1. Peel and grate the bottle gourd. squeeze and remove the water content.
  2. Mix cornflour and bread slices to the grated bottle gourd. add salt, chilli powder, coriander leaves and make a dough. split the dough into 6-8 balls and roll them firmly into dumplings
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan and deep fry the dumplings. Keep them aside.

We are pleased to have an overview on the nutrition needed for children with cystic fibrosis from Elizabeth (Betsy) Britt, RD and Edith Pilzer, MD who are members of the Cystic Fibrosis Care Team at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

                                    Dr. Stan

We don’t judge whether you have enough vitamin D just based on what you eat anymore.  In part that's because the sources of the vitamin are both sun exposure and diet.  They aren't the same every day and they really aren't the critical issue.

Nutritional and gastrointestinal disorders are often mysteries in the beginning.  Not a whodunit, but awfully close as doctors try to put the symptoms together and figure out the cause and then the best treatment plan.

Young Male Athlete

Most young athletes can get all the nutrition they need from food.  A diet including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy foods, nuts, and legumes are all rich in vitamins and minerals to support physical activity, even for competitive young athletes.

Taking vitamin or mineral supplements does not give an athlete a competitive advantage nor does exercise significantly increase vitamin or mineral needs.  Unfortunately, many young athletes have limited diets due to food preferences, food allergies or intolerances, medical conditions, or busy schedules.

Fluids play a crucial role in maintaining the health and optimal performance of the athlete. One of the most important functions of water is to cool the body. During exercise, body water is lost as sweat. If the fluid is not replaced, a person becomes dehydrated. This can be very dangerous and lead to severe illness or death. For this reason, fluid restriction should never be used to reduce weight or meet a certain weight category for certain sports such as wrestling.

Protein is an essential part of an adolescent athlete's diet because it helps build, maintain, and repair muscles and other body tissues. However, eating large amounts of protein won’t make someone stronger or build bigger muscles. Instead, excess protein can have negative consequences, including a dehydration or weight gain.

Carbohydrates are the most efficient fuel for athletic performance. They are the preferred fuel for working muscles. The energy from carbohydrate sources is converted to glucose which is then released in the working muscle up to three times faster than energy from fat sources. When glucose is not used immediately for energy, it is stored as glycogen in the muscles and liver. Athletes draw on these stores during exercise. Once the stored glycogen is used up (within approximately 2 hours), athletes cannot function at high intensity and their performance declines.

Young Athletes Exercising

We are pleased to have Leslie Cox, RD as our author of a series of articles on Sports Nutrition. Leslie has been a highly regarded dietitian at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta since 2009 and recently began offering her services through Atlanta Pediatric Nutrition and GI Care for Kids. As a former Navy dietitian, she worked in the physical readiness branch developing fitness and weight standards for active duty Sailors. She has been an active and competitive athlete, participating in marathons and triathlons over the last 20 years --and training hard to make that happen.

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