Long-term estrogen therapy changes microbial activity in the gut

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180619173557.htm Long-term therapy with estrogen and bazedoxifene alters the microbial composition and activity in the gut, affecting how estrogen is metabolized, a new study in mice found.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180619173557.htm Long-term therapy with estrogen and bazedoxifene alters the microbial composition and activity in the gut, affecting how estrogen is metabolized, a new study in mice found.

Lonely and prolonged struggle for people with severe obesity

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180620094722.htm The majority of people with severe obesity have a lonely and prolonged struggle with their weight. In one study spanning more than 10 years, 83 percent report that they constantly strive to lose weight or prevent weight gain.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180620094722.htm The majority of people with severe obesity have a lonely and prolonged struggle with their weight. In one study spanning more than 10 years, 83 percent report that they constantly strive to lose weight or prevent weight gain.

Atrial fibrillation: Weight loss reverses heart condition in obesity sufferers

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180620094740.htm Australian research shows for the first time that obese people who are suffering from atrial fibrillation can reduce or reverse the effects of the condition by losing weight.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180620094740.htm Australian research shows for the first time that obese people who are suffering from atrial fibrillation can reduce or reverse the effects of the condition by losing weight.

Higher body fat linked to lower breast cancer risk in younger women

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180621121904.htm An analysis has linked higher body mass index, or BMI, to lower breast cancer risk for younger women, even for women within a normal weight range.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180621121904.htm An analysis has linked higher body mass index, or BMI, to lower breast cancer risk for younger women, even for women within a normal weight range.

Gut bacteria markers could be a 'smoking gun' for liver disease

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180625122424.htm Chemical compounds produced by the bacteria in our gut could be used to spot the early stages of liver disease, according to new research.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180625122424.htm Chemical compounds produced by the bacteria in our gut could be used to spot the early stages of liver disease, according to new research.

Possible anti-aging intervention

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180626113438.htm New research demonstrates that Na/K-ATPase oxidant amplification loop (NAKL) is intimately involved in the aging process and may serve as a target for anti-aging interventions.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180626113438.htm New research demonstrates that Na/K-ATPase oxidant amplification loop (NAKL) is intimately involved in the aging process and may serve as a target for anti-aging interventions.

Simple Crock Pot Pinto Beans

https://www.slenderkitchen.com/recipe/simple-crock-pot-pinto-beans <a href="/recipe/simple-crock-pot-pinto-beans"><img src="//www.slenderkitchen.com/sites/default/files/styles/xml_feed/public/recipe_images/crockpot-pinto-beans-4.jpg?itok=9V6vi1rA" width="600" height="338" alt="" /></a>

<p>These simple Crock Pot Pinto Beans are the easiest thing to make and are so much better than canned beans. They don't require any soaking and come out tender and ready to eat. Make these in your slow cooker and come home to the best pinto beans. Works great for<a href="/recipe/sunday-slow-cooker-black-beans" target="_blank"> crockpot black beans</a> too.</p>

<p>Cooking pinto beans in the crockpot is defintiely the way to go. These slow cooker pinto beans without soaking take no time to throw together and are one hundred times better than any canned beans you will buy. Plus they are much more affordable. A one pound bag of pinto beans is usually less than one dollar at the store and will result in 6-8 cups of cooked beans versus about 1.5 cups in a standard can of beans. They can be used in all kinds of recipes and freeze well in case you don't think you can finish the whole recipe.</p>

<p>I used to have a love-hate relationship with beans, all because of the soaking. I am not sure why it bothered me so much since soaking isn't actually hard. Its just time consuming and an extra step I never planned for.  And to be honest, that extra step made me avoid beans altogether unless they came in a can. That was until I discovered you can cook beans in your crock pot without any soaking. Now I make slow cooker beans all the time. </p>

<p><img alt="Crockpot pinto beans in a black slow cooker with bay leaf." src="/sites/default/files/media/crockpot-pinto-beans-1.jpg" /></p>

<p>This recipe is purposefully a very simple recipe for pinto beans. It's meant to be versatile and serves as a base slow cooker pinto bean recipe. The beans will cook down until they are nice and creamy and the vegetables will almost completely dissolve into the beans. This is true no matter what blend of veggies and spices you use. You can easily switch out the ingredients, adjusting for heat, adding different spices for flavor, and adjusting to suit your tastes and preferences. There are all kinds of options and ideas below to get you started.</p>

<h2>How long do I cook pinto beans in the crockpot?</h2>

<p>For this method of cooking pinto beans in the crockpot, they will take between 8 and 10 hours since they do not require soaking first.  For fresher beans, they will cook closer to 8 hours and older beans or larger beans may take a little longer. If you decide to soak the beans overnight before putting them in the crockpot, they will only take 5-6 hours.</p>

