Egypt Independent: Living-Main news en Be sugar savvy: Sweet treats for a healthier diet <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Contrary to popular belief, a sweet tooth can be compatible with a healthy diet and weight loss, so long as you follow a few guidelines of sensible sugar consumption.<br /><br />Stay sugar savvy by avoiding the classic snacktime traps and steering clear of hidden low-quality sugars. Choose fruit with a low glycemic index and look for low-calorie desserts. Ultimately, the golden rule for fans of sweet treats is to make quality the priority.<br /><br /><strong>Ditch industrially made desserts</strong><br /><br />Sugars added to industrially made products &mdash; including fructose and glucose &mdash; can be hard to avoid in the supermarket aisles.<br /><br />The golden rule for sweet-toothed shoppers is to go for quality. Several studies &mdash; including recent research from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in the USA, published in April &mdash; have highlighted the damaging effects that sugar can have on the body and the negative effects of fructose on metabolism and the brain.<br /><br />It&rsquo;s therefore best to avoid industrially make cakes and pastries, cream desserts, ice creams, fruit yogurts full of artificial sweeteners, or fruit purees and jams that contain less than 50 per cent fruit.<br /><br />As for drinks, ditch sodas, carbonated drinks and drinks with added sugar, as well as fruit juice and smoothies. These can contain as much sugar as the maximum recommended daily intake for children, a recent British study found.<br /><br /><strong>Stick to low GI fruit</strong><br /><br />Health recommendations encourage everyone to eat five servings of fruit or vegetables per day. However, it&rsquo;s not always clear how best to pick those five a day.<br /><br />Try to avoid filling your plate with high glycemic index (GI) fruit that will send blood sugar levels rocketing. Swap bananas, dates, pineapple and mango for red berries (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries), apples, pears, oranges, grapefruit, peaches and nectarines.<br /><br />Tip: cinnamon is known to lower blood sugar levels. It can be used to sweeten coffee or tea, or sprinkled onto yogurt or fromage frais.<br /><br /><strong>Pick lighter options for dessert</strong><br /><br />To avoid feelings of frustration from depriving yourself of dessert, try making a list of the lightest options and highlight what you like. You&rsquo;ll soon find a whole load of ways to get that all-important sugar hit with good-quality sugar and without loading up on calories.<br /><br />There are plenty of flavors of sorbet out there, for example, which can be just as satisfying ice cream. Switching scoops cuts calories from 100 to 50 (per scoop). Also, it&rsquo;s better to ditch crèmes brûlée, chocolate mousse and chocolate cakes (300 calories) for crème caramel, custard tart (180 calories) or apple tart (100 calories).<br /><br />Tip: some stores and bakeries make special diabetic cakes, which contain half the sugar of regular cakes.<br /><br /><strong>Reach for homemade snacks</strong><br /><br />Instead of reaching for store-bought chocolate bars or biscuits when hunger strikes, try taking a little time to prepare your own home-made snacks.<br /><br />Try filling a small box with dried fruit, two squares of dark chocolate per day or crystallised ginger.<br /><br />If you really want to treat yourself to a satisfying dessert, then make your own. For options that are healthy and tasty, look for recipes using wholewheat flour and sweetened with fruit or fruit puree.</p> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:27:00 +0000 AFP 2469213 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/03/31/501184/de3d13da3bb3d11fa6e3d352434a132474d30902.jpg Be careful: Some made-in-China toys can seriously harm your kids <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>From exploding hoverboards to cancer-causing children&rsquo;s pyjamas, the EU has a who list of dangerous products for sale, most of them coming from China.<br /><br />Brussels said it had issued 2,072 alerts on unsafe products ranging from toys to clothing and appliances last year, down slightly on the figure for 2014 but still a cause for concern.<br /><br />China remains by far the number one country of origin for dangerous goods, accounting for 62 per cent of all dodgy products detected by the European Union, it said.<br /><br />EU Consumer Affairs Commissioner Vera Jourova said she would travel to Beijing in June in a bid to curb the huge number of risky goods flooding into the 28-nation bloc.<br /><br />&ldquo;Two challenges lie ahead of us: online sales bringing products directly to consumer&rsquo;s houses through mail and the strong presence of Chinese products,&rdquo; Jourova said.</p> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:58:00 +0000 AFP 2469200 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/01/21/43/screen_shot_2016-01-21_at_4.26.03_pm.png World’s Best Female Chef is French… yet again <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Dominique Crenn is the latest chef to join the closed circle of women named World&rsquo;s Best Female Chef, it was announced on April 27.