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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.

07/17/14 • 11:39 AM • FoodHealthHistoryScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

07/11/14 • 04:04 PM • FoodHealthTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

07/11/14 • 11:35 AM • FoodHealthScience • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

07/09/14 • 10:44 AM • ConsumptionFoodHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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’.

06/27/14 • 05:04 PM • FoodHealthHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

West Coast whisky stones.

Why buy a manufactured item? Why not use authentic Scottish stones?

06/27/14 • 11:58 AM • ConsumptionFoodNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Archaeology News Network: Study provides first direct evidence of plants in Neanderthal diet.

In other words, while Neanderthals had a mostly meat-based diet, they may have also consumed a fairly regular portion of plants, such as tubers, berries, and nuts.

06/26/14 • 11:39 AM • FoodHealthHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Controversial Seralini study linking GM to cancer in rats is republished.

Republishing data that was faulty in the first place in study design and analysis does not provide redemption. Furthermore, it is now possible to publish almost anything in open access journals” Oh, lordy. I still maintain, a site that requotes this study sans caveats will not be linked from *my* blog.

06/24/14 • 09:34 AM • FoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PLOS Biology: Moving beyond the GM Debate.

Whether you are pro- or con-, this is a powerful piece.

06/12/14 • 03:06 PM • FoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

FirstWeFeast: How Coffee Became the Hottest Accessory (Literally) in Men’s Fashion.

Thinking about how to take your coffee isn’t as simple as adding cream or sugar anymore — now, you have to consider what to wear while drinking it.” Personally, I think more about *where.* I don’t enjoy coffee in a mass-market noisy coffeeshop. I prefer the out-of-the-way, empty restaurant … with sidewalk tables.

06/09/14 • 09:34 AM • ConsumptionFoodGeneral • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: How Americans Got Red Meat Wrong.

In other words, meat eating went down just before coronary disease took off. Fat intake did rise during those years, from 1909 to 1961, when heart attacks surged, but this 12 percent increase in fat consumption was not due to a rise in animal fat. It was instead owing to an increase in the supply of vegetable oils, which had recently been invented.

06/09/14 • 09:09 AM • FoodHealthHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Birmingham Mail: Birmingham food artist turns pizza dough into Terracotta Warriors.

Fun.

06/03/14 • 09:22 AM • ArtsConsumptionFoodTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

TastefullyOffensive/Tumblr: Breathtaking view of the Milky Way, from the surface of Mars.

Bwah-hah-hah-HA. Brill.

05/31/14 • 05:41 PM • FoodPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Traditional Aceto Balsamico of Monticello: Barrel-Aged Balsamic.

A client just mentioned this to me. The conditions in Monticello, NM are apparently even better for the creation of fine balsamic vinegar than those in Modena, Italy. If you’re in the Truth or Consequences area, it would be worth the side trip!

05/23/14 • 08:43 AM • FoodHistorySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: Breakfast Cereals to Get More Expensive, Thanks to Climate Change.

Seriously, you want me to panic over Frosted Flakes?  The ‘staff of life’, bread, is more important on a worldwide basis, and just as under threat.

05/20/14 • 04:07 PM • EnvironmentalFoodHome & LivingNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Messy Nessy Chic: The Great Parisian Waiters Race.

For anyone who’s ever had a Parisian waiter turn their noses up at you, it’s time to watch them sweat …

05/20/14 • 12:04 PM • FoodHistoryMotion GraphicsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Coffee Rust Battle Intensifies.

The current coffee rust outbreak is the worst in Latin America’s history. It is estimated that production will fall by as much as 15-40 percent in the coming years.”  Hmmm. Should we stockpile? Discuss.

05/19/14 • 09:07 AM • EconomicsFoodHome & LivingPoliticsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Rate of US honeybee deaths ‘too high for long-term survival’.

Honeybees are dying off at too high a rate to guarantee their long-term survival, even though fewer were lost last winter, a US government report said on Thursday.”  Based on the recent research - stop using neonicotinoids - immediately.

Later: Amazes me. Many supposedly non-thintelligent sources are titling their posts on this with the second part (‘fewer were lost’) as “good news”, and bloggers I admire are relinking them without a second’s consideration. Postmodern? Post-truth. This is not good news - this is a warning. “The ship’s not sinking as fast as it was previously.” Optimism at the cost of survival?

05/15/14 • 10:24 AM • FoodHealthNaturePoliticsScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

RealClearScience: Are You Really Gluten-Intolerant? Maybe Not.

My wife’s gone low FODMAP. Perhaps I should, too.

05/14/14 • 10:52 AM • FoodHealthScience • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Italian Ways: Pesto, from Genoa to the world.

Born as a humble sauce – perhaps to give pasta some flavor during periods of abstinence from meat prescribed by the Catholic church – pesto is now a favorite all around the world.

05/13/14 • 08:48 AM • FoodHistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ArtDaily: One of the oldest Cognacs tops Bonhams Whisky Sale.

The auction’s top lot and front cover catalog highlight, a 1762 vintage Gautier that is one of the oldest authenticated cognac vintages known, experienced spirited bidding amongst an international clientele, eventually selling to an online bidder from Poland for a final price of $59,500.”  I’ve told a story about old cognac before.

05/08/14 • 08:55 AM • ConsumptionFoodHistoryPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: Here’s how expensive the lime shortage made your margarita.

If the bar you’re at is offering a margarita (with good tequila) for $8.53 or more, you’re better off making that drink at home.” My italic emphasis.

05/05/14 • 12:24 PM • EconomicsEntertainmentFood • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

EPIC Bar | Protein | Gluten Free | Paleo | Grass Fed Protein Bars.

Just ate a Bison Bacon/Cranberry bar. Can’t taste any cranberry, but sure as heck can taste BACON. Which is always a good thing. Be careful what you pair it with (what you drink). Could have untoward flavor impacts. Not quite as high in protein as I usually like … but none of the chocolate coatings and overload of sugar. Pleasantly surprised, and recommended!

05/05/14 • 11:19 AM • FoodGeneralHealth • (7) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Smithsonian: The Evolution of American Barbecue.

The first indigenous tribes Christopher Columbus encountered on the island he named Hispaniola had developed a unique method for cooking meat over an indirect flame, created using green wood to keep the food (and wood) from burning. Reports indicate that the Spanish referred to this new style of cooking as barbacoa: the original barbecue.

05/05/14 • 08:27 AM • FoodHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mother Jones: Why American Apples Just Got Banned in Europe.

So do DPA-treated apples present real health risks? I don’t know—and neither, apparently, do food safety authorities on either side of the Atlantic. Until they learn more, Europe has decided that the public shouldn’t be gobbling up DPA along with their daily fruit.” Interestingly, apples can be stored in a low oxygen environment to prevent scald, replacing DPA entirely. So there’s a workable backup.

05/01/14 • 06:22 PM • FoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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