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Biofabricating Meat: No Animal Slaughter

In this TED Talk, Andras Forgacs talks about the notion of using animal cells to produce meat (and Leather) instead of breeding and killing so many animals. Basically, this process known as biofabrication works by performing a biopsy to safely extract cells from an animal, growing the cells, making them produce collagen and then spreading the cells and their collagen to form different shapes – or in the case of making leather, forming sheets. Biofabrication has already proven to be a viable process for creating fleshy body parts in the medical field, so it is a reasonable step to making meat products.

Do you see any substantial benefits (or setbacks) to biofabricating meat?

Fermented Food Recipes

We all know that fermentation and lacto-fermentation are process done to preserve foods without the need for refrigeration while also bringing a generally more pleasant taste. Thankfully, fermenting can be an easy process that only requires some basic ingredients and instruments, as shown in the recipes given in the article. Check them out and see what you can experiment with.

Which recipes are you familiar with? Are you surprised that any of them were a product of fermentation?

Cheese May Help Lower Risk Of Heart Disease

Let me just put this out there; I LOVE cheese. I don’t know if we’ll ever get to make cheese in the lab after the session was cancelled, but learning the potential health benefits of cheese was the next best thing for me as a cheese lover.  More research needs to be done, but according to this article, it’s possible that milk-related products, especially cheese, may correlate to reduction in levels of TMAO.

Question: What exactly is TMAO and how may cheese correlate to its reduction?

Recipe: Healthier Sweet and Salty Popcorn

Popcorn is pretty simple to pop add flavor to, but it is also easy to overlook the health implications of the ingredients we add. The ingredients for popcorn shown in this recipe serve to make your popcorn healthier while keeping the sweetness and saltiness you may love.

What is so significant about the ingredients in this recipe as opposed to their alternatives? Elaborate.

Mindful Eating/Drinking Topic: Sugar Overload with Hot Drinks

We all know (or at least should know) that too much sugar is bad for you, but it can be easy to overlook the sugar content in certain foods and drinks. According to CNN, Starbucks drinks, which contain up to 25 teaspoons of sugar per serving, are such consumable products to look out for. This means that people who drink Starbucks coffee every morning consume more sugar daily than deemed healthy by the American Heart Association and can suffer adverse short-term and long-term effects on their bodies.

Question for Discussion: What are the short-term and long-term  effects of drinking a lot of sugary hot drinks?

Cooking from Scratch is Vital for Health: Doctors Now Taught Cooking Skills in Some Medical Schools

People need to be able to properly cook and eat more organic meals on a regular basis in order to stay healthy. However, most people eat fast food or processed meals on a regular basis and doctors have little to no knowledge in nutrition as a means of improving health. Thanks to a medical school curriculum created by Johnson and Wales University and adopted by 17 other medical schools nationwide, doctors can learn to cook and teach patients what to cook, how to cook and why.


Discussion Question: Which ingredients  cooking methods are considered healthier or safer than others and why?