Thursday, March 04, 2010

Potassium and Pound Cake

Well, it's a good thing I had mashed potatoes last night for dinner, a banana for breakfast and salad for lunch today, huh? According to a group of Italian researchers, eating plenty of potassium-rich foods such as leafy greens, potatoes and bananas may reduce the risk of stroke and coronary artery disease. Other foods high in potassium include soybeans, apricots, avocados, plain non-fat yogurt, prune juice, dried beans and peas. The findings were presented Wednesday at the American Heart Association's Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism conference in San Francisco. The new analysis was based on 10 studies published between 1966 and 2009 that included almost 280,000 adults. During follow-ups that ranged from five to 19 years, investigators found there were more than 5,500 strokes and almost 3,100 coronary heart disease events. Higher potassium intake, however, was associated with a 19 percent lower risk of stroke and an eight percent lower risk of coronary heart disease. The findings support global recommendations for people to increase their consumption of potassium-rich foods in order to prevent vascular disease. I'm just glad to know that so many of my favorite foods fall into the potassium-rich category!
On a completely different note, but also involving one of my favorite things, today is National Pound Cake Day! Just last week at a friend's birthday celebration, I bypassed the rich chocolate cake for the lemon pound cake. Dee-lish! Anyway, here are three low-calorie, sucralose-sweetened recipes that won't have you busting out the larger pants anytime soon. Enjoy!

Velvet Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake

Sour Cream Pound Cake

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