Food & Food Culture

11:03am

Fri March 1, 2013
The Salt

Sugar's Role In Rise Of Diabetes Gets Clearer

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 10:12 am

A performer drinks a soda in Ahmedabad, India in 2010. A study found that rising diabetes prevalence in countries like India is strongly tied to sugar consumption.
Sam Panthaky AFP/Getty Images

Robert Lustig wants to convince the world that sugar is making us very sick. And lately he's turned to an unconventional field – econometrics – to do it.

Lustig rounded up statisticians and epidemiologists to look at the relationship between food and diabetes risk. The paper, published this week in the journal PLoS One, found that the more sugar on the market in 175 countries, the higher the country's diabetes rate.

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12:58am

Fri March 1, 2013
The Salt

Wild Bees Are Good For Crops, But Crops Are Bad For Bees

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 10:13 am

Wild bees, such as this Andrena bee visiting highbush blueberry flowers, play a key role in boosting crop yields.
Left photo by Rufus Isaac/AAAS; Right photo courtesy of Daniel M.N. Turner

Some of the most healthful foods you can think of — blueberries, cranberries, apples, almonds and squash — would never get to your plate without the help of insects. No insects, no pollination. No pollination, no fruit.

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1:16pm

Thu February 28, 2013
The Salt

Dispatch From Poutine Fest, Chicago's 'Love Letter' To Canada

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 5:01 pm

Missy Ruminski prepares The Peasantry's entry. Note that poutine is not only a delicious snack but also a source of light and warmth in the universe.
NPR

There is no greater mystery in America than this: Why is poutine not available everywhere?

French fries with cheese curds, covered in gravy — there's nothing more American than this Canadian dish that's not actually American. And while you can find it stateside more easily than you used to, poutine should be in every restaurant in the country, and probably somewhere on our flag.

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9:22am

Thu February 28, 2013
The Salt

China's Horses May End Up In Russia's Kabobs

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 10:15 am

The great horse meat scandal infographic.
via The Australian Institute of Food Safety

China isn't a good place to be a horse, if your goal is to avoid ending up as the Russian kabobs known as shashlik.

China exports the most horse meat to the global market, while Russia has the biggest appetite for horseflesh, according to a new infographic on the continuing European scandal over horse meat sold as beef.

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4:20pm

Wed February 27, 2013
The Salt

Video: Machine Unlocks The 'Physics' Of Separating Oreos

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 9:42 am

YouTube

Eat them whole or divide and conquer? That's the eternal question when it comes to Oreos, those little rounds of chocolate cookie hugging creme in the middle.

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