Posts Tagged ‘food’

The Real Paleo Diet Was Full of Carbs

November 5, 2015

The Real Paleo Diet Was Full of Carbs

Devotees of the “Paleo Diet” (aka “Caveman Diet”) eat meat, seafood, eggs, and “non-starchy” fresh fruits and vegetables and eshew legumes, dairy products, and grains and other carbohydrates. That’s their idea of what humans ate in the Old Stone Age, before people learned how to farm and raise animals. They claim our prehistory shows the human body is ill-adapted to digest those new-fangled Neolithic farmed foods.

But that’s not the real menu of our ancestors, which included bugs, grubs, and all the starchy carbs they could get. And even though there were Stone Age food processors, they were used to make porridge, not “paleo smoothies.”

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UN Health Agency: Hot Dogs, Sausages and Bacon Are Carcinogenic

October 26, 2015

UN Health Agency: Hot Dogs, Sausages and Bacon Are Carcinogenic

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO), has determined that consumption of processed meat is as bad for you as smoking. Eating 50 grams (1.76 ounces) of sausages, bacon, and ham daily makes it 18% more likely that you’ll get colorectal cancer. 50 grams is about 2 strips of bacon.

Processed meats include  bacon, sausages, hot dogs, salami, corned beef, beef jerky, ham, canned meat, meat-based sauces, and other meat products that have extended shelf life due to smoking, curing, fermentation, or adding salt or other preservatives.

Further concerns for carnivores: IARC finds that even fresh red meat — beef, veal, pork*, lamb, mutton, horse, and goat — is “probably” carcinogenic, too. The risk of eating 50 grams of red meat daily is “mainly for colorectal cancer, but associations were also seen for pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer.” American men eat twice that much, according to the North American Meat Institute.

*Note: Despite the National Pork Board’s ad campaign, nutritionally pork is not a “white meat.”

More:

“World Health Organization: Red and processed meats have a strong link to cancer,” Akshat Rathi, Deena Shanker, Quartz

“Bacon Declared a Carcinogen, World Mourns,” Natalie Shoemaker, Big Think

“Bad Day For Bacon: Processed Meats Cause Cancer, WHO Says,” Allison Aubrey, NPR

“Hot dogs, bacon and other processed meats cause cancer, World Health Organization declares,” Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post

“The WHO’s new warnings about bacon and cancer, explained,” Julia Belluz, Vox

“Processed meats do cause cancer – WHO,” BBC News

“IARC Monographs evaluate consumption of red meat and processed meat,” IARC press release

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Pizza Rat

September 28, 2015

Pizza Rat
Last week New York comedian Matt Little was at the First Avenue subway station waiting for the Canarsie Line when a fellow traveller walked down the stairs carrying a slice of pizza. Nothing unusual about that, except the diner was a rat. Mr. Little recorded a video on his phone, and it’s been watched 6 million times on YouTube:

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On the Radio: Bittman Dishes

September 26, 2015

On the Radio: Bittman Dishes
Earlier this month, Mark Bittman ended his New York Times op-ed column to join a Bay Area food startup. There is no truth to the rumor that former restaurateur John Boehner quit Congress to join Mark’s new venture since we just made that up.

Thursday, on WNYC Radio’s The Takeaway, Mr. Bittman explained that changes in the food scene prompted him to leave the newspaper:

“I was at this dinner a year ago and I was discussing a dish with somebody. She said, ‘What salt would you use with that?’ and I burst out into laughter, tears, or anger, But then I was re-telling that story recently and someone said, ‘I don’t know why you find that outrageous, of course it matters what salt you use.’ That’s the kind of change in the food scene we can do without.”

Mark Bittman has been coy about his new business venture, but during the radio interview he spoke about fast-casual dining and the food supply chain, and we know the startup is in the San Francisco area. One hypothesis: A high-tech build-out of the Alameda-Weehawken Burrito Tunnel. About time, too.

