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The LABBD Top 5
Week of 10/12/14

Each week will feature our top 5 restaurant picks.

1. Pearl's Country Kitchen -Opelousas* * * * *

2. Bayou Cafe - Baton Rouge * * * *

3. Glenda's Creole Kitchen - Breaux Bridge * * *

4. Phat Boyz Pizza - Baton Rouge  * * *

5. Veronica's Cafe - Carencro * * *
Week Of: October 12th
  Pearl's Country Kitchen
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I recently made the trip to the comfortable little town of Opelousas, LA after hearing about this cozy little diner called Pearl's Country Kitchen. Boy what a treat it was!!! From the moment I walked through the door my senses were greeted with the most wonderful smells of down home country soul comfort food. The menu featured various Creole soul food items, and I settled on the okra, shrimp, and sausage over rice. As I awaited my much anticipated lunch I couldn't help but notice the friendly atmosphere as each person that walked in seemed to be one of the staff and were greeted as family. Once my food arrived my mouth began to salivate from the sheer aroma that arose from my dish. From the first bite to the last I was elated as the flavors took me back to comforts of mom's kitchen and the joys of my youth. Seasoned to perfection and spiced just right my meal became more than just a simple lunch, but rather an experience that I will cherish until I visit again....NEXT WEEK!!!!!! 

                                       - "Chef  T"
                                                LABBD Food Critic

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10 Things You Don't Know About Sugar (And What You Don't Know Could Hurt You)
4. Sugar may be linked to cancer production and may effect cancer survival
In the world of nutrition, it's hard to talk about sugar without talking about insulin. That's because insulin is sugar's little chaperone to the cells, and when too much of it is consumed, or our insulin does not work (probably because we're eating too much sugar) and the body revolts. One connection that has been well documented in the literature is the link between insulin resistance and cancer . A 2013 study found that sugars in the intestine triggered the formation of a hormone called GIP, that in turn, increases insulin released by the pancreas. Researchers found that β-catenin may in fact affect the cells susceptibility to cancer formation. Further studies have found negative associations between high sugar and starch intake and survival rates in both breast cancer patients and colon cancer patients.
5. Your sugar "addiction" may be genetic
If you've ever said, "I'm completely addicted to sugar," you may actually be correct. A recent study of 579 individuals showed that those who had genetic changes in a hormone called ghrelin consumed more sugar (and alcohol) than those that had no gene variation. Ghrelin is a hormone that tells the brain you're hungry. Researchers think that the genetic components that effect your ghrelin release may have a lot to do with whether or not you seek to enhance a neurological reward system through your sweet tooth. Findings with this study were similar to study conducted in 2012 as well.
6. Sugar and alcohol have similar toxic liver effects on the body
A 2012 paper in the journal Nature, brought forth the idea that limitations and warnings should be placed on sugar similar to warnings we see on alcohol. The authors showed evidence that fructose and glucose in excess can have a toxic effect on the liver as the metabolism of ethanol -- the alcohol contained in alcoholic beverages had similarities to the metabolic pathways that fructose took. Further, sugar increased the risk for several of the same chronic conditions that alcohol was responsible for. Finally, if you think that your slim stature keeps you immune from fructose causing liver damage, think again.
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