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).


Two years after its opening in 1914, the Baltimore Museum of Art acquired a painting by Sarah Miriam Peale — its first work by a female artist. More than a century later, one might assume that the museum would have a fairly equal mix of male and female artists, right? But as of today, only 4% of the 95,000 pieces in the museum's permanent collection were created by women.

The museum is determined to narrow that gap, and they're taking a drastic step to do so.

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Amazon's "The Man in the High Castle" debuted the first episode of its final season last week.

The show is loosely based on an alternative history novel by Philip K. Dick that postulates what would happen if Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan controlled the United States after being victorious in World War II.

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The World Health Organization is hoping to drive down the cost of insulin by encouraging more generic drug makers to enter the market.

The organization hopes that by increasing competition for insulin, drug manufacturers will be forced to lower their prices.

Currently, only three companies dominate the world insulin market, Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk and Sanofi. Over the past three decades they've worked to drastically increase the price of the drug, leading to an insulin availability crisis in some places.

In the United States, the price of insulin has increased from $35 a vial to $275 over the past two decades.

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Oh, irony. You are having quite a day.

The Italian region of Veneto, which includes the city of Venice, is currently experiencing historic flooding. Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro has stated that the flooding is a direct result of climate change, with the tide measuring the highest level in 50 years. The city (which is actually a collection of 100 islands in a lagoon—hence its famous canal streets), is no stranger to regular flooding, but is currently on the brink of declaring a state of emergency as waters refuse to recede.

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Since the International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling in 1986, whale populations have been steadily recovering. However, whales in the wild still face other dangers. In the summer of 2018, four Russian companies that supply aquariums with marine animals captured almost 100 beluga whales and killer whales (aka orcas). After a public outcry, those whales are swimming free as the last of the captive whales have been released, the first time this many captured whales have been released back into the wild.

In late 2018 and early 2019, a drone captured footage of 11 orcas and 87 beluga whales crammed into holding pens in the Srednyaya Bay. The so-called "whale jail" made headlines, and authorities began to investigate their potentially illegal capture.

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