Blade & Skillet.
Simple recipes that you need but a sharp chef’s knife and a cast-iron skillet for.
Aging Journal: Reversal of cognitive decline - A novel therapeutic program.
Of interest. They are not proposing diet-and-exercise changes alone will cure Alzheimer’s, but that it may go a long way to making existing drugs more effective by maintaining ‘plasticity.’ Of course this is an anecdotal study - a larger clinical trial is needed.
You’ve probably heard about Soylent.
Here. A whole lot of quasi-cerebral hoo-hah. The major ingredient is maltodextrin. Blech. And it uses sucralose, which is gathering more and more negative studies for the destruction of beneficial gut bugs. Even MetRx (a better alternative to the above, methinks, comparing ingredient lists) is using sucralose these days. Shame.
Back to Tang and Space Food Sticks.
The Dish: Chicken Not So Little.
Sully fell for it. I ain’t never seen a scrawny chicken on any farm, in my whole life - unless they were sick. Were we all picking at bony little two pound birds when I was born? Hell no. Do you realize how little meat is on a two-pound bird? Look at history. Vintage cookbooks from the 19th century spec four pound and larger hens.
This is what I mean about today’s internet. Doesn’t matter who is curating, how popular or clever they are. Accept nothing at face value. That includes MY finds. I do my best ... and in spite of that, I still link some pretty stinkeroo stuff from time to time. One must question the premise, every damn time.
Later: See the comments for clarification.
SciAm/Nature: Manure Fertilizer Increases Antibiotic Resistance.
“Perhaps we’ve been enriching inadvertently for bugs that could eventually jump across agriculture to hospitals. [snip] Before we say anything about ‘nitrogen treatment is terrible and organic is wonderful’, we need to see what the downsides are.”
Authority Nutrition: Whey Protein 101 - Surprising Benefits of Powders and Shakes.
I don’t need convincing. I currently use NOW whey protein isolate, unflavored. No sugars. I add my own unsweetened chocolate powder or other flavorings.
Two from Italian Ways ...
The things Italian Ways must do for the Italian tourist industry ...
SciAm: Dry Roasting May Up Peanut Allergic Potential.
“... here’s a finding that could start to thwart the peanut threat: peanuts that are dry roasted may be more likely to trigger an allergic reaction than do their raw counterparts. At least that’s the case in mice. ” My italic emphasis.
NY Times: Artificial Sweeteners May Disrupt Body’s Blood Sugar Controls.
So then ... what’s the point?
365/2: 251. Got two lobsters as a gift ...
I can’t eat ‘em, unfortunately (seafood allergy). So Sandra gets to enjoy TWO of them.
A representative of NMPIRG knocked on my door ...
The very least I can do is link her cause ... Stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms. Something we should all get behind.
The Atlantic: Are Rabbits Pets or Meat?
“Rabbits are easy to raise and butcher in your backyard, they’re light on the environment—producing six pounds of rabbit meat requires the same amount of food and water as it takes to produce one pound of cow meat—and their meat is lean and low in cholesterol.” I’ll mention for the umpteenth time, Lewis and Clark had a pack of dogs they took west with them - protein you didn’t have to haul. And guinea pigs can be raised in a small shed, producing enough protein to sustain a substantial family with a very small carbon footprint. Just as with other ‘downsizing’ fads, food production is seeing some very surprising results.
I suspect that if warming/climate change continues, our penchant for squeamishness will take a back seat to survival.
Just don’t name them. Once you do, you’re pretty much doomed.
FastCo: Coffee Alternatives That Are Better For Productivity.
I beg to differ. A little cold, fingerless gloves work a treat. Too hot? No A/C? Miserable. Cold’s relatively easier to deal with.
AlJazeeraAmerica: Big Food uses mommy bloggers to shape public opinion.
Um ... isn’t it rather sexist to link BlogHer to ‘Mommy Blogs’ without offering any linkage of the two? BlogHer is certainly not just mothers who blog. Or am I reading this wrong?
Dude, Sweet Chocolate: Laphroaig Truffle.
SciAm: Farmers Say GMO Corn No Longer Resistant to Pests.
“Seed companies say they warned Brazilian farmers to plant part of their corn fields with conventional seeds to prevent bugs from mutating and developing resistance to GMO seeds.” That’s a short-term solution at best.
Ancient Origins: Archaeologists recreate Elixir of Long Life recipe from unearthed bottle.
“Loorya enlisted researchers in Germany to track down the recipe in an old medical guide, which revealed that the potion contained ingredients such as aloe, which is anti-inflammatory, gentian root, which aids digestion, as well as rhubarb, zedoary, and Spanish saffron – ingredients still used by herbalists today.”
SciAm: Farmers Fight Explosion of “Superweeds”.
“We have had numerous calls about poor control of Palmer amaranth with glyphosate this year.” Nature’s escalating the battle again.
Later, related: Happened to run across this, from 2010, when filing the above. Interesting that “Monsanto, which once argued that resistance would not become a major problem, now cautions against exaggerating its impact. ‘It’s a serious issue, but it’s manageable.’”
Past Horizons: Prehistoric tooth plaque provides dietary insight.
“The researchers found ingestion of the purple nut sedge in both pre-agricultural and agricultural periods. They suggest that the plant’s ability to inhibit Streptococcus mutans, a bacterium which contributes to tooth decay, may have contributed to the unexpectedly low level of cavities found in the agricultural population.” If you trace Google search term use, “purple nut sedge” is going to transition from being ‘nuisance’ to being a paleo food fave. Mark my words.
NPR: Hottest Burger In Britain Burns 2 Journalists.
“After taking just one bite - one bite - the men experienced severe stomach cramps, and lost feeling in their hands.”
Authority Nutrition: Are Nitrates and Nitrites in Foods Harmful?
Another compound that gets health foodies crazy. You can just skip to the bottom about bacon, if you want.
Dissent: Prison to Table - The Other Side of the Whole Foods Experience.
“It’s not clear what shocked people most about the report in Fortune that Whole Foods Market sells goat cheese and tilapia prepared with prison labor — the horrendous exploitation of prisoners for a base rate less than one-tenth of Whole Foods’ starting wage, or the fact that even after paying prisoner-workers sixty cents an hour, that tiny wheel of goat cheese still costs upward of seven dollars. Whichever reason it was, for many the story disturbed the experience that Whole Foods carefully cultivates for its customers.”
Powered by Osteons: Lead Poisoning in Rome - The Skeletal Evidence.
“Did lead poisoning cause the fall of the Roman Empire? Probably not.” You know what’s funny? Look up “Roman lead pots” on Google. You won’t find many - at least, I didn’t. Lead-glazed ceramics, yes. Lead-riveted and lead-stapled metals yes. But no pure “lead pots”. I think historians need to be a bit more specific when writing about the circumstance. The amount of infusion from a lead glaze is not the same as a pure ‘lead pot’.
West Coast whisky stones.
Why buy a manufactured item? Why not use authentic Scottish stones?