It’s Friday, and there’s more annoying snow in New Hampshire. To distract yourself from that if you’re in the north east, or just if you need distraction, go check out what we found this week.
Here’s another article on our micro-biomes, this time about how the geographic variation of human gut microbes might be tied to obesity. Apparently those people further from the equator have a higher proportion of a certain gut bacteria, increasing the likelihood of obesity. Yay for me (Denise) born and raised in New England.
Even though Mary Kate found this and forwarded the link to me in an email, I’m stealing it to post because she’s always swiping stuff I pinned to share with you guys. Because you know, karma. So anyway, as an advance head’s up, there will be a Gluten & Allergy Free Expo in Springfield, Massachusetts on October 25-26, 2014. Save the date.
Dear Denise — I hate your photo. And our snow. But the NH State Hospital is kind of cool. Your really cranky-at-winter blogging partner, Mary Kate (MK, totally understand, and in agreement -D)
With that out of the way, I found this article pretty interesting — the difference between the grocery shelves at Wal-Mart and Whole Foods. Basically, WF has a business model that caters to a set of customers who prize health and the illusion of it, and are willing to pay a premium for that. In serving that population, they have a list of banned ingredients — some banned for (IMO) valid questions about their safety for human consumption and others banned based on bad press or perception. We’ll talk more about this in our Living with Food Allergies series, but are there certain ingredients you are not allergic to that you avoid anyway? I have some.
And after making you think about thinking, I offer, in repentance, Hasselback Sweet Potatoes. A few minor substitutions should make these safe for most allergy needs (unless you’re allergic to sweet potatoes. If so, I’m sorry.)
Hope you all have a great weekend! We’re expecting better weather than we had this week. Which, seriously, shouldn’t be hard.