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Jack Bezian on Sourdough Bread

Jack Bezian on Sourdough Bread | unconvegetable | Scoop.it

Bread has been the “staff of life” for millennia, sustaining entire civilizations and billions of people without the ugly spectre of Celiac disease and other gluten-related problems. But what are we doing differently today that is causing such problems? And is there an alternative?

 

Jack Bezian of Bezian's Bakery, known for its healthful and delicious artisan sourdough breads, speaks on the subject in this video interview.

 

"Gluten is also poison - but it's a weaker form."


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Spoiled: Organic and Local Is So 2008

Spoiled: Organic and Local Is So 2008 | unconvegetable | Scoop.it

Does sustainable food simply cost too much to be feasible?

 

"Grass-fed cattle can take twice as long to reach slaughter weight as corn-fed cattle and require more pastureland at a time when pastureland is in short supply—which is why grass-fed beef costs about 30 percent more than conventional beef."

 

If land used to raise corn were converted to grassland to raise beef, how might that change the equation?

 


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Growing Up With a Fat Dad

Growing Up With a Fat Dad | unconvegetable | Scoop.it
Every week my severely overweight father would rotate to a new fad diet, and my family ended up eating whatever freeze-dried, saccharin-loaded concoction he was trying at that moment.

 

Grandma "was always extremely skeptical of my parents’ wacky eating habits & reliance on processed diet foods" - Sounds wise.

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Study: Kids Will Eat More Veggies If They Drink Water Instead of Soda

Study: Kids Will Eat More Veggies If They Drink Water Instead of Soda | unconvegetable | Scoop.it
New research on food-beverage pairings highlights yet another reason parents should encourage their kids to choose water over soda.

 

More scientific studies from the Dept of the Obvious.... What is interesting is why - carbohydrates, especially processed carbs, increase your appetite for them.

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Steak or Veggie Burger: Which is Greener?

Steak or Veggie Burger: Which is Greener? | unconvegetable | Scoop.it
A lifelong vegetarian eats her first hamburger—to find out the truth.

 

"most veggie burgers are the caloric equivalent of "shooting yourself in the foot.""

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California Cook: The return of the butcher

California Cook: The return of the butcher | unconvegetable | Scoop.it
The butcher is back....

 

"Consumers across the country are trying to understand what is going on out there in the food world. They want to know where their food is coming from and how it was raised. They like the idea of clean food and buying from someone they trust. This was such a creepy industry for so long."

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Vertical Farms, Lab-Grown Meat, and Other Food Frontiers

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"exciting food frontiers"?  Not so much.


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Cooking for My Fat Dad

Cooking for My Fat Dad | unconvegetable | Scoop.it
Making homemade food with fresh ingredients was how I learned to show my love - first to my sister, and now my to my dad, writes Dawn Lerman in the latest installment of her series about growing up with a fat dad.
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'Fermentation': When Food Goes Bad But Stays Good : NPR

Self-described "fermentation revivalist" Sandor Katz says "the creative space" between fresh and rotten is the root of most of humanity's prized delicacies. His new book, The Art of Fermentation, explores the ancient culinary art form.

"If you walk into a gourmet food store and start thinking about the nature of the foods that we elevate on the gourmet pedestal, almost all of them are the products of fermentation," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "Fermentation creates strong flavors. But they're not always flavors that everybody can agree on."


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Alice Ruxton Abler's comment, June 20, 2012 3:55 PM
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Woman's Homemade Sauerkraut Highlights Cottage Food Fight in AZ

Woman's Homemade Sauerkraut Highlights Cottage Food Fight in AZ | unconvegetable | Scoop.it
Sandy Boyce and her husband have been making homemade sauerkraut for years by fermenting cabbage purchased from local farmers near their home in Sedona, Arizona.

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New San Francisco legislation will jump-start urban farming

New San Francisco legislation will jump-start urban farming | unconvegetable | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, San Francisco passed game-changing legislation that should cement the city’s role as a national leader in urban food production.

 

Bay Area locavores and caterpillars rejoice: An edible urban jungle is poised to sprout in San Francisco.

 

City supervisors approved legislation Tuesday that will help grassroots farming groups replace barren concrete and forests of weeds on vacant land and rooftops with veggie gardens, chicken coops, and honeybee hives.

 

A major focus of the bill is community gardening — neighbors coming together to organize, till, and cultivate plots of land in mini-farms that are managed cooperatively.

 

Passage of the bill follows a rise in popularity of urban farming nationally, which has been fueled by the locavore and organic food movements, and by the recession, which has left lots vacant and families hungry.


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Find Exercise in Life's Margins

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You consider yourself a fit, active person. But, like most busy professionals, you want to exercise more. You want to hit the gym more frequently, you want to finally start taking that yoga class or make that 7 am boot camp in the local park.

 

"Exercise and weight loss are two concepts which need to be divorced"

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Mr. Clean: Jeffrey Steingarten Puts the Master Cleanse to the Test - Magazine

Mr. Clean: Jeffrey Steingarten Puts the Master Cleanse to the Test - Magazine | unconvegetable | Scoop.it
Toxins begone! A purification-minded Jeffrey Steingarten puts the original Master Cleanse to the test.

 

 

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Do calories matter?

Do calories matter? | unconvegetable | Scoop.it

"technically this is the wrong question.  The correct question is probably closer to, “What is the impact of the calories I consume on my body’s ability to store fat versus burn fat?”"

 

Calories matter only in context - what does your body do with them?

 

Be sure to see the graphic comparison of the calorie density of various macronutrients and other forms of energy - coal, diesel, etc.

 

"Is it relevant to our bodies that olive oil has about the same energy density (i.e., calories) as biodiesel (also known as fatty-acid methyl-ester)? Or, is it more relevant to us that consuming olive oil has a very different effect on our bodies than consuming biodiesel beyond anything to do with the calories contained within them? Obviously consuming equal caloric amounts of olive oil versus biodiesel will have a very different impact on our body. Why then is it so hard to appreciate or accept that equal caloric values of olive oil and rice could also have very different impacts on our body?"

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We Should Be in a Race for Prevention, Not Cures

We Should Be in a Race for Prevention, Not Cures | unconvegetable | Scoop.it
Taking better care of ourselves will go far to ease America's healthcare burdens.

 

"there are two paths to managing the challenge of preventable chronic illnesses: treating the disease effectively, and preventing the onset of disease."

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Disease rates in oil and gas region show need for monitoring | The Hook

Disease rates in oil and gas region show need for monitoring | The Hook | unconvegetable | Scoop.it
Air monitoring in northeastern British Columbia is a step in the right direction, said the author of a new report on how the province's oil and gas industry may be affecting people's health.
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Science/Medicine Series Tackles "Big Food"

Science/Medicine Series Tackles "Big Food" | unconvegetable | Scoop.it

The PLoS Medicine series on Big Food aims to examine and stimulate debate about the activities and influence of the food industry in global health. We define “Big Food” as the multinational food and beverage industry with huge and concentrated market power. The series adopts a multi-disciplinary approach and includes critical perspectives from around the world. It represents one of first times such issues have been examined in the general medical literature.

 

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Beyond Peanut Butter

Beyond Peanut Butter | unconvegetable | Scoop.it
Parents can easily underestimate the power of example. It is what they do, not what they say, that affects the health of the next generation.

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Alice Ruxton Abler's comment, June 20, 2012 3:55 PM
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