Nothing in the subject of nutrition is as mystical as the vitamins. Are they magic substances to prolong life? Do they provide the difference between health and disease? Are they overrated and overhyped? So many words grace the net on the benefits or lack thereof on vitamins and health. Despite my background in food science, I have become confused. I was searching for answers. As … Continue reading How important are vitamins for our health?
So many ideas; so little time! Climate change looms. It affects every person alive today, and will continue its effects over those not yet born. It’s evil twin, world hunger, is joined at the hip with extreme climate events. Just when we thought we were getting a handle on world hunger, the war in Ukraine deals a devastating blow to food security. Many voices caution … Continue reading Challenges to feeding the world from now to 2050
The problem with meat is that it comes from an animal slaughtered and cut up to pieces for cooking and eating. Some animals have limited freedom before killing. Others don’t. Would it make a difference if meat was not associated with lives on a factory farm or in the slaughterhouse? There may be a solution on the horizon. It involves only choice cuts, less food … Continue reading Animal-based protein without the animal
At least twice a month I get two bowls of a wonderful mix of fresh foods at a local establishment. My wife, dog, and I go out and picnic in a gazebo by the river. When ordering I start with a base of rice, quinoa, or riced cauliflower. Then I am asked for a choice of protein—cubed chicken or steak. A host of vegetable options … Continue reading Alternate proteins from plants
My father used to talk about things coming in two sizes—too big and too small. When it comes to protein much of the world’s population fits into two categories—too much or too little. The Western Diet emphasizes meat at the center of the plate. That concept leads to overconsumption of protein. As incomes around the world have increased, more people have gained access to meat. … Continue reading Growing insects for food. Another alternative protein?
Fighting global climate change and ending world hunger are noble efforts. Let us not forget how important it is to have safe drinking water and enough vegetables to eat. This week I step back to take a look at water and veggies. Potable water. Imagine a world with no safe drinking water. In my 72 years of life, I have always had ready access to … Continue reading Safe water, organic vegetables, and better meat
Lake Mead and the Great Salt Lake are drying up. Yellowstone closed its gates due to flooding. Wildfires flare up out west. Caused by climate change? Made worse by climate change? Is global climate change the central issue of our time? Or is it overhyped? Is it an existential threat or a mirage? No one knows, but we all have our beliefs. If it is … Continue reading Global climate change—a personal journey
World hunger is something we hear about. Remember the pictures of children on television suffering from marasmus or kwashiorkor? Now, not so much. Is it still a problem or have we solved it for the most part? Status of world health. The good news is that we are living longer. Much of that longer life traces to less hunger and related diseases around the globe. … Continue reading A fresh perspective on world hunger
We face two major threats to world stability: world hunger and climate change. Taking on one of these issues as a cause is monumental. Who would choose both of them at the same time? Anthony Warner, for one. He describes his mission in Ending Hunger: The Quest to Feed the World Without Destroying It. If his name sounds familiar, Warner is also known as The … Continue reading Ending Hunger in the Age of Climate Change
Avoid ultra-processed foods! They are worse than run-of-the mill processed products, we read. The food media embraced the concept that ultra-processed foods cause chronic disease. Many studies suggested this conclusion. Food journalists jumped on the bandwagon. Is this the magic bullet that will lead to a healthy, more fit America? Will it lead to a healthier, more fit world? It must be so. I read … Continue reading Ultra-processing strikes back