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South Florida Sun Sentinel from Fort Lauderdale, Florida • Page 53

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Sun-Sentinel, Thursday, January 2, 1997 -A 8 A study has found that increasing your intake of vitamin may help keep osteoarthritis QUICK BITES If things didn't go well for you in 1996, Joanne Epstein of Boca Raton, a practitioner of Feng Shui (the Chinese art of "placement for says that she may know why. Your kitchen especially your stove may be in the wrong place. Speaking at Bread of Life in Plantation, she said your kitchen represents wealth. In fact, the Chinese word for "food" sounds the same as the word for "wealth." Furthermore, your stove is the most important appliance in your kitchen. "The more burners you have, the more wealth you'll have," Epstein says.

And the kitchen should be located on the center line of your house but your stove shouldn't or it will "drain your finances." Epstein says that the kitchen in her home is not positioned right. "If I had known what I know today, I would have never bought the house," she confides. Still, almost three years ago, she "cured" her kitchen, Feng Shui-style using plants, fish tanks, chimes and crystals. She hasn't become a millionaire yet. "My wealth has gotten better, though," she says.

And her weight too. Feng Shui can help dieters. "Eat on black plates," Epstein advises, on black place mats or black tablecloths. "The food shows up more, so you'll be more aware of how much you're eating." DALE KOPPEL in check. I I I awmyz By DEBORAH S.

HARTZ Food Editor CHECK IT OUT If you want something that tastes home-baked to heat up your appetite, try two new "all-family" cereals from Betty Crocker. The crispy flakes of the Dutch Apple variety are' topped with baked apple bits, rolled oats and brown sugar. The Cinnamon Streusel flavor is a crisp flake topped with cinnamon and brown sugar. And some of these cinnamon-flavored flakes are swirled with a sweet vanilla frosting. Both are low fat (in a cup serving of both cereals there are 120 calories and 1.5 grams fat in the Cinnamon Streusel; 1 gram in the Dutch Apple).

The suggested retail price is $3.30 for a 16.5-ounce box of the Dutch Apple or for a 13.75-ounce box of the Cinnamon Streusel. These cereals are good enough to eat right out of the box and were so tasty that I experimented with an old family recipe replacing the original topping with the streusel cereal. It worked great (see Five Fruit Crisp recipe, 6 FOOD). JUDITH STOCKS YOU BETTER WATCH OUT: If Santa Claus drank a glass of whole milk and ate two butter cookies at every American household he visited last week, he would have consumed 14,026,032,000 calories and 6,180,336,000 grams fat on Christmas Eve alone, according to the America Dietetic Association. DEBORAH S.

HARTZ recent study published in the medi cal journal Arthritis Rheumatism i that highlights a it Record potato crop another source of vitamin C. 8 FOOD Miami. He explains that the cartilage that lines the joints breaks down and wears out. When there is no longer this shock absorber between the bones at joints, the space between the bones shrinks causing irritation, pain, stiffness and even crippling. Most sufferers are over age 45.

Osteoarthritis may be the result of genetics or an injury to a joint. Consider the baseball pitcher who gets it in his shoulder from repeated use, says Gaylis. But osteoarthritis is most common in the weight-bearing joints, including the hip, knee and spine. Of course, one of the major ways to decrease irritation is to keep your weight under control PLEASE SEE OSTEOARTHRITIS 8 FOOD possible protective role for vitamin in the progression of osteoarthritis could be good news for the more than 15.8 million Americans suffering from the disease. Although the study did not determine the optimum vitamin consumption, the results suggest it's a good idea to increase your intake by 60 milligrams a day.

That's just about the amount in one orange (70 milligrams) or grapefruit (80 milligrams). Osteoarthritis is a "wear and tear degenerative disease of the joints," according to Dr. Norman Gaylis, director of the Miami Arthritis Center and clinical professor at the University of KRT photo LOST FOUND FOUND: For Sylvia Engar of Tamarac, Krinos Taramosalata (a Greek-style caviar spread) that she used to buy in Long Island City for $2.59 per 15-ounce jar. It's here, Sylvia, but not at that price. You can get it at Greek Pastries and Deli (4701 N.

Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-776-0020) for $6.95 for a 15-ounce jar of your commercially produced spread or for a 1-pound container of their homemade version. Fernando's International Food Market (3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-566-3104) carries it for $3.99, but that's for an 8.5 ounce jar. Eating citrus is an excellent way to bolster your vitamin intake. It's right time, place for vitamin Florida citrus crop is available fresh through June.

Tropical Citrus Baked Fish includes both oranges and grapefruits, and the acorn squash stuffed with fruit has vitamin in the oranges, pineapple and squash. If you can, make this recipe using Del PLEASE SEE VITAMIN 8 FOOD By DEBORAH S. HARTZ Food Editor Whether you suffer osteoarthritis or not, getting plenty of vitamin in your diet is good for your health. There's no better time to increase your intake of fresh vitamin than right now during citrus season, when backyard trees are heavy with fruit and the commercial And while we're on the subject. Bad news for Claudia Lusar of Coral Springs who writes that she finds hers at Mac's Fruit and Produce in At 'Meat' Buddhist vegetarian cuisine Sunrise.

The store is closing and going into the wholesale business. But thanks anyway, Claudia, STILL AT LARGE: Cardoni (an Italian vegetable) for Ron Mercatante of Boca Raton and Czechoslovakian dumplings (fresh or frozen) for Amy Wietano of West Palm Beach. DALE KOPPEL Li If you are looking for a "lost" food item or know a source for one "still at large," write Lost Found, Sun-Sentinel, 200 E. Las Olas Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. No personal replies.

troduced other friends to this spot's special menu. Owner Christina Huynh learned about this style of vegetarian cooking from her Buddhist grandmother and mother. "In Buddha's teachings, there's a reverence for all life so that means vegetarianism is seen as superior," says Nathan Katz, professor and chairman of the department of religious studies at Florida International University in Miami. According to the Buddhist religion, he says, humans suffer because of self-cente-redness. So by alleviating self-centered-ness, Buddhists alleviate suffering.

They do this through meditation, study, reflection and leading an ethical life. As a result, many but not all Buddhists decide to become vegetarians, says Sabrina Ng, a Buddhist who lives in Hollywood and works at the res- PLEASE SEE VEGETARIAN 10 FOOD By DEBORAH S. HARTZ Food Editor Crystal "chicken," Sichuan cabbage with "pork," sweet and sour "sausage," and "scallops" in black bean sauce. These may sound like the dishes on just about any Chinese restaurant menu. But at Christina Wan's Mandarin House in Hollywood, they are part of a vegetarian menu.

More specifically, what they call a Buddhist vegetarian menu. You might think that vegetarians are vegetarians are vegetarians, And In truth, Buddhist vegetarian cooking does use lots of Asian vegetables, but it also often includes soy, wheat flour, miso and gluten-based products to give the diner the same satisfaction as meat, Barry Faske, one of Wan's vegetarian customers from Hollywood, finds this variety of cooking "interesting" and has in- HEALTH FITNESS Supplements aren't magic, but they can help fill the gap for people who don't get all the vitamins they need from their regular diet. 5 FOOD Staff photoPHESTON C. MACK Christina Huynh displays her vegetarian "thicken" and "scallop" dishes..

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