I wake up with symptoms of toxicity like joint pain, headache and general weakness, and many times, feeling like I didnt get a good nights sleep. And this doesnt only happen to me, it also happens to my wife. Ive racked my brain to try and figure out what it could be, and I always come back to the same thing: Monosodium glutamate (MSG). MSG is a food additive that has been used for decades to enhance flavor. Its commonly used in Chinese food, canned vegetables soups and processed meats. Its composed mainly of glutamic acid and salt; the former having been shown to excite the brain and general nervous system, which in high doses, has been implicated in epileptic seizures. Still, MSG is classified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe food ingredient, but personally, I feel the jurys still out on that one. Theres not a lot of research to back up the notion that MSG causes adverse reactions in those that consume it. But over the years, health officials have received thousands of anecdotal reports from people who ate foods containing the additive claiming they suffered from headaches, numbness, sweating, heart palpitations, nausea and fatigue. Those reactions, known as MSG symptom complex, are usually mild and often dont require medical attention, but it certainly makes you wonder. The FDA requires all manufacturers of processed foods to label whether or not they contain MSG, but restaurants are not required to disclose such information. As a society, we keep honing in on how a lot of these exogenous chemicals might be harming our systems. They are not part of our food chain, but yet, in an effort to please our taste buds, MSG is often incorporated into our diet.
At Food-Filled Farm Aid, Music Isn’t Only Focus
“We are working on a chocolate printer. I want a chocolate printer in my kitchen. I want it to be as cool as a Keurig coffee maker,” Reichentall said. “We now have 3D printed sugar. We’re going to bring to pastry chefs and confectionaries and bakers a whole range of new sugar printing capabilities. “This is coming to a marketplace near you very soon,” he said. As if to juxtapose confectionary 3D printers, Holman is working on creating machines that can take freeze-dried food and hydrate it as it is being extruded through nozzles to create an eye-pleasing meal. Tech gets tasty The 3D food printing technology isn’t Intellectual Ventures’ first foray into food preparation. The lab was the proving ground for the best selling cookbook Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, which put a technologist’s spin on contemporary cooking. The lab used ultrahigh-pressure homogenizers, freeze-dryers, centrifuges, rotary evaporators, and ultrasonic baths to determine how food reacted at the molecular level to cooking. In a similar scientific fashion, Holman said, the lab could create printers with toner-type cartridges that hold pulverized freeze-dried foods. Water could be added to the food in the extruding process, along with miniscule amounts of healthy options, such as green vegetables, with more appetizing foods to make meals more nutritious. The printers would then extrude the foods in shapes and colors replicating the meals we typically eat todayfrom steaks to hot dogs to rice.
3D printing in the kitchen gives new meaning to fast food
“We also support good farming practices and rewarding farmers for those practices. So our Homegrown criteria call for food that is sourced from family farms that meet an ecological standard, and that returns a fair price to the farmer.” Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp lead the star-studded lineup this year, along with Jack Johnson, Carlene Carter, Toad the Wet Sprocket and about 10 other artists. The annual concert is the chief moneymaker for the Farm Aid organization Nelson co-founded in 1985 and leads as president. The beneficiaries of the organization’s year-round efforts are always featured prominently at the shows, with a Homegrown Village providing concert-goers a chance to meet local farmers, learn agrarian skills, and eat food from vendors who meet strict criteria set by Farm Aid. “We talk about saving the family farmer, but the fact is, it’s the family farmer who will save us all,” Nelson said at a media event before the gates opened at noon Saturday. Matthews gave a shout-out to activists wearing anti-fracking T-shirts at the media event, which was also open to many farmers, vendors and volunteers. “Don’t frack our farmlands,” Matthew said, to loud applause. Several anti-fracking groups from New York and Pennsylvania had a booth at the event, calling for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to continue the state’s moratorium on shale gas development that began in 2008. During a performance Saturday night, Pete Seeger modified a line of “This Land is Your Land,” declaring “New York was meant to be frack-free.” This year the village was set up on the expansive lawns of the state park surrounding the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The action there got going before the 10-hour concert.