If you’re like most people, you probably think of fat as something to avoid. But the truth is, fat is an essential nutrient that your body needs to function properly.
There are different types of fat, and one type that’s receiving a lot of attention lately is omega-3 fatty acids. These fats have been shown to have various health benefits, including reducing inflammation and improving heart health.
Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat, which means they’re healthy fats that can help reduce your risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and stroke.
While omega-3s are beneficial, it’s important to balance them with another type of fat called omega-6 fatty acids. These fats are also essential for your health, but they can promote inflammation when they’re consumed in large amounts.
The key to maintaining a healthy balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is to eat more omega-3-rich foods and less omega-6-rich foods. This article will discuss the differences between these two types of fat and provide some tips for how to achieve a healthy balance.
What Is Omega-3?
Omega-3 fatty acids refer to a kind of polyunsaturated fat that’s found in plant and marine sources. The three primary omega-3 fatty acids are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
Both DHA and EPA are found in fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna. ALA, on the other hand, is found in plant-based sources, such as flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients that play a number of important roles in your body. They’re involved in brain and nervous system function, heart health, immune function, and more.
Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids can have various health benefits, including:
- Reduced inflammation
- Lowered blood pressure
- Improved heart health
- Lowered triglyceride levels
- Eased symptoms of arthritis
- Improved cognitive function and mood
- Reduced risk of cancer
Due to anti-inflammatory benefits, omega-3 fatty acids are especially beneficial for people with chronic conditions like heart disease, arthritis, and Crohn’s disease.
What Is Omega-6?
Omega-6 fatty acids are another type of polyunsaturated fat. These fats are found in plant and animal sources.
The two main types of omega-6 fatty acids are linoleic acid (LA) and arachidonic acid (AA).
LA is found in plant-based oils, such as soybean oil, corn oil, and canola oil. AA is found in animal-based sources, such as eggs and meat.
Omega-6 fatty acids are essential nutrients that play a number of important roles in your body, including brain function and metabolism.
Similar to omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6s have anti-inflammatory effects. However, they can also promote inflammation when they’re consumed in large amounts.
Chronic inflammation is a major risk factor for various diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.
While omega-6 fatty acids are essential for your health, it’s important to consume them in balance with omega-3 fatty acids. An imbalance between these two types of fat can promote inflammation and chronic disease.
What’s the Difference Between Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fats?
As essential nutrients, omega 3 and omega 6 offer various—but different—health benefits. The main difference between these two types of fat is their effect on inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects, while omega-6 fatty acids can promote inflammation.
Another difference between these fats is their food sources. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish and plant-based sources, while omega-6 fatty acids are found in plant and animal-based sources.
It’s important to consume omega-3 and omega-6 fats in a healthy balance, as an imbalance between these two types of fat can promote chronic inflammation and disease.
How to Achieve a Healthy Balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fats
The ideal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats is thought to be 1:1. However, the average American diet contains a ratioof about 15:1.
This imbalance is due in part to the overconsumption of processed foods that contain high levels of omega-6 fats.
To achieve a healthy balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats, focus on consuming more omega-3-rich foods and limiting your intake of omega-6-rich foods.
Some good sources of omega-3 fats include fatty fish, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds.
Work to limit your intake of processed foods, vegetable oils, and meat from grain-fed animals, as these types of foods are all high in omega-6 fats.
By following these simple tips, you can help to optimize your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio and reduce your risk of chronic inflammation and disease.
While omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are both essential to human health, they have very different effects on the body. Omega-3s tend to promote anti-inflammatory responses, while omega-6s tend to promote inflammatory responses. This is why it’s important to maintain a balance between these two types of fatty acids.
Eli Marcus Brings His Networking Event to Fushimi Times Square
Eli Marcus, Chief Marketing Officer of NYC’s largest circulation Visitor Magazine, City Guide, has done it again. On February 28th he organized a wonderful networking event for those in the hospitality and theater communities. And true to form he did so in a beautiful new restaurant on West 43rd Street off 8th Avenue – in the heart of Times Square. Fushimi Times Square is the latest outlet for the Japanese group who has had success in Staten Island, Bay Ridge and Williamsburg. Their restaurant at 311 West 43rd Street is a welcome entry to the area and now that the scaffolding is gone from that block it is a pleasant walk to the welcoming door of this beautiful space.
The decor has a beautiful sculpture of a fish hanging from the ceiling which depicts the delicious selections of sushi and sashimi prepared by the talented chefs.
Guests at the evenings event were served appetizers of amazing tuna tartare and a variety of warm dishes of dumplings, and eggrolls – pork, shrimp and vegetarian.
