Eating high-fiber foods could lower stroke risk
Eating high-fiber foods could protect against stroke, a new analysis of research suggests.
The data indicated that each 7-gram increase in daily fiber intake reduced the risk of a first stroke by about 7 percent. The findings were published in the journal Stroke.
Water-soluble fiber — the kind found in beans and nuts — reduced the risk substantially, and insoluble fiber and cereal fiber reduced it slightly. Fruits and vegetables contain both types of fiber.
According to background information in the study, the current average fiber intake in the United States is about 13 grams a day for women and 17 for men. Increasing these amounts by seven grams a day would bring them close to the recommended levels of 21 to 25 grams for women and 30 to 38 for men.
— New York Times
Hints from Heloise:
North Canton writer finds new use for rubber bands
Ruth Ferris in North Canton writes: Wide rubber bands that are packaged on fresh broccoli bunches can have another use: To get a strong grip on a doorknob, put the rubber bands around it. They fit snugly to help you turn the doorknob.
Trish in Indiana writes: My family visits many touristy sites while vacationing, and I often get the pictures confused when I get back home. Now I write the location on a piece of paper and take a picture of this first, then the pictures. If we move on, I write down the next location and snap another picture.
Nannie in Katy, Texas, writes: For children who can’t read, I make special gift tags for their presents. I put the child’s photo on one side of the tag, and a photo of my husband and me on the other side. The grandchildren recognize themselves, and they know that Nannie and Granddaddy gave the present to them.
— King Features
Round-the-world journey costs $67,950 a person
Ever dream of a round-the-world vacation? One luxury-travel company has a trip this fall that features a sacred citadel, Indian palaces, ancient mummies and more.
Just as remarkable as the 23-day itinerary is the price tag: $67,950 a person, double occupancy.
Visiting the same locales would cost you twice as much — and take you twice as long — if you attempted the trip on your own using commercial airlines, says organizer TCS & Starquest Expeditions. And few other tours include a personal physician.
The tour begins Oct. 29 in Orlando, Fla., with a four-course dinner, an overnight stay and an optional 18 holes of golf.
The first stop is Peru, home to Spanish Baroque palaces and the mountaintop Inca site of Machu Picchu. You also see the stone statues on Easter Island, the Pacific paradise of Samoa, and the underwater coral of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia (though if snorkeling isn’t your thing, you can tour the Daintree rain forest with an Aboriginal guide).
From there, it’s on to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, where you can join monks for a blessing ceremony, and to the Taj Mahal in India, where you’ll stay in a former maharajah’s palace and be greeted by painted elephants and festooned camels.
On safari in Tanzania, guests stay in a lodge perched on the rim of a collapsed volcano. You’ll visit the pyramids and sail the Nile, and see the mosques and markets of Morocco before heading home.
— Sara K. Clarke