Said We Loved You, But We Lied

Not Not perfect, ugly produce, has the same nutritional value as picture-perfect produce–and it’s less-expensive.  In the recent past, cheaper, ugly produce was all the rage.

According to a recent Associated Press article, several major food store chains have stopped selling blemished produce, because, “there has not been as much customer demand as hoped. They were worried, “the cheaper produce could cannibalize sales of regular produce.”

Less expensive, blemished produce would be ground up, cooked, canned–sold to food banks.

Did this mean, ugly food was OK, as long as it was kept out of sight? Out of mind? Or, as long as it didn’t cut into profit margins?

Chicken’s Way Out? Or, If You Prefer–Way Out Chicken

Canadian investigators for CBC by DNA testing, recently found Subway’s oven-roasted chicken to be only 53.6% actual chicken.  The rest was made up of soy fillers.  Their chicken strips turned out to contain even less–at 42.8%.

Other popular fast-food outlets–including McDonald’s, Wendy’s, A&W, and Tim Horton’s, scored in the mid to high eighty percent range.

Subway spokesperson, Kevin Kane, withheld comment, pending further investigation.

Should this be a big deal?  For decades, mystery meats have been universally compared to chicken.  “Don’t worry about it.  Soy protein’s good–tastes like chicken.”

 

–Natalie O’Neill, for Market Watch–

Beets Beat Kale?

Deep red root vegetable.  Not on too many kid’s favorite vegetable lists.  Who grew up liking pickled beets?  …Harvard beets?  …Creamed beets?  As a kid, I liked the earthy flavor of beets.

King Kale has certainly had its brush with fame.  Touted in all corners of the known nutritional universe.  Will beets provide the knockout punch and dethrone the king?

Beets are high in iron, vitamins, and minerals.  Aunt Margaret’s beet soufflé, brought to family gatherings was politely tasted–nobody wanted to hurt her feelings.  Her scratch-made cakes more than made up for it.

Still wouldn’t eat a beet on a bet?  There are beet supplements, dried beet chips, beets disguised in veggie drinks.  Beets are good for you, according to http://www.mercola.com/.  Beets were originally grown for their edible green, red-veined tops.

  1. Beets lower blood pressure.
  2. Beets boost stamina.  Drinking beet juice before workouts is suggested.
  3. Beets have anti-cancer properties.
  4. Beets are rich in nutrients and fiber.
  5. Beets support detoxification.

–Image, http://www.foxnews.com/–

 

 

THAT DARNED CAT

 

cat with hat

You’re fat because you’re lazy
You’re lazy because you’re fat
Was that the best he could do?
What was up with that?
Why did I keep going back
To hear the same thing
Again and again?

You’re too fat!
Get back to the gym!
What was wrong with him?
I don’t know when it happened
I swear that it’s the truth
Doc, this is where I’m at
It’s all because of Dr. Suess
And, that darned cat