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Sprouting Sadness
January 18, 2010, 7:59 pm
Filed under: FDA, Food Safety, Sprouted Grains/Seeds, Sprouts

So you remember my euphoria from last week, when I raked up the courage to try sprouting my own beans and was successful!! I enjoyed adding mung bean sprouts to my meals all weekend, and eagerly got to business trying to sprout my favorite nut, the Almond.

I’ve been following the same instructions as last week, but three days later, and nary a sprout in sight, I got a little curious. I’ve been checking on them quite often, so I don’t think that they failed to sprout because they are too wet or dry….but then a tiny wriggling thought came from the back of my head, and I went to google.

Turns out that little thought was right…. since my almonds are pasteurized, they won’t sprout.

The common claim the FDA makes is that pasteurizing almonds does not affect the actual nut in any way. I did believe this (kinda…) but now it actually makes me a little sad. Because something chemically did change in there.

Now I’ll have to find some other good seed to sprout. Perhaps sunflower?? I’m planning on trying wheat kernels next, then probably soy nuts.

Hopefully those sprouts will work smoothly!



So much New Information!
July 19, 2009, 4:13 pm
Filed under: Doing Well at Home, FDA, Food Safety, Labels

Amazing how that works…you get all comfortable, think there’s nothing new under the sun, and obviously…you learn so many new things in one week that you realize that there’s always more out there.  This week, the news was mixed.

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Yay E. coli!!….
June 19, 2009, 5:05 pm
Filed under: FDA, Food Safety

In case you haven’t heard – there’s been a recall on Nestle refrigerated Cookie Brownie Dough, which is not the place we usually expect E. Coli. (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/20/health/policy/20cookie.html?partner=rss&emc=rss)  It’s not a huge outbreak (yet) with 66 people infected thus far.  But as we have yet another E. Coli incident, I’d like to turn our attention to food safety.  

I know, in many ways, our current food supply is safer than it’s ever been (no pigs in the street…we HAVE water treatment, etc.).  And yet, I can’t help but think that there are better ways to regulate our mass production, and that greater safety measures could be taken.  If you haven’t read “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser, I highly recommend it.  It’s very enlightening about how our nation’s food business is run, and it might make you want to become a vegetarian.  Ironically, in one of his passages, he states

“A government health official, who prefers not to be named, compares the sanitary conditions at a modern feedlot to those of a crowded European city during the Middle Ages, when people dumped their chamber pots out the windows, raw sewage ran in the streets and epidemics raged. The cattle now packed into feedlots get little exercise and live amid pools of manure. Far removed from their natural habitats, the cattle become more prone to illnesses. And what they are fed often contributes to the spread of disease.” (http://www.mcspotlight.org/media/press/rollingstone2.html).  

 

Gross.  He also explains (and this I found really appalling) that other nations (especially the European Union and Canada) have stricter regulations than the US (especially concerning meat and feed), so some slaughterhouses in the US have two operations running: one on higher standards for export, and another on lower standards for domestic use.  

For a nation concerned with being the best, we sure don’t mind eating like a nation stuck in the past.



Ewww….Trans Fat
June 16, 2009, 6:16 pm
Filed under: FDA, Trans Fat

Another reason to ban them nationwide — http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-06/uoia-tfh061609.php —   They found that trans fat completely messes up a molecular pathway in your blood – displacing Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, disrupting blood flow, and promoting clumping.  

 

The most interesting – and important –  part of the press release?  The scientist behind this research, Fred Kummerow, says that the current trans fat labeling system is expensive and misleading because if there is less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving (where serving size is at the discretion of the food company), it can be labeled “trans fat free.”  Therefore, people can and are eating items with partially hydrogenated oils in them, assuming they are healthy.  He also said that “Partially hydrogenated fats can be made trans fat-free,” Kummerow said. “The industry would be helped by an FDA ban on trans fat that would save labeling costs, medical costs and lives.”  It seems like the FDA has some more work to do.  For now, read the ingredients labels, and not just the blurbs on the packaging.