In the news frequently there has been news of a Listeria break-out. The first time I heard of it was when I was researching for our presentations and heard that Dole recalled all of their pre-packaged salad. More news has come out that Pictsweet recalled their frozen vegetables due to possible contamination from onions. Listeria is a type of bacterium that infects humans and other warm-blooded animals. Only some of those that ingest the bacteria experience symptoms, known as listeriosis. The mild symptoms are similar to the flu and more likely, while some of the other symptoms are more serious.
Have you ever heard of listeria?
How could one protect themselves from this?
What should food companies be doing better?
As a busy student, and soon to be young professional, I am trying to find a fool proof way to cook meals for myself that will not break the bank, but can also be done in minimal time. I have been looking into crock pots lately in order to do the job. With all of our discussions of high heat I have been wondering if crockpots would eliminate some of the nutrients in the food. Involving the amino acid lysine, research shows that 20% of it is cooked out of peanuts within a half hour and after 21/2 hours 40% is cooked out. Another thing I found was that although nutrients may be cooked out of the food, it remains in the surrounding liquid as the crock pot is a covered pot.
Discussion question: Have you ever used a crock pot before, and would you recommend?
As a college student, I try to be as resourceful as possible, especially in the kitchen. I try to go grocery shopping every two weeks, and so by the end of that two-week period, most of my fresh food has either been used or is about to go bad. I also love eating bananas, but I like to eat bananas at their prime ripeness, before they turn brown. In order to avoid throwing away two bananas, I decided to do a quick search and found an extremely easy recipe for banana pancakes. The ingredients: bananas and eggs, that’s it. Because the bananas were ripe this recipe was super easy, all I had to do was mash up the bananas and mix in two eggs. With that batter I fried the pancakes as if they were traditional pancakes and voila, I had a new take on a traditional breakfast.
Discussion question: Has anyone ever tried this recipe? Has anyone ever used banana as a substitute in any other recipes?
Honey is pretty much the only food that doesn’t spoil in the edible state. Honey is a sugar but differs from other sugars because the sugars are hygroscopic, meaning they don’t contain much water in the natural state. Honey’s low moisture content in affected by three factors: bees, and storage. Bees flap their wings in order to dry out the nectar, and get the honey into the combs by vomiting it in there. The chemical makeup of the bees’ stomachs, with the enzyme glucose oxidase, and when this mixes, hydrogen peroxide is created, which contributes to its long shelf life. The final step to keeping honey from spoiling is by storing it in a dry place. Combining the honey with water will result in spoiled honey.
Discussion question: in the home that you grew up in, do you recall how long a single jar of honey stayed in your kitchen?
Also, what is your most common use of honey?
Water is one of the most beneficial things that you can put into your body, if not the most important. On average you should be drinking 1.5 liters per day. We have all heard of various food diets that people try but one that I am hearing about is a water detox diet. In high school, my friends parents tried a water detox diet for a week where there nutrition came from water, cayenne pepper, real maple syrup, and lemon – all mixed together. The health of these diets seems ok for the short term but could quickly become dangerous if the proper research does not take place. Attached is a list of various recipes for detox water and their benefits; including fatigue and even a hangover cure. These detoxes should be used as a supplement to eating a healthy and balanced diet!
Discussion Question: Have you ever tried a detox water recipe? Which one on the list would you try?
A friend of mine started the Whole 30 diet about a month ago. The diet eliminates grains, sugar, dairy, legumes, and alcohol, with the end goal being that after 30 days your body will be “reset”. This diet works by ‘self-diagnosing” health problems associated with those foods but also promises higher energy levels and better quality sleep. My question for the class is: Would more energy and sleep be worth it to you to cut those items out of your diet? I do not personally think I could do it.
Learn more about the diet here: