Vox: I get food stamps, and I’m not ashamed — I’m angry.
“It makes me burn when people assume I could give something up and then I wouldn’t need assistance.” And there is a very good point within - one can’t forget the preparation time for so-called ‘healthy meals’. Having to be gluten free, I can tell you even without foodstamps I can fully understand this argument.
Western Digs: Cocoa, Caffeinated ‘Black Drink’ Were Widespread in Pre-Contact Southwest.
“The results revealed that more than 20 percent of the ceramics contained traces of either cocoa or a potent concoction known as ‘black drink,’ made from yaupon holly, known to scientists as Ilex vomitoria.” Slamming the era’s “Red Bull”. The scientific moniker, vomitoria, does NOT sound promising, however.
Authority Nutrition: Red Wine, Good or Bad?
Pen Test Partners: Hacking DefCon 23’s IoT Village Samsung fridge.
“Whilst the fridge implements SSL, it FAILS to validate SSL certificates, thereby enabling man-in-the-middle attacks against most connections.” No flying cars, but SSL in your refrigerator. Welcome to the future. Thanks, @emceeaich.
Authority Nutrition: Aspartame, Good or Bad?
Safe. Unless, perhaps, you’re prone to headaches or a child susceptible to seizures. Didn’t seem to have any studies about what it might do to the gut biome - a concern these days. Sucralose plays hell with the gut.
Roads & Kingdoms: 28 Cups of Coffee, 35 Bathroom Visits, and 6430 Calories.
Washington Post: Scientists (sort of) settle debate on low-carb vs. low-fat diets.
OK, but muscle weighs more than fat. You have to do more than compare weights to judge results.
Authority Nutrition: Decaf Coffee, Good or Bad?
The New Republic: The Military Is Making You Fat.
NPR: The Art Of Drinking Absinthe, The Liquor Of Aesthetes.
“In Five O’Clock Absinthe, the late-19th century poet Raoul Ponchon wrote that, if you have warm absinthe, boire du pissat d’âne ou du bouillon pointu — which translates, more or less, to ‘you might as well drink donkey’s urine or “enema broth”’ instead. So cold water it was.”
Discover: Sugar, Not Salt, Is the Real Dietary Villain.
Sure to be an entertaining read. Even an incog window won’t let me see it. I agree, though. Sugar is just the worst ... especially in GF products. Stunning how much more sugar gets stuffed in GM treats. Nice to have bags of ginger cookies available ... munch, munch ... [eyes pop out of head, blood sugar surges] ... YEEEEOOOOWWWW ... half hour later, blood sugar tanks precipitously ... slugs on the pavement seem fast and tall.
Lifehacker: This Infographic Shows What 25 Grams of Protein Looks Like.
Actually kind of handy. Many of these beat the 25 gram sweetener-filled protein bar.
Authority Nutrition: 7 Nutrients That You Can’t Get From Plant Foods.
NPR: ‘The Great Fish Swap’ - How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply.
“The Chinese love seafood. The Japanese, the Koreans, they love seafood. And they’re willing to pay top dollar for it. We just aren’t willing to do so. We want our food cheap and easy.” Bleurgh. I was expecting a mention of monkfish, the fake-scallop of choice ...
SF New Mexican: Safety concerns may force removal of century-old tree in Sena Plaza.
“Last Wednesday evening, a heavy, 10-foot branch fell, hitting a table in the courtyard and pinning a female restaurant patron to the ground.” Read the whole thing. Points more to neglected maintenance, than reason for yanking the tree, methinks.
Authority Nutrition: 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Whey Protein.
Been consuming it for years. I’ve graduated to the purest, lowest-cost form I can find: Now Foods Whey Protein Isolate, Natural Unflavored. Two scoops, a small teaspoon of instant coffee to knock back the flavor, milk. Blend. Done.
SciAm: Should Italy’s Prized Olive Groves Be Burned to the Ground?
Time: How to Stay Productive While Working From Home.
I’ll add some NM flavor. With our current heat wave, cook dinner at breakfast, in the cool of the morning.
nakedcap: Are Locavores a Threat to Feeding the Planet Efficiently?
Interesting discussion. I wonder, if today’s cities had preplanned for local food production acreage, would CASTE still hold true?
Related, if you have login access.
Guardian.UK: Study shows many US canned goods still contain cancer-linked BPA.
“Less than one-third of the 252 brands surveyed by EWG use BPA-free cans for all products. Of those companies questioned, 43% gave ‘ambiguous or incomplete’ answers to EWG queries. Some companies did not respond entirely.” I’ll assume you already know to check EWG for sunscreen recommends, yes?
SciAm: Why Washing Chicken Before Cooking Is Unsafe (Video).
Interesting! I’ve been a chicken-washer. Time to put that practice to bed.
The Atlantic: Selling the Desert’s Water-Conservation Lessons to the Rest of the World.
Vox: Radio signals puzzled astrophysicists for 17 years; solved.
I haven’t laughed this hard in at least a week.
Zoku: Space Pop Molds.
Sold out? Dang. Reminds me of the Good Humor space pop.
I love Epic Bison Bars ... but ...
This current batch is ... crunchy. Reminds me of a Thai “tendon salad”. I suppose they can’t all be perfect. Bleurk.