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Fermented food for gut health

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Every food expert on the planet will tell you that the healthiest foods are usually the freshest. But the latest beneficial food group isn’t a bit farm to table—it’s fermented—meaning ingredients like cabbage and cucumbers have been left to sit and steep until their sugars and carbs become bacteria-boosting agents.

Wellness experts are currently enthralled by how these pungent, probiotic powerhouses, which boost the good bacteria in your digestive tract, can help heal a multitude of health issues, like leaky gut and IBS, and can even lead to weight loss, better skin, and boosted immunity.

One of the reasons? “The gut is the largest part of our immune system,” explains Drew Ramsey, M.D., author of The Happiness Diet and 50 Shades of Kale. So it matters what you put in it. “Sugar and refined carbohydrates cause damage, while fermented foods heal.”

Ready to see what these (somewhat skunky) superfoods can do for you? Here are seven to try now. —Jennifer Kass
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1. Kombucha

A fizzy, fermented black tea that’s no stranger to New Yorkers, kombucha gives you a bang for your bacterial buck because of the variety of microorganisms it contains. “When you drink a bottle of kombucha, you’re drinking four to seven microorganisms all at once, building a really strong gut,” explains Michael Schwartz, the fermented-foodie founder of BAO Food And Drink. Just watch the sugar.

 

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2. Sauerkraut

Turns out you should put sauerkraut, AKA fermented cabbage, on way more than your tofu dogs. It has a powerful impact on brain health, including depression and anxiety. “There’s a tremendous connection between gut and brain health,” explains Dr. Ramsey. If you’re the DIY type, try making your own. (Here’s an easy recipe!) Unlike non-refrigerated, store-bought varieties, homemade ‘kraut has no chemical preservatives or added sugar.

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http://www.wellandgoodnyc.com/2013/08/09/7-fermented-foods-you-should-be-eating/#7-fermented-foods-you-should-be-eating-3

3. Pickles

Pickles are the gateway ferment. Not only do they provide a healthy dose of probiotics, they’re a familiar food item and have a taste that many people already love—including those who may hold their nose at the idea of eating fermented foods.

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4. Coconut Yogurt

Kimberley Snyder, celebrity nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Foods, loves coconut yogurt, because it’s a delicious, dairy-free way to work plenty of enzymes and probiotics into your diet. Though Greek and regular yogurt are also fermented foods, Snyder is less enthusiastic about them. “Dairy is extremely acid-forming in the body and difficult to digest,” she explains.

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5. Miso

Jeff Cox, author of The Essential Book of Fermentation, loves miso for its nutritional profile. The paste made from fermented soybeans and grains is “full of essential minerals, like potassium, and consists of millions of microorganisms giving us strength and stamina,” he says. To make miso soup, just add a dollop to boiling water, along with some favorite vegetables, like onions, bok choy, or mushrooms.

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6. Tempeh

Tempeh (fermented soybeans) is a complete protein with all of the amino acids, says Cox. He suggests using it as a yummy substitute for bacon in BLTs. Try flavoring organic tempeh with some tamari (also fermented), then add it to a sandwich with tomato, lettuce, and toast. Or eat it tossed in a bowl of steamed veggies.

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7. Kimchi

Think of this spicy Korean dish—typically made from fermented cabbage—as a beauty food, as well as an energy-booster, says Snyder. It can help “enhance digestion and nutrient assimilation,” she explains. “You may also notice, with improved digestion, an improvement in the look of your skin.”

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http://www.wellandgoodnyc.com/2013/08/09/7-fermented-foods-you-should-be-eating/#7-fermented-foods-you-should-be-eating-9

Lamb Tomato and Green Peas Rice

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2013 by ecofrenfood

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Ingredients

750 g lamb, cut into big chunks

8 cups water or 2 liters

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 medium onion or 125 g, chopped

½ teaspoon ground cardamom

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground turmeric

½ teaspoon ground coriander

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 medium tomatoes or 300 g, peeled and diced

1 tin canned green peas or 400 g, drained

2 tablespoons tomato paste

3 cubes MAGGI® Chicken Bouillon

2½ cups basmati rice or 500 g, washed and drained

Preparation

Put lamb chunks and water in a large pot. Bring to boil and remove froth as it appears. Simmer over low heat for 1½ hours or until lamb becomes tender. Set aside.

Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan, add and cook onions over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or until they become golden brown in color. Add spices, tomatoes, green peas, tomato paste and MAGGI® Chicken Bouillon cubes. Stir for 2 minutes then add the cooked lamb with 4½ cups of the cooked lamb stock, if the lamb stock is not enough add the some normal water.

