May 2013 Scientific American Guest Blog
ended 3rd September 2012
Agar Agar is a gum extracted from a sea-weed, often used in bacteriological investigations, and found in school laboratories as a culturing agent. It is suitable for Vegans to eat, and is one of the cheaper vegetarian gelling agents, used an alternative to animal derived gellatine. Agar is used as a quick-setting base for many sweets and desserts in Asia, and in jam making more widely
Agar has the "E number" E406 In the Washington Post article (link above) recipes 2 and 4 are excellent for those who suffer from tinnitus
Alfalfa is suitable for Celiacs. Alfalfa leaves and sprouting seeds have been used for thousands of years as a nutritious tonic. They were originally native to Asia, but have now the become the 3rd largest cash crop in the US, behind maize and soy beans. Jacyntha was stunned to learn this: she had no idea alfalfa how widely cultivated it was, nor that is was a major source of animal (and ostrich!) feed!
Broccoli: we believe the large-headed expensive which is less expensive, is almost as good as the Purple Sprouting Broccoli, particularly if you are making soup. Stilton and Broccoli soup is excellent for tinnitus sufferers. Experts also tell us that eating broccoli and cauliflower at least once a week reduces the risk of prostate cancer.
Savoy Cabbage and Cauliflower: Roasted Cauliflower and Tofu Curry is an excellent recipe for those who suffer from tinnitus. Similarly (Curly) Kale
Cos Lettuce; Oak Lettuce (red, oak-shaped leaves); Rocket Salad Leaves
(Stinging) Nettles should be prepared like, and taste like, spinach. If you are gathering them wild please make sure you wash them thoroughly! Nettles are best eaten before the end of June. After 28th June the chemical composition of nettles begins to "age", and the nettles grow increasingly bitter. Also see "raw food" link above
Potatoes, BAKED, NOT MICROWAVED!, in their jackets (skins). When you remove the skins from potatoes, you lose much of the Vitamin C The Vitamin C in potatoes is found in the peel
Japanese Kubocha Pumpkin Soup: we believe that this recipe will work equally well for tinnitus sufferers using most pumkins
COOKED Tomatoes, particularly "PLUM" variety. TINNED Italian plum tomatoes are best for tinnitus sufferers. DO NOT TO LEAVE ANY FOOD ITEM IN THE TIN once the tin is opened. If you do any acidity in the food will react with the tin, or the coating inside the "tin". Don't eat food contaminated in this way. Cooked tomato products include reasonably high quality tomato soup, preferably with added basil. Read the packet label to check the sugar content! Some soups contain more added sugars than they do tomatoes! Msny ketchups have high sugar content
Korean Ginseng Extracts: is a concentrated form of Korean ginseng and Korean red ginseng
Spirulina, Hawaiian Spirulina, Barley Grass, and The Wheatgrass Grower's Guide. Taiwanese-based, excellent, informative, suitable for vegans
Calcium and Magnesium.
In nature calcium is found in edible form combined with magnesium. If you take a calcium supplement you must take extra magnesium, or eat more magnesium in your diet. Foods high in magnesium include leafy green vegetables, whole grains, bananas, apricots, meat, beans and nuts. Magnesium and phosphorus help with the absorbtion of calcium. Sunflower seeds and sesame seeds contain all these three active ingredients, as do figs which are also high in protein and iron, and contain a number of vitamins. A word of warning! 1.5 ounces/ around 45 grams, or approximately 4 figs contain about 23 net grams of carbohydrates, and a lot of soluble fibre, which might have a laxative effect!
A deficiency in calcium can cause symptoms such as stress, nervousness and insomnia, the inability to have undisturbed sleep. To get more calcium increase your vegetable consumption, or eat sunflower seeds and/or sesame seeds. For many people calcium can be difficult to absorb. To counteract this take cod liver oil, which is high in vitamin D, within the same 24 hours as you take the calcium, ideally before taking the calcium.
Calcium helps in weight loss. US researchers found that a diet high in calcium increases whole-body fat oxidation. "Fat Oxidation and its Relation to Serum Parathyroid Hormone in Young Women Enrolled in a 1-y Dairy Calcium Intervention", American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 86, No. 6, December 2005.
UK Food Standards Agency seeks your views on regulations for the food industry.
Honey can be lethal if given to babies.