Top Foods to Avoid: High Fructose Corn Syrup

Top Foods to Avoid: High Fructose Corn Syrup

High fructose corn syrup is a man-made product that is produced by
using enzymes to extract sugar from stocks of corn. This sweetener
should be avoided as it has been linked to a variety of maladies
including obesity, cardiovascular disease, blood sugar imbalances,
diabetes, fatty liver, liver failure, leaky gut syndrome, decaying
teeth, hypertension, elevated LDL / bad cholesterol levels, immune
suppression, dementia and cancer. Not to mention it can actually
damage DNA.

Big Food loves high fructose corn syrup because it is both cheaper
and sweeter than cane sugar. Highly refined cane sugar is bad enough
but high fructose corn syrup delivers a fix that rapidly enters the
blood stream causing blood sugar spikes and the quick release of
insulin. This in turn causes an increase in appetite and a trend
toward weight gain and obesity over time.

The common sugar that sits in the pantry at home is … Read the rest

Restauranteur Rob Connoley on Foraging and the Cooking Hack Everyone in the Ozarks Knows

Restauranteur Rob Connoley on Foraging and the Cooking Hack Everyone in the Ozarks Knows

Rob Connoley runs Bulrush, a St. Louis restaurant inspired by the culinary traditions of the Ozarks. Off the clock, he’s at his family cabin foraging around for black walnuts and wild berries—and scarfing down smashburgers.

Here’s a look at some of Connoley’s favorite foods, drinks, and tools for when he’s off the clock. — as told to Adam Erace

Nocino Danilo Agutoli

Go-To Drink

Nocino

I could survive in the woods year-round. I forage for mushrooms, acorns, berries. Every June, I gather black walnuts to make nocino, a walnut liqueur from Italy that’s fantastic with nuts and cheese and as an after-dinner sipper. It was one of the first projects that I taught myself. I like the magic of a clear liquor turning black before your eyes, and transforming from jet fuel to an aromatic, sweet drink.

Sorghum
Sorghum Danilo Agutoli
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Perfect Pairings: 5 Best Wines to Drink With Steak

Perfect Pairings: 5 Best Wines to Drink With Steak

Whether you’re sinking your teeth into an inch-thick ribeye or a sizzling skirt steak, you want a wine that’ll both stand up to and complement the umami-rich character of beef. Some wines pair well with pretty much any style of steak, but others are better suited to leaner or fattier cuts.

“For a fatty cut of beef, I would recommend a wine with good acidity, structure, and texture to clean the fattiness from the mouth,” says Sebastian Zuccardi, owner of Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco winery.

Zuccardi was recently named one of the top 10 winemakers of South America. And as an Argentinian, he knows his beef.

For leaner cuts, he suggests a bigger, bolder wine. “I would pick a wine with good volume, and one that’s concentrated enough to take up your entire mouth with flavor,” he says. You also want a wine … Read the rest

Garlic: Worth the bad breath

Garlic: Worth the bad breath

Garlic comes from Central Asia and northeastern Iran.
However, it is a seasoning that is used all over the world. This spice is a
relative to onion, leek, chives, and shallots. It is readily used for cooking
and sautéing. The perks of garlic are many, and the health benefits have made
many people fans.

  1. The
    most popular benefit of garlic is its ability to boost the immune system with
    its powerful ability to fight infection. Garlic contains antibacterial,
    anti-fungal, and antiviral properties. Garlic in raw form, can be rubbed on
    skin conditions that are fungi, virus, or bacterial related. One of the
    components called, ajoene, can help fight yeast infections.
  2. Garlic
    can also boost immunity. This spice is absolutely loaded with vitamin C. It
    also contains a high amount of potassium which means it helps with the
    absorption of other nutrients. The smell clears up lunge and throat problems.
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Top Foods to Avoid: Aspartame

Top Foods to Avoid: Aspartame

Aspartame (the full name is aspartylphenylalanine) is a synthetic sweeter that is marketed as a low calorie product and is often used ostensibly in conjunction with diabetes management and weight loss. The controversial sugar substitute is sold as NutriSweet, Equal and Aminosweet and is an ingredient in thousands of food and beverage products worldwide.

Aspartame contains only 4 calories per gram and is 180 to 200 times sweeter than sucrose (common table sugar). The artificial sweetener is highly touted by big food as ‘safe for human consumption’ and is commonly found in foods and drinks like diet sodas, chewing gum, sugar-free ice cream, reduced-calorie fruit juice (like Tropicana), yogurt, and sugarless candy.

