It takes time to master the nuances of dining out in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, but the payoff is discovering a dizzying array of dishes and adventurous flavors. From marinated pork chops to braised snails to the national dish, pho, Vietnam's cuisine can transform a visitor into one of the common folk who take their place in the crowded restaurants.
U.S. gyms have moved beyond Zumba to offer other ethnic dance workouts, such as Tabura, which combines dance, punching and kickboxing with African music and drums. Tabura was created by fitness instructor Reign Hudson, who said the word means "drill" and "endurance" in Swahili.
Soda-sales volume declined 1.2% in 2012 in the U.S., compared with a 1% decrease in 2011 and 0.5% in 2010, indicating an increased number of consumers looking for noncarbonated alternatives, data showed. The data appear in Beverage Digest.
Easter baskets can be packed with healthier treats by making some simple switches, such as using Rice Krispies Treats instead of Marshmallow Peeps, which are high in sugar and carbohydrates, registered dietitian Keri Glassman writes. Dark chocolate has less sugar and fat than lighter varieties, and real eggs are a healthier idea than cream eggs, Glassman writes. Nonfood items such as small toys or crafts also can create a fun Easter basket.
Physicians, including heart specialists, often do not have the nutrition training or office time to give patients specific dietary guidance, and some say that even if they did, they are not the professionals to do it. "We [physicians] may lead the team, but it does take a village and requires having access to good information and an expert dietitian," said Dr. Clyde Yancy, chief of cardiology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.