More:

“Mark Bittman: Why I’m Leaving The New York Times,’ The Takeaway

(Audio: http://www.thetakeaway.org/audio/m3u/533285/ )

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You Know You Need One: A Lock for Your Nutella Jar

September 2, 2015

You Know You Need One: A Lock for Your Nutella Jar

Most consumers believe that Nutella hazelnut-chocolate spread is sold in single-serving containers — as soon as they open the 35-ounce jar, they finish the whole thing. Thankfully most consumers can’t buy the 6-pound foodservice size. The gooey stuff is addictively tasty but it’s mostly sugar and palm oil, so it’s pretty unhealthy.

Help is on the way. Germany’s Daniel Schobloch has designed the Nutella Lock, an acrylic device that fits over the jar lid so it can only be opened with a key. He says it’s so your kids won’t eat all the Nutella, but we know better, don’t we?

Nearly 1000 of the gadgets have already been sold on German eBay at €9.99 ( $11) each. We expect to see a high-performance alloy version at Williams-Sonoma any day now.

More:

“A Nutella Lock For When You Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop,” Suzy Strutner, Huffington Post

“German Designer Builds a Lock for Your Nutella Jar,” Jennifer M Wood, Mental Floss

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Outer Space Salad!

August 11, 2015

Outer Space Salad!
Astronauts on the International Space Station grew and ate heads of red romaine lettuce. With extra virgin olive oil and Italian balsamic vinegar. Next stop: Entrées  Mars!

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The Twinkies Bakery is Now Worth Big Dough

July 20, 2015

The Twinkies Bakery is Now Worth Big Dough

Hostess, baker of America’s beloved Ding Dongs, Ho Hos and Twinkies, founded in 1930, went bankrupt in 2012. The firm was bought the next year by a partnership led by C. Dean Metropoulos, savior of Vlasic, Hungry-Man, Old Milwaukee and Chef Boyardee food brands. The turnaround king has done it again, for our nation’s iconic dessert cakes:

“Now, the iconic dessert titan is resurgent, selling its golden, cream-filled Twinkies across the world under the name Hostess Brands and turning down $2 billion offers from a pack of hopeful buyers. On Tuesday morning, the company reached its latest peak when Reuters, citing anonymous sources, suggested Hostess would head to Wall Street with an initial public offering that would value the company at around $2.5 billion.”

— “Twinkies are not just back from the dead. Their baker may now be worth billions.” Drew Harwell, Washington Post

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2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

June 20, 2015

2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is back in Washington DC, June 24th to June 28th and July 1st to July 5th. This year’s festival has a smaller footprint; the site is between 3rd and 4th Streets NW, near the Capitol Reflecting Pool, National Gallery of Art East Wing, and the National Museum of the American Indian.The free Festival features music, dance, craft and foodways demonstrations and evening concerts, all from Peru. Don’t miss the related activities around town.

The festival schedule is here. See you on the line at the food concessions.

Festival map. Festival blog.

More:

“Major Changes Coming to This Year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival,” Mark Segraves NBC 4 Washington

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The Nutella Affair

June 19, 2015

The Nutella Affair

Not since Louis XII seized Milan has there been such conflict between France and Italy. French Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal urged the public to stop eating Nutella, the chocolate hazelnut goo, to help prevent deforestation. Nutella is 20 percent palm oil, and palm plantations are often created by cutting down huge swaths of topical forests. Italy went into an uproar, since Nutella is made by Ferrero, the huge confectionery firm based outside Turin. Michele Anzaldi of the Camera dei Deputati was outraged by the grave e brutto slur against eccellenza italiana.

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The Pope Gets a Neapolitan Pizza

March 24, 2015

The Pope Gets a Neapolitan Pizza

A  few days back, Pope Francis told an interviewer that he misses being able to go out for a pizza. When His Holiness visited Naples, known for its pizza, Enzo Cacialle of Pizzeria Don Ernesto handcrafted a special Papal pie, jumped a street barricade, and handed the pizza to Pope Francis in the Popemobile:

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