Barry Huang, manager of Fushimi Times Square is a silhouette in the long entry way to this beautifully designed restaurant.
Eli invited some interesting people to the event. Publicist to megastars, Ramon Hervey II, has an interesting podcast and is the author of The Fame Game.
Hugh Hysell is a major force in the New York social circles and it was great to see him at the event.
Errol Rappaport, promoter, and singer, actress, Quinn Lemley, who just returned from London where she performed her one woman show about Rita Hayworth joined Eli at the event.
Rocksax, purveyor of officially licensed music merchandise was in attendance and gave out some of their product to some lucky attendees.
In addition to the wonderful food, Fushimi’s beautiful bar is a welcome spot to relax.
As usual the attendees had an excellent time meeting, chatting and enjoying the food
Eli looks on as the Fushimi manager, Barry Huang thanks the guests for coming
Barry and the DJ kept the food, drinks and music going through the event
I look forward to returning to Fushimi at 311 West 43rd Street for a full dinner of their excellent visionary Japanese-fusion dishes.
How to Spot High-Quality Mushrooms: Your Ultimate Guide
How to Spot High-Quality Mushrooms: Your Ultimate Guide
When it comes to the culinary world, mushrooms hold a unique place. They’re not just another ingredient but a delicacy that can elevate dishes with their distinct flavors and textures. However, not all mushrooms are created equal. Recognizing high-quality mushrooms can significantly impact your cooking and dining experience. Here’s your ultimate guide to identifying the crème de la crème of fungi, ensuring every bite is a journey to gastronomic bliss.
Appearance: The First Impression
The initial tell-tale sign of a high-quality mushroom, including Magic Mushroom Gummies, is its appearance. Look for mushrooms and mushroom products with a fresh, vibrant look. They should possess a smooth, unblemished surface. Any signs of bruising or discoloration often indicate mishandling or age. The color should be consistent with the variety of the mushroom; for example, a Shiitake should have a rich, brown hue, while a Portobello should boast a deep, dark brown complexion. Similarly, Magic Mushroom Gummies should have a uniform color that reflects their natural ingredients, without any irregular spots or fading, ensuring their quality and potency.
Firmness: The Touch Test
After visual inspection, gently squeeze the mushroom. It should feel firm to the touch, not slimy or mushy. A high-quality mushroom will have a certain resilience, bouncing back after you apply slight pressure. This firmness is a good indicator of freshness and proper storage. Mushrooms that feel too soft or start to disintegrate under gentle pressure are past their prime.
Aroma: The Scent of Freshness
A fresh, high-quality mushroom will have a mild, earthy smell. This aroma should be pleasant and subtle, not overpowering or unpleasant. Any hint of sourness or an ammonia-like smell is a red flag, signaling that the mushroom is beginning to spoil. Trust your nose; it can be one of your greatest allies in determining the quality of mushrooms.
Dryness: The Moisture Balance
While mushrooms naturally contain moisture, they should not appear wet or slimy. Excessive moisture can indicate improper storage, leading to faster degradation of the mushroom. On the flip side, you want mushrooms that are dry enough, as this can mean they’re old and have lost their natural juiciness. The goal is to find mushrooms that strike the perfect balance, looking plump and hydrated without any wetness on the surface.
Stem and Cap: The Integrity Check
High-quality mushrooms should have caps and stems that are intact. The cap should be securely attached to the stem, indicating that the mushroom was harvested correctly and handled carefully. Any signs of separation between the cap and stem could suggest aging or rough handling. Additionally, the gills (located under the cap) should be intact and not overly exposed, which is another sign of freshness.
Size and Shape: The Uniformity Aspect
While mushrooms naturally vary in size and shape, a batch of high-quality mushrooms should have some uniformity. This doesn’t mean they need to be identical; rather, their size and shape should be appropriate for their variety. This uniformity is often a sign of careful selection and handling, ensuring that each mushroom meets a certain quality standard.
Storage: The Environment Factor
Lastly, where and how the mushrooms are stored can give clues about their quality. High-quality mushrooms are typically stored in a cool, dry place. If you’re purchasing mushrooms, look for those stored in a refrigerated section or displayed in a cool area, away from direct sunlight. This ensures they remain fresh for longer.
Identifying high-quality mushrooms is an art that combines visual inspection, tactile examination, and a bit of olfactory investigation. By looking for these essential signs—appearance, firmness, aroma, dryness, stem and cap integrity, size and shape, and storage conditions—you’ll be well-equipped to select the finest for your culinary adventures. Remember, the quality of the ingredients can transform a good dish into an extraordinary one. So, the next time you find yourself in the produce aisle or at a local farmers’ market, use these tips to pick the best mushrooms out there and elevate your cooking to the next level.
