Split Decision

At Epicurious, Kendra Vaculin makes the case for split-top hot dog buns:

“Following in the tradition of the original clam sandwich, split-top buns are commonly used for lobster and crab rolls, as they are able to neatly hold a serious scoop of seafood salad. But I’d argue that anything that uses a bun as a vessel, from bratwurst to meatball subs to simple butterflied dogs, can be improved by using a bun that’s cut on the top.”

Radish Fetish

Faith Durand makes the case for radishes:

“If you’ve only eaten radishes somewhat reluctantly in salads, I need to ask you to try again. Radishes are a little spicy, a little juicy, and oh-so-crunchy, and they’re one of the best vegetables that people quite frankly don’t eat enough. They’re my favorite roasted vegetable, and their spectacular color makes them one of my favorites to put on a veggie board, too.”

Eating Green

The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing some to adopt plant-based diets, writes Swati Chaturvedi:

“The saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, holds true. There is an increase in demand for organic food, vegan, vegetarian and other healthy foods as a result of the pandemic. All around us, we see an increasing number of people taking to vegetarianism for reasons such as inner peace, health concerns and their love for the environment.”

G.O.A.T. Food

Medical News Today analyses the Tom Brady diet, also known as the the TB12 Method:

“The Tom Brady diet is a blend of other dietary regimens, such as anti-inflammatory, alkaline, and Mediterranean. It consists of 20% lean meat or wild-caught fish, while the remaining 80% comprises mainly fruit and vegetables, as well as whole grains and legumes….

“There are no obvious risks to this diet. However, as it is quite restrictive, someone may find it difficult to commit to the TB12 Method over the long term.”

Not Just for St. Patrick’s Day

Cabbage has become more popular with the coronavirus, reports Naomi Tomky:

“Packed with fiber and nutrients, cabbage climbed to the top of lockdown cooking popularity for the most utterly mundane reason: practicality. Cabbage lasts basically forever in the fridge, costs almost nothing and works just as well as a star centerpiece of a main dish or shredded and cooked down to near invisibility.”

Problems with Going Paleo

At Treehugger, Katherine Martinko questions the sustainability of the Paleo diet:

“[The] reality is that buying pastured, grass-fed meat is far more expensive than buying CAFO meat, and to maintain the sort of eat-meat-multiple-times-a-day model suggested by the paleo diet would probably push it well beyond the means of normal salaries. I guess that cost is why many paleo eaters continue to buy factory-farmed meat, which, in my opinion, defeats the purpose of pursuing the diet for health reasons.”

Cautionary Tale

Daniel Tapper contemplates the use-by date:

“The global population can be divvied into two camps: the cautious and sensible that consign their food to the bin seconds after its use-by date. And the hardy, thrifty, throw-caution-to-the-winders who dare to devour even the hairiest slice of Mighty White – so long as it’s given a fiery blast in the toaster. But who is right?”

Game-Day Gorging

Not surprisingly, Americans eat a lot on Super Bowl Sunday:

“After Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is infamous for being the second most caloric day in the U.S. Market research firm NDP Group asserts that vegetables have actually topped the list of most popular Super Bowl snacks for the past three decades—but unless it counts potato chips as vegetables, that’s a little hard to believe.”

“When Are Adults Going to Take Responsibility”?

Kids are eating too much pizza, reports Katherine Martinko:

“According to a recent study published in the medical journal Pediatrics, one kid in five eats pizza every day. Pizza is the leading contributor of caloric intake for kids and teens. (For adults, the equivalent is donuts, cookies, and cake.)

“The study, which examined pizza consumption patterns among America’s youth using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2003 and 2010, found that kids take in far more calories on days when they eat pizza – up to 84 extra calories for kids and 230 for adolescents.”

Cracking the Nut

Australian researchers may have found a cure for peanut allergies, reports news.com.au:

“Researchers from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute gave around 30 allergic children a daily dose of peanut protein together with a probiotic in an increasing amount over an 18-month period. The probiotic used in the study was Lactobacillus rhamnosus and the dose was equivalent to eating about 20 kilos of yoghurt each day.

“At the end of the trial 80 per cent of the children could eat peanuts without any reaction.”