The results of a new study published just this morning on The New England Journal of Medicine's website found that switching to a Mediterranean diet rich in nuts, beans, fish, fruits, vegetables, and olive oil that can cut up to 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease in high-risk patients.
Do you know what an average serving size is? The folks at Wisegeek calculated what 200 calories from 70 different foods looks like on the plate. We found it so interesting to see it all laid out. Do any of the representations surprise you?
Last week First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted that she picked Napa cabbage from her garden, and was using it to make kimchi. She even shared the recipe! Her version calls for five Thai chili peppers per two heads of cabbage, so it's mighty spicy... and just how we like it! Get the recipe below:
Last week we discussed why health articles so often get it wrong, but here's one resource that gets it right: Health News Review, a site where scientists and physicians take a hard look at health stories and let consumers know how they hold up. Wondering what experts really think of stories like "Berries May Cut Heart Attack Risk in Women, Study Says"?
Eating and cooking utensils may make our lives easier and more etiquette-friendly, but they've had a few unintentional historical consequences. For example, consider the fork—which, incidentally, is the title of a book by Bee Wilson documenting the evolution of cooking and eating technology. Wilson writes that overbites didn't become common until people started eating with a knife and fork. Here's how it happened:
Can't a girl just get honey when she buys honey? Apparently not. Food fraud ("the adulteration, dilution or mislabeling of goods" as defined by the FDA) is on the rise, with olive oil, milk, saffron, honey and coffee topping the list of food items most likely to have fudged ingredients or sourcing information.
Did you watch the presidential inauguration yesterday? While reading all the follow-up on it today, we came across something really cool: the official inaugural luncheon menu is available online, as are all the recipes! And it was definitely a feast. (Lobster AND bison? Oh yes.)
Every January Marion Nestle devotes her first Food Matters column of the year in the San Francisco Chronicle to predictions—specifically, what food policies and politics will define the upcoming year. Here's a quick look at her 10 predictions for 2013, from the future of genetically-modified foods to the farm bill:
Once upon a time, quinoa was an obscure, humble ingredient from the Andes. A basic food staple for Peruvians and Bolivians, it occasionally appeared at hippy potlucks and week-long yoga retreats. But no more. This healthy, high-protein seed is now having its time in the spotlight, and some say the unintended consequences of this popularity aren't good for Bolivians and Peruvians who rely on this super healthy food as a part of their diet. In short, the world demand has driven the price so high that some can no longer afford it.
If you live in California and want to sell your own homemade goods, listen up! On January 1st the California Homemade Food Act went into law, and that means that producers of certain nonperishable foods are now allowed to prepare the food at home. No more paying for that commercial kitchen!