FYI Saturday

While IST is basically a political and foreign policy blog I do try to write stuff on the weekends that can be FYI…..

Food and food prep is always a good topic.

I have worked as a chef in the past and I do all the cooking for me and Sue…..I like to cook and I also like to point out the trends and fads that may not be a good move.

This Saturday it is the use of coconut oil for food prep.

Just a couple of short years ago, it seemed that coconut oil could do no wrong. Practically out of nowhere, it was being touted incessantly as a “superfood,” thanks to claims that it helps burn fat and curbs hunger, among other impressive feats. Just recently, however, a Harvard professor fired the metaphorical shot heard ’round the world by saying that coconut oil is “pure poison.” This came not too long after the release of updated guidelines by the American Heart Association (AHA), which urged people to steer clear of saturated fatty acids, among them coconut oil.

The leap from “superfood” to “pure poison” is pretty big. Like, Grand Canyon big. So, which is it?

Not surprisingly, the answer lies somewhere in the middle, and could even change again once more research is done. Melissa Majumdar is a registered dietician and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She points out that, despite popular and prevalent claims to the contrary, currently there’s insufficient evidence to rate the effectiveness of coconut oil for issues like diabetes, weight loss, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and thyroid problems.

A few friends have taken to using coconut oil to cook with and I have shown them the report on their choice…..just to be FYI.

Now I admit I use to love Bananas Fosters….that flaming dessert… speaking about fire with food……

Another fad that baffles me is the trend of sushi…to me it is bait on a plate…..but now it appears that it is bursting into flames…..

The same phenomenon that causes overheated compost piles to spontaneously combust has been causing fires in sushi restaurants. The culprit is deep-fried tempura flakes, also known as agedama or tenkasu, which have been linked to five restaurant fires in Wisconsin alone, the New York Times reports. Fire investigator Kara Nelson says the flakes, used to give sushi rolls some crunch, are made by deep-frying batter, putting it through a colander, and letting the mixture rest in a bowl for hours, often overnight. She says the dense piles often do not allow heat to dissipate properly and they end up igniting after anywhere from three to 10 hours. Security camera footage from a Madison restaurant showed the mixture combusting six hours after it had been left to cool.

“As they deep fry it in batches, they put it into a colander or a mesh strainer in batches, so they’re basically adding heat every time,” Nelson tells Wisconsin Public Radio. She says the batches were sometimes piled together in a metal bowl, which trapped the heat. “So the heat builds and builds, and once it hits ignition temperature, that’s when a fire occurs,” Nelson says. She says her department has been trying to spread the word about the fire hazard. Her department recommends spreading the batter out on a baking sheet so heat can dissipate—and says restaurants should make the mixture in the mornings so they can keep an eye on it during the day instead of leaving it unattended overnight.

One last FYI topic for this Saturday……not so much about cooking just a new fad……

We go get a facial, pedi-cure, manicure….but now there is a new trend (there is always a new trend)…..a butt facial….yep you read that right…a butt facial…..

RPK spent years as Dr. Lancer’s star aesthetician before opening her own skin-care studio in Beverly Hills last year. “The butt facial has been a summer time request for a while,” Khalsa tells The Hollywood Reporter. “But a lot more people are wearing thongs or very high-cut swimwear.”
Her customized treatment (prices from $150) starts with a thorough cleanse followed by an exfoliant “which might be manual or dermabrasion or a chemical peel depending on the client,” she says. The methods includes zapping any blemishes with a high-frequency device to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation, hydrating and a final spell under an LED light panel.

Speak of cooking….time for breakfast my favorite meal… MoMo needs her meal as well and Ignore her at my own peril.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

8 thoughts on “FYI Saturday

  1. The coconut oil fad spread to pet care as well. I remember one guy fed it to his cats, rubbed it in their fur, and made other claims for its efficacy in combatting a range of issues. I’ve reached a stage of life (old, decrepit, fat, diseased, comfortable with one’s fated end – LOL!) where I eat butter instead of supposedly one-time better for you margarine and enjoy my red meat because increasing my steps toward a vegan lifestyle out of ethical beliefs toward life seem a bit silly when I have two hardcore carnivore kittycats roaming my home.

    Keto Diet. South Beach Diet. Going back to the 1950s, the Grapefruit Diet. Low Cholesterol Diet. There are thousands of them, each popular for a time till someone (a real doctor) comes along and notes that subsistance on brown rice, whatever, results in death or malnuitrition…take your pick… and proposes some other idiot diet that catches the attention of the masses for a bit of time.

    I just eat what I like in moderation. If I last into my 100s, fine. If not, well, I’ve already lived longer than they did at the turn of the 20th Century. Besides, the idea of eating raw meat of any kind gags me and would expose me to the possibility of parasites and death. Geez! I’ve eaten some bad meals, but I’ll skip that!

    The sushi restaurant fires may be a blessing, though that’s an extreme way to get a cooked meal.

    1. I am an old fart as well and moderation is the way to go….I just love the fads and the promise of a better life and they all fall apart when the next one comes around. chuq

  2. I think the fact that some people have money to spend on a ‘butt-facial’ when others cannot feed their children or buy life-saving medicines says everything we need to know about modern-day Capitalist society.
    It used to make me angry, but now it just makes me sad.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. You should post some of your special recipes. I would enjoy reading them. I only use coconut oil in candy making because of it’s properties. It is used in very small amounts. Thanks for sharing.

  4. It’s good, then it’s bad, then it’s good again…and round and round the research goes. I think most of the fads in regard to food and drink are created by researchers in order to keep researchers employed.
    If you like the sound of an item, try it….. if you don’t have any adverse reactions and you like the food/drink/additive etc, continue using it.
    I remember a big TV advertising campaign in 1970’s UK, pushing the consumption of eggs, then eggs suddenly became bad for you and now they are good again.
    As Lobotero said…..moderation is key.

    1. Plus Americans are always looking for easy answers so fads become huge…..thanx for the visit and comment hope to see you again….chuq

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