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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?

The Miracle of Egg Whites

Since we have been discussing eggs and egg whites a lot recently, this article is really insightful on the many uses and benefits of egg whites. A versatile ingredient to many recipes, egg whites are used in nearly everything Americans make and consume. The egg has even become rapidly industrialized, where it has risen to a multi billion-dollar industry. Unfortunately, the mass production of eggs has lead to questions of health safety and animal cruelty in the USA. Despite this, the article discusses the true health benefits and uses for egg whites in the human diet, including the many proteins and other components that enhance health.

Egg Yolks and Egg Whites

What other food is similar to the egg, in that it is a common ingredient in many recipes and versatile in its uses?


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?

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?

Diet of Excess Sugar and Starch Linked to Lung Cancer By Luke Gass

Since sugars and starches have been one of the primary nutrients we have been discussing in class (as well as present in all of the foods we have cooked in our lab) I thought this article would be an appropriate topic for discussion.  Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston discovered that individuals who consumed foods with high glycemic index were as much as 50 percent more likely to develop lung cancer, which is the number 1 cancer killer in the United States.  To avoid these risks, experts recommend merely sticking to a diet containing foods that help you maintain a healthy body weight, with more vegetables and plant-based foods and less sugary foods and red meat.


Discussion Question: Do you believe any parts of your diet put you at risk?  How so?

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.


Can Going Gluten-Free Help with Other Diseases as Well? By Luke Gass

With our focus on gluten this past week, I figured this would be an appropriate article to share.  Apparently, claims the article, a gluten-free diet can also reduce inflammation in the body.  The author describes how going on this diet helped relieve symptoms of her fibromyalgia.


Discussion Question: Based on reading this article, what other diseases might respond well to a gluten-free diet and for what reason?

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?

Mindful Eating Article by Andrew Rogan

This article from the Mother Nature Network discusses diets and healthy eating lifestyles, which we have learned a lot about over the past few weeks. Above all, the article states that mindful eating can be adapted to all diets and lifestyle choices, helping people digest their food with more thought and more reflection. With that being said, the author gives 5 tips on how to best begin the habit of mindful eating. Two of the tips the author gave correspond to what AU’s dietician, Jo-Ann Jolly, told us during the molecular gastronomy demonstration—shut off your phone and eat slower. In addition, the author wrote on eating in silence, thinking deeply on the flavors of the food you’re eating, and knowing where the food comes from. It takes concentration and commitment, but the author vows it is possible.

Credit: http://themindfulcenter.com/abc-news-nightline-interested-in-mindful-eating/
Credit: http://themindfulcenter.com/abc-news-nightline-interested-in-mindful-eating/

Question: What other mindful eating tips should be included in a guide to mindful eating? Why?


A new study suggest that eating high fiber during our teens years decreases the chances of getting breast cancer later in life.

In fact,  the study advance that fiber tends to lower the hormone estrogen, which drives many types of breast cancer.

According to Dr. Walter Willet, an expert on health and nutrition at Harvard’s school of public health, what we eat during our adolescence have a big impact on our health later in life. He stated, “From many other studies we know that breast tissue is particularly influenced by carcinogens and anticarcinogens during childhood and adolescence.”

Link to the article :http://www.today.com/health/eating-high-fiber-diet-teen-may-help-prevent-breast-cancer-t70526

Question: Do you think having a  low-fiber diet can have other consequences on your health ? and would you consider changing your diet to a high-fiber diet ?