<br /><br />The French chef, now based in San Francisco, was crowned with the title ahead of the June unveiling of the 2016 World&rsquo;s 50 Best Restaurants list. For the sixth consecutive year, the World&rsquo;s 50 Best Awards have crowned the finest female talent in the world of high-end cuisine.<br /><br />Already won previously by two French chefs &ndash; Helene Darroze and Anne-Sophie Pic &ndash; this honorary prize adds another French name to its list of winners.<br /><br />Dominique Crenn grew up in the Paris area, but has strong links with her roots in France&rsquo;s coastal Brittany region. She built her reputation &ndash; and honed her cuisine &ndash; in San Francisco, USA. In 2011, she opened Atelier Crenn, which was soon crowned with two Michelin stars.<br /><br />In this gastronomic restaurant, the chef gives pride of place to produce from the Bay Area and presents dishes like works of art, mirroring the paintings of her artistic father.</p><p>She brings a poetic slant to her cuisine, describing it as &ldquo;poetic culinaria&rdquo;. The menu, for example, is presented as a poem, taking diners strolling on the beach and walking in the woods. She also serves a Breton take on the classic Kir cocktail in a nod to her roots.<br /><br />Her talent extends to a second restaurant with a more laid-back vibe, called Petit Crenn.<br /><br />Dominique Crenn started her career as a chef in the USA working under Jeremiah Tower and Mark Franz. She gained her first Michelin star in 2009 in the kitchens of the Luce restaurant at the San Francisco InterContinental Hotel.<br /><br />The French chef will receive her award June 13 at the Cipriani Wall Street restaurant in New York USA, where the World&rsquo;s 50 Best Restaurants, 2016, will also be unveiled.</p> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:37:00 +0000 AFP 2469199 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/04/30/504802/chef_2.jpg Muhammad Ali: Five things you never knew about the boxing legend <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>There&#39;s not much that hasn&#39;t been written about Muhammad Ali.<br /><br />A boxing legend who transcended his sport, the 74-year-old is known to many and will be forgotten by few.<br /><br />But there still remains an element of intrigue surrounding the three-time world heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist &mdash; as his biographer and lifetime friend Davis Miller tells CNN.<br /><br /><strong>1. He changed his name more than once</strong><br /><br />The man, the myth, the legend ... the name.<br /><br />It&#39;s common knowledge that Cassius Clay chose to change his name to Muhammad Ali in the 1960s following his conversion to Islam &mdash; but not so many are aware of his original rebranding plans.<br /><br />&quot;The legend is known that when a young Kentucky-born Cassius Clay joined the Nation of Islam his name was immediately changed to the now iconic Muhammad Ali,&quot; Miller says. &quot;But few know that his first name change was to Cassius X.<br /><br />&quot;It was February 26, 1964 &mdash; the morning after he knocked out Sonny Liston. But nearly two weeks later, on March 6, he announced that religious and political leader Elijah Muhammad [who led the Nation of Islam from 1934 until his death in 1975] had given him the new name of Muhammad Ali.&quot;<br /><br />Miller says the name may have originally been intended for Malcolm X, who split with Nation of Islam soon after Ali joined and was assassinated the following year.<br /><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/120117065304-ali-1960-rome-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 302px;" /></p><p><br /><strong>2. He&#39;s a Sufi</strong><br /><br />It&#39;s well documented that on April 28, 1967, Ali refused to be inducted into the U.S. Army and was immediately stripped of his heavyweight title.<br /><br />Ali, a Muslim, cited religious reasons for his decision to forgo military service.<br /><br />Early on Ali was closely involved with the often militant pro-African American goals of Nation of Islam, but later in life switched to a more mystical Muslim sect.<br /><br />&quot;Ali announced that he is a Sufi around 2005, saying that of all of the sects of Islam, he feels the closest connection to Sufism,&quot; says Miller, whose book &quot;<u><a href="" target="_blank">Approaching Ali</a></u>&quot; was released in late 2015.<br /><br />&quot;Sufism is arguably the most peaceful sect of any major or minor religion. Sufis believe that to purposely harm any person is to harm all of humanity, to harm each of us and to damage the world.<br /><br />&quot;It is the perfect fit for Ali, who had been living in the ways that Sufis do for decades before he&#39;d heard of the religion.<br />&nbsp;<br />&quot;Few people have heard about the profound ways Ali&#39;s faith has evolved over the years. He has been a world soul for many decades; he has grown from separatist to universalist.&quot;<br /><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/160428123149-muhammad-ali-2-exlarge-169_0.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 301px;" /></p><div><em>Miller first met Ali in June 1975.