Been getting my meatless cook on lately!

So I’ve been tryin to get away from processed foods, even the vegan stuff, because a lot of them use canola oil (aka rapeseed oil.. click for more info) and soy in them.

open faced jackfruit meatball sandwich

open faced jackfruit meatball sandwich

These meatballs by Jack & Annie were delicious but I check the ingredients and yep, canola oil and soy in there even tho it’s made from jackfruit… smmfh

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Disaster grants bypass Black communities most vulnerable to flooding – Washington Post

Construction workers repair and clean the Hurricane Harvey damaged home of Houston resident Lawrence Hester on Jan. 31, 2020. Hester said he was unable to get help from a city program created to fix homes damaged during Harvey and had to endure hazardous living conditions for more than two years. (AP Photo/Juan Lozano)
Construction workers repair and clean the Hurricane Harvey damaged home of Houston resident Lawrence Hester on Jan. 31, 2020. Hester said he was unable to get help from a city program created to fix homes damaged during Harvey and had to endure hazardous living conditions for more than two years. (AP Photo/Juan Lozano)

Texas steered federal grants toward Whiter, wealthier areas, HUD investigation finds

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Why You Shouldn’t Wrap Your Food In Aluminum Foil Before Cooking It | IFLScience

I’ve been telling folks this for ages

If you’re baking fish, roasting vegetables or preparing a piece of meat for dinner tonight, chances are that you’ll wrap your food in aluminium foil. What you may not realise is that some of the foil will leach into your meal – and this could be bad for your health.

Research that I conducted with a group of colleagues has explored the use of aluminium for cooking and preparing food. Aluminium doesn’t just appear in foil: it is the most popular cookware material used by people in developing countries. Pots and pans are lined with it and it is found in some kitchen utensils like large serving spoons. Copper used to fulfil this role, but over time it’s been replaced by aluminium because it is cheaper to mass produce and easier to clean.

But while cooking your food in aluminium pots or pans isn’t a bad thing, placing it in foil and putting it in the oven is problematic. This is especially true with acidic or spicy food that’s prepared at high temperatures.

Aluminium and health

Human bodies can excrete small amounts of aluminium very efficiently. This means that minimal exposure to aluminium is not a problem: the World Health Organisation has established a safe daily intake of 40mg per kilogram of body weight per day. So for a person who weighs 60kg the allowable intake would be 2400 mg.

But most people are exposed to and ingest far more than this suggested safe daily intake. Aluminium is present in corn, yellow cheese, salt, herbs, spices and tea. It’s used in cooking utensils, as described above, as well as in pharmacological agents like antacids and antiperspirants. Aluminium sulfate, which is derived from aluminium, is used as a coagulant during the purification process of drinking water.

Scientists are exploring whether over-exposure to aluminium may be posing threats to human health. For instance, high concentrations of aluminium have been detected in the brain tissue of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have examined the community of old people with Alzheimer’s and concluded that it is a modern disease that’s developed from altered living conditions associated with society’s industrialisation. These conditions may include high levels of aluminium in daily life.

Aluminium poses other health risks, too. Studies have suggested that high aluminium intake may be harmful to some patients with bone diseases or renal impairment. It also reduces the growth rate of human brain cells.

Avoid foil when cooking

Given all of these proven risks, it’s important to determine the aluminium concentration when cooking. Pots and other cookware tend to be oxidised, providing an inert layer that prevents the aluminium from leaching into food. The problem is that when you scrub your pots after cooking, that layer is worn away and the aluminium can seep into your food. This is easily avoided: when you get new aluminium pots, boil water in them several times until the base becomes matt. This creates a natural oxidation that prevents leaching. They may look nicer when they’re scrubbed and shiny, but a matt base is better for your food and your health.

But cooking your food in foil is a different story. Aluminium foil is disposable and you will not be able to create that inert layer prior to using it. My research found that the migration of aluminium into food during the cooking process of food wrapped in aluminium foil is above the permissible limit set by the World Health Organisation.

Ghada Bassioni explains the research she and her colleagues conducted.

Aluminium is significantly more likely to leach into food, and at higher levels, in acidic and liquid food solutions like lemon and tomato juice than in those containing alcohol or salt. Leaching levels climb even more when spice is added to food that’s cooked in aluminium foil. Anything acidic sparks a particularly aggressive process that dissolves layers of aluminium into food.

This research suggests that aluminium foil should not be used for cooking. Instead, we’d recommend using glassware or porcelain when preparing baked dishes. It’s safe to wrap cold food in foil, though not for long stretches of time because food has a shelf life and because aluminium in the foil will begin to leach into the food depending on ingredients like spices.

Why You Shouldn’t Wrap Your Food In Aluminum Foil Before Cooking It | IFLScience

Gerber, Beech-Nut, HappyBABY and Earth’s Best Organic baby foods test high for arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, new report shows – The Washington Post

Get a blender or ninja bullet and make your own baby food cause these corporate entities can not be trusted with the nutrition of the babies

 

congressional report found many of the products made by the country’s largest commercial baby food manufacturers contain significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, which can endanger infant neurological development.

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Subway’s tuna is not tuna, but a ‘mixture of various concoctions,’ a lawsuit alleges – The Washington Post

Subway describes its tuna sandwich as “freshly baked bread” layered with “flaked tuna blended with creamy mayo then topped with your choice of crisp, fresh veggies.” It’s a description designed to activate the saliva glands — and separate you from your money.

It’s also fiction, at least partially, according to a recent lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The complaint alleges the ingredient billed as “tuna” for the chain’s sandwiches and wraps contains absolutely no tuna.

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Black Farmer’s Antibiotic-Free Meat Products Now Available in Grocery Stores and Online

Ricky Dollison, farmer and owner of of Warrior Creek Premium Meats

Need a bunch more cats like him…. I know a few…

 

Meet Ricky Dollison, a fourth-generation African American farmer who is the owner of Dollison Farms located in Poulan, Georgia. He is also the owner of a company called Warrior Creek Premium Meats that produces responsibly raised, antibiotic-free bacon, sausage, ground beef, ribeye steaks, pork tenderloins, and chicken leg quarters.

The family-owned and operated business also produces a multitude of leafy greens, peanuts, cotton, soybeans, and corn for their livestock. They also raise cattle and their signature swine, “The Georgia Dolli”, in which their premium sausage, country cut bacon, and ham are derived.

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Godcast Episode 150: Torre Washington

Great show….

 

Godcast Episode 150: Our relationship with food plays a big part in our health and overall lives. How we think about food is complicated and full of misconceptions. Let’s try and set therefore straight. Vegan bodybuilder Torre Washington joins the chat.

Godcast Episode 150: Torre Washington – YouTube

Tyson Foods Linked to Largest Toxic Dead Zone in U.S. History – EcoWatch

One of the wonderful side effects of mass effects of meat consumption by humans

What comes to mind when you think of Tyson Foods? A chicken nugget? A big red logo?

How about the largest toxic dead zone in U.S. history? It turns out the meat industry—and corporate giants like Tyson Foods—are directly linked to this environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, and many others.

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Court Rules Subway’s Sandwich Bread is not Real Bread

I ain’t touched them in a decade or more when they discovered plastic in their bread…..

On Tuesday, a Supreme Court in Ireland ruled that the bread used to make Subway sandwiches isn’t real bread. This came after an Irish Subway franchise tried to evade paying value-added tax on its foodstuffs.

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