Lets spend 40 days experimenting with flavour and creating meals that use the following spices:
Researchers have found that taste influences smell and smell influences taste. Part of the process occurs when information about a scent is received from the back of the mouth, this process is called retronasal olfaction. Once an odour has been experienced with a flavour, they become associated in your brain and get stored away in your memory.
Find that fact interesting? Here are a few more links sharing information about flavour and our perception of flavour.
Balanced taste the Ayurvedic Guide
Research behind food combinations – Easy to read article about food combinations and some of the research on the subject.
Multisensory perception of Flavour – Very interesting article about how brains deal with flavour.
Smell Holds Sway over our Emotions and other Senses.Smell Holds Sway over our Emotions and other Senses.
If you want to experiment with this, try making the broccoli onion cranberry recipe I shared yesterday.
Today, we are sharing research about tomatoes. UC Davis has a great link page to articles about tomatoes focusing mostly on growing and tomato issues. We are only sharing information about eating and cooking with tomatoes but if you are interested in tomatoes, you can follow the main link to the extensive list.
- The first article we thought you might like reading is about the difference between tomatoes grown under commercial organic and conventional production systems. In this article, it states that 43% of people buy organic because of taste, 28% because of ideology and 24% because of animal welfare friendly production. The study only looked at four growers so their information while extensive is not enough to make strong conclusions. The study found that their is an increased flavour in organic tomatoes and reduced energy requirements to make juice but the red color is not as intense and there is less ascorbic acid adn total phenolics.
- There are 100s of different types of tomatoes. Here is a link to a list of varieties you can grow. They are organized by variety, shape or skin color. My favorite names are Burpee’s Big Boy, Chalks Early Jewel, Cream Sausage, Fried Green Tomato, Green Grape, Lollipop and Mr. Ugly. I am thinking it may be time to start planning a garden filled with tomatoes just so I can say I’m growing some lollipops and Mr. Uglies.
- Tomatoes and their effects on prostate cancer. The first article is a Prospective study of tomatoe Products, Lycopene and Prostate Cancer. The next article related to cancer and tomatoes is Lycopene/tomato consumption and the risk of prostate cancer.
- If you want to make Dun dried tomatoes using an oven or the sun, here is a link to a recipe you can use.
Photo of tomatoes by Jeremy Segrott
School is in session for millions of students around the world and we encourage you to hit the books even if you left the classroom years ago. Eating the right foods helps your mind but you must also work the brain to keep it healthy.
- According to this article, “It seems it is not enough just to get out and do something—it is important to get out and do something that is unfamiliar and mentally challenging, and that provides broad stimulation mentally and socially…”
- Cognitive exercised can produce lasting results. According to this article, people who were provided were training were still seeing positive results five years later.
- Learn German to improve your aging brain and read all the metabolic balance cookbooks. If German isn’t the challenge you want to tackle, try another foreign language. According to the BBC, learning a second language has positive effects on the brain with the strongest effects seen in general intelligence and reading.
- Lastly, below is a video discussing language and other cognitive processes. (Geeky video worth watching)
If you want to take a challenging and free course online, you can try to learn coding at the code academy. Coding is a language which will be challenging to learn and will offer you a valuable skill for the current workforce environment. If you want to learn a spoken language, you can try Thai or maybe Cantonese. (Links to more language can be found here.)
Below is an academic lecture about language and cognitive processes (Very geeky and long but worth listening to if you want to know more about this topic.)