<h2>Do I have to soak beans before cooking them?</h2>

<p>Using this method of cooking beans, you don't have to soak them first. The "soaking" happens during the first couple of hours in the slow cooker. In case you are wondering, soaking beans helps to make them more digestible and removes some of the sugars that are hard to digest. If you decide you want to soak your beans, just leave them covered in water overnight or for 6-8 hours. Then rinse. You can also quick soak by covering beans in water in a large pot. Bring it to a boil and then boil for 2-3 minutes. Cover and set aside for one hour. Drain and rinse.</p>

<h2>How much does one cup of dry beans make?</h2>

<p>One cup of dry beans makes between 2-3 cups of cooked beans depending on the specific bean. Pinto beans will more than double in size when cooked and normally you will get around 2.5-3 cups per one cup of dry beans. </p>

<h2>What do you use to season pinto beans?</h2>

<p>There are tons of different seasoning options you can use for pinto beans depending on what flavor you would like to build. Here are some of our favorites.</p>

<ul><li><strong>Basic:</strong> For basic pinto beans add one onion, 3-4 garlic cloves, 2 bay leaves, salt, and pepper.</li>
<li><strong>Spicy:</strong> For spicy beans, use one onion, 3-4 garlic cloves, 1-2 jalapeno or poblano peppers, 2 bays leaves, 1/2 tbsp cumin, salt, and pepper. You could also use chili powder in place of the fresh peppers.</li>
<li><strong>Southern:</strong> Use the basic pinto bean recipe but add some chopped bacon or a ham hock to add a pork flavor to the beans.</li>
<li><strong>Mexican:</strong> Use the basic recipe but also add a can of drained diced tomatoes, 2 jalapeno peppers, 1/2 tbsp of cumin, and 1/2 tbsp of Mexican oregano.</li>
<li><strong>Barbecue:</strong> Use the basic recipe and then once the beans have cooked, add 1-2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce.</li>
</ul><p><img alt="Slow cooker pinto beans in a bowl with a spoon and cilantro." src="/sites/default/files/media/crockpot-pinto-beans-2.jpg" /></p>

<h2>Recipe Ideas for Crock Pot Pinto Beans</h2>

<ul><li><strong>Side dish:</strong> This goes without saying, but these make the perfect side dish on their own. They are packed with fiber and extremely healthy.</li>
<li><strong>Refried Beans</strong>: These can easily become refried beans. You can mash them by hand or give them a quick whirl with a blender. </li>
<li><strong>Pinto Bean Soup:</strong> Use chicken or vegetable broth instead of water and add a large can of diced tomatoes to make this into a soup. You can top with cheese, avocado, cilantro, and onion.</li>
<li><strong>Vegetarian Barbecue Beans:</strong> Once the beans have cooked, stir in barbecue sauce. Serve it on a sandwich with fresh slaw, in grain bowls, or in lettuce wraps with corn and coleslaw.</li>
<li><strong>Tacos and Burritos:</strong> It should go without saying that these beans make excellent vegetarian tacos and burritos. Just layer on some fresh toppings to add texture and crunch.</li>
</ul><p>This post originally appeared in 2012 but has been updated with new photos, tips, and ideas. Here is the old photo – thankfully things have improved :)</p>

<p><img alt="Pinto beans in broth in a white bowl." src="/sites/default/files/media/crockpot-pinto-beans-5.jpg" /></p>

<div class='field_info_nutritional autosize-js-container'><strong> Calories </strong>129,<strong> Total Fat </strong>1g,<strong> Total Carbohydrate </strong>37g,<strong> Protein </strong>14g,<strong> Serving Size </strong>2/3 cup (179g)</div>

https://www.slenderkitchen.com/recipe/simple-crock-pot-pinto-beans <a href="/recipe/simple-crock-pot-pinto-beans"><img src="//www.slenderkitchen.com/sites/default/files/styles/xml_feed/public/recipe_images/crockpot-pinto-beans-4.jpg?itok=9V6vi1rA" width="600" height="338" alt="" /></a>

<p>These simple Crock Pot Pinto Beans are the easiest thing to make and are so much better than canned beans. They don't require any soaking and come out tender and ready to eat. Make these in your slow cooker and come home to the best pinto beans. Works great for<a href="/recipe/sunday-slow-cooker-black-beans" target="_blank"> crockpot black beans</a> too.</p>

<p>Cooking pinto beans in the crockpot is defintiely the way to go. These slow cooker pinto beans without soaking take no time to throw together and are one hundred times better than any canned beans you will buy. Plus they are much more affordable. A one pound bag of pinto beans is usually less than one dollar at the store and will result in 6-8 cups of cooked beans versus about 1.5 cups in a standard can of beans. They can be used in all kinds of recipes and freeze well in case you don't think you can finish the whole recipe.</p>

