Q: How are edamame served?

A: Smaller than a lima bean, edamame (eh-dah-MAH-meh) is an immature (green) soybean, which can be served in or out of its pod after being cooked. If served in its pod, pop the beans out to eat. You can find edamame fresh or frozen at Asian, health food and many regular grocery stores. While it looks like a vegetable, it has the nutritional content of a meat substitute. A half-cup of cooked beans contains 11 grams of protein and four grams of fiber. Although it has the nutrients and phytochemicals found in all soyfoods, its flavor is buttery and nutty, much like baby lima beans. You can add edamame to soups during the last ten minutes of simmering, or toss it into stir-fries. Steam or simmer it and add it to salads, too. Its texture holds up better than peas in casseroles, and it makes small portions highly satisfying. Edamame can even substitute for all or part of the meat you might use in many dishes. In Japan and China, edamame is popular as a snack.

Q: How much difference does it make whether I drink regular or light beer?

A: If you&'re thinking about controlling your weight, a 12-ounce bottle or can of regular beer runs about 140 to 150 calories, whereas light beers contain from 95 to 110 calories. Dark beers and ales range from 150 to 170 calories, while nonalcoholic beers run about 45 to 75 calories for the same 12-ounce portion. It’s the calorie content that matters for weight control. Beer’s impact on your overall health, however, relates largely to the alcohol content, which is barely influenced by a lower-calorie content. In most cases, fewer carbohydrates not less alcohol lowers the calories in light beer. The alcohol content of light beer is only slightly less than regular beers. In conclusion, the impact of alcoholic beer on both your health and weight depends more on the amount you drink than the type you choose. To lower your risk of cancer and safeguard your health, women should have no more than 12 ounces of beer a day and men no more than 24 ounces whether the beer is regular or light.

Q: How can I tell if my baby gets enough milk when I breastfeed?

A: The best guide is your baby’s diaper. After 3 to 4 days, your baby should wet at least five to six disposable diapers (six to eight cloth diapers) each day with pale yellow urine, according to infant nutrition experts. Because breast milk is such a complete source of nutrition for babies, the number of bowel movements they have may vary. In the first weeks of life, they may have two to five bowel movements a day. After six weeks of age if they are only breastfed, they may have bowel movements as infrequently as every three days. To see if your child is getting enough nourishment, you can also listen for gulping sounds as your baby feeds. Look for slow steady jaw movements that show your baby is actually swallowing the milk. In addition, your doctor will check to make sure your baby is growing appropriately, which is another sign of health. Besides being an excellent source of nourishment, breastfeeding is recommended because the baby decides how much is needed. Parents who push their babies to consume a specific bottled amount may overfeed them.


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