Foods - To Do Recipes - Simple
Simple Rule: eat things that have no label or just a sticker for point of origin, or labeled items that have only 1 ingredient listed. We like convenience, but some things need a balance between costs, convenience, and quality.
With the current scandal over Italian EVOO's (1,2) and processed oils (Soy, Canola, and Corn, None recommended) we are only going to trust oils that are cold pressed (expeller) from the fruit of the plant.
In Europe, expeller oil are limited to 90° F (
Extra virgin is chemically defined (Note 1) ) and in the United States look for the seal denoting approval by the
California Olive Oil Council:
COOC Certified Extra Virgin and a - List of 2015 certified oils.,
also Extra Virgin Alliance - EVA,
and potential enforcement by the USDA.
Extra Virgin Avocado Oil is a great option if a less bitter flavor is preferred.
Olive oil is on file as perhaps the oldest known of the expeller oils, besides citrus oils. The main concern is the Omega 6 : Omega 3 ratio and staying away from too much omega 6 fats/oils. (Ref: "... longevity - fats")
Homemade Mayonnaise is easy: currently, we use California Olive oils, for making mayonnaise, salad dressings, top dressing vegetables, and low temperature cooking. Coconut oil is nice in baking, with its interesting flavor added to baked goods. Avocado oil will handle high temperature cooking, so it is a good choice when needed. Mayonnaise is a cold temperature process, and is an emulsion of egg yolk and oil, with added acid and spices.
Homemade Jams are easy: the main reason for making jams is that you can control the Added Sugars - Don'ts and keep the ingredients to single items. The ingredients list on the labels are single ingredients. i.e. Blueberries, Blackcurrants, Orange peel, apples, lemon, Vitamin C ...
Note: Blackcurrants are not Raisins, i. e. Grapes. Phenol-Explorer database Identification of the 100 richest dietary sources of polyphenols. (Note 2)
PB & J - Breakfast, Homemade blueberry jam, sprouted multi-grain toast. e.g.
Ezekiel bread, and fresh ground almond butter.
Favorites: Weck Jars for ease of use/reuse.
Ok - Now What?
Anti Aging Nutrition for any Age
High density nutritious foods are the primary effort of every living animal on this planet. Even plants must seek nutrition and fertile soils with a living
microbiome - soil health, to thrive. Humans are no different, as we sometimes forget why we eat. We carry our own microbiome - guts
and are seeking
Energy for survival, and
Nutrition for growth and disease control.
Supplying the body with proper nutrition is our reason for eating.
... D. S. McGerk | april/16. What's Cooking?: The Meat and Potatoes of Human Evolution
... Dr. Jeanne Sept | july/13.
Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human ... Dr. Richard Wrangham | february/13.
The rise of Omega 6 fats, and where did the Omega 3's go from our food sources
... D. S. McGerk | may/16
- In chemical terms extra virgin olive oil is described as having a free acidity, expressed as oleic acid, of not more than 0.8 grams per 100 grams and a peroxide value of less than 20 milliequivalent O2. It must be produced entirely by mechanical means without the use of any solvents, and under temperatures that will not degrade the oil (less than 86° F, 30° C).
- Blackcurrants have been used for many ailments, including infections, inflammation from arthritis, problems with night vision, and even cancer. Besides high vitamin C (over 300 percent of the daily value), they also contain pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and thiamin (vitamin B1). Iron is an important mineral, as well as copper, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, and potassium. Anthocyanins (bioactive flavonoids) are one of the compounds that make black currants uniquely powerful in antioxidants, and flavonoids like betacarotene, zeaxanthin - Mercola 2007, Superfoods that stop Blindness , and cryptoxanthin help lower the risk of certain cancers, neurological diseases, slow the aging process, and fight inflammation. They're quite tart, but these amazingly healthy berries are a great choice for desserts and savory sauces and rate higher in Polypheonols than Blueberries. (11a,11b)