Add the rice and stir occasionally. Bring to boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until rice is cooked.

 

http://www.nestle-family.com/recipes/english/by-course-or-type-main-meal-red-meat_Lamb-Tomato-and-Green-Peas-Rice_8355.aspx

Reasons Why Food Sucks

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December 10, 2012

Reasons Why Food Sucks

1. You eat, then a few hours later you’re hungry again.
2. It messes up your face.
3. It gets stuck in your teeth at the worst possible time.
4. It makes your breath stink.
5. It makes you fart.
6. It makes you poo.
7. It can get you really sick and make you barf.
8. It makes you thirsty, then you have to drink water, and that opens a whole other can of worms.  (Please see “Reasons Why Water Sucks” volumes 1,2, and 3).
9. It makes you fat.
10. It makes you feel like a lazy lion.
11. It gets your teeth all dirty.
12. You HAVE to eat, so you’re a slave to food for your entire life.  Food is your master!  Ahhhhhh!
13. It makes you have to wash your hands and use napkins.
14. It can taste really bad.
15. It can smell up the whole place.
16. When other people are eating food, then you might get hungry too.
17. Did I mention it makes you POO?
18. You get grumpy and start making all these dorky noises when you don’t have food.
19. It can burn and start fires.
20. It makes you indecisive cuz there are so many different types of food.  Then you waste all this time trying to decide while your stomach growls away.  Then you don’t get to eat cuz you spent so much time deciding what you want to eat that you’re now late for your chiropractor appointment.  Then your chriopractor gets pissed and cracks your back in half.

That’s why I say: SCREW FOOD!

http://www.mondaiji.com/blog/other/general/10157-reasons-why-food-sucks

Annual Dog Meat Festival Continues to Divide Chinese Public

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2013 by ecofrenfood
 

Annual Dog Meat Festival Continues to Divide Chinese Public

by on Monday, July 1, 2013

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by on Monday, July 1, 2013 Dogs are being killed in Guangxi Yulin.

From Global Times:

UK’s The Guardian: Guangxi Yulin Dog-Meat Festival Causes Controversy

Some volunteers are rescuing dogs from a dog-meat restaurant.

Source image: Volunteers rescuing dogs from a dog-meat restaurant.

UK’s The Guardian article on June 18th, original title: Chinese City Criticized over Dog-Meat Festival. In a small city of Southern China, city residents were preparing to hold an annual dog-meat festival, however, animal rights organizations have been strongly condemning this unsafe and inhumane activity.

[Note: The Chinese article itself is a Chinese translation and paraphrasing of the original English article published by The Guardian. Translating it back to English shows how things can change when translated multiple times.]

For the city residents of Guangxi Yulin, it’s a kind of tradition to eat dog meat on summer solstice. Many people cherish Yulin’s dog-meat culture which increases the sales on dog-meat hotpot and strong grain alcohols.

Animal rights organizations have pointed out that, every year, 10,000 dogs are slaughtered during dog-meat festival and that many of them are even electrocuted, burned, or skinned to death. According to pictures posted online, many dogs were skinned, hanging from hooks, and many dog’s corpses were piled up on the side of the road. In China, dog-meat is considered a nutritious food in winter. For the treatment of illnesses on such as the circulation of blood, doctors would even prescribe dog-meat consumption as prescriptions.

In order to stop the dog-meat-eating activity, animal rights activists have taken many measures such as releasing open letters and having protests. An open letter released by a NGO in Hong Kong pointed out that many of the dogs that were slaughtered during the dog-meat festival were stolen. They were transported to Yulin in filthy, overcrowded trucks, which greatly increased the risk of them carrying rabies and other infectious diseases. But according to Yulin officials, all the dogs used at the dog-meat festival were bred by local farmers.

Workers are unload dogs from a truck at Binjiang Road in Yulin.

Workers unloading dogs from a truck at Binjiang Road in Yulin. The dogs will be butchered before being sent to restaurants.

Local residents are gathering at a riverside road in Yulin to eat dog meat on June 21.

Local residents gathering at a riverside road in Yulin to eat dog meat on June 21.

An animal rights advocate is putting up a poster that calls for people not to eat dogs and cats.

An animal rights advocate putting up a poster that calls for people not to eat dogs and cats.

From People’s Daily:

Are the Sources of the Dogs Eaten during Dog-Meat Festival Legitimate?

Recently, Guangxi Yulin’s “Lychee Dog-Meat Festival” kicked off. The controversial traditional festival, under the protests of animal protection activists, has come to the attention of public opinion again. Indeed, people in Guangxi Yulin have the habit of “eating dog meat, drinking lychee wine” on the day of summer solstice. In their views, this helps to improve the body’s ability to resist diseases.

