Drinkable Tofu (豆腐は飲み物)

Nomu Tofu (のむとうふ) and it is not soy milk

It is sold in Japan for 178 yen each.


Cauliflower with Panade and Brown Butter Vinaigrette


2 Tbsp chopped leeks
4 oz cauliflower, cut into pieces of 1/4-inch thick slices
1/4 cup grated Gruyère
6 orange segments
6 dehydrated orange pieces
1 Tbsp toasted almonds


1 Tbsp chopped onion
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup cream
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
grated nutmeg, to taste
1 cup brioche pieces

Brown Butter Vinaigrette

3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tbsp chopped shallots
1 Tbsp capers
1 Tbsp Sherry vinegar


  1. To make panade, sauté the onions in butter until translucent.
  2. Add cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and brioche. Mix until incorporated.
  3. Blend in food processor until smooth. Remove and set aside.
  4. To make brown butter vinaigrette, brown butter by heating until butter colours and emits a nutty aroma.
  5. Cook shallots, capers, and browned butter in a pot until shallots are translucent.
  6. Add vinegar. Set Aside
  7. Sauté leeks until soft.
  8. Cook both sides of cauliflower until brown. Put on an oven safe pan. Stack cauliflower and top with panade, leeks, and Gruyère.
  9. Place in preheated 400°F oven until cheese has browned.
  10. Place cauliflower stack on a plate and drizzle with vinaigrette. Garnish with oranges and almonds.

Makes 1 serving of tapa.

Source: ciao!

Japan Invented An Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt

If you hate eating ice cream bars, or Popsicles that melt all over your hand and create a sticky mess, Japan just changed the game for you.

The Biotherapy Development Research Center Co. in Kanazawa invented pops known as the “not melting Popsicles” (溶けないアイス) and are now sold under the name Kanazawa Ice.

If it sounds to you like a science company made an accidental discovery and invented an ingenious product as a result, well, that’s literally what happened here.

Scientists at the Research Center were experimenting with strawberries in efforts to help farmers affected by the Great East Japan Tsunami and Earthquake of 2011 sell their product. The berries weren’t visually appealing enough to go to market, but a local pastry chef wanted to try to use polyphenols, chemicals naturally present in the fruit, to make a dessert. A test discovered that the polyphenols solidified cream almost instantly, leading to experimentation of adding the strawberry extract into frozen desserts to create the unmelting ice cream.

The Popsicles are apparently incredibly heat-resistant, and can even stand up to an air dryer for at least five minutes without melting at all. They’re sold for about 500 yen ($4.50 US) each, and can be found in Osaka, Tokyo, and other outlets.

Source: Food Beast

The Man Who Invented Modern Wellness

Susan Berfield wrote . . . . . .

America’s health-care system may be suffering all sorts of indignities, but the wellness industry is doing just fine. More than half the adults in the U.S. take a dietary supplement, and about 20,000 spas offer uncounted treatments, from colonics to cupping. Wellness has become a multibillion-dollar antidote to a bruising medical establishment.

Most accounts of the origins of wellness as an idea, a movement, and a marketing effort go back to the 1970s, when Americans took to yoga, meditation, and carob chips. But before Deepak Chopra and Dr. Oz and Goop, there was Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. In 1878 he opened the Battle Creek Sanitarium, the Canyon Ranch of its time, and began promoting his rules for “biologic living,” a near-religion then. He treated executives, celebrities, and presidents at the San, as it was called; his most devoted followers were known as the Battle Freaks. He sold them special foods, unusual treatments, exercise machines, books, and albums. For 60 years, Kellogg—­prescient and kooky—was the most famous doctor in America.

His life’s work was intertwined with that of his younger brother, Will, who helped run the San before starting the Kellogg cereal company. Their dramatic, poignant family saga is well told by medical historian Howard Markel in The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek (Pantheon Books, $35). Jealousy, mistrust, and meanness strained their relationship: They sued each other over the cereal company (Will prevailed); took credit separately for shared accomplishments; and, Markel writes, spurred each other on to greater success than they might have otherwise achieved. They were estranged when John died in 1943 at 91. The San couldn’t survive without its charismatic, narcissistic founder, and his contributions to the wellness movement were lost, an omission Markel hopes to correct with this book.

Many personal accounts at the end of the 19th century include bouts of indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, and dyspepsia, and no wonder. Whether they were wealthy or not, Americans overate, consuming huge amounts of animal fat, salt, and sugar. In the backwoods of Michigan, where the Kelloggs grew up, people ate cured pork with salty canned vegetables and sweetened canned fruit for lunch and dinner; at breakfast they consumed ham or bacon and potatoes fried in congealed fat from the night before. The average woman didn’t live past 41, and the average man only made it to 39.