Adrienne Warren To Perform At DIFFA’s 40th Anniversary Gala
DIFFA is excited to announce its highly anticipated 40th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, March 28, 2024 at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in NYC. It will feature a star-studded lineup of entertainment including Tony Award-winner Adrienne Warren (Tina –The Tina Turner Musical), vocalist and trumpeter Brian Newman and celebrity DJ Michaelangelo L’Acqua. The Gala will commemorate a remarkable legacy—forty years of impactful DIFFA initiatives — and raise critical funds to further support vital causes. Tickets and more details are available here.
The announcement comes on the heels of an incredibly successful Après Ski event held earlier this month, which raised over $100,000 for DIFFA grantees. Established in 1984 in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis, DIFFA has since expanded its mission to encompass broader community challenges such as homelessness and mental wellness.
“What started as a group of designers and manufacturer’s gathering in an NYC basement to raise money to help support their ailing friends and co-workers’ doctor’s visits and living expenses, has grown into a catalyst for change. Since our founding, we’ve granted more than $55 million to organizations which provide direct care to those most in need of assistance,” remarks Dawn Roberson, Executive Director of DIFFA.
“DIFFA has been a cause very close to my heart for more than 30 years. I’ve seen first-hand how the organization has galvanized the design community to rally our talents, resources, and creativity in the face of some of the most intractable social and healthcare challenges of our era. I’m so proud to celebrate 40 years of giving back and am excited about DIFFA’s next chapter,” said David Rockwell, who currently serves as Chair Emeritus of DIFFA.
“Serving as a rallying point for the design community, the Gala event will allow us to continue DIFFA’s legacy of giving. An opportunity for brands and individuals to demonstrate their solidarity, it will also pay tribute to those pioneering individuals who were champions of the cause and instrumental in making a DIFFA-rence—from the 1980s when AIDS was a mysterious illness with little hope for a cure, to DIFFA’s work today in line with its expanded mission,” adds current Board Chair Thomas Polucci.
The gala will feature an award ceremony and special video segment highlighting an honoree from each decade of DIFFA’s history. Fern Mallis and Steven Cole of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) are among those offering video tributes to former DIFFA chairs Cindy Allen, David Rockwell, and George Slowik, and former executive director David Sheppard. The event will also recognize the incredible work of DIFFA’s grantees, including organizations such as Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Housing Works, God’s Love We Deliver, Bailey House, SAGE, Health, Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. These grantees provide direct care through several different initiatives—from funding pantry bag meals to supporting outreach programs for underserved and disenfranchised LGBTQ homeless and street-involved youth.
Thoughtfully designed installations by students at FIT, SVA, Pratt, and NYSID will provide an inspiring backdrop to the evening’s festivities. Each imaginative vignette will illustrate a different decade in DIFFA’s rich history. Guests will be treated to performances by Tony-award-winning actress Adrienne Warren, who recently played Tina Turner in TINA – The Tina Turner Musical on Broadway, as well as the dynamic sounds of DJ Michaelangelo L’Acqua.
DIFFA is deeply grateful to Benjamin Moore, presenting sponsor of the 40th Anniversary Gala, as well as gold sponsors Empire Office with Steelcase, EvensonBest, HOK, MillerKnoll, Rockwell Group, and Shaw Contract.
The DIFFA gala is just one in several 40th anniversary fundraising events. Lip Sync for Life—a drag event originally founded by DIFFA Chicago—is scheduled for the last week of June in conjunction with PRIDE festivities.
For more information on DIFFA and the full list of grantees, visit diffa.org.
DIFFA: grants funds to organizations providing treatment, assistance, and access to healthcare for a diverse group of people affected by HIV/AIDS, food & housing insecurities, and mental health issues. For four decades, DIFFA has created legendary programs and events that highlight a cause that has impacted the industry. As times change and we face a new set of challenges, DIFFA answers the community’s needs by expanding our mission to include funding for those with food and housing insecurities and to support mental wellbeing.
Harnessing the design industry’s resources and creativity to respond to critical health issues and build a healthier, robust, and inclusive community. Making a DIFFA-rence!
DIFFA is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States. Mobilizing the immense resources and creativity of the design community, DIFFA has granted more than $55 million to hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations nationwide. Including Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Housing Works, God’s Love We Deliver, Bailey House, SAGE, Health, Hetrick-Martin Institute, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, among many others. www.diffa.org.
Iconic New York City Restaurant Serendipity3 Celebrates The City and “The Notebook”on Broadway, Opening in March
Though I’ve lived in New York for many years, a stop at Serendipity3, the decades-old restaurant on East 60th Street, eluded me. Until now. Thanks to a recent connection with the romantic musical The Notebook — in previews on Broadway — a new dessert specially designed to celebrate Valentine’s Day and the show was unveiled. And I got to sample it in all its super sweet glory.
