Archive for March, 2008

Now you can drink your caffeine and eat it, too

March 27, 2008

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Now you can drink your caffeine and eat it, too


The words caffeine and energy seem to go hand in hand.

If you count on that kick from your caffeine-loaded beverage to jump-start your day or help with brain fog, you can find it just as easily in food.

You can have an oatmeal breakfast such as Morning Spark, a health food typically promoted for heart health that “sparks” your morning with caffeine. For an afternoon snack, grab a caffeinated snack such as NRG caffeinated potato chips or a Snickers Charged bar that contains the same amount of caffeine that you would get in an 8-ounce cup of coffee – 60 milligrams.

This new trend of adding caffeine to food likely started in part because the candy industry is suffering from fewer kids in the population and the increasing awareness of the obesity epidemic in our country. Candy manufacturers have taken to creative marketing and are now targeting adults – their new audience – by loading up their confections with energy-enhancing additives, including caffeine.

In addition to these newly charged choices, caffeine still occurs naturally in some foods, such as coffee beans, cocoa beans, tea leaves and kola nuts.

If it’s now easier to get caffeine in your diet, is it better to be adding more of it? That depends on your perspective.


Remote-control Fish

March 26, 2008

Really? Yes fish that will swim to a sound and wait for something to happen.

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from: Mail & Guardian


What does that help? – what about fish that can be released into the open sea and which will swim back when called to be harvested.

Yes its real with the advantage being that they will not need feed and their waste will not accumulate as in conventional aquaculture.

An Amazing Kebab Coater

March 21, 2008

Yak cheese healthier for heart than cheddar: study

March 15, 2008

It seems like Yak’s produce a milk that when converted into cheese offers nutritional benefits compared to cow’s milk.

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from Food Navigator


” The higher ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids found in yak’s cheese would mean it could be “classified as a healthy food in human diets,” state the researchers from the University of Guelph (Canada), the Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources in Katmandu, and Kantipur City College in Katmandu.

Source: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Volume 56, Pages 1654-1660
“Fatty Acid Composition of yak (Bos grunniens) Cheese Including Conjugated Linoleic Acid and trans-18:1 Fatty Acids”
Authors: M.M. Or-Rashid, N.E. Odongo, B. Subedi, P. Karki, B.W. McBride “

Low Foodmile Snacks

March 2, 2008

We in South Africa and probably in much of Africa look at the Food Mile concept as a novelty which doesn’t really effect us – maybe wrongly. Now following low fat and low calories snacks we have Low Foodmile snacks

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Probably the concept is difficult to implement where the consumer is driven first and foremost by the amount of food they can access for the spending power they have -worry about the impact on the environment is more appropriate to the wealthier consumer who worries about things like organic food, natural additives and ethical trading.

I will probably publish a bit about Foodmiles and related environmentally focussed issues on my African Agribusiness Issues Blog as there is much discussion of the concept.