Fun Food Facts

How Bee Vomit isn’t as Bad as You Think


Honey is made from Nectar and Bee Vomit.  How is that so you ask?? Honey is a sweet, viscous food substance produced by bees and some related insects. Bees produce honey from the sugary secretions of plants (floral nectar) or from secretions of other insects (such as Honeydew), by regurgitation, enzymatic activity, and water evaporation.   An Adult Bee’s diet is primarily made up of three types of food Honey, Nectar and Pollen. Nectar actually begins in the leaves of plants. The plant draws in carbon dioxide and water and produces


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  1. Is honey made from bee sick

  2. Honey is bee poop? Or is it vomit?

  3. The Honey Bee Life Cycle 

  4. Beebase – Beekeeping information resource for Beekeepers

  5. Bee Regulation – BC Laws

  6. B.C. celebrates Day of the Honey Bee

  7. Hobby beekeeping | Compliance and management


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Local Bee Farms

  1. Bees Please Farms | Backyard Bees and Chickens 

  2. Urban Bee Honey Farm

  3. BC Honey Producers’ Assoc.

  4. Fredrichs Honey – Fine Honey Products

  5. Bees, Fruit Pollination, Honey & Beeswax


 

Bird’s Saliva Is An Expensive Delicacy

 

Let’s forget Caviar and those expensive Truffles, bird’s saliva is the food of the well-heeled, at least in China anyway. Bird’s nest soup, is an expensive delicacy made from rare bird’s nests created from the saliva of small swiftlets. The nests, which have been used in Chinese cooking for over four centuries, are dissolved in water to make a soup which is believed to have exquisite flavour and be of benefit to health. These bird nests are considered to be one of the most expensive animal food products consumed by humans.   

A single bowl of it costs between $30 and $100.  Only the edible nest of the Cave Swiftlet  will do, a nest made entirely out of the bird’s saliva. These nests are high in calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. They are hard when harvested, but partially dissolve into a more jelly-like consistency when boiled into soup.  Harvested nests still sell for as much as $10,000 per kilogram.

Due to the high mineral content of the nests, eating them is believed to enhance lung health, prevents coughs, improve constitution and even promote longevity. The nests are nearly 50 percent protein and 30 percent carbohydrates, with a relatively small amount of inorganic salts and fibre.


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The difference – Shepherd Pie VS Cottage Pie

 

Lets start with a fairly well-known one: there is a difference between “Cottage Pie and “Shepherds Pie, and its in the meat. Shepherds pie should only be named as such if it contains lamb, and “Cottage usually applies to one made with beef.

Homemade Shepherd’s Pie

The name “Cottage was applied to this kind of meat pie around the time potatoes were being introduced in the UK, because they were an affordable for thing for peasants, many of whom would live in cottages, to eat. It seems a bit convoluted but hey, were always an odd bunch with our etymology.

The term “Cottage Pie predates “Shepherds by nearly a century,  but each was used synonymous with the other for a long time.

The Chilean version of “Pastel de Papa, a dish similar to shepherds pie eaten in many parts of the world, also contains hard-boiled eggs, raisins and black olives.

The same dish in France is named hachis Parmentier, after the Frenchman who convinced his country to eat potatoes. Hachis, which takes its root from the English word hatchet, means a dish containing chopped or minced ingredients.

According to the Oxford Companion to Food, once upon a time, Scotland made its shepherds pies with pastry instead of mashed potatoes.

Indian cooks once considered shepherds pie to be a perfect dish for tiffin (a word used to mean a light snack in British India).

Many Vegetarians and Vegans call a meat-free version a shepherd-less pie. Topping the potato crust with breadcrumbs actually turns your dish into a Cumberland Pie.

Although variations of this dish crop up throughout history, no name for it came into use until the introduction of the mincing machine. Before that, the meat would have to be chopped by hand, or made from leftovers.

 

Poisonous Foods You Are Probably Eating

Sport Drinks

You may think that you’re refueling, topping up on electrolytes, but sport drinks within America contain some harsh chemicals. All the major name brands use brominate vegetable oil in their citrus-flavoured beverages and sport drinks.

