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12 Foods You Need to Stop Buying — and 17 You Should Eat More

12 Foods You Need to Stop Buying — and 17 You Should Eat More | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Not all foods are created equal—even the healthy ones—and you might not be getting as many vitamins and nutrients as you believe.
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Why do I so often post about nutrition? Because I want you healthy enough to visit www.kennethweene,com and find yourself a good book. Di you know reading is great exercise for your mind and provides the best nutrition for your intellect? Absolutely! Meanwhile, here's some good information about your diet, so eat properly and enjoy a great book. 
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8 Most Expensive Meals - ODDEE

8 Most Expensive Meals - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Go where the elite eat—check out eight pricey dishes from around the globe.
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I'm not opposed to self-indulgence. Heck, I like the good things in life. BUT, eating gold? It isn't like that gold is found lying there waiting for us like truffles, people are working incredibly hard for very little wage to dig it out. And then there is the fat content of some of these specialties. Consider a burger made of Wagyu beef doused over and over with butter, then a few slabs of sliced prime Foie gras. Then duck fat and butter sautéed  black truffles. Sorry, I have to stop; I'm getting hungry. 
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The Secret History of Potato Chips - Indian Country Media Network

The Secret History of Potato Chips - Indian Country Media Network | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Potatoes were domesticated first in the Americas, so it is reasonable that the invention of the potato chip should be credited to an America Indian.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Couldn't resist this tidbit of an article. I guess almost everybody likes chips. I love but no longer eat them (or other potato dishes). Anyway, have a great and tasty day.
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Are Frozen Fruits and Vegetables as Nutritious as Fresh?

Are Frozen Fruits and Vegetables as Nutritious as Fresh? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The differences in nutrient levels between fresh and frozen are so minor that they would be unlikely to have an impact on overall health.
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This finding is all well and good, but what about taste and plate appearance? For me, I prefer fresh almost all the time. 
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Shir Turgeman's curator insight, April 20, 9:11 AM
האם פירות קפואים מזינים כמו פירות טריים? ההקפאה יכולה לשנות מעט את ההרכב התזונתי של הפירות, לפעמים לטובת הפרי הקפוא ולפעמים לטובת הפרי הטרי. לאחר שכמה חוקרים ביצעו ניסויים בכמה פירות שונים הגיעו להחלטה שאין קבוצה מנצחת, הכל תלוי באיזה פרי מדובר.
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Organic farmers fight USDA to defend their turf - The Boston Globe

Organic farmers fight USDA to defend their turf - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
They are digging in their heels against what they call theinvasive growth of organic hydroponics, grown by farmers who use extensive watering systems and nutrients, but not dirt.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
First, should government have a role in labeling things, for example in deciding what is and what is not "organic?" Second, should those labels be more specific? Should hydroponically raised food be called organic or hydroponic organic? As one who has eaten hydroponic food, my view is that it is relatively lacking in taste while very pretty. Does it have the same nutritional value? I haven't a clue. As one who has eaten organic and chemically treated food, I think that the organic tends to be a bit more interesting, but it tends to have a shorter life. As a consumer I want them all available and I want the labeling to tell me which is which and to have real meaning. Government shouldn't be providing advertisement labels but information for consumers. 
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The favorite foods and eccentric eating habits of 9 ruthless dictators

The favorite foods and eccentric eating habits of 9 ruthless dictators | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Cobra stew. Hallucinogenic root bark. KFC. These are a few of the favorite meals of some 20th-century dictators.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
So you want to be a tyrant? Better learn how to eat like one. Some strange choices here. Well, as long as all the grains of rice are identical and none of your fifteen tasters dies what could be the problem? Enjoy your cobra stew. 
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These chickens have a stress-free life — and a humane death. Yes, you can taste the difference. - The Boston Globe

These chickens have a stress-free life — and a humane death. Yes, you can taste the difference. - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
These chickens have a stress-free life — and a humane death. Yes, you can taste the difference.
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As a carnivore, I am aware that I am causing pain and stress for the animals that end on my plate. I can't make believe otherwise.Here at least is a farmer who is trying to do a better, kinder job of raising and slaughtering chickens. If you've read Broody New Englander, you know that chickens matter. You can find my book at http://www.kennethweene.com 
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This could be the start to a whole new world of chicken

This could be the start to a whole new world of chicken | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It's good news for people who care about how the chickens they eat were treated.
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I celebrate the movement towards more humane raising and slaughtering of chickens. In addition to the ethical improvement, my bet is the birds will taste better without the forced growth and stressful deaths.I know there are some who say we shouldn't be eating meat at all (or eggs according to others), but as an unrepentant omnivore, I happily support better animal husbandry. 
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America can’t eat its way out of this massive cheese problem

