Dirt on your food is not such a bad thing, and other things to discuss with friends
Have we done ourselves a disfavor by making all of our food, and all of our lives, squeaky clean? The New York Times tackles that question and asks if getting rid of dirt and germs has led to a “set of truly human-made diseases.” The argument makes some sense to me. Our immune systems don’t get the chance to build up immunities because they don’t get exposed to dirt and germs.
Poor Man’s Feast, this year’s James Beard Award winner for Best Food Blog, rants about the poor quality of food available when you’re traveling across country. He sarcastically comments that the food you eat when you’re traveling from point A to point B doesn’t matter. “While you’re on the road, your blood cholesterol automatically plummets to that of an infant born to vegan parents in south Asia.” As someone who is going to be on the road a lot this summer, I’m taking note.
Glass bottles are making a comeback, according to another New York Times piece. Consumers are getting a little concerned about the health effects of plastic so they’re starting to embrace glass. Glass isn’t going to overtake plastic anytime soon, but it’s slowly gaining popularity.
The Chicago Tribune celebrates America’s first foodie and respected food memoir writer, M.F.K. Fisher. She’s worth celebrating.
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