According to a Xinhua News report, “every year on this day, people in this city would eat thousands of dogs”. Meanwhile, the sources where most of these dogs come from are not clear and complicated. In the face of animal protection activists’ censure and resistance, the Yulin municipal government responded that “the Dog-Meat Festival is neither sponsored by the government nor advocated by the government”. It seems that it is a folk custom, and the local government has no responsibilities at all.

Facing the conflict between animal protection and local customs of eating dog meat, the local governments may not have to intervene. However, it does not mean they can completely ignore it. Regarding the “Dog-Meat Festival”, the local government departments should at least investigate if the thousands of dogs that suddenly appear all come from legal sources.

At present, when it comes to quarantining and standards of animal sanitation, the relevant laws are relatively perfect. At least, there are already the “Animal Quarantine Law” and “Animals Quarantine and Administration Measures”. Two months ago, the notice “Regarding the Further Strengthening of the Quarantine and Supervision of Dogs and Cats’ Origin” that the Ministry of Agriculture issued also demanded that local animal health supervision institutions strictly follow the two laws and regulations, to establish standards for the scope, procedures and determination of quarantine, and to earnestly carry out their work of quarantine inspection of where dogs and cats are sourced. Especially with regards to the transport of dogs and cats, quarantine authorities must carry out quarantine inspection on each source one by one according to the rules and issue a quarantine certificate to each one.

For this Dog-Meat Festival in Yulin, have the local authorities strictly carried out their duties in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations? Have they done routine check-ups on those shop-owners who are selling dog-meat? For example, it is reported that shop-owners who are selling dog-meat can’t provide a certificate to show that every dog they sell comes from a legitimate source, and accords with the relevant state health regulations. If the local [authorities] enforce the law strictly, the Dog-Meat Festival may be so big, and the numbers of dogs slaughtered each year will be sharply reduced.

As a folk culinary custom formed over many years, it should be treated with seriousness and caution, and this can be understood. But since we can’t put an end to the “festival” in the short term, the local government should at least promote a law-based administration to inspect if the sources of the dogs are illegal and penalize the illegal merchants.

[Written by] Da Bai (Media Person)

Dogs are being killed in Guangxi Yulin.

Malaysia Keropok Lekor

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2013 by ecofrenfood

 

Fried Crackers, or,Keropok Lekor

Ingredients:

1 kg fish (ikan parang or ikan kembong)

500g sago flour

Salt to taste

125ml water

Some ice-cubes

1 or 2 pandan leaves


How to cook:

  1. Clean the fish thoroughly, remove its intestines and chop off its head and tail, leaving the body intact.
  2. Make slits along both sides of the fish, then scrape off the meat; discard the bones.
  3. Pound, chop or mince the meat finely, adding salt to taste.
  4. Add some ice cubes and continue mincing the fish meat.
  5. Add sago flour and water.
  6. Stir the mixture until it becomes a soft dough.
  7. Dip your hand in the sago flour and roll the dough into a cylindrical shape.
  8. Boil a potful of water.
  9. Add in one or two knotted pandan leaves.
  10. Drop the keropok lekor into the boiling water.Wait for it to float and remove with a slotted spoon.
  11. Set aside to cool.
  12. Cut the pieces diagonally into thin slices.
  13. Dry in the sun thoroughly, then deep-fry in hot oil.

 

To serve:

Serve with chilly source (normally serve)

http://www.foodmalaysia.net/recipe_collections/keropok-lekor

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Rat Poison Contamination

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2013 by ecofrenfood

Rat Poison Contamination

The active ingredient in rat poison is brodifacoum. It is used in baits to kill rodents such as mice and rats. It is sometimes referred to as a super-warfarin, because it is longer acting than the drug Warfarin. Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots in people.

How does brodifacoum cause poisoning?

Brodifacoum reduces Vitamin K in the body which leads to decreased blood clotting ability. If clotting ability is reduced significantly, bleeding can occur.

How much brodifacoum do you need to get sick?

It has not been established how much is needed. It varies from person to person. However, based on cases where bait has been consumed, a significant amount of bait in a contaminated food would need to be eaten to cause poisoning.

Children who have eaten “mouthful” amounts of bait have developed bleeding problems. The minimum amount required to depress normal blood clotting is estimated to be approximately 1.5mg for a child weighing 10kg.

Commonly available baits contain up to approximately 50mg/kg.  To eat 1.5mg of brodifacoum from bait, a child would need to eat approximately 30 grams of bait, which would be equivalent to a number of teaspoon size doses.  The amount needed in an older child or adult would be proportionately higher as the body weight increased.