The Notebook Hot Chocolate Affogato Sundae features a marshmallow rimmed Serendipity goblet filled with two towering scoops of vanilla ice cream, a giant pillow of creamy whipped cream, romantic Valentine’s sprinkles. Once the server pours a carafe of super-rich and thick hot chocolate (made with semisweet and bitter-sweet chocolates, rich cocoas, heavy cream, Maldon sea salt and Madagascar vanilla paste) over the ice cream, it’s ready for consumption. The dessert is also topped off with a dusting of iridescent edible glitter, an edible frosting-sheet with The Notebook logo, as well as a field of edible butterflies and flowers. Available at the restaurant for $24.95, it became my introduction to this glittery and iridescent palace of pop culture.
Like The Notebook — first experienced as Nicholas Sparks debut novel and then as feature film starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams — Serendipity3 is a quintessential piece of 21st century pop culture. Not only does it offer classic restaurant fare such as sumptuous hamburgers and salads but many, many desserts especially sundaes.
When Serendipity3 added The Notebook to their list of Broadway collaborations, it was hardly the first. The restaurant is known for bringing extravagant desserts and world-record-breaking menu items to the table. These menu items have captivated a worldwide audience and a celebrity following for decades.
Founded in 1954, it is one of the city’s unique dining experiences. The home of decadent desserts such as the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, Serendipity has been captivating millions of patrons since its inception. It’s a quirky place where artists got their inspiration and actors fulfilled their cravings. Beginning with Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in the ‘50s, continuing with a celebrity following that includes Cher, Candice Bergen, Melanie Griffith and Ron Howard, the restaurant continues to attract celebrities such as Beyoncé, Ryan Reynolds, Selena Gomez and Kim Kardashian. In addition, the restaurant has been the setting of three major Hollywood productions, “One Fine Day” (1996) with George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer, Serendipity (2001) with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, and Trust The Man (2005) with Julianne Moore and David Duchovny.
Produced by Kevin McCollum and Kurt Deutsch, “The Notebook” features music and lyrics by multi-platinum singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson and a book by playwright Bekah Brunstetter (writer and producer on NBC’s “This Is Us,” The Cake). The production is directed by Michael Greif (Dear Evan Hansen, Next to Normal) and Schele Williams (Aida, The Wiz), with choreography by Katie Spelman (Associate Choreographer on Moulin Rouge! The Musical).
The show tells of Allie and Noah, both from different worlds, sharing a lifetime of love despite the forces that threaten to pull them apart, in a deeply moving portrait of love’s enduring power. The cast features Tony Award®-winner Maryann Plunkett as Older Allie, Dorian Harewood as Older Noah, Joy Woods as Middle Allie, Ryan Vasquez as Middle Noah, Jordan Tyson as Younger Allie, John Cardoza as Younger Noah, Andréa Burns as Mother/Nurse Lori. Playing various roles are Yassmin Alers, Alex Benoit, Chase Del Rey, Hillary Fisher, Jerome Harmann-Hardeman, Dorcas Leung, Happy McPartlin, Juliette Ojeda, Kim Onah, Carson Stewart, Charles E. Wallace and Charlie Webb.
With a book that has sold millions of copies worldwide and a film that’s one of the highest-grossing romantic dramas of all-time, the musical adaptation of The Notebook comes to Broadway following a critically acclaimed world premiere engagement at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in the fall of 2022.
As for Broadway’s The Notebook, it’s now in previews at the Schoenfeld Theatre (236 W. 45th Street, NYC) and opens Thursday, March 14th.
For tickets and more info, visit www.NotebookMusical.com.
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Sabrina E. Morrissey, Credit: Facebook
Just released, Wendy Williams’ guardian has been accused of a scheme to rob her client in a $30 million lawsuit while controlling Wendy Williams’ finances and countless others. The U.S. Sun exclusively revealed that Wendy’s guardian, Sabrina Morrissey, her firm Morrissey & Morrissey LLP, and about 10 other attorneys have been named as defendants in another lawsuit.
If you remember from yesterday’s story these are the same individuals that were and are involved in Errol Rapports mother’s case and Libra Max with her father the artist Peter Max.
The case Morrissey and the attorneys are accused in, is for Jose Verdugo, who had won $5.5 million in a personal injury claim. For more than a decade, the defendants imprisoned Verdugo in a humiliating and oppressive guardianship by manipulating and serially deceiving him, as well as New York Supreme Court and the Appellate Division. The fraudulently-based attorney and guardian fees, plundered Verdugo’s multi-million dollar personal injury recovery.
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