Vegetable oil

that doesn’t sound too bad, right? Well, brominated vegetable oil was originally patented as a flame retardant. It is known to increase your risk of cancer and autoimmune diseases, as well as a wide range of other problematic symptoms. The worst part is, it’s known to bioaccumulate in human tissue. Get into the habit of drinking more water and ditch these toxic products.

Cassava (Yuca)

Though not too widely used in the United States, cassava is a woody shrub that is generally found in the Caribbean and South America. When using cassava, it can either be made to be sweet or bitter. The taste, as well as the smell, all depends on the amount of cyanogenic glucosides, which are in fact, extremely poisonous. Most who prepare it like it to be bitter, as it keeps away insects and even animals. If cassava is prepared incorrectly, it can be deadly. Cassava poisoning, due to high levels of Cyanide, is known as Konzo. Cassava poisoning leads to irreversible paralysis.

Interesting fact: Cassava roots are ground into a flour-like substance which is then used to make tapioca. Cassava leaves contain cyanide but if pounded into a paste with flour and left in the shade for 5 hours, the cyanide is broken down.

Bread Containing Brominated Flour

From wraps to bagels, bread crumbs to baked goods, any commercially baked food that contain brominated flour, is essentially toxic. Enriched with potassium bromate, this chemical is supposed to increase elasticity.

Many bread products are already known to increase issues surrounding obesity and diabetes, however, the addition of potassium bromate makes matters worse. It has been linked to decreased nervous system function, thyroid complications, cancer, and kidney damage. Invest in a bread maker, so you know exactly what you’re consuming.

Farmed Salmon

There’s no doubt that salmon is an incredibly healthy source of fat and protein, as well as a number of other Vitamins and minerals. Where your salmon is sourced, however, will make a significant difference regarding its health benefits and in this case, health risks. Not only do farm-raised salmon contain 50 percent less omega-3 fatty acids, they are also potentially exposed to a wide range of toxic chemicals.

It’s been found that farm-raised salmon contain higher levels of mercury, PCBs, and dioxins than wild-caught salmon. To make them appear more pink, they’re fed petrochemicals — not to mention the chemicals that are found within their daily diet. The real worry is that up to 90 percent of these toxins bioaccumulate in the human body and can be passed onto your firstborn child.

Puffer fish

Puffer fish stand to be the second most poisonous vertebrate in the world. Though you won’t find puffer fish in the U.S., many in Korea as well as Japan find some parts of the fish to be delicacies. However, certain organs of the fish, such as the liver, as extremely toxic, and can be deadly. The poison in the fish, known as tetrodotoxin, can cause numbness, high blood pressure, and muscle paralysis, which is what leads to death as the diaphragm muscles become Paralyzed, disabling breathing. Known as fugu when eaten as a meal, many in Asian countries refuse to stop eating the fish.

Interesting fact: Puffer fish has been made illegal to be eaten by the Emperor of Japan.

 

Meat Tainted with Ractopamine

It’s no secret that conventionally raised meat is packed with chemicals, not to mention the horrendous conditions that some animals are exposed to. You may think you are only eating chemicals relating to their food, but pigs, cattle, and turkeys are all injected with Ractopamine – a drug that was originally used to treat asthma.

It’s a muscle relaxer, that is known to reduce the fat content in meat. When you purchase that meat, as much as 20 percent remains, which you then consume. Unbelievably, since 1998, nearly 2,000 people have been poisoned after eating pigs that were fed this drug. Within dairy herds, it has been shown to cause disability and death. In terms of human health, this drug attacks the cardiovascular system and can cause chromosomal abnormalities.

Macaroni and Cheese

Besides the preservatives that are added to this heavily processed food, boxed macaroni and cheese contain two dangerous food dyes – Yellow 5 and Yellow 6. Considering this food is often fed to children, the research regarding these additives is alarming.

Although behavioral issues aren’t necessarily fatal, they can be extremely detrimental to one’s well-being. These dyes have been linked to a number of serious behavioral issues, including hyperactivity and learning disabilities. Since they’re petroleum-based, they’ve also been associated with cancer.

