Why you should eat more broccoli

We all know, or at least fear, the long-term health risks of air pollution. What if there was a way to rid your body of airborne cancer-causing chemicals and lung iritants? Well there might be… but if you’re averse to eating broccoli or other cruciferous vegetables, it may not be for you.

Source: Morgue File

Source: Morgue File

Very interesting results from a clinical trial in China has found that a beverage of broccoli sprouts, a source of glucoraphanin, and sulforaphane helped increase excretion of two air pollutants in almost 300 Chinese men and women. Results were immediate in the increase of excertion of benzene and acrolein.

See more of the results and what is being done to cut the health risks of air pollution, which according to the World Health Organization, causes as many as 7 million deaths each year.

Futurity.org: http://www.futurity.org/broccoli-drink-flushes-air-pollution-body/
American Association for Cancer Research: http://cancerpreventionresearch.aacrjournals.org/content/early/2014/06/07/1940-6207.CAPR-14-0103.abstract

Could Gouda stop tornados? No, but these articles are interesting…

Curating content is one of the many tasks I perform in my current position. So lucky for me (and you reading), I stumble upon some interesting articles across the web. Here are few of the ones I found interesting today:

Great Gouda! World’s oldest cheese found – on mummies
This post from USA TODAY was fascinating. They found cheese on mummies in northwestern China. The scientists believe this cheese was made with a starter containing a mix of bacteria and yeast, similar to kefir made today. It’s interesting because it’s contradictory to most cheese made modern day, that is made with rennet. Anyway, this cheese (and the mummies) date back to as early as 1615 BC… luckily it’s not some stinky cheese!
Check it out: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/02/25/worlds-oldest-cheese/5776373/

4.4 billion-year-old crystal is the oldest piece of Earth
I LOVE science and pondering the beginning of the Universe. I’m no scientist, so I must rely on the fascinating articles I read in books and magazines. CNN reported today that scientists have dated a zircon crystal in Western Australia that is – GET THIS – 4.4 billion years old. For reference… scientists believe the earth is 4.5 billion years old. They also used an extensive form of dating to figure this number out. Super interesting read on the beginning of our planet!
Nerd alert: http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/24/world/oldest-earth-fragment/index.html

Can giant walls protect the USA from tornadoes?
Okay, this one is a bit of a stretch. I found it interest (again because I’m a science nerd like that) and because well… I just don’t believe it. I’m still not sure what to think, because I believe the meteorolist cited at the end of the article who called the theory “nonsense.” I’m with ya!
Lunacy starts here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/02/25/giant-walls-tornado-alley/5808887/

NFL, Cardinals, Superbowl committee sound off on SB 1062
The 2015 Super Bowl is scheduled to be played in Arizona and the NFL and Super Bowl committee are challenging the Senate Bill (1062). Basically the bill allows businesses the right to refuse service to anyone if the owner’s religious beliefs are at stake. I love that these big time organizations could change the big game next year because they so value tolerance and inclusiveness. Way to go NFL!
Sound off: http://www.kpho.com/story/24813943/nfl-cardinals-super-bowl-committee-sound-off-on-sb-1062

Why do I have popcorn in my hair?

The answer to that question is probably my obsession with food. But I like to think it’s more than that.

I’ve been contemplating what exactly I want to accomplish in keeping up with this blog. I started it because I was looking for full-time employment after graduation and this was another way I could showcase my resume, portfolio, and express thought-leadership. I obtained said employment and continued keeping up with this blog to continue writing about Twitter, LinkedIn, and how social media is life (it is my job, so close enough). But in 2014 I have realized I want so much more than that.

Lately, I have also been contemplating the life of a writer. I have never envisioned myself to be a great writer, mostly because when I write it just rolls off of my tongue (fingers). Since it seems like such an ordinary part of my day I never considered that it was something I excelled in or even… barf… like to do. Now when I say life, I don’t actually mean my whole life. I love my job, I love social media and digital marketing, my dog, sports, and I’m not ready to give those things up. I have realized that most of all I love food. What better way to express how in love with food I am than to start writing more about my one true love. So in 2014, expect a lot more food. I want to share some recipes and how I manage to tackle tany cooking challenges, the bizarro foods that I love to try (and many that I adore), and evaluate the up and coming trends in the food industry.

So, who’s hungry?