Dietary Supplements: Ball Jars and Medicinal Beer

Burnt coffee, medicinal beer, and Ball jars are on the menu in today's daily roundup of what we're reading at GOOD Food HQ. Enjoy!

The key to better cafeterias? The author of Mindless Eating makes the case for school lunch with a side of behavioral psychology.

Lay off the burnt coffee. Tasting bitter drinks has been linked to harsher, more judgemental behavior—and apparently affects conservatives more than liberals.

Calling all beer nerds: Think you know your keg sizes from your SRM? See how well you fare on this master beer sommelier test.

Meanwhile, thousands of years before penicillin, ancient Nubians were using antibiotics—found in their beers.

And finally, Alexandra Lange follows up on her Food for Thinkers investigation of the problematic relationship between food packaging and class with a potential solution: the Ball jar. Lange notes that the Bell jar has a double life— it is sold as a cheap, seasonal utility item at the hardware store, and at quite a different price as a creative lifestyle accessory for yuppie foodies dabbling in artisanal pickle-making.

It is simultaneously high and low, environmentally friendly and an enduring American-made product. Could some version of the solution to making good food look good to everyone be found in this humble jar?


Dietary Supplements is a daily round-up of what we're reading at GOOD Food HQ.

Image: How to date Ball Fruit Jars (via Design Observer and Bob Clay).