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Don’t Wash Your Chicken

A common misconception when preparing chicken for cooking is the need to rinse the poultry with water before it is cooked. In fact, the USDA recommends that you do NOT wash your chicken, as it increases the risk of spreading bacteria around the kitchen. Dr. Jennifer Quinlan helped to develop the “Don’t Wash Your Chicken” campaign, as creative way to inform people about this mishandling.

I think this one will be very hard to overcome because we wash everything before cooking it. Everything. What if there is dirt on it? :P … However, the reasons behind the recommendation are: 1. It does not get rid of germs or kill germs. 2. Washing increases the chance of spreading those harmful bacteria and contaminating the kitchen, the environment, and the person.

What’s Actually Inside An Average Cup of Coffee — Wired Magazine

In general, coffee consists of 98% of water and 2% of other stuff.
Some interesting compounds in coffee:

  • 2-Enthelphenol “has tar-like odor and is actually a cockroach pheromone that warns other cockroaches of danger.” (It makes me wonder if it could hold cocroach invasion at bay.
  • Dimethyl Disulfide “smells like rotting meat.” Wiki: It penetrates the skin very readily, giving it the unusual property for many individuals of being secreted onto the surface of the tongue after contact with the skin and causing a garlic-like taste in the mouth.
  • Acetylmethylcarbinel or Acetoin gives buttery odor.
  • Trigonelline “has a sweet, earthy taste.” According to wiki, it may help to prevent dental caries by preventing the bacteria Streptococcus mutans from adhering to teeth.
  • 3,5 Dicaffeoylquinic Acid or Chlorogenic acid is an antioxidant and may slow the release of glucose into the bloodstream after a meal.
  • Finally, there is Caffeine. :)

Source: Wired

What is fat? – George Zaidan

As the narrative goes, fat is bad. Well, it’s actually more nuanced than that. The type of fat you eat is more impactful on your health than the quantity. George Zaidan examines triglycerides, the varied molecules that make up fat, and how to identify which types of fat you are consuming.

A short video clip illustrates a very general idea of fat, and the differences between three types of fat – saturated fat, unsaturated fat, and trans fat. Trans fat is made through the process of hydrogenation which increases shelf life of fat in food, but also makes it hard for our body to process the fat; therefore, it is bad for our health. When buying processed food, avoid food that is labelled “partially hydrogenated”.

Breakfast Sandwich

Tea Tip Infographic

It’s an inforgraphic that shows the ideal temperatures and during for brewing different types of tea. I used to brew tea between 195 to 205 F (95.5 – 96.1 C) degree. Yes, it is the temperature for making coffee, so one ‘size’ does not fit all. I’ll certainly check this infograpic next time I make my tea. However, the infographic did not provide reason(s) that different leaves needs different temperatures and lengths of time to brew. I am still wondering the negative outcomes of brewing tea in hotter temperature than recommended and leaving it in the hot water too long. Very bitter tea?

Source: Utility Journal: Tip Sheet: Tea

UCTV Prime: The Skinny on Obesity

Here is 7-part series debunks the theory that obesity only affects the “gluttons and sloths” among us and is, in fact, a public health problem that impacts everyone. I have seen other talks and lectures by Dr. Robert Lustig a while ago. Now I generally avoid juice and anything sweet and have reduced my soda consumption to about once per month. Watch them if interested.

The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 1): An Epidemic for Every Body

The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 2): Sickeningly Sweet

The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 3 Trailer): Hunger and Hormones – A Vicious Cycle

The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 4): Sugar – A Sweet Addiction

The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 5): Generation XL

The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 6): A Fast-Paced Fast Food Life

The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 7): Drugs Cigarettes Alcohol…and Sugar?

Inforgraphic: Coffee vs. Tea

Video: Make the Most Perfect Bacon Ever

Processed meat ‘linked to pancreatic cancer’

A study in Sweden suggests that eating processed meat such as bacon and sausage increases the chance of getting pancreatic cancer.


BBC News – Processed meat ‘linked to pancreatic cancer’:

They said eating an extra 50g of processed meat, approximately one sausage, every day would increase a person’s risk by 19%.
. . .
Eating red and processed meat has already been linked to bowel cancer. As a result the UK government recommended in 2011 that people eat no more than 70g a day.
. . .
Having an extra 100g would increase the risk by 38%.
Prof Larsson said: “Pancreatic cancer has poor survival rates. So as well as diagnosing it early, it’s important to understand what can increase the risk of this disease.”
She recommended that people eat less red meat.

I know as the report says the study is controversial, and I won’t suggest to have a vegan diet.  However, a good rule to have a healthy diet and thus a healthy life is to avoid processed food (or processed food-like substances) if possible.  Most processed food is laden with saturated fats, sodium, sugar, additives, and preservatives.  Processed food often contains little to no nutritional value because the process often destroys most nutrients.

Eat healthy and stay healthy,
KKai / 014

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