seaweed

Seaweed: An Ancient Celtic Food

 Lately one of the Asian groceries I go to started selling roasted Laver with olive oil. This is an important development, since in the past the only laver available at the store contained high omega-6 industrial oils like soybean or grapeseed. Also sesame oil, which is tasty, but still too high in omega-6.

Seaweed snacks without canola oil

I LOVE Korean-style seaweed snacks. They are crispy, salty, and naturally low-carb. Recently they have become very popular in Brooklyn for some reason. The Park Slope Coop can't keep the Annie Chun's seaweed snacks in stock. Unfortunately most brands contain canola and/or sesame oil, which I like to limit.

Kelp Me Out!

Scots Wha Hae

 A while back I read an article mentioning a book called Prehistoric Cookery. It had some interesting ideas, so I bought the book.

What about the Okinawans?

I hear it all the time: why not just eat a diet like the Okinawans, the healthiest and longest lived people in the world? Traditionally they ate rice, tofu, and almost no meat! Unfortunately after WWII Americans introduced bad foods like pork and now disease rates are increasing.

That's the conventional narrative at least. Honestly, I'm not sure about the Okinawan diet. Most of the people discussing it are Americans with some sort of ax to grind. I would love to hear some Okinawan voices tell us what they actually ate, but those are few and far between. 

Squash Soup Method

 

I misplaced my camera, so I drew this on MS Paint. It's probably better than the pictures I take anyway.

The Missing Aquatic Aspect of Paleo Diets

 In the mainstream scientific community there is a consensus that there was a major dietary shift that occurred in our evolution which allowed us, as humans, to have the large energy-hungry brains we have now. The most largely accepted theory is that it was hunting down large predators on the savanna. The Wrangham hypothesis that it was cooked tubers is getting press lately because he has a book out. But there is another theory that I think deserves a look: that our move from chimpanzee-like primate to humans was when we started living by the waterside.