Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 7/21/2017
“They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our mac and cheese” Easy Mac enthusiasts
Recently the New York Times (NYT) released a story about a study on “potentially harmful chemicals” in mac and cheese. And people lost it. The story called out phthalates, and urged Kraft to remove it from all of their products. However, scientists are saying “relax, yo” and that this story is being taken out of context to scare consumers using the “Food Babe Fallacy.” So.. what are they then? Phthalates, which includes chemicals such as di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and Diethyl phthalate (DEP), help make rigid plastics more flexible and less breakable. They’re commonly found on a number of items, even fruits and veggies.
To make sure we maintain a ‘safe’ consumption of phthalates, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set “safe dosages” that humans should consume. To experience actual harm, your infant would need to eat an entire box of Kraft in one sitting and your toddler would need to eat five to surpass that dosage. Which to be fair, is only normal for college kids, who are basically toddlers in adult bodies.
“I’ll keep kicking ass, thank you” Cancer survivors
There are a lot of warriors out there who have dealt with the battle called cancer. A new study shows that survivors can benefit from consuming a new dairy product after exercise. Kefir, a fermented milk product, and it’s potential are being studied by Laura K Stewart, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of Northern Colorado, School of Sport and Exercise Science. The Kefir beverage in this study was made by was made by inoculating and fermenting milk with kefir grains, and then mixing in a fruit base. This kefir product developed and managed by the Louisiana State University Creamery has met the guidelines for recommended nutrition after endurance and resistance exercise (developed by the American College of Sports Medicine).
Dr. Stewart reflects on her study, “The beverage received high scores overall and, except for an improvement in overall liking, we observed no significant differences in physical and psychological feelings before and after participants learned that it contained kefir and had potential health benefits.” It’s time to get dairy strong, cancer butt-kickers.
Picture of the week
Joe Leslie of Western Pennsylvania sent in this picture of a sunset dinner at the Simpson Family’s farm. Majestic shot, Joey.