America can’t eat its way out of this massive cheese problem | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Thanks a lot, Putin.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
While I don't see how the facts lead to the story's conclusion about government, I am more than willing to add more cheese to my diet. My problem is that most American cheese isn't that good. I love good cheese not the American mass-product. How about better artisanal cheeses American industry? Meanwhile, I'll have some gruyere and a nice piece of Brie.
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This App Connects Surplus Food To People In Need

This App Connects Surplus Food To People In Need | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
“Hunger is pervasive. It’s a horrible thing that is hidden in every city, in every neighborhood.”
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A small ray of good in a world that is too often consumed by greed and in which many are in need. 
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We must relearn to eat: Here’s how we teach our kids — and ourselves — to find pleasure in what’s good for us

We must relearn to eat: Here’s how we teach our kids — and ourselves — to find pleasure in what’s good for us | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
We sneak veggies into kids' meals. We choose from chocolatey and salty variations. But taste is a matter of choice
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I only learned to appreciate vegetables when I was grown and discovered that many could be eaten raw or grilled rather than boiled to mush. Assuredly, what we eat and enjoy around our children helps determine their choices, especially if we avoid the sugar, salt, and fat triad that is such a large part of the "American" diet. 

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Unsettling 'Food Surgeon' Performs An Oreo Cream Transplant On A Reese's Cup

Unsettling 'Food Surgeon' Performs An Oreo Cream Transplant On A Reese's Cup | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Food Surgeon is just what he sounds like: a YouTuber who operates on food the way Dr. Frankenstein operates on cadavers.
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Don't try this at home; it may result in serious weight gain. 

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The 10 best food cities in America, ranked

The 10 best food cities in America, ranked | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The 10 best food cities in America, ranked
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What a surprise—not, Phoenix didn't make the list. At least we can drive to L.A. and if desperate to San Francisco. Lots of great eating out there, and we foodies have to celebrate it. 

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10 of the Strictest Food and Drink Laws From Around the World

10 of the Strictest Food and Drink Laws From Around the World | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
German beer, Italian cheese, Mexican tequila and Irish whiskey all have strict laws surrounding their production.
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You like your pizza, your beer, or your pasty, but are they exactly up to code? Fascinating rules for foods. Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you may run out of bread, cheese and wine.
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All in the rind: how to taste cheese like a master

All in the rind: how to taste cheese like a master | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
I am marvelling at a colour-coded tasting chart filled with words to describe flavours at which even wine critic and queen of the flowery adjective, Jilly Goolden, might raise an eyebrow in surprise.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
I'm a turophile, that's somebody who loves cheese, as in love, love, love. As in show me to the fromagerie and watch me eat. As in cow, goat, buffalo, and sheep. As in smelly, sharp, and well you get the idea. If you love cutting the cheese—no, not that way kids—you'll enjoy this article as much as I did. Meanwhile, there's a wedge of Brie calling my name.
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The Most Insane Restaurants Around the World

The Most Insane Restaurants Around the World | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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I love travel and I love good food, what better way to combine those two loves than finding insane restaurants. Well, I didn't do it, but evidently Travel and Leisure did. Non appetit! 
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How To Carve A Turkey, Even If You Have No Idea What You're Doing

How To Carve A Turkey, Even If You Have No Idea What You're Doing | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
You can do this, even if you have no idea what you're doing.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
I'm not big on turkey. Next Thursday I will probably opt for Chinese food if we can get some or maybe I'll barbecue some burgers. If, as sometimes happens, the grocery store gives me a free turkey, it goes not in our oven but to a food bank.  However, I thought this might help those who will be making a bird for Thanksgiving.
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What a Nigerian-American's struggle at the lunch table tells us about diversity.

What a Nigerian-American's struggle at the lunch table tells us about diversity. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
"Food was always a solace, at least at home. But not at school. Try explaining an African meal to an American child in the '80s."
Kenneth Weene's insight:
When I was a kid, others had never heard of bagels and certainly not gefilte fish or most of the other Jewish foods we occasionally enjoyed. Now, you see an Einstein's in every town and a Kosher section in most supermarkets. The growing diversity of America has certainly been reflected in our food options. I've always loved trying new food and have enjoyed most of what I have tried. The African meals I've had, mostly but not limited to Ethiopian, have been delicious. I love goat and keep hoping that we'll see more goat meat in the stores. How about you? Do you enjoy the cuisines of the world? I must admit my favorite is still French followed by traditional Slavic/Russian; although that usually is to carb-loaded for my health. What are your top choices? 
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8 Fruit & Vegetable Skins You Should Keep Out Of The Compost!

