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Organic Is Not Worth It

In # 3: Organic foods - up close and personal, Leftovers by Elizabeth3 Comments

I have never been one to go shopping for organic goods. I personally have never had any interest in them mainly because they are so expensive and I am so broke right now. My first time going to Whole Foods was my freshman year in college with my close friends. This was actually the first time I had ever even heard of the store. They insisted on getting their groceries there and then eating the salad bar for dinner. I actually hated going there but I just went with them to get the salad bar and see what hot foods were out that day. The salad bar is probably the most reasonably priced thing in the entire store. You can make your own salad and then they weigh it at the checkout. Mine usually came out to be between $5-$6 which isn’t bad. My friends would always buy tons of groceries from there though. I couldn’t help but roll my eyes every time the cashier told them their total. They would barely get any groceries yet it would be so …

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No more, no less, none.

In # 2: Junk Food Dissuasion, Leftovers by Chuan0 Comments

The World Health Organization, WHO stated that the number one cause of death in the world is Ischaemic Heart Disease (WHO, Jan 2017), but what leads the birth of this vicious killing machine? There are many answers, but many of them related to one thing, excessive consumption of junk food. Let’s define junk food. Junk food is a kind of nutrition supplement which provides little or none actual nutritional value or even harms the body when consumed. We come across junk food every day, might have eaten them every day and still little do we know it will kill us one day if we don’t stop practicing this unhealthy habit of eating junk food. Many attempts of dissuading the intake of junk food had been proven useless. Calorie information are often ignored, hardcore fans of pop wouldn’t mind paying more for their favorite guilty pleasure. If all these fail, what else could work? What can the government still do? Let’s pretend we live in a communist governed country. A mandatory exercise session for the citizens to have a healthier lifestyle …

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Grow your food!

In # 2: Junk Food Dissuasion, Leftovers by Justin1 Comment

I would like to approach the issue of the obesity epidemic by proposing a new plan of personal farming. If each person in the United States were to raise their own livestock and grow their own food, the factor of convenience in stores would be replaced by convenience at home. The extra energy spent on growing their own foods would accumulate a good exercise cycle. With this being said, growth and development of naturally grown foods can boost protection of the immune system by reintroducing foreign materials back into the body such as those that cause allergens and disease. Convenience plays a huge role in the obesity factor. As more and more fast food restaurants open, the level of convenience also increases. Being able to grab a hamburger with fries and a soft drink on every street corner rewards those who don’t have time. However, being able to work for your food, being able to grow it yourself, offers healthier alternatives to convenience. For example, a vegetable garden; instead of going to the store and buying ingredients to compose a …

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The Food Network Taught Me

In # 1: You are what you eat, Leftovers by Brandon1 Comment

There are many ways food has influenced my life. Originally food was introduced to me by my mom as she always made the best spaghetti, breakfast for dinner and honey mustard roasted chicken thighs. Throughout the years she has always cooked, and always found a way to keep making new different foods to keep me eating.  Suddenly, my mom is taking night classes to get her master’s degree which meant I would now have to cook dinner for myself, after school, and football and track practice. It’s not like I’ve never cooked before, but I’ve tried a few times and had very little success. The first night she had class she previously made oven roasted turkey leg with bell peppers and onions with a side of rice. The delightful weigh the onions and bell peppers lend all their flavor to the succulent turkey leg was divine. What I didn’t know is that this will be what I cook next week when she has class. The night comes, my mom leaves all the ingredients for me and I begin; boiling water, …

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Never Take Food For Granted

In # 1: You are what you eat, Leftovers by Cade1 Comment

Food is so easy to take for granted when it is always available. Think about it. In the United States, it is rarely unavailable to the average human and we are able to eat theoretically whenever we please. Unless you’re a wrestler. Wrestlers always have this time from October through March when they are “cutting” weight and fasting in order to make their desired weight class. This practice has allowed me to appreciate food on a different level. When something gets taken away from a person, it makes that thing so much more valuable and cherished. When food is taken away from a person, it gets appreciated fully because that person constantly thinks about it. The food a wrestler puts into their body during this fasting time is ever so important. The way they choose their food depends on when the weigh-in is. If the weigh-in is a week away, their diet would be different than if it was two days away. A typical diet a week out could consist of many carbs for a sustained energy source along with …

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Tell Me About It, Spud.

In # 1: You are what you eat, Leftovers by Casey2 Comments

I grew up eating family meals around the kitchen table where enough food was cooked for at least eight people every night. It didn’t matter if someone worked later or had some sort of sports practice, we made it work where we could all eat supper together at night. Most meals were meat and potato (and vegetable, usually something from our garden) type of meals.  It was a rule that everyone had to clear their plate and finish their glass of milk before they could be done and leave the table. We learned manners at the table such as: don’t start eating until everyone has their food, and no elbows on the table. When I was young, my dad did most of the grilling and my mom was the one who cooked most of the meals. She is one of the reasons why I love to cook and bake. When she was a child in her early years of grade school, she was responsible for having supper ready when her seven brothers and sisters and parents came in from working …

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Spaetzle, and Barbeque, and Pizza, Oh My!

In # 1: You are what you eat, Leftovers by Therese3 Comments

My favorite thing about food is its ability to bring people together. Whether eating it or preparing it, food can create connections and a greater sense of community. Sharing in a meal creates such a sense of intimacy because you’re allowing another person or people to be a part of something that keeps you alive. Whether it’s first dates or celebrating holidays with family, the memories made while sharing a meal can last a lifetime. Some of my favorite memories are those made cooking with my family. My dad had four brothers and two sisters and grew up in a very old school, Catholic family. I believe that a lot of that carried over into my family of six — my mom, my dad, my three brothers and I. When I was young, up until around the age of 8, both of my parents worked as doctors, and were understandably very busy. I don’t remember a lot about what meals were like when I was that young, but I do remember that every Wednesday, we ate lunch at the food …

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Authentic or not I love them

In # 1: You are what you eat, Leftovers by Kiera2 Comments

My mouth is already dripping from just thinking about the smell that was wandering throughout my house. I had never smelled this juicy, mouthwatering food before in my life so I jolted myself out of bed to head down to the kitchen. My mom was hovering over the stove while I tried to peak over her shoulder to see what the delicious smell was. After her getting annoyed with my breath tickling her neck she asked me what I wanted. I told her I was curious what she was making. She looked at me and told me that she was making tacos. Tacos was the delightful smell that I kept wanting to breathe in. Yes, I said tacos. I never thought that ground beef and a packet of seasoning could impact my life so greatly. Throughout the years from when I first found out what tacos were (I was 7), I learned how to make them myself. One day while I was making them for lunch, my mom asked me if I knew what culture tacos even came from. Of …

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That eclipse is making me hungry

In Featured Posts, Front page, Leftovers by Prof0 Comments

The food science eclipse-viewing deck party was a big hit.  The eclipse was perfectly visible, and there was lots of great food.  In fact, at first, the partial eclipse had a banana look, and as I was standing next to Dr. Hallen-Adams, our department’s fungi expert, it also looked like a Fusarium mold spore.  The total eclipse may have even reminded you of an Oreo or a Moon Pie.  Any other food look-alike suggestions?