<p>I used to have a love-hate relationship with beans, all because of the soaking. I am not sure why it bothered me so much since soaking isn't actually hard. Its just time consuming and an extra step I never planned for.  And to be honest, that extra step made me avoid beans altogether unless they came in a can. That was until I discovered you can cook beans in your crock pot without any soaking. Now I make slow cooker beans all the time. </p>

<p><img alt="Crockpot pinto beans in a black slow cooker with bay leaf." src="/sites/default/files/media/crockpot-pinto-beans-1.jpg" /></p>

<p>This recipe is purposefully a very simple recipe for pinto beans. It's meant to be versatile and serves as a base slow cooker pinto bean recipe. The beans will cook down until they are nice and creamy and the vegetables will almost completely dissolve into the beans. This is true no matter what blend of veggies and spices you use. You can easily switch out the ingredients, adjusting for heat, adding different spices for flavor, and adjusting to suit your tastes and preferences. There are all kinds of options and ideas below to get you started.</p>

<h2>How long do I cook pinto beans in the crockpot?</h2>

<p>For this method of cooking pinto beans in the crockpot, they will take between 8 and 10 hours since they do not require soaking first.  For fresher beans, they will cook closer to 8 hours and older beans or larger beans may take a little longer. If you decide to soak the beans overnight before putting them in the crockpot, they will only take 5-6 hours.</p>

<h2>Do I have to soak beans before cooking them?</h2>

<p>Using this method of cooking beans, you don't have to soak them first. The "soaking" happens during the first couple of hours in the slow cooker. In case you are wondering, soaking beans helps to make them more digestible and removes some of the sugars that are hard to digest. If you decide you want to soak your beans, just leave them covered in water overnight or for 6-8 hours. Then rinse. You can also quick soak by covering beans in water in a large pot. Bring it to a boil and then boil for 2-3 minutes. Cover and set aside for one hour. Drain and rinse.</p>

<h2>How much does one cup of dry beans make?</h2>

<p>One cup of dry beans makes between 2-3 cups of cooked beans depending on the specific bean. Pinto beans will more than double in size when cooked and normally you will get around 2.5-3 cups per one cup of dry beans. </p>

<h2>What do you use to season pinto beans?</h2>

<p>There are tons of different seasoning options you can use for pinto beans depending on what flavor you would like to build. Here are some of our favorites.</p>

<ul><li><strong>Basic:</strong> For basic pinto beans add one onion, 3-4 garlic cloves, 2 bay leaves, salt, and pepper.</li>
<li><strong>Spicy:</strong> For spicy beans, use one onion, 3-4 garlic cloves, 1-2 jalapeno or poblano peppers, 2 bays leaves, 1/2 tbsp cumin, salt, and pepper. You could also use chili powder in place of the fresh peppers.</li>
<li><strong>Southern:</strong> Use the basic pinto bean recipe but add some chopped bacon or a ham hock to add a pork flavor to the beans.</li>
<li><strong>Mexican:</strong> Use the basic recipe but also add a can of drained diced tomatoes, 2 jalapeno peppers, 1/2 tbsp of cumin, and 1/2 tbsp of Mexican oregano.</li>
<li><strong>Barbecue:</strong> Use the basic recipe and then once the beans have cooked, add 1-2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce.</li>
</ul><p><img alt="Slow cooker pinto beans in a bowl with a spoon and cilantro." src="/sites/default/files/media/crockpot-pinto-beans-2.jpg" /></p>

<h2>Recipe Ideas for Crock Pot Pinto Beans</h2>

<ul><li><strong>Side dish:</strong> This goes without saying, but these make the perfect side dish on their own. They are packed with fiber and extremely healthy.</li>
<li><strong>Refried Beans</strong>: These can easily become refried beans. You can mash them by hand or give them a quick whirl with a blender. </li>
<li><strong>Pinto Bean Soup:</strong> Use chicken or vegetable broth instead of water and add a large can of diced tomatoes to make this into a soup. You can top with cheese, avocado, cilantro, and onion.</li>
<li><strong>Vegetarian Barbecue Beans:</strong> Once the beans have cooked, stir in barbecue sauce. Serve it on a sandwich with fresh slaw, in grain bowls, or in lettuce wraps with corn and coleslaw.</li>
<li><strong>Tacos and Burritos:</strong> It should go without saying that these beans make excellent vegetarian tacos and burritos. Just layer on some fresh toppings to add texture and crunch.</li>
</ul><p>This post originally appeared in 2012 but has been updated with new photos, tips, and ideas. Here is the old photo – thankfully things have improved :)</p>

<p><img alt="Pinto beans in broth in a white bowl." src="/sites/default/files/media/crockpot-pinto-beans-5.jpg" /></p>

<div class='field_info_nutritional autosize-js-container'><strong> Calories </strong>129,<strong> Total Fat </strong>1g,<strong> Total Carbohydrate </strong>37g,<strong> Protein </strong>14g,<strong> Serving Size </strong>2/3 cup (179g)</div>

Mussels in Spicy Tomato Broth

http://www.health.com/recipes/mussels-in-spicy-tomato-broth Though they may seem fancy, mussels are actually super simple to cook at home. All you need to do is throw them in a pot with flavor-boosting ingredients like garlic and herbs. And voila, you have a restaurant-worthy dish right in your kitchen. Intrigued? In this video, we’ll show you one of our favorite ways to make tasty (and healthy!) mussels in 30 minutes flat.