8 Fruit & Vegetable Skins You Should Keep Out Of The Compost! | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and fibre are found in the skins of these popular fruits and vegetables, so stop composting them and start eating them.
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We waste so much good nutrition without thinking. Let's eat healthier and with less waste. Here are a few ideas. 
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The best and worst chain burgers

The best and worst chain burgers | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Ranking the best and the worst cheeseburgers at national chains.
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I love a good burger so of course I checked out this article. What's your favorite burger? Personally, I limit myself to local burger joints, but do you have a chain you prefer?
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We Now Spend More At Restaurants Than at Grocery Stores

We Now Spend More At Restaurants Than at Grocery Stores | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Data shows that Americans are now spending more to eat out than to cook at home.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Of course this story, as so many do, misses some important questions. How much of that money is spent at fast food joints that can be almost as cheap as eating at home and how much is spent on lavish, expensive meals that represent a real change in our way of looking at food? Eating chain slop suggests that we as a nation just don't care about nutrition or our kids but only about ease and greasy, salty, fat. One  the other hand, if we are using disposable income to celebrate the joy of food and drink, perhaps we are learning that there is more to life than just hurrying through it. If that's the case, can we look forward to having decent American cheeses and fish prepared with delicious and delicate sauces? Can we look to join the great cooking countries like Belgium, France, and the great Basque cooks? Dare I hope? So far there's little evidence of such a change, only another Starbucks offering a fast, plastic-wrapped lunch next door. 
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The sinister, secret history of a food that everybody loves

The sinister, secret history of a food that everybody loves | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The ancient history of the potato could change the story of civilization
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This is a fascinating piece of anthropological writing. Did what was being farmed affect the complexity of ancient cultures? The tubers, such as potatoes, versus the grains, such as corn: an interesting effect. 
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Eve Pasterfield's curator insight, August 16, 2016 11:39 PM

The following article is from one single persons perspective however it is not biased. The author goes to great lengths to explain the evolution of potatoes alongside humans. 

The article states how potatoes are a "super crop" as they require a minimal amount of soil and water to grow, making them a popular carbohydrate choice across the globe. The article also states that potatoes (among other similar crops) are grown in African, Asian and some European regions. This fact offers insight in to just hoe far the origional product has to travel before it can be consumed. 

Little to no information is given in regards to how the potato is actually produced, merely is gives background history and reasons for such a vast popularity which construe the benefits of potato growth and consumption.

Tia Baker's curator insight, August 31, 2016 7:33 AM
The above article discusses the concept of the impact that the types of crops grown has on the advancements of civilisation. It talks about the role crops have played in the development of societies, how potatoes were once only eaten by the lower hierarchy social structure, being less of an importance to the higher class of society. Potatoes are said to be known as a "superstar crop" as they feed billions of people using limited soil and water. The article also refers to the counties in which grew potatoes (as well as other crops) as they were a nutritious plant which acquired most calories. These countries included ancient Africa, Asia, Europe and ancient Americans. The article points out that the potato is a staple food as it requires minimal land and less water which is highly beneficial and convenient. Nowadays the civilisation farms for not only the starchy root vegetable itself but many other variations such as french fries and potato chips.
Kyle Patchett's curator insight, September 2, 2016 5:39 AM
The article explains an anthropological and economical argument on the productivity of a society's main crop in correlation to their advance as a society. What one argument is trying to convey is that if a society grows in an area with a 'bad crop' then their development is slowed down and they will lack complex, far-reaching, hierarchical social structure that is considered one of the hallmarks of civilization. The other argument In an anthropologist's version of events, certain regions were cursed because they were less efficient at growing food. Low productivity leads to low agricultural surpluses which in turn leads to less complex societies. The potato is personified as 'evil' and 'sinister' due to societies advancement relying on the growth of the potato. If one societies' crops were effected by an endemic disease then the growth of the society was altered along with the potato. However, if a society such as the Inca's grew potatoes and grains productively, they would advance as a society. The Inca's being extremely advanced in ideological thinking and they ultimately thrived until the invasion of the Spaniards.
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Juicing Is Bad for You and the Earth

Juicing Is Bad for You and the Earth | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Pulverizing food until all the nutrients have been squeezed out is a dangerous fad. There’s a reason we’ve been cooking what we eat for several thousand years.
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Juicing fruit is particularly bad since you are maximizing your intake of fructose rather than other nutrients. Glad to see that somebody is talking about this issue. 

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Can Heston Blumenthal Transform How You Eat?

Can Heston Blumenthal Transform How You Eat? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Today’s chefs are using neurogastronomy to change the way your brain perceives flavor.
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If you're a foodie, this is a must read. Meanwhile, I so want to go to The Fat Duck. I'll even eat the more rates if Lewis Carrol would allow. Never had imaginary beings before. 

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Here's what fruits and vegetables looked like before we domesticated them

Here's what fruits and vegetables looked like before we domesticated them | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The original genetic modification.
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Fascinating. I must admit some of the originals don't look that appetizing, but I wish I could try them. 

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Gurgaon Today's comment, February 24, 2016 11:47 AM
Informative.
Shir Turgeman's curator insight, April 20, 9:54 AM
במאמר זה נראה איך אפשר לעשות הכלאה בין פירות ויצירת פירות חדשים משמע לעשות הנדסה גנטית וליצור זנים חדשים של פירות תוך גידולם עם תכונות רצויות.