The sweetener was discovered by chance when two substances were mixed together and inadvertently ingested. It is a synthetic compound of phenylalanine and aspartic acid and 10 percent of its molecular structure is methanol (methyl alcohol or wood … Read the rest

Whiskey, Mussels, and World-Class Golf: The 4-Day Weekend in Edinburgh

Whiskey, Mussels, and World-Class Golf: The 4-Day Weekend in Edinburgh

Scotland is the ancestral home to two of humankind’s greatest achievements—golf and whiskey. Fans could easily spend a decade or more playing courses and sampling drams without getting bored. But if you only have four days, Edinburgh is the place to start. A bustling city with a continental cosmopolitan flavor, the Scottish capital is not only a great base to explore some of eastern Scotland’s finest golf courses, but also one of the best places in the UK to eat and drink.

You’ll need to rent a car to get back and forth to the golf courses, but you’ll want to leave it in the hotel garage while exploring in Edinburgh. The city is eminently walkable, and when you’re worn out, cabs are plentiful.

Driving on the left (also known as the wrong side) takes about a … Read the rest

The Best Red and White Wines to Drink With Pizza

The Best Red and White Wines to Drink With Pizza

Beer and pizza are old friends, but they don’t really play well together. The suds will rinse out your mouth between bites, but most beers won’t amp up the flavors of your pie the way a good wine will. That said, pairing wine and pizza can be a little tricky, says Harry Hansen, director of winemaking at California’s Sterling Vineyards. The ideal wine pick depends on your preferred toppings and sauce, he says.

Almost any dish that features cooked tomatoes—that includes pizza with red sauce—are going to pair well with acidic, fruit-forward wines, Hansen says. Wines made in this style are food-friendly to begin with. But paired with pizza, they can stand up to the cooked tomato’s sharp flavors and cut through greasy cheese.

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Marcus Samuelsson: Chef on the Run

Marcus Samuelsson: Chef on the Run

Marcus Samuelsson is a restaurant owner, a TV host, and a culinary consultant for New York City Football Club. Here’s how this man of the world copes when he’s far from home.

I’M EXTREMELY PASSIONATE about what I do: cooking, opening restaurants, hosting No Passport Required. It’s a privilege, and, hell yeah, it’s a challenge—financially, emotionally, on my family. But I believe in what we’re creating. Red Rooster, in Harlem, connects people in the community. The open kitchen lets you see the incredible people working there. I want to celebrate each person who cooks and their narrative. The guy boiling crawfish in the back of his van is as much a chef as Daniel Boulud.

Fast Food

On the road, we’re eating constantly, at odd hours, sampling the foods of different cultures for the TV show, or testing recipes for new restaurants and projects. Plus, the air … Read the rest

How and Why I Protect Myself from Glyphosate

How and Why I Protect Myself from Glyphosate

Glyphosate is one of the active ingredients in Roundup® – the most commonly used herbicide in the world.  Most of us are exposed to glyphosate every day, often without realizing it.  In fact, an estimated 93% of Americans have glyphosate in their bodies, with children having the highest level, according to a 2015 study by the University of California at San Francisco.  Glyphosate can be found in breast milk, drinking water, rain samples, and the food we feed our families.  It’s sprayed on food crops, playgrounds, parks, school grounds, and yards.   So, how can you escape it?

It’s nearly impossible to completely avoid glyphosate, but there are steps you can take to dramatically reduce your exposure.  Here’s how and why I protect myself from glyphosate.

Why I Protect Myself from Glyphosate:

  1. Glyphosate is a patented antibiotic, which means it kills “good” microbes in your gastrointestinal tract, as well
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What Is The Real Cause Of Really Bad Morning Sickness And Nausea During Pregnancy

What Is The Real Cause Of Really Bad Morning Sickness And Nausea During Pregnancy

Most every pregnant mom experiences morning sickness and even afternoon sickness, night sickness or any time during the day. You see, nausea can be debilitating. And probably a billion pregnant moms are enduring nausea right now and are unfortunately mostly powerless to stop it or even prevent it, but it’s not because of the reason you think it is – it’s not because well, you’re pregnant, even though pregnancy would seem to be the most obvious reason. There is actually a bigger cause of nausea during pregnancy that is far less obvious, even though it is actually the bigger cause of nausea or said another way, seriously exacerbates the slight nausea that is already there, but in either case, this bigger cause makes it all worse.

The Bigger Cause

Are you ready? The bigger cause of all that terrible nausea most every mom experiences during pregnancy is due to the … Read the rest