Monthly Archives: May 2015

Microwave Cooking Does Not Diminish Nutrient Value of Food

In our rushed society, the microwave is the only oven that is used in many households. A quick zap in the microwave and dinner is served. But just how nutritious is that ‘home cooked’ meal after a stint in the microwave?
Very, if it’s done right.
Microwave cooking is actually one of the best cooking methods for preserving food nutrients available. But it has to be done correctly. To preserve all food nutrients while cooking it in the microwave, place food in a microwave-safe container and place a small container of water inside the microwave while cooking so the food is basically steamed from the inside out. All nutrients and flavor will be preserved and the freshly steamed food will be ready in moments.
Regardless of the chosen cooking method used, some nutrients will be lost during the process according to Crystal Hunt. The faster the cooking method, the fewer nutrients lost, that’s why microwave cooking is the best choice, it just has to be done correctly. Use very little water in the bowl containing the food, cover the microwave-safe container tightly and add the container of water inside the microwave for the best and healthiest results.

Heavy Fatty Acids Could Cure Disease and Prevent Aging

Special fatty acids might not just be good for you; they could even be the key to eternal life. Scientists from Retrotope, a company operating out of Los Altos, California, are developing a special fatty acid that could be used to prevent damage caused by free radicals to prevent disease and extend the lifespan of humans.

The idea is that the new fatty acid will be used to build super strong reinforced cell membranes according to Alexei Beltyukov. Free radicals tear cells apart and can cause a chain reaction of damage at the nuclear level. The special fatty acids would create a stronger bond in the cell membranes that would protect against free radical damage.

An initial study has been conducted on yeast using the fatty acids. It was found that the yeast cells with the fatty acid were 150 times less likely to be damaged by free radicals.

Human trials are set to run this summer that will attempt to slow down and reverse the damage of Friedreich’s ataxia. Friedreich’s ataxia is caused by cells being damaged at the molecular level. Participants in the trial will be given supplements similar to fish oil pills. They will also be placed on a special diet that will allow their bodies to take advantage of the new fatty acids.

Researchers hope the new fatty acid will be able to slow down or even eliminate aging. It will be very difficult to test the results on humans so trials will be done on rodents first to test for effectiveness.

The Big Chipotle Guacamole Reveal

Chipotle has quite the following for those looking to get quick and pretty tasty Americanized Mexican food. From the burritos to the tacos to the nachos, it’s all a pretty big hit. Now they’ve added guacamole, which really adds some flavor to their staples! People are going crazy for it. Whether they’re smothering it on burritos, or dipping chips in it, it’s getting quite the rave reviews.

Now, it seems like Chipotle has given us a Cinco De Mayo gift! According to Grub Street Chipotle has revealed their guacamole recipe! And the verdict is that it’s pretty basic. It used the typical ingredients such as avocados, onions, cilantro, lime juice, and jalapeños. Mix it all together and you have yourself Chipotles recipe. People are a little disappointed. Especially those who thought it was really something special, only to find out it’s not.

Mikal Watts suggests that perhaps it’s the pairing of the guacamole with the Chipotle food that makes it so great. Who knows. Many were hoping for some guacamole secret like an added spice they never thought of or a hidden ingredient. So, to find out it is just a basic recipe makes folks a little sad. But, now everyone can enjoy guacamole from the comfort of their home.

Now, if they would release their recipes on how to make their tacos, burritos, and nachos; we’d be happy. Consider it, Chipotle! I can’t picture a better Cinco De Mayo gift, can you?