Saturday, April 19, 2014

Batch of links

- This is the porniest food porn of all time. And I love it.

- Can “glutenase” help people with celiac disease digest gluten? The short answer is no.

- What’s the difference between tofu varieties? Also, people avoiding soy can turn to hemp tofu.

- Handy information on Cooking fats and oils.

- It turns out that eating small meals throughout the day, as opposed to fewer, bigger meals, does not promote weight loss.

- Walmart attempts low-cost organic food. As much as I hate setting foot there, I really like this endeavor…

- Bird illustrations made from food. Fabulous!

- An amusing flow chart to help you figure out whether to go to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.

- Everything you don’t know about tipping. This started a debate between the Engineer and me about whether a 15% tip is still standard or outdated. (We’re basically thinking it’s outdated in big cities, and perhaps in places where minimum wage is too low.)

- There is a crowd-funding effort to open an entirely vegan grocery store in Montreal. It sounds great!

- An update on the Zero8 crowd-funding: the owners have found a new location in Anjou, which should open soon. They still need something like $60k, but they’re trying to get businesses to sponsor them now. Fingers crossed…

- And another crowd-sourcing effort: Wuxia the Fox, an augmented book and iPad app that looks awesome, and somewhat Gaiman-esque.

- Every review of Black Widow in Captain America is wrong.

- An interesting article about the safety (and lack of privacy) of Uber users.

- The forgotten history of gay marriage, because of how much it annoys me when I hear people say that the argument against gay marriage is “tradition”. (Plus, see the spread of marriage equality since 2000.)

- Photos of Iranian women as seen through their hijab.

- Glow-in-the-dark roads are now a reality, and this would be simply awesome if implemented in places where it doesn’t snow much, especially in rural areas without street lights…

- I could swear I posted about this before, but I can’t find any trace of it, so forgive me if you’ve read this before. There’s new(ish?) evidence that autism isn’t just correlated to abnormal gut bacteria, it could be caused by it and perhaps alleviated with proper treatment. I, for one, find this very encouraging.

- In time for 4/20: I’ve already mentioned that marijuana can alter the brain of teenagers, but evidence now suggests that because the brain continues to develop well into the 20s and early 30s, marijuana does, in fact, alter the brain of users, particularly the regions that control emotion and motivation (big surprise there). You can read about it here or here. I’ve also read an eye-opening article in Time titled The Rise of Fake Pot, which explains that even though synthetic pot is sold legally nationwide (because the FDA can’t keep up and ban new forms of it fast enough), it is way more dangerous than the real thing. I’ve never heard of a fatal overdose of marijuana, for example, but that does happen with synthetic pot, and it can also cause massive injuries like organ failure. Basically, it’s like I say all the time: the law should be changed so that any new substance would be approved by the FDA before being allowed on the market, as opposed to the FDA having to scramble to test things only after there are complaints!

- And finally, need help to quit smoking? Try the Quit Smoking Community!

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