It’s never the same two weeks in a row. A collection of what I find interesting in the world of food, nutrition, and holistic health. Here’s what’s on my mind.
MSG Wastewater As Fertilizer – I was stunned recently when I read that the wastewater from MSG production could be used as a fertilizer for corn. Knowing how bad MSG is for human consumption it is startling to realize that it may be creeping into our diet in other ways. I have as yet been unable to determine if it is allowable for use on organic corn.
Eat Fish Low In Mercury for Heart Health – We all know we’re supposed to eat more fish. It’s good for our heart, it’s good for overall health. But fish, especially some of the larger fish like shark, king mackerel, and swordfish, tend to be high in mercury which we need to avoid. Check out the Food and Water Watch Seafood Guide for tips about making healthier seafood choices.
Here’s a cartoon that I find amusing about this issue (with thanks to The Deconstructionist Zone):
Differences in taste sensitivity – According to this article obese children and adolescents have less taste sensitivity which can lead to obesity. This is the exact opposite of other research which shows that those who have more or highly sensitive tastebuds, supertasters, can be obese. While this is confusing it does show that how we taste can have an effect on our ability to enjoy our food and ultimately on our weight. But enjoyment of food is, and should be, about more than just taste. Learning to enjoy the smell, the setting, the textures, the experience of our food is important. Learning to eat mindfully is a habit we should cultivate.
Berries can slow cognitive decline – Apparently eating between one half to one cup of berries per week over an extended period of time (up to 2.5 years in the study) appear to have a positive effect. This is believed to be attributable to the anthocyanins. Whatever the reason, it’s delicious and easy to do. Just be sure to choose organic blueberries and strawberries whenever possible to avoid pesticides.
What I’m Reading:
The Winky-Eyed Jesus and Other Undescribables – Scott Wayland’s entertaining description of his cross country human-powered recumbent bicycle journey across the United States.