Liver-gallbladder-pancreas & digestion:
One of the functions of the liver is to produce bile. Bile is important for the digestion of food. The liver makes bile, sends it through the hepatic duct to the gallbladder, who then sends it to the bile duct to the duodenum where it meets the food and is used for digestion. Makes sense right?
Different things can block the bile ducts - inflammation, benign growths, and cancer. Stones in the gallbladder can slip into the bile ducts and block it as well. If bile is blocked it will back up into the liver and cause yellowing of the skin [jaundice].
The pancreas produces insulin and digestive enzymes. It also has a duct, known as the pancreatic duct. It releases enzymes into the duodenum where it meets the food and is also used for digestion.
A test that can be used to visualize these ducts is called an MRCP [Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography]:
M+R= MRI used for imaging; cholangiography is the imaging of bile ducts; and pancreatography is.. you guessed it! - imaging of the pancreatic ducts.
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Healthy Mozzarella Sticks!
What you need
- 12 sticks of string cheese in your choice of cheese, go for the low sodium kind if you want to be extra healthy
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp of flour
- 5 tbsp of bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese
- A dollop of olive oil, or cooking spray
- Cut the cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices, then freeze the slices in the freezer until completely frozen
- Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese
- To bread the cheese sticks: First dip the frozen cheese stick into the flower, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture
- Once all of the 24 sticks are coated, place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with a few drops of olive oil or sprayed with cooking spray (this will keep cleanup to a minimum, and keep the sticks from sticking!)
- Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 4 minutes, or until crisp. They need to be watched closely so they don’t melt completely!
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