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Crap in, crap out.

A look at the history, use, and misuse of the calorie.

TIL from this article:

  • Some people have small intestines that are up to 50% longer than others, which makes them 50% better at digesting food!
  • Cold toast has fewer (usable) calories than hot toast.
  • Coconut oil reduces the caloric content of rice.
  • Reheated pasta/rice/potatoes/bread have fewer calories than fresh pasta/rice/potatoes/bread.
  • The Chinese thing about not drinking cold water is actually kind of correct? Although for exactly the opposite reason.1

Tl;dr everything you know about food science is wrong.

  1. Drinking very cold water doesn’t “slow down” you organs; it apparently makes you body burn more calories to try and keep your core temperature stable. Which I guess could be a problem if you lived somewhere/-when where food scarcity was an issue, e.g. if you were a Ye Oldene Timese Chinese peasant. []
2019-03-25T15:14:29+11:0016th September, 2019|Tags: cw: dieting, food, science|

Ethical cannibalism.

Tl;dr dude gets in an accident, has his leg amputated, and asks some friends if they want to come over and eat it, just for lulz. In tacos, because one of the friends’ partners was a chef. Apparently, it tasted a bit like beef, not chicken or pork as usually reported.

As a content warning, asides from the whole premise, the linked article does include photos of said meat being prepared. They’re no more graphic than any other photos of meat used in cooking (i.e. there are no identifiable human parts), but even as someone who’s a ravenous carnivore I still found them mildly unsettling.

2019-01-21T10:44:31+11:0014th June, 2019|Tags: cw: cannibalism, food|


But consider this for a moment. Perhaps once we are adequately fed, diet becomes far less significant in determining how healthy we are. Maybe almost insignificant. Could it be that when our bodies have enough macro and micro nutrients available most of the time, other determinants of health kick in. The houses we live in. The stress we are under. The pressure of financial and social inequalities. Stigma, abuse and mental illness. Social isolation. And a million other factors with the capacity to make us sick.

The Angry Chef on diet science.

2018-09-05T09:58:16+11:0014th February, 2019|Tags: culture, cw: dieting, food, health|

Whatever happened to sun-dried tomatoes?

Seriously. Where did sun-dried tomatoes go? For a couple of years they were everywhere, and now… nada.

I mean. They’re like, gross, so I didn’t exactly miss them, but… interesting story, all the same.

2018-05-21T10:15:00+11:0015th November, 2018|Tags: culture, food|

Powdered racism.

Unless you have an actual (and rare) allergy, MSG isn’t actually bad for you. The reason people think it is? Racism, basically.

Also, TIL: MSG was originally invented in Japan, it’s basically concentrated umami salt, and it’s original name was Aji no Moto, a.k.a. Essence of Taste.

2018-05-03T13:38:35+11:0027th October, 2018|Tags: culture, food|