All posts by Manuela Mejia

Ecuador Quake Survivors Becoming Desperate for Food and Water – Manuela Mejia

This article is from NBC News. It includes a short video which I believe causes the most impact on the viewer. As most of you may know, there was an earthquake on April 16 in Ecuador (7.8-magnitude), a small country in South America. Being half Ecuadorian, this has impacted me in several ways, mainly because of the love that I have towards my country.

The source discusses the shortage of food in the nation, and how the government is struggling to distribute it well. Even though the lack of nutrients may not necessarily have to do a lot with the chemistry of food, I believe it’s important to appreciate the things we have and not take for granted the food we are given.

You can learn more about Ecuador’s ongoing chaos here:

http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/ecuador-quake-survivors-becoming-desperate-for-food-and-water-671178819531

My question for the class is: What to do you guys think about wasting food? Should the United States (and the world in general) create a program in which food is distributed well? While some people have an abundance of food, others are left unfed.

 

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Researches have found a “striking” new side effect from eating fast food. – Manuela Mejia

Today I read an article from The Washington Post. It discusses how the rise of processed food that we put into our bodies has coincided with an alarming growth in the size of our collective gut. In addition, the George Washington University has done a research that links fast-food consumption to the presence of harmful chemicals. The research states that people who eat fast-food often have higher levels of phthalates. This would eventually lead to increased rates of infertility, especially among males.

You can find out more on this topic here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/04/15/researchers-have-found-an-alarming-new-side-effect-from-eating-fast-food/

Question: How many times a week do you typically eat fast food? Do you feel that it affects you in a certain way?

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Company recalls frozen broccoli cuts sold in 11 states – Manuela Mejia

I read an article in CNN that a company is voluntarily recalling frozen broccoli cuts sold in 11 states over fears of Listeria contamination.

Listeria is an infection that causes serious (and sometimes even fatal) infections in children, elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems.

You can find more about the conflict here:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/02/health/recall-frozen-broccoli-cuts/index.html

Do you know anything else about Listeria? Have you heard of it before?

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GMO labels make sense (CNN) – Manuela Mejia

I recently stumbled upon a CNN article that discussed the significance of GMOs in today’s society. They explain how everyone deserves to know what’s in their food so they can make informed decisions about what to feed themselves and their families. Some companies, nevertheless, think consumers don’t have a right to know what’s in their food when it comes to genetically modified organisms.

You can find out more about the article here: http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/25/opinions/tellado-gmo-labeling/index.html

Do you support mandatory GMO labeling? Why?

Should you eat more soy? (by Manuela Mejia)

This article is from The Washington Post, and it states how soy used to be considered a superfood for various years due to its high levels of protein and fiber. Soy was thought to help strengthen bones and low the risks of having cancer.

Nevertheless, soy has lately been having a bad reputation. “There’s nothing unique about soy compared to other beans,” said Alice Lichtenstein, a professor of nutrition science at Tufts University in Boston. Pursuing this further, studies have found that processed foods that contain soy all deliver some protein, but tend to contain more fat, sodium and sugars.

My discussion question for the class is: studies of Asian women have shown that those who eat soy on a regular basis have lower risk of breast cancer that those who don’t. Why do you think this may happen? What properties does soy have that eventually helps prevent cancer?

Here’s the link to learn more about this article and the benefits or disadvantages of soy:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/should-you-eat-more-soy/2016/02/12/2d6c7194-8963-11e5-be8b-1ae2e4f50f76_story.html

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What Is Starch Retrogradation? (by Manuela Mejia)

During baking, the starch in dough melts. The molecules become less organized and allow water molecules to move near them, some are partially dissolved. As the bread cools, the starch recrystallizes or retrogrades and goes back to a solid form, which causes a firm texture. Starch retrogradation is desirable for some starchy food products in terms of textural and nutritional properties.

Why has starch retrogradation been the subject of intensive research over the last 50 years?

You can learn more about starch retrogradation here.

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