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The Latest Food News

 

It has been a while since I shared any news from the food world. So I have a wonderful round up for you today.

 

1.     Artificial Sweeteners No Better Than Real Sugar – May Be Worse

Alas! Yes.

[The] studies in humans have shown that consumption of artificially sweetened beverages is also associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome as well as cardiovascular disease. As few as one of these drinks per day is enough to significantly increase the risk for health problems.

Moreover, people who regularly consume artificial sweeteners show altered activation patterns in the brain’s pleasure centers in response to sweet taste, suggesting that these products may not satisfy the desire for sweets.

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Taken together, the findings suggest that artificial sweeteners increase the risk for health problems to an extent similar to that of sugar and may also exacerbate the negative effects of sugar. [1]

Source: APA
Cell Press (2013, July 10). The dark side of artificial sweeteners: Expert reviews negative impact. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 15, 2013.  

The Rest Of the Story

1 a sweetnersOf course the remedy according to the authors of the study above is to limit – read ban – ALL sugar, never mind that the body needs sugar.

Lest the Food Police accuse me, yet again, of trying to make the entire world fat and hooked on sugar, let me reiterate for the five-hundredth time here, I do no such thing!

I have always said eat anything you want in moderation.

It has not been proved that sugar has addictive properties similar to cocaine and other hard drugs.

According to Web MD:

We don’t need to go cold turkey on sugar, health experts tell WebMD. But most of us would do well to lighten up on the sweet stuff.

According to Scientific American:

Avoiding sugar is not a panacea, though. A healthy diet is about so much more than refusing that second sugar cube and keeping the cookies out of reach or hidden in the cupboard.

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“If someone is gaining weight, they should look to sugars as a place to cut back,” says Sievenpiper, “but there’s a misguided belief that if we just go after sugars we will fix obesity—obesity is more complex than that.

2.         Oooops!!! Salt is NOT Bad For You After All

First it was eggs. Then coffee. How many things have we been told not to eat because they are bad for us that in a few1 a salt years later we learn are NOT bad for us?  Add another one to the list!!! Talk about the kid that yelled, “The sky is falling!”

According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) there is “no relationship between salt and a person’s health.”

Basically, the report says that consuming anything between 1½ and 3 teaspoons of salt per day is just fine, and there were no adverse effects from eating more than that or less than that.

Even though a review of the research and studies shows there is no relationship, the CDC still states we should consume less salt.

These people just cannot help themselves!!!!! They live by a  philosophy of denial and naught.

” The cardiologist’s diet: if it tastes good, spit it out.” Author Unknown

I think it is our Puritan background.

3.           Nuts Are Good For You

1 a nutsScience Daily reported on a study this week:

People Who Eat Nuts More Than Three Times a Week Have Reduced Risk of Dying from Cancer or Cardiovascular Disease.

You can read the entire report by clicking this link:  Nuts.

 
4.       Taking Omega-3 Supplements May Lead To Increase in Prostate Cancer

The news this week was devastating. Omega-3 has been thought to be  a super drug.

The study suggests that while it may be good for the heart it is not always so good for other body organs. You can read1 a omega more details at CBS News.

5.      Indiana School District Looses $300,000 on New School Lunch Program

I wrote about the new federal healthy food requirements being imposed on public schools  twice before in just the last 12 months:  Give Me Liberty and Food Freedom

Now comes news from the Washington Times:

School officials in CarmelClay, Ind., said they lost $300,000 last school year because students are rejecting the healthy menu changes brought on by First Lady Michelle Obama’s federal lunch regulations.

“I’ve had a lot of complaints, especially with the little guys,” Linda Wireman, a food service director for North White School Corp., told JCOnline. “They get a three-quarters cup of vegetables, but if it’s something they don’t like, it goes down the garbage disposal. So there are a lot of complaints they’re going home hungry.”

Amy Anderson, the food service director for the school district, said the rules made her feel less like an educator and more like a “food cop.” The changes have even made her consider retiring early.

You can read the entire article here: Indiana School District

Definitely this new program, which robbed Peter (Food Stamp Program) to pay Paul (Healthy Food Initiative) is not working and is wasting both food and our tax dollars.

How Dumb Can You Get? How Wasteful of Our Tax Dolars Can You Get?
Featured  Recipe        Peach Soup à la Crème

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Not cookin’ much the last few days……………………….

‘Cause it’s too, too
Too darn hot,
It’s too darn hot,
It’s too, too, too, too darn hot. 

From the Broadway musical, Kiss Me Kate.

 

Cold soups with a salad or a sandwich are perfect for these hot, hot humid and stormy days much of the nation is under this week.

This soup is so peachy-keen I sometimes wonder if it is a soup or a dessert?

Well, you know what I say about that: Life is uncertain. So eat dessert first!

The recipe can be doubled. The recipe is from Cookery for 1 or 2 by Barbara Swain with minor changes.

This is what you will need for 2 people:

2 large peaches (about 1 pound)

4 teaspoons lemon juice

¼ cup almond*flavored liqueur

½ cup whipping cream

1-2 tablespoons honey**

Toasted almonds or chopped peach

*Amaretto

** More if you want a sweeter soup

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Here is what you do:

Peel the peach and remove the pit. If you don’t own one, it is worth while to purchase a fruit peeler.

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Cut the peach into large chunks.

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Place the peach along with the lemon juice and the liqueur in a blender.

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Cover and blend until smooth.

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Add the whipping crème and the honey blend on slow speed.

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Pour the soup into a bowl.

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Place plastic wrap on the surface of the soup and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

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When ready to serve toast the almonds.

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Serve in chilled bowls topped with the almonds. Alternately you can use chopped peaches.

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Bon appétit!!!

Cost

2 large peaches                    $1.47                

4 tspn lemon juice                $0.69

¼ cup almond  liqueur          $0.86

½ cup whipping cream          $2.00

1-2 tablespoons honey          $0.74

Toasted almonds                  $0.34

Total cost = $6.10
Cost per person = $3.05

Quote of the Day

Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
Mark Twain

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4 comments to The Latest Food News

  • I’m sick of the food police. They all think they know the answers and none of them do. I think if they started with the soil and took all the fake stuff and chemicals away, we’d all be better off. I could be wrong and we might end up with less food, so I’m no smartypants.

    Typo between method photos 5 and 6. It will get there sooner or later but… 🙂

    • Roberta

      Yes, Maureen, the food police have just gone too far.

      Thanks for the heads up on the typo. Funnier that way. But I corrected it anyway! Gosh. I read those posts 5 or 6 times before posting and still miss some. You are a dear friend. xoxoxox

  • Love the soup! And yes, it’s been known for years that artificial sweeteners are way worse than plain old sugar and salt is just fine for most people.
    Regarding the new food requirements – My daughter just left a job for grad school. It was her job to help implement the healthy foods act and she was soooo frustrated. Yes, there is tremendous waste – most of the food goes straight into the trash. The meals are tasteless and unappealing for kids and adults alike. There are strict limits on salt and healthy fats which is brainless considering the latest research and which is a big reason the food is tasteless. Instead of offering children a vegetable they might eat, they are given the least expensive vegetable like… green peppers. How many kids actually eat/like green peppers? If school kids are like my three kids, not many. The kids leave the lunchroom hungry, yet they are not allowed seconds on the foods they actually like– milk and fruit.
    My daughter has an interest in nutrition. She accepted her job with high hopes, but the deficiencies and wrong-headedness in the program shocked her. It was an eye-opening couple years. This is why she’s now in grad school getting her Masters in Public Health with a focus on obesity and nutrition.

    • Roberta

      Julia – It is so nice to know someone who understands and has first hand knowledge and reports on what is going on with the Health Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010. It is craziness that is costing taxpayeers out the WhaZoo. Sorry for the unhappy expereince for your daughter. A lesson in real world dumbness I am afraid!

      Only in today’s America could we take what should be a pleasure – eating – and turn it into a guilt trip.

      And yes, sugar and salt in moderation will hurt no one. The Food Police want everyone to cut back when only about 10% – if that – of the population have real medical issues with those substances.

      Thanks for weighing in.