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Munch On This Bacon-Flavored Seaweed That’s Healthier Than Kale

Researchers unveil a new strain of an edible, eco-friendly algae that combines the very best of two very different food groups.

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Sometimes it seems as if we’ve all gone a little bacon-crazy these days. From bacon-flavored alcohol to bacon-inspired art, our lust for crispy, cured pork knows no bounds. But for those who—whether for religious, health, or moral reasons—abstain from eating the stuff, researchers from Oregon State University have just the thing: Seaweed.

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Understanding the Chemicals In Your Hot Dog

In the upside-down world of labeling, hot dogs can be “all-natural” even if they contain nitrates.


Here's what fireworks, chemical fertilizers, and frankfurters have in common­: They all contain nitrogen compounds. Sodium nitrates, which are used as a preservative in standard hot dogs, have inspired a decades-long scientific debate over their possible health risks to humans. Perhaps you'd like to keep tabs on how much nitrate is in the hot dogs you're scarfing this summer­­. Unfortunately, you can't.

Here's the thing: Even uncured, “nitrate-free” meats contain healthy doses of nitrates. So do many raw vegetables and most municipal water supplies. In fact, "natural" meats can contain even more nitrite than your standard heavily-processed bacon strips and hot dogs. A recent report in The New York Times pointed to a study that found “natural hot dogs had anywhere from one-half to 10 times the amount of nitrates that conventional hot dogs contained"—usually courtesy of naturally occurring nitrates in celery. (Celery juice is often used in the meat.)

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Dietary Supplements: Gay Beer and Broccoli Corridors

Tongue cancer, gay beer, and the East Coast Broccoli Corridor feature in today's daily roundup of what we're reading at GOOD Food HQ. Enjoy!

What does it take to save book reviews? A middle-aged man with slices of raw bacon draped over his head.

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Editor's Choice Announced: Crowdsourced Cookbook, Fall Edition

Check out GOOD's favorite recipe from the Crowdsourced Cookbook, Fall Edition Project. Hint: It contains bacon.



Creamy and sweet with just enough crunchy bacon on top, Kerala Hise's Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup with Kale and Bacon was selected as the Editor's Choice from among all the wonderful recipes submitted for the Fall Edition of GOOD's Crowdsourced Cookbook. While vegetable bisques have become ubiquitous on autumnal menus, Kerala's recipe shakes things up a bit with the addition of kale and bacon (and according to my nutritional philosophy, the kale cancels out any negative health effects from the bacon).

Kerala will receive a complimentary subscription to Good Magazine for one year plus a GOOD T-shirt. Thanks again to everyone who submitted recipes, all of which are available for download in a beautifully designed digital cook book, the first installment of the four season tome. Happy eating!

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