In this recipe, we sauté garlic, shallots, and fire-roasted tomatoes in avocado oil. Next, we add a sweet and spicy kick to the meal with a pinch of honey and crushed red pepper flakes. A bay leaf, basil, thyme, and white wine also help to heighten the dish’s unique flavor profile.

RELATED: 21 Healthy Seafood Recipes

Once we have our rich, hot broth, we add the mussels to the mix. The mussels only need to cook in the pot for about 7 to 10 minutes, until their shells open up. Be sure to toss any mussels that don’t open up, since they were probably dead before you cooked them, and therefore aren’t safe to eat.

And just like that, dinner is ready! At just 346 calories, this hearty dish provides an impressive 28 grams of protein per serving. (That’s more than you’d get from eating four eggs.)

Our advice? Cook up this simple yet sophisticated meal the next time you have friends over for dinner. They’ll never guess it only took you 30 minutes to whip up.

http://www.health.com/recipes/mussels-in-spicy-tomato-broth Though they may seem fancy, mussels are actually super simple to cook at home. All you need to do is throw them in a pot with flavor-boosting ingredients like garlic and herbs. And voila, you have a restaurant-worthy dish right in your kitchen. Intrigued? In this video, we’ll show you one of our favorite ways to make tasty (and healthy!) mussels in 30 minutes flat.

In this recipe, we sauté garlic, shallots, and fire-roasted tomatoes in avocado oil. Next, we add a sweet and spicy kick to the meal with a pinch of honey and crushed red pepper flakes. A bay leaf, basil, thyme, and white wine also help to heighten the dish’s unique flavor profile.

RELATED: 21 Healthy Seafood Recipes

Once we have our rich, hot broth, we add the mussels to the mix. The mussels only need to cook in the pot for about 7 to 10 minutes, until their shells open up. Be sure to toss any mussels that don’t open up, since they were probably dead before you cooked them, and therefore aren’t safe to eat.

And just like that, dinner is ready! At just 346 calories, this hearty dish provides an impressive 28 grams of protein per serving. (That’s more than you’d get from eating four eggs.)

Our advice? Cook up this simple yet sophisticated meal the next time you have friends over for dinner. They’ll never guess it only took you 30 minutes to whip up.

RECIPE: Chocolate Pudding Pie

https://www.thenibble.com/blog/2018/06/26/recipe-chocolate-pudding-pie/ [1] Chocolate pudding pie (photo courtesy Chicago Vegan Foods). [2] Make a cookie crust from chocolate wafer cookies, or buy one (photo courtesy Chowhound). [3] Candied orange peel is our favorite garnish for chocolate pie or cake. Here’s the recipe (photo courtesy Elaine Hsieh, EH Chocolatier).   For National Chocolate Pudding Day, June 26th, how…
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https://www.thenibble.com/blog/2018/06/26/recipe-chocolate-pudding-pie/ [1] Chocolate pudding pie (photo courtesy Chicago Vegan Foods). [2] Make a cookie crust from chocolate wafer cookies, or buy one (photo courtesy Chowhound). [3] Candied orange peel is our favorite garnish for chocolate pie or cake. Here’s the recipe (photo courtesy Elaine Hsieh, EH Chocolatier).   For National Chocolate Pudding Day, June 26th, how…
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Normalization of 'plus-size' risks hidden danger of obesity

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180622104517.htm New research warns that the normalization of 'plus-size' body shapes may be leading to an increasing number of people underestimating their weight – undermining efforts to tackle England's ever-growing obesity problem. Analysis of data from almost 23,460 people who are overweight or obese revealed that weight misperception has increased in England. Men and individuals with lower levels of education and income are more likely to underestimate their weight status and consequently less likely to try to lose weight.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180622104517.htm New research warns that the normalization of 'plus-size' body shapes may be leading to an increasing number of people underestimating their weight – undermining efforts to tackle England's ever-growing obesity problem. Analysis of data from almost 23,460 people who are overweight or obese revealed that weight misperception has increased in England. Men and individuals with lower levels of education and income are more likely to underestimate their weight status and consequently less likely to try to lose weight.