Food of the Week
The George Mateljan Foundation is a non-profit organization with no commercial interests. Our purpose is to show you a healthier way of eating that's enjoyable, affordable, quick and easy to fit your personal needs and lifestyle.
January 3, 2005

Dear Friend,

New Year's is the time we make resolutions to improve our health and make health-promoting choices in the coming year. For some, the primary goal may be weight loss. Others may want to increase their awareness of what foods provide the most health-protective benefits. Regardless what your goal may be, we want to make your journey towards a Healthier Way of Eating easier and more enjoyable for you. Our Weekly Bulletin and weekly updated Home Page are designed to help you make choices that not only suit your personal tastes and needs but provide you with ways to help you select the freshest foods and prepare them in ways that will maximize their nutritional value. We look forward to answering your personal questions about food and healthy eating, as well as receiving any comments you may have about the website.

It is also the time of year that I want to thank you for making 2004 another wonderful year at the George Mateljan Foundation.

Have a Healthy and Happy New Year!

George Mateljan

What's New This Week

"Varieties of Winter Squash" is the Food Tip of the Week, Read more

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FOOD OF THE WEEK . . . Winter Squash

Did you know that one cup of winter squash provides 146% of your daily value of vitamin A and is rich in beta carotene, the pre-cursor to vitamin A? Beta-carotene is one of the carotenoids found in winter squash that provides it with its deep orange color and has been shown to have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants help prevent the progression of arteriosclerosis by inhibiting the oxidation of cholesterol in the body. Since it is only the oxidized form of cholesterol that builds up in the blood vessel walls, these antioxidants help protect against both heart attack and stroke. The anti-inflammatory properties of winter squash may help reduce the severity of conditions such as asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, which all involve inflammation. And that's not all. The carotenoids found in winter squash protect against diabetic heart disease and may be beneficial to blood sugar regulation for those suffering from diabetes. Research suggests carotenoids may be inversely associated with insulin resistance and high blood sugar levels. Read more...

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A Warming Winter Soup

Recipe of the Week

Shopping List:

  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 TBS chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 2¾ cups + 1 TBS chicken or vegetable broth
  • 6 oz canned coconut milk
  • 2 TBS chopped fresh cilantro