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Transgender facts

Transgender factsExplore the concepts of sex and gender and the different ways people experience them.By Mayo Clinic Staff Want to better understand what it means to be transgender? Here’s a primer on the basics, as well as the definitions of common terms used to describe gender identity. Defining transgender The word “transgender” encompasses more than…

Mediterranean diet for heart health

Mediterranean diet for heart healthThe Mediterranean diet is a healthy-eating plan. It’s plant based and incorporates the traditional flavors and cooking methods of the region.By Mayo Clinic Staff Looking for a heart-healthy eating plan? The Mediterranean diet might be the right fit. Why the Mediterranean diet? Interest in the diet began in the 1950s when…

Lymphocytosis (high lymphocyte count)

Lymphocytosis (lim-foe-sie-TOE-sis), or a high lymphocyte count, is an increase in white blood cells called lymphocytes. Lymphocytes help fight off diseases, so it’s normal to see a temporary increase after an infection. A count significantly higher than 3,000 lymphocytes in a microliter of blood is generally considered to be lymphocytosis in adults. In children, the…

Intestinal gas

Intestinal gas, a buildup of air in the digestive tract, is usually not noticed until you burp or pass it rectally (flatulence). The entire digestive tract, from the stomach to the rectum, contains intestinal gas as the natural result of swallowing and digestion. In fact, certain foods, such as beans, are not fully broken down…

Roasted red pepper and chicken wrap

By Mayo Clinic Staff Dietitian’s tip: To roast peppers, place them on a baking sheet lined with foil. Place under broiler, turning frequently with tongs until the skin blackens all over, about 10 minutes. Transfer peppers to a covered bowl and let them sit until the skin loosens, about 10 minutes. Then peel. Number of…

Seared Belgian endive

By Mayo Clinic Staff Dietitian’s tip: Belgian endive is a leafy vegetable in the same family as frisee (also called curly endive). Number of servings Serves 4Low FatHealthy carb Ingredients 1 tablespoon water 8 heads of Belgian endive, washed and halved Juice from 1 lemon 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt Ground black pepper, if desired 2…

Seasonal fruit palette

By Mayo Clinic Staff Dietitian’s tip: If you don’t have the fruits suggested, you can substitute other fruits, such as apples, nectarines, grapes or apricots. Number of servings Serves 4Low FatLow SodiumHigh Fiber Ingredients 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon sugar 2 cups frozen strawberries, unsweetened (thawed) 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 star fruit, sliced…

Pineapple chicken stir-fry

By Mayo Clinic Staff Dietitian’s tip: Brown rice has a high-fiber bran coating and a nutlike flavor. Rice bran is high in soluble fiber, and like oat bran, it helps lower cholesterol. Number of servings Serves 4Healthy carb Ingredients For the marinade: 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce 1 teaspoon rice vinegar 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh…

Roasted salmon with maple glaze

By Mayo Clinic Staff Dietitian’s tip: You don’t need to remove the skin from salmon fillets before cooking them. Number of servings Serves 6 Ingredients 1/4 cup maple syrup 1 garlic clove, minced 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2 pounds salmon, cut into 6 equal-sized fillets 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt 1/8 teaspoon fresh cracked…

Pumpkin soup

By Mayo Clinic Staff Dietitian’s tip: You can make your own pumpkin puree by roasting a small pie pumpkin and processing the flesh in a blender or food processor. Number of servings Serves 4Healthy carbLow SodiumLow Fat Ingredients 3/4 cup water, divided 1 small onion, chopped 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree 2 cups unsalted…

Paella with chicken, leeks and tarragon

By Mayo Clinic Staff Dietitian’s tip: Paella is a saffron-flavored rice dish made with meat, seafood and vegetables. This adaptation uses brown rice, tarragon and chicken. Number of servings Serves 4Healthy carbHigh Fiber Ingredients 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 small onion, sliced 2 leeks (white part only), thinly sliced 3 garlic cloves, minced 1…