Fat-Free Snacks

Fat-free snacks are known to promote weight gain, typically due to their high sugar content, but that’s not all you need to worry about. Fat-free potato chips, for instance, often contain Olean or Olestra and is stated in the media to be one of the top 50 worst inventions.

A wide range of side effects have been reported based on the consumption of Olestra, including significant weight gain, intestinal issues, and worst of all, a depletion of fat-soluble vitamins. If your body cannot absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K, you increase your risk of disease. Currently banned in Canada and the UK, the United States continues to distribute this additive.

rBGH Milk and Dairy

There’s no doubt that Americans love dairy products, however, in order to keep up with the demand, rBGH was developed. This artificial hormone mimics natural bovine somatotropin — the hormone which increases the production of milk.

Injected into one out of every six cows, this synthetic hormone causes significant adverse effects. Cows have been shown to suffer from 16 related health conditions, including high rates of mastitis (inflammation of breast tissue). Once consumed by humans, it increases your risk of breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers.

 

Science Proves Plants Have Feelings, Too!

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Plants Have Feelings, Too! In which we administer rhetorical herbicide to a perennial argument “ There is a very obvious and important objection to the argument that, from an ethical point of view, eating plants is no better or worse than eating animals. It’s still not clear whether this means plants can Actually Feel The Chewing, but it was the first evidence that the munching sounds cause them to react.

Do plants have feelings? Can they hear sounds? Do they like music? To the skeptic, the idea that plants have feelings or feel pain is ridiculous. “feeling” exist only on a nervous system. Plant’s don’t have nervous system, they can’t feel. When you eat an apple, even if you finish it,

“But even IF, contrary to all known evidence we have, plants do feel pain, it would still be preferable to eat vegan. Far more plants are killed for non-vegan diets, as more plants must be harvested to feed animals.”– Dexter Mel Thomas

If you live with a dog you just know when it’s happy or miserable, don’t you? Of course you do. Even the scientific community, now admits that dogs have emotions. The belief that our plants respond well when their owners talk to them — or even play them soothing music — is so widespread that it has begun to intrigue scientists. We express our enjoyment by some moves in muscles. As the plants grow instead of moving like us therefore we should expect to find the good feeling from a full sun or rain shower as a growth response.

Mythbusters carried out a little science experiment to find out Whether Plants Can Actually Feel Pain or even the thoughts of others when directing negative thoughts.

Links

1. We are more plant-like than we would like to think

2. Do Plants Have Feelings? | MythBusters

3. A MUST SEE VIDEO: “Science proves plants feel pain”

4. The Effect of Music on Plant Growth

5. Why Indoor Plants Make You Feel Better

6. Plant Talk

7. Plants can see, hear and smell – and respond

8. “Plants Have Feelings, Too” by L. George Lawrence (1971)

The Pica Eating Disorder Article of Your Dreams!

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A person afflicted with Pica has a persistent craving for a substance that is not commonly considered to be food. The substances that are craved and ingested tend to vary with the person’s age. Children with pica may eat glue, animal droppings, sand, insects, leaves, or gravel. Adolescents and adults may consume clay, laundry detergent, or soil.

Although the cravings associated with pica may be related to vitamin or mineral deficiencies, ingesting non-foods can cause serious medical complications such as intestinal obstruction, intestinal perforation, infections, or lead poisoning. Pica is most frequently seen in young children and pregnant women. While the exact cause for pica is still uncertain, factors such as emotional deprivation, poverty, poor nutrition, anemia, neglect, lack of parental supervision, or developmental delay increase the risk for a person developing this eating disorder.

There are no laboratory tests for pica. Instead, the diagnosis is made from a clinical history of the patient.

Diagnosing Pica should be accompanied by tests for anemia, potential intestinal blockages, and toxic side effects of substances consumed (i.e., lead in paint)

It is unclear how many people are affected by Pica. It most likely is more prevalent in developing countries.

Pica can affect children, adolescents, and adults of any genders.

Those who are pregnant and craving nonfood items should only be diagnosed with Pica when their cravings lead to Ingesting nonfood items, and the Ingestion of those items poses a potential medical risk (either due to the quantity or type of item being ingested). 

Pica can be associated with intellectual disability, Trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder), and Excoriation (skin picking) disorder.

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