</em><br /><br /><br /><strong>3. He had to fight injured during his big comeback</strong><br /><br />As a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, Ali was stripped of his heavyweight title and banned from boxing for almost four years.<br /><br />The scene is Atlanta, October 26, 1970.<br /><br />Ali&#39;s first comeback fight followed his enforced exile of three years and seven months &mdash; after refusing to be inducted into the armed forces &mdash; against No. 1 heavyweight contender Jerry Quarry.<br /><br />Then 28, he would go on to make a successful return to the ring, winning by TKO in the third round &mdash; but the fight nearly didn&#39;t happen.<br /><br />&quot;Ali had only six weeks to prepare for this contest,&quot; Miller says. &quot;In training, his boyhood friend and former heavyweight champion Jimmy Ellis badly fractured one of Ali&#39;s ribs.<br /><br />&quot;Even with this injury, Ali did not reschedule the fight, being entirely uncertain that if he did, he would ever get the chance to fight again.&quot;<div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/screen_shot_2016-04-29_at_12.53.31_pm.png" style="width: 536px; height: 324px;" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br /><strong>4. Parkinson&#39;s disease has taught him new ways to communicate</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The art of the gesture is quite important to him,&quot; Miller says of Ali, who was diagnosed with Parkinson&#39;s in 1984 at the age of 42. &quot;He communicates with his hands and fingers, his facial features, his eyes.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;He surprises visitors by making a sound with his thumb and index finger that&#39;s not unlike a cricket in your ear. He blows on the top of heads, tickles the inside of palms when he shakes hands, teasing almost everyone who visits him.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Though he can walk, Ali is often seen sitting in a wheelchair or positioned in an easy chair. He is no longer the world&#39;s most vocal and irrepressibly animated person.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br /><strong>5. He&#39;s an amateur magician</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, his hands can&#39;t hit what his eyes can&#39;t see.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Famous for his pre-fight proto rap rhymes, Ali had some other dazzling tricks.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Until recently, throughout his years with Parkinson&#39;s disease, Ali surprised visitors by performing prestidigitations [sleight of hand tricks],&quot; Miller says.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;He made a red silk scarf disappear from his hand, he bit coins in half and made them whole again, and he often performed an old parlor trick -- by putting his feet together and rising up on the toes of one foot while keeping his other foot flexed, he could appear to float above the ground.&quot;<br />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/120327040752-mohamad-ali-famous-hoodie-horizontal-large-gallery_0.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 302px;" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br />One of the most enduring memories of Ali&#39;s magic, Miller says, took place on the first day they met in June 1975.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I&#39;d just finished sparring a round with him, nearly got knocked out by only one punch, and Ali helped me out of the ring,&quot; Miller recalls.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Escorting me to a seat among the small crowd, where I sat, looking freshly electrocuted, he leaned over and whispered, &#39;You&#39;re fast. And you sure can hit, to be so little.&#39; He might as well have said he was adopting me.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Then, while his longtime sparring partner Eddie &#39;Bossman&#39; Jones was being introduced, Ali climbed back into the ring, where he boxed a relaxed, beautiful and dazzling round, bouncing dozens of jabs, straight right leads, easy hooks and effortless uppercuts off of Jones&#39; face and headgear.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;After the bell rang at the end of the round, and a corner man had removed his gloves, Ali stepped back to the center of his ring. &#39;The man without imagination has no wings,&#39; he shouted, pointing down at the audience with his left fist. &#39;He cannot fly.&#39;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Still holding his left fist at eye level, the one he&#39;d used to tattoo the &#39;Bossman&#39; for the past three minutes, he rolled it over, bent his arm at the elbow, and slowly pulled it in close to his chest.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Opening his hand, a bird I now know to have been a Carolina wren flew with a fluttering of wings from Ali&#39;s palm and up to the ceiling.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The crowd oohed and aahed. I can&#39;t imagine anyone who was there will ever forget the experience.&quot;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:52:00 +0000 CNN 2469178 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/04/29/43/160428123740-muhammad-ali-7-exlarge-169.jpg