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Clearing Up Food Myths

Is juice all that good for you? Does grass-fed beef taste better than conventionally raised beef? Is arugula all that special? The short answers: "No, no, and no." For further explanations to these questions and more head to New York Times blog Room for Debate where six people from different parts of the food community clear up common food myths. [via Kottke]... More

Thanksgiving Myths, Busted

"Myth: The pilgrims wore large hats with buckles on them. The truth: None of the participants were dressed anything like the way they’ve been portrayed in art. The Pilgrims didn’t dress in black, didn’t wear buckles on their hats or shoes, and didn’t wear tall hats. The 19th-century artists who painted them that way did so because they associated black clothing and buckles with being old-fashioned." [Neatorama]... More

Grocery Ninja: Thousand-Year-Old Eggs and the Horse Urine Myth

The Grocery Ninja leaves no aisle unexplored, no jar unopened, no produce untasted. Creep along with her below, and read her past market missions here. Photographs from FotoosVanRobin on Flickr My mom’s visiting this week, and I’ve noticed something: Every time my Russian housemate asks about one of the more pungent foods she’s eating, Mom will cock her head to one side, and after much deliberation, respond, “It’s like cheese.” Since a great bulk of what she’s eating most decidedly does not taste like cheese, I’ve puzzled over why her mind leaps to associate the punchier flavors in the Asian larder with it. My theory: For Mom, cheese is one of the most confrontational foods she’s had to share a... More

The Five-Second Rule, V2.0

Harold McGee looks at research on the five-second rule and formulates version 2.0: "If you drop a piece of food, pick it up quickly, take five seconds to recall that just a few bacteria can make you sick, then take a few more to think about where you dropped it and whether or not it’s worth eating." I employ the five-second rule at my apartment and other people's houses, and for food that's fallen into my lap; everywhere else is pretty much a no-eat zone.... More

Eight Glasses of Water A Day Is A Myth

I've always been somewhat dehydrated, which probably has something to do with my not liking the taste of water and therefore not drinking very much of it. Anyway, it turns out my mom (and probably yours) has been wrong all this time—not only do we not need to drink those eight glasses of water a day, but many people can meet the bare-minimum needs without having anything to drink during the day. Also news to me: people who drink caffeine regularly, like coffee and sodas, become accustomed to it and don't lose fluid; a glass of Coke can provide the same amount of hydrating fluid as the equivalent amount of water! I'm still going to try to drink more... More

The (Unnecessary) Big Chill

In Salon this morning, Regina Schrambling is frustrated by how we refrigerate so many things that would do just fine on the pantry shelf: In an informal e-survey of roughly 20 friends in six states, some of whom eat for a living, I found the same pattern. A number did know what foods go rancid in the pantry: nut and olive oils in particular (only corn and sesame oils have never turned on me) and fresh peanut butter (salmonella is not the only threat). They knew real maple syrup can go moldy at room temperature, and that true grits, cornmeal, wheat germ and other grains susceptible to spoilage actually benefit from the cold.Still, all but one refrigerate scores of other... More

Telling Diet Myths From Diet Facts

Janet Helms of the Seattle Times wrote a seven item quiz on nutrition and diet myths, to point out that much of what we probably think is true is actually anything but. My favorite item: 2. Low-fat always means low calories.Myth. If you see the word "low" on the label, that's your clue to look a little further, suggested dietitian Susan Moores, of Minneapolis. Check for serving size and the number of calories on the Nutrition Facts label. Low-fat foods often contain the same amount or even more calories than regular versions.That's particularly true for fat-free foods. If fat is taken out, something else is put back in — and that's often sugar. Some studies suggest that snacks with low-fat... More

Can You Tell Food Fact From Food Myth?

"Myths about nutrition seem to linger for years just like urban legends. Remember the one about grapefruit burning fat? What about coffee stunting your growth? Maybe you're still holding on to the belief that gelatin will make your nails stronger. No doubt, you've fallen for a few weight-loss myths too. It's easy to do with the continual crop of fad diets promising a quick fix. Who can forget the cider vinegar and cabbage soup diets?" March is National Nutrition Month and so Janet Helm of the Chicago Tribune has put together an eleven point quiz you can take to see if you can tell food fact from food myth.... More

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