Signs and Symptoms:

The active ingredient in rat poison is brodifacoum. It is used in baits to kill rodents such as mice and rats. It is sometimes referred to as a super-warfarin, because it is longer acting than the drug Warfarin. Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots in people.

Treatment:

The antidote for proven poisoning is vitamin K.  Exactly how this is given will depend on the person’s clinical condition.  As brodifacoum is a long-acting anticoagulant (a drug that prevents blood clotting), treatment may be needed for some weeks, but this will vary from case to case.

Effects of other medications/diseases

A person already on medication that affects blood clotting, for example warfarin, will be affected by a much smaller dose of brodifacoum than someone who is not on medication.  In addition, a person with significant pre-existing liver disease may also be more easily affected as they could already have abnormalities in their blood clotting system.

There are a number of other prescribed drugs and diseases that interact with brodifacoum, and these should be discussed with a general practitioner.

Help and Assistance:

If a person is concerned they may have eaten contaminated food, they should contact their local general practitioner as soon as possible.

http://www.healthier.qld.gov.au/conditions-treatments/rat-poison-contamination

Foods that can eliminate bad breath

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Foods that can eliminate bad breath

Tuesday, January 15th 2013.

Eliminate bad breath

 

Foods that can eliminate bad breath | dmatxi.com. Although often overlooked, mouth and teeth uncared can lead to a bad breath or halitosis. Collection of bad bacteria in the mouth that interact with the remnants of food will produce odors. If you want practical, brush your teeth after breakfast and before bed. Use a toothpaste that has been packed full with natural extracts, such as lime, betel leaves, and salt, which would protect oral health. Plus, create a longer lasting fresh breath.

 

People who have problems of bad breath (halitosis) is generally not aware of any problems. Actually there is an easy way to test the breath smell. Press a clean finger into the mouth and then wipe the saliva in the back of the tongue. Allow a few moments and then smell your finger.

 

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Causes of bad breath

 

  • Bacteria; The mouth is one part of the body that liked by bacteria. These microorganisms lurking in between the teeth and tongue surface. When the bacteria multiply and accumulate toxins and they will issue a less pleasant odor.
  • Tonsils; Holes on the inside of the tonsils (tonsillectomy) is called crypts, is one culprit of halitosis. The dots on lymphoid tissue in the swollen tonsils often tucked away leftovers and bacteria that cause bad odors.
  • Foods; Foods such as garlic, durian, or fish, also cause bad breath, even though we have to brush your teeth.
  • Disease; Bad breath can also be a sign of diseases such as respiratory infections, chronic sinus infections, diabetes, kidney disorders, liver, and chronic acid reflux.
  • Dry mouth; Lack of drinking water and a dry mouth is also a contributor to the cause of bad breath problem. That’s why, when wake up in the morning bad breath. This smell usually goes away after you brush your teeth and drink water.

 

Foods reduce and eliminate of bad breath

 

  • Lemon; Try to suck the lemon slices, or biting edge of the lemon. If you are in restaurants, can order water with lemon in it, or lemon tea. For the times of urgency, with candy lemon-flavored can also help, plus more portable.
  • Apples, pears, and carrots; These foods are rich in fiber, plus chewing these foods will help mouth produce saliva. Both of these will create a kind of cleansing the mouth.
  • Crispy seasoning; For more exotic solutions, try searching for cardamom, coriander, or fennel seeds, commonly sold in places where the sale of spices. Chewing spices were going to remove the oil to neutralize bad breath.
  • Leaves of mint or cinnamon sticks; These materials can help neutralize the unpleasant odor of onions and garlic. Plus, oil of cinnamon can kill bacteria in the mouth so as not to grow more. Cinnamon or mint gum as effective. If you are lovers of chewing gum, choose a sense of mint chewing gum containing xylitol to reduce the risk of cavities and refreshes the breath.
  • Berry fruit and yogurt; If you can not get through the day without eating foods that can trigger bad breath smell, eat for prevention, which is better than trying to eliminate the smell that was overpowering. Eating half a cup of plain yogurt, sugar free, low in fat and can reduce levels of hydrogen sulfide odors that cause bad breath. Berries, as well as melons, oranges and other fruits that contain vitamin C, also can reduce oral bacteria that smell. Start each day with a fruit yogurt provided as a complement.

Bad breath can be triggered by various factors, one is from foods. Food can not only cause bad breath, but also can help eliminate the odor. Bad breath or halitosis, is caused by various reasons such as eating certain foods, smoking, gum disease, dry mouth and oral bacteria.

http://dmatxi.com/15/foods-that-can-eliminate-bad-breath.html