Sunday, August 15, 2010

Prevention in Family Medicine: Breakfast, Chocolate and Cucumbers

 One of my favorite healthy breakfast foods:
Bob’s Red Mill Organic, Whole Grain, High Fiber, Hot Cereal with Flaxseed, 10g of Fiber per Serving.
This fantastic whole grain cereal is made from a carefully balanced blend of sweet and creamy Northwest oat groats, nutrient rich flaxseed and wheat germ, and high fiber oat bran and wheat bran.  Each delicious serving contains 10 grams of dietary fiber, 1000mg of Omega-3, and a wealth of vitamins and minerals.  Certified 100% Organic by QAI.
Milwaukie, Oregon
It mixes well with oatmeal.  A serving is one-third cup.  I just love reading the label and feeling healthier.  Oat groats?  Healthy Healthy Healthy
New  learning today by reading in Super Sized Kids by Walt Larimore, MD and Sherri Flynt, MPH, RD, LD:  "Chocolate is not a food group-but is okay once in a while."
As someone who trained in Hershey, PA in the M. S. Hershey Medical Center of the Pennsylvania State University, I realize it'll take a while to accept the point Walt is making, but I can do it (forgive me, Mr Hershey).
I'm going to suggest to Hershey Foods a new health food called Chocolate Groats with Flaxseed.  Maybe a compromise product will take care of my chocolate loyalty.  By the way, chocolate dilates the lower esophageal sphincter (probably not Hershey's Chocolate) for you GERD fans (gastroesophageal reflux). 
Cucumbers are also guilty of GERD induction in many.  Chocolate coated cucumbers would probably generate a GERD emergency, but would be another unique compromise food.

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