John Kellogg, gregarious, intelligent, and obsessed with cleanliness, eventually made his way to medical school in New York, thanks to support from the Seventh-day Adventist Church. When he returned to Michigan, he took over the church’s small health center and converted it into a secular temple to wellness with a suitably dignified name. (He created the word “sanitarium” from “sanatorium,” a facility for long-term illness.) As Markel writes, he “knew that this institution had to be an attractive, modern, luxurious, worthwhile destination for those wealthy enough to seek such commodities.”

At its peak, the San employed 1,000 people, cared for as many as 10,000 patients a year, and farmed 400 acres of vegetables and fruit. The place had its own dairy, canning, and food manufacturing facilities. Eventually Kellogg added a resort with 20 cottages “reserved for the most wealthy of the worried well.” Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and John D. Rockefeller were regulars. To garner publicity, Kellogg invited Harvey Firestone, J.C. Penney, Alfred du Pont, and the composer John Philip Sousa, among others, for free treatments, prompting some to say that his medical specialty was “diseases of the rich and famous.”

Kellogg’s rules for a biologic life make him sound like Michael Pollan—eat grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and soy milk. Meat and sugar were forbidden. So was masturbation. Smoking was a death wish, obesity a “definite health hazard.” Kellogg warned of the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, advocating regular, vigorous exercise, plus massage, enemas, fresh air and sunlight, spirituality, laughter, sleep, and lots of pure water. He came up with an early, less-edible version of peanut butter and a fiber-rich mix of grains he called granola. He sold psyllium as a laxative (hello, Metamucil) and treated Richard Byrd with acidophilus soy milk—a probiotic—after the admiral’s 1929 expedition to the South Pole. Kellogg also made his own very popular exercise albums with a brass band. Cue Richard Simmons.

Kellogg promoted some dubious ideas as well: Food should be chewed down to its atomic level; his patients should have four odor-free bowel movements a day; and women should receive pelvic massages, from him, a treatment whose medical purpose no doctor since has been able to explain. The benefits of electrotherapy exercise beds, vibrating chairs, and mechanical horses now seem a little suspect, too.

Kellogg spent his last years building and running a second sanitarium, outside Miami; he’d left the San after it was forced into receivership during the Depression. Kellogg’s legacy might have been more enduring had he not left his entire estate to his Race Betterment Foundation, which promoted eugenics. And some of his recipes might still be on the market if he hadn’t alienated the brother who could manufacture them. “Many of his sounder concepts of wellness remain sage prescriptions written out millions of times each day,” Markel concludes. Yet when most people hear Kellogg, they think corn flakes.

Source: Bloomberg

Less than Half of Stroke Patients Nationwide are Prescribed Recommended Cholesterol-lowering Medication

Nationwide, less than half of stroke patients discharged from the hospital received a prescription for cholesterol-lowering medications called statins, and the likelihood of a prescription varied by patients’ geographic location, sex, age and race, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

For patients with ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attacks (“mini-stroke”), the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recommends statin therapy to reduce the risk of recurrent stroke and other cardiovascular events. Statins are the only cholesterol-lowering drug class that have been shown to reduce the risk of recurrent stroke.

Compared to other areas, death from stroke is more common in the southeastern United States — the so-called Stroke Belt — of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Previous studies have shown, however, that statin prescriptions are lower among stroke patients discharged in the south and among blacks, women and older patients.

To evaluate the magnitude of these differences by age, sex, and race inside and outside of the Stroke Belt, researchers in a new study compared statin use between different groups of patients with ischemic stroke, both in and outside the Stroke Belt.

The study found that 49 percent of stroke patients, overall, received a prescription for statins at hospital discharge, and the percentage of patients receiving prescriptions increased over the course of the 10-year study. Unlike previous research, the study did not find that black patients were less likely than whites to receive statins. In fact, the study found, outside of the Stroke Belt black patients were more likely than white patients to receive statins. The study also found other differences between Stroke Belt and non-Stroke Belt residents according to age and sex:

“All survivors of ischemic stroke should be evaluated to determine whether they could benefit from a statin, regardless of the patient’s age, race, sex or geographic residence,” said study lead author Karen Albright, Ph.D., D.O., M.P.H., advanced fellow in the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, at the Birmingham VA Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

The researchers looked at demographic and health information, including stroke risk factors, for 323 stroke patients participating in a national study of more than 30,000 U.S. adults age 45 and older from 2003 to 2013. The study used computer-assisted telephone interviews, questionnaires, an in-home examination, and medical records from the stroke hospitalization and discharge.

“In patients hospitalized for stroke, opportunities exist to improve statin prescribing on discharge,” Albright said.

The study relied upon medical records for use of statins, which could have led to incorrect estimates of the number of statin users. Another limitation is that it only included patients who reported that they were not taking a statin when admitted to the hospital, which could have also affected the study’s results.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke database, quality improvement initiative has helped participating hospitals increase the adherence to statin prescribing guidelines significantly over the past 10 years, from 61.6 percent in 2003 to 97.8 percent in 2016.

Source: American Heart Association

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