Saturday, January 08, 2005


Ketchup and Curry

No, this isn't some novel and disgusting culinary fusion I've come up with, but rather two items that could add some extra years to your life.

Thing you should eat with abandon (1): Curry. Specifically, anything with turmeric in it, and that covers a good portion of Indian cuisine. If you're not a fan of ethnic dishes, you should at least buy some turmeric and sprinkle it on your food wantonly. I can assure you that it doesn't have much of a taste, and aside from a yellow coloring, you'll hardly notice its presence. Here's why: Turmeric has been found to drastically reduce and prevent Alzheimer's Disease by blocking the formation of plaques that give rise to the disease. Aside from the UCLA study above, there's also powerful anecdotal evidence: India has one of the lowest rates of alzheimer's disease in the world; only 1% of people over 65 have the disease in India, versus nearly 10% and climbing in the US. Being something of an overachiever, turmeric's active compounds have also just been found to be anti-malarial agents, and have been shown to slow prostate cancer.

Thing you should eat with abandon (2): Organic ketchup. Ok, this one isn't nearly as dramatic as turmeric. However, a recent study discovered that organic ketchup contains 3 times the lycopene found in ordinary ketchup. Lycopene is of course, a much touted antioxidant believed to reduce cancer and heart disease risk. This study adds to the evidence suggesting what should be obvious: organic produce is nutritionally superior to conventional produce, aside even from the reduced exposure to pesticides.

In fact, I just stumbled across this news article from the BBC: Organic Milk Higher in Vitamins, which finds a similar 2-3 times the antioxidants, as well as more vitamin E, omega-3, and vitamin A in organic vs. conventional milk.

What could we get with a curry-ketchup-organic milkshake. Or in a coconut sauce with free range goat.Actually there's an Indian milkshake...I can't rememebr the nem of it that is really quite good with curry...Hmmmm.
...I'll take your word for it. But you know, you might just have something there with the goat meat, coconut thing. If I were part of a powerful and influential restaurant, well...I would probably laugh and continue counting my stacks of money. But still!

If you snap a photo downing either of these lovely dishes and send it to me, I'll give you one of the following: (no kidding)

1. Five dollars
2. A free beer
3. A jar of kalamata olives with a picture of Ronald Reagan on the side.
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