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To Cook or Not To Cook: The Question of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Most, but not all, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are toxic.

To Cook or Not To Cook: The Question of Acrylamide

Acrylamide is produced in food when the amino acid asparagine reacts with sugar, particularly glucose, when heated above 248 degrees Fahrenheit...

To Cook or Not To Cook: The Question of Heterocyclic Amines

In a former life I earned a masters degree in environmental chemistry, toxicology and risk assessment, so anytime the word 'toxin' is mentioned my ears perk up, particularly when I hear it in the same sentence as the word 'food'.

From Fire to Fermentation: A Review of Michael Pollan's Cooked

The book, like others Pollan's written, benefits from his exceptional storytelling.

Activism and Integrity

Truth be told, my goal here is not to belittle Bill McKibben, nor is it to scold climate activists in particular or activists more generally.

Investing in Nutrient Dense Food: Magnesium

The last nutrient I'll focus on in this series is magnesium, which, like iron and calcium, is a mineral rather than a vitamin, and it serves a range of purposes in our bodies.

Investing in Nutrient Dense Foods: Calcium

We can get calcium from a range of foods, including dairy products like milk and cheese, deep green leafy vegetables like kale and cabbage, as well as broths made from the bones of animals like cows and chickens.

Investing in Nutrient Dense Foods: Iron

Iron deficiency is the most prevalent mineral deficiency in the United States, and lack of adequate iron intake can have a range of impacts, from chronic fatigue to anemia or even organ failure.

Investing in Nutrient Dense Food: Vitamin K

Vitamin K2 deficiency is likely a huge issue throughout modern society by virtue of the low quality foods that pervade our food system, and I hope that research on this important vitamin is made available in the near future to better guide us towards more cost-effective sources of this nutrient.

Investing in Nutrient Dense Food: Vitamin D

Unfortunately there aren't many foods that contain meaningful amounts of Vitamin D, and all of them are from either animals or fungi, the latter of which are more closely related to animals than they are to plants.