Tag Archives: Food

Reading is food for the soul

“When you talk about reading, you should look in the context of food; if you go for a day without eating how do you feel? So that is how we should be hungry for materials to read and that way we will remain healthy mentally. The challenge is to change things from up there. We the adults, if we change, the children will find it very easy to adapt”…

“Reading is not just about novels. It could be any newspaper, and it could books for leisure or any educational material.”

“Reading could be compared to food; you only improve the way you think, the way you do things by reading. That is why when you go to school you will be reminded that the teachers’ contributions on your ability to pass an exam is just about 40 per cent. The rest you have to read.”

From: postzambia.com

Too fat to fight

“At the intersection of fat-shaming and war-mongering comes a bizarre public health campaign: an effort by retired generals and admirals to ban sugary sodas and snacks from public schools. The kids today, say the former brass, are too fat to fight for their country.
Welcome to the sum of all libertarian fears: a Nanny State that packs an M4 rifle.

Those officers, part of a group called “Mission: Readiness,” argue in a new report called “Still Too Fat to Fight” that unhealthy snacks, particularly in schools, endanger national security. “No other major country’s military forces face the challenges of weight gain confronting America’s armed forces ,” they fret.

“It’s clear to us that our military readiness could be put in jeopardy given the fact that nearly 75 percent of young Americans are unable to serve in uniform,” write two former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff…”

More: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/09/too-fat-for-war/

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Cooking and Espionage

My second favorite thriller novel, right after WikiJustice, is this gem from Johannes Mario Simmel: The Monte Cristo Cover-Up (also known as: It Can’t Always be Caviar).

Fascinated by Thomas Lieven’s maneuvering between no less than three espionage agencies, all vying for his head and / or his services, I was fascinated by the way he managed to outwit them all.

Being an avid cook myself, I decided to try Lieven’s tricks on my friends and enemies. I shall recreate all of Thomas Lieven’s recipes, and post the results here. This weekend I shall start with the first one:

Lady Curzon Soup
Paprika Chicken
Clara Salad
Apple Hedgehog with Wine Custard
Toast and Cheese

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Jack SpyWriter King

The kitchen device that’s killing you

“Microwaves were first invented by the Nazis in order to provide a method of cooking for their troops during World War II. Seeing as though these microwave ovens have been experimental and new, the US War Department was assigned to research these new devices shortly after the war.

Turns out, the U.S. didn’t really perform the extensive research necessary for the new invention. Instead, the Russians decided to tackle the issue with extreme force.

Intrigued by this new device, the Russians conducted in-depth research to discover the biological effects they might possess. The results were staggering enough to lead to a ban of the new device in the Soviet Union. The ban, however, was later lifted during Perestroika, the political movement responsible for the restructuring of the Soviet Union.

The findings include:

  * Carcinogenic substances were formed from the microwaving of nearly all foods tested
  * Microwaving milk and grains resulted in carcinogenic substances being formed through the conversion of amino acids
  * Microwaving prepared meats caused cancer-causing agents such as d-Nitrosodienthanolamines to form
  * Microwaving fruits as a method of thawing resulted in the conversion of glucoside and galactoside fractions into carcinogenic substances
  * Extremely short exposure of raw, cooked, or frozen vegetables converted their plant alkaloids into carcinogens
  * Carcinogenic free radicals were formed in microwaved plants, especially root vegetables
  * Structural degradation leading to decreased food value was found to be 60 to 90 percent overall for all foods tested, with significant decreases in bioavailability of B complex vitamins, vitamins C and E, essential minerals, and lipotropics

Twenty years of the Russian research led to the international warning about the damaging biological and environmental effects microwaves possess. The warning also included other similar frequency electronic devices such as cell phones.”

More: http://naturalsociety.com/the-dangerous-truth-behind-microwaves/

Would you eat insects to save the Earth?

“other countries embraced insects as food long ago, with folks in Latin America and Asia regularly snacking on locusts and even scorpions. And they may be onto something: Bugs are not only high in protein — they’re low in fat, carry extremely low carbon footprints, and are cheap to produce. They possess all the traits necessary to become the next sustainable superfood.

Meat’s impact on the environment is well-documented, with livestock production creating about 18 percent of the globe’s greenhouse gas emissions. Even fruits and veggies typically take a lot of resources — like water, fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, and mechanized farm equipment — to produce. Bugs are naturally plentiful, and raising them as a food source would only require minimal resources. Plus, some insects like locusts are notorious agricultural pests. Eating them would reduce the need for environmentally degrading chemical pesticides.

Not only do bugs tread lightly (or in some cases, fly lightly), they’re a cheap and nutritious food source. Bugs boast high amounts of protein and low amounts of fat. Perhaps America’s obesity epidemic wouldn’t be at such massive proportions (literally) if more folks took up entomophagy.”