Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 3/11/2018.
“More than just a farmer.” Farmers that also happen to be environmentalists
While it’s not always written down on a resume, all farmers have another hat they wear – environmentalist. It makes a lot of sense when you think about it… farmers have a partnership with our planet. It helps them grow food for you and I, and farmers help replenish what they utilize while constantly searching for more sustainable practices. This article dives into an example happening right now in California. The farm is putting in a digester, which takes manure and turns the methane gas into electricity that fuels the farm. Sometimes they have enough to give back to the local community as well. The leftover dried manure is often used as bedding for the cows. Dive into more of the story here. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Boom.
“Sorry I’m late… I couldn’t decide what yogurt I wanted.” Me spending 30 minutes in the dairy aisle
You often hear how yogurt compliments a healthy lifestyle, among dairy products in general. Recently a study was published by the American Journal of Hypertension that shows even more good news. Adults with high blood pressure can lower their risk of developing cardiovascular disease, aka CVD. Here are the results and conclusion of the study (pulled directly from this summary online):
Yogurt intake was inversely associated with CVD risk (myocardial infarction and stroke) among hypertensive participants (P <0.01 in both cohorts). Among participants consuming ≥2 servings/week of yogurt, NHS women had a 17% (95% CI: 0.74–0.92) lower risk while HPFS men experienced a 21% (95% CI: 0.66–0.96) lower CVD risk compared to those who consumed <1 serving/month. Regular yogurt consumers with higher DASH diet scores had 16% (95% CI: 0.73–0.96) and 30% (95% CI: 0.57–0.85) CVD risk reductions in the 2 cohorts, respectively.
Hypertensive men and women who consumed ≥2 servings/week of yogurt, especially in the context of a healthy diet, were at lower risk for developing CVD.
“Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by Wendy’s on Twitter.”
*McDonald’s raises their hand*
Wendy’s ‘thing’ has always been fresh beef, while making general jabs at ‘the other guys.’ However, they’ve recently moved into a more direct and targeted marketing approach… at McDonald’s. Seems like McDonald’s has finally had enough of getting picked on, and they’re going to make fresh beef their thing, too. 3,500 of their U.S. restaurants are going to make the initial switch, with many others following their lead. Grab some popcorn and plan to follow their journey and Wendy’s most likely hilarious reactions and digs on Twitter.