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Hellmann’s called. It wants its mojo back

May 12, 2015
By Ari
Hellmann’s called. It wants its mojo back

Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise was smeared across the news last fall, thanks to a lawsuit filed by its parent company, Unilever, against fledgling vegan “mayo” purveyor Hampton Creek. The case rested on the notion that Hampton Creek’s flagship product, Just Mayo, is not, in fact, mayo, according to the Food and Drug Administration’s definition of...

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The Marco Polo exception to Locavory

May 12, 2015
By Ari
The Marco Polo exception to Locavory

The question of how far food should travel between where it is produced and where it is consumed has become a frequent matter of passionate debate. The popular rule of thumb is that the more local the food, the better it is, and we’ve...

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Healthy, defined

May 12, 2015
By Ari

The FDA wrote a rather unkind letter to the makers of Kind Bar brand granola bars in March, accusing the company of mislabeling its product. When the letter was posted to the FDA website on April 13, it caused quite a stir. The agency...

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Dying to lose weight

May 12, 2015
By Ari

Americans spend about 33 billion dollars a year on dietary supplements, many of which promise things like weight-loss, enhanced cognitive function, and increased muscle mass. According to Dr. Pieter...

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A street smart hen

May 12, 2015
By Ari
A street smart hen

There are many ways that a hen can die. If you raise them long enough, you’ll see your share. I’ve been keeping hens since before it was even legal...

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Sugar: the new tobacco

May 12, 2015
By Ari

We know foods like donuts and soda can make you fat, but the effects of sugar on the liver and brain are less well-known. Dietary sugar can fry your...

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A crypto-Jewish Passover

May 12, 2015
By Ari
A crypto-Jewish Passover

While dining at a Mexican restaurant in Albuquerque, NM, I was shocked to eat something that reminded of my mom’s East Coast Jewish cooking. I had taken a chance...

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Funky Food Additives

May 12, 2015
By Ari

Processed foods take the heat for a variety of heath issues. Foods high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, for example, are known to cause high blood sugar and obesity....

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St. Parsnip’s Day

May 12, 2015
By Ari

Nothing against corn beef and cabbage, but the parsnip is quietly, quintessentially Irish to me, and not simply because it’s so pale. The taproot has a subtly sweet character...

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Artificial colors: not too pretty when you think about it

May 12, 2015
By Ari

Nestle recently announced plans to remove all artificial colors and flavors from its candy bars. The company said it was doing so in response to consumer preferences, not because...

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The Lentil Underground

May 12, 2015
By Ari

Lentils are a humble ingredient that appear in many earthy foods. Not the fancy dishes that tap dance around the table, but simple, nourishing foods like Indian dal or...

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Bone broth believers

May 12, 2015
By Ari
Bone broth believers

For longer than there have been kitchens, people have found ways to boil bones. From rural villages to urban restaurants to grandma’s house, the virtues of bone stock, and...

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The pH of Kool-Aid

May 12, 2015
By Ari

We live in the heyday of designer bottled waters. Whether the water is filtered to maximum purity or flavored, sweetened, electrolyte-infused and vitamin-enriched into a “sports drink,” the discerning...

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Bitter Principles

May 12, 2015
By Ari
Bitter Principles

A baby will put almost anything in its mouth, even a sour lemon, without flinching. But bitter foods are quickly ejected with a grimace. We are born with zero...

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News Flash: Beef might not be evil

May 12, 2015
By Ari

The prevailing rhetoric coming from the environmental, dietary, and vegetarian communities paints cattle as perfectly designed agents of personal and planetary demise. From both ends of a cow’s alimentary...

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