Healthy Living Ministries

Subsitute Applesauce for oil!

Health conscience bakers can easily substitute applesauce for vegetable oil, trimming the fat and calories in recipes. Visit your local grocery store, or retail store that sells applesauce and start baking healthier today.

Substitute applesauce for your vegetable oil, one for one. For example, if you recipe calls for 1/2 cup of oil, substitute 1/2 cup applesauce in its place.

Applesauce is generally substituted best in recipes that are oil-based, not butter or margarine based. Applesauce is considered a liquid and butter a solid.

A better sweetener?

Stevia, an herb whose extract can be much sweeter than sugar, is used as a sweetener in many countries but has limited use in the U.S.

What is Stevia?

  • Stevia rebaudiana is a South American shrub whose leaves have been usedby native people in Paraguay and Brazil for centuries.
  • stevioside, its main ingrediant is virtually calorie-free, does not raise blood sugar levels

Is Stevia Safe?

  • Probably, in moderate does, women who are preganant or breast-feeding or those taking diabetes or blood pressure medicines should use with caution.
  • Currently sold as an artificial sweetner in markets.
Source: Mayo Clinic, Nutrition Action 2010

Bulgar's Benefits

Best known as the main ingrediant in the Middle Eastern dish Tabbourieh, bulgar is an ancient grain made from precooked wheat berries.

A great rice substitute!

Cook as you would rice: Add bulgar to boiling water, about 2 cups water for every cup of bulgar, cover and let steam for about 20  minutes; finished texture should be Al Dente' not mushy.

Serve bulgar with steamed vegetables, use it in pilafs; also mixes well with lentils, dried fruits or nuts.

Bulgar has more fiber and nutrients than rice and is lower on the glycemic index, meaning it causes blood sugar to change slowly over a period of time, which is better on the insulin level for diabetics.

A Glow in the Dark?

Richard J.B. Willis
British Union Conference Health Ministries Director

Through the years, great minds have been exercised as to whether or not the light is on in the fridge after the door has closed! Somehow, in spite of assurances that the light goes off, there is still an element of doubt that some entertain. However, the "glow" in the title does not refer to the fridge light, but the possibility of having irradiated food stored there, and the uncertainties still remain.

Food radiation has been studied for the past 50 years, and is an enduring issue. If the unleashing of atomic power had not come about during World War II, there might have been less debate about radiation today. As it is, the health science professionals are polarized in the arguments surrounding irradiation.

While the World Health Organization and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America all endorse food irradiation, there is strong opposition to the very idea in Europe and the UK.

Pro-irradiation scientists believe that the process could save around 300 lives, and prevent 900,000 cases of food-borne illness in the US along, per annum, just by irradiating 50 percent of the meat and poultry consumed by Americans. Irradiating (using gamma rays, electron beams, or x-rays) kills parasites and bacteria. Escherichia coli, salmonella, listeria, and campylobacter – all associated with food poisoning world-wide – could be dramatically reduced in incidence by irradiation, which also extends the shelf-life of various perishable food items.

The general public are concerned that irradiated food may lead to people suffering the effects of radiation, and worry about such conditions as radiation sickness and those associated with some cancer treatments. Research shows that people do not become radioactive as a result of eating irradiated food, and that the nutritional values of the foods subjected to the technique are essentially unchanged. There is in any case change in the nutritional status of foods undergoing storage, or in the cooking process.

Scientists antagonistic to food irradiation are generally agreed that further studies on the health effects of irradiation are necessary before irradiation can be accepted as a routine food preservative operation. Their "feet dragging" has some justification. German and French researchers in 2002 found that 2-alkylcyclobutanones unique to irradiated promotes tumor growth in laboratory animals subjected to irradiation in strong doses. Further research will determine whether or not humans will have a similar reaction if consuming foods irradiated at high levels of radiation.

While the EU permitted the sale of some irradiated foods, such as fruits and poultry, it imposed a moratorium in 2002, following the publication of the research, on the expansion of the range of foods permitted to be irradiated.

Perhaps the most worrying concern of those opposed to irradiation is that the process could conceal unsanitary practices in food handling. However "good" irradiation may prove to be, its usefulness could still be limited by the human element. "Wait and see" is the current state of affairs. For the time being, the only glow likely to be seen in the fridge is the light, and that only when the door is open!


Health in the Church

Wholeness and health have been an emphasis of the Seventh-day Adventist church since the 1860s when the church began. The Bible reminds us that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we have been entrusted with the privilege of maintaining and improving our spiritual, mental, social and physical health. Health Ministries promotes good health and the prevention of ill health to help achieve this goal of wholeness.

Health of the community is a vital focus of Health Ministries. The Breathe-Free Plan to Stop Smoking is successfully being run in many countries throughout the world, and has brought freedom to many who struggled with tobacco addiction. It is one of the oldest programs in the world to help people quit smoking. The use of alcohol and other sensory-altering drugs is actively addressed through community programs from Health Ministries and other collaborating organizations.

The health ministry of the Adventist Church includes a healthcare delivery system of church-operated clinics and hospitals throughout the world. There are top-quality medical universities and schools of learning, along with "bare-essentials" clinics serving the developing world. Through all of these avenues, the goal of Health Ministries is to make people whole in an imperfect and disease-ravaged world.

Health Ministries advises the church on health issues and is proactive in providing resources to the world church on health. Because health and wellness are a positive support for spiritual well-being, this ministry is as vital to the work of the church as any other.