Lemongrass: How Much Vitamin K?

Good news!  There’s no vitamin K in lemongrass/citronella.  None! Not in:

  • 1 tablespoon/5 grams
  • 1 ounce/28 grams
  • 3.5 ounces/100 grams

 

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Cheese Whiz: How Much Vitamin K?

I have not had Cheese Whiz in decades…  On reflection, it seemed to be one of the thing that came out of the 1980s.

In Cheese Whiz (source):

  • 1 ounce/28 grams contains no vitamin K
  • 3.5 ounces/100 grams contains no vitamin K

What it is, is a lot of fat, sodium, and cholesterol.  It is high in calcium, and calories.

Leeks: How Much Vitamin K?

Sad news if you’re on warfarin/coumadin, and love leeks – they are quite high in vitamin K (cooked or raw):

  • 1 ounce/28 grams of cooked leek contains 7.1 mcg of vitamin K, 9 % Daily Value (DV)
  • ~3.5 ounces/100 grams of cooked leek contains 25.4 mcg of vitamin K, 32 % DV

If it’s a consistent part of your diet, your medication dose already covers it.  But you could save a bit on medication if you minimized (or stopped to eat an alternative).  Otherwise, like all other foods that are high in vitamin K that aren’t part of your consistent diet – I suggest that you eat after a blood test in hopes of having enough time to get your INR level back to the same level.  But that’s something I’d only suggest if your testing interval is upwards of a month.

Mild Concussion? Simple Blood Test Might Detect Injury Up to a Week After

A barely bruised brain can send out molecular SOS signals in the blood for days after an injury, researchers report this week in JAMA Neurology.

The finding suggests that new blood tests, already in development to detect those signals, may be able to identify even the mildest concussions well after a knock to the head.

Source: Mild concussion? Simple blood test can detect injury up to a week after

Concussions are a clinical diagnosis, and not determined by imaging such as a CT scan of the brain.  Most people who have a concussion have a normal CT. From reading the abstract, it appears that the CT was performed to rule out an intracranial lesion (such as a subdural hematoma) which is a related but different issue from a concussion. The utility of the blood test would be to detect evidence of a recent concussive event without the need to perform neurologic testing.

This is an interesting assessment of the news: http://www.healthnewsreview.org/review/new-blood-test-detect-concussions/

Warfarin/Coumadin = Concussion?

Being on warfarin/coumadin does not make us at more risk for concussions – it increases the risk for intracranial bleeding, most often [when it happens] is a subdural hematoma (SDH). Patients with even mild head injuries who are on warfarin/coumadin who come to the emergency department almost always receive a CT scan to check for a SDH. Some recommendations even say that they should all received a second CT in 12-24 hours to check for any delayed bleeding. But this is entirely different than a concussion.

There is a chance that this would help reduce the number of CTs though. The article indicates that the blood tests are elevated in people with SDH as well as other intracranial bleeding types. Therefore it may be possible to derive a guideline that if a patient on warfarin/coumadin with a head injury has a negative blood test, then a scan wouldn’t be necessary. That would definitely be helpful.

Leek: How Much Vitamin K?

Unless it’s a consistent part of your diet, consuming leek will mess with your INR:

If leek is a part of your diet, you could probably save on medication expense if you no longer consume leek.   I’m just sayin’…

Turbinado Sugar: How Much Vitamin K?

It’s sugar, so

  • 1 ounce/28 grams of turbinado sugar contains 0 mcg of vitamin K – 0% Daily Value (DV)
  • 3.5 ounces/100 grams of turbinado sugar contains 0 mcg of vitamin K – 0% Daily Value (DV)

There’s nothing in it but carbohydrates.

Another popular name for this sugar is “sugar in the raw”.  Turbinado sugar is from pure cane sugar extract. The term “turbinado” comes from the technique used in the making of this sugar. The sugar is spun in a cylinder or turbine. Turbinado sugar is brown looking like brown sugar, but paler in color with a subtle molasses flavor.

Related read: What’s the Difference? Muscovado, Demerara, & Turbinado

Spaghetti Squash Pomodoro Is a Super Easy Weeknight Meal

That is way too easy…

How much vitamin K you ask? See for yourself:

  • 1 cup/155 grams of spaghetti squash contains 1.2 mcg of vitamin K – 2% Daily Value (DV)
  • 100 grams of spaghetti squash contains 0.8 mcg of vitamin K – 1% DV
  • 1 ounce/28 grams of spaghetti squash contains 0.2 mcg of vitamin K – 0% DV

Basil is very high in vitamin K however, so I’d be very sparing with the basil…

Make Mushroom “Jerky” For an Umami-Packed Snack Anyone Can Enjoy

Not for those allergic to mushrooms, obviously 😉

These super salty, slightly tangy slices make a great addition to wraps, sandwiches, salads, and more. Keep them in your fridge for a quick snack or a means of adding intensity and umami to any dish!

Source: Vegan Mushroom “Jerky” (Slow-Roasted Mushroom Strips)

The recipe is similar to the this one for vegan smoked mushroom “bacon”, which is liable to be cheaper than the algae that tastes like bacon

Always cool to see what substitutions/alternatives people have come up with.  Traditional jerky uses meat, and has been suggested as a reasonable source of protein.  100 grams of beef jerky contains 33.2 grams of protein, and 2.3 mcg of vitamin K (3% Daily Value).  Grilled portobella mushroom has 5.2 grams of protein per 1 cup/121 grams, and no vitamin K.  Win some, lose some…

Pavlova: How Much Vitamin K?

This gets tricky, because Pavlova is a recipe… which can be customized to some degree.  But here goes…

Pavlova is made by beating egg whites (and sometimes salt) to a very stiff consistency before folding in caster (AKA very fine, berry…) sugar, white/distilled vinegar or another acid (e.g. cream of tartar or lemon juice), cornflour, and sometimes vanilla essence, and slow-baking the mixture, similar to meringue.  So said Wikipedia anyway

On that note, Pavlova doesn’t appear to have much if any vitamin K in it.  But it depends on what you serve on top of the Pavlova…  I’ve covered the vitamin K content of various dairy cream in the past.  You’ll have to investigate for yourself what the vitamin K content of the fruit that was served with or on it.

Pumpkin: How Much Vitamin K?

The good news is I found some nutritional data on the vitamin K content in pumpkins.  The bad news is that it’s not specific – there’s no knowing currently the vitamin K content of a sugar pumpkin is different from a Blue Hubbard, Butternut Squash, cheese pumpkin, Jarrahdale, Kabocha…  you get the idea.  Canned pumpkin could be any combination of, along with preservatives and whatever else.

According to this link:

  • 1 ounce/28 grams of “pumpkin” contains 0.3 mcg of vitamin K – 0% Daily Value (DV)
  • 3.5 ounces/100 grams of “pumpkin” contains 1.1 mcg of vitamin K – 1% DV
  • 1 cup/116 grams of “pumpkin” contains 1.3 mcg of vitamin K – 2% DV

If you’re making your own pumpkin puree for things like pie, cheesecake, curry, bread…  You’re pretty safe.  But remember that even low dose will add up if you eat seconds/thirds/etc.