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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. Several studies in the last year have helped uncover an entirely new mechanism by which many metabolic disorders can be triggered. Certain additives that are...

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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 and stubborn perseverance that says Ireland, especially this time of year when the Irish parsnip harvest is in full swing. And it’s worth remembering that...

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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 there was anything dangerous about the artificial products they were using. Nestle isn’t the only company making the switch. Hershey’s is beginning its journey in...

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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 hippy mush, the kind of food that feeds villages. It turns out that lentils come from a plant that has a similarly beneficial impact on...

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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 its salted cousin broth, are hardly a secret. But lately, bone broth has boomed into a trendy end in itself. You can pay nearly ten...

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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 water consumer has never enjoyed more options. A rising star in this field, in terms of sales growth, is alkaline water. With various bottled brands...

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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 tolerance for bitterness, presumably because most toxins are bitter. Yet, many non-toxic, beneficial foods, as well as many types of medicine, are bitter as well....

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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 canal, a climate toxin – methane – spews forth that is so heat-trapping, it makes carbon dioxide look like an amateur. The flesh and mammary...

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Potato salad with carrot mayo

May 12, 2015
By Ari
Potato salad with carrot mayo

As you have probably heard, start-up food company Hampton Creek was recently sued over the branding and labeling of its egg-free sandwich spread, “Just Mayo.” It’s not mayonnaise, complained the plaintiff, food giant Unilever, maker of Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise. Unilever ended up backing down and the suit was dropped, thanks to a perfect storm...

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Seed Catalogs, where purple is the new green

May 12, 2015
By Ari
Seed Catalogs, where purple is the new green

Few pieces of reading material can fuel ambition like a seed catalog. They arrive in the mail during the darkest days of the year, offering warm hopes and delicious dreams of lush vegetation and tasty produce, a welcome contrast to the dismal, frigid conditions outside the window. I study seed catalogs with the obsession...

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