person eats, ghrelin is no longer secreted by the stomach, and the receptors in the brain stop signaling hunger and start signaling satiety. (Please note that this explanation of the process is somewhat of an oversimplification.) Short version: high levels of ghrelin = hunger; low levels of ghrelin = no hunger.

In theory, the ghrelin response would rise and fall in proportion to the amount of calories a person ate and would help keep the body at a stable weight. In practice, however, it's not that simple »

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