links, etc

Paring down the social media outlets for a while, but I’ll still be posting here, and for the foreseeable future, on Instagram. On occasion I like to post links to news, stories, music, and food related news instead of recipes, which is the subject of today’s post.

The new Dietary Guidelines for American’s for 2015-2020 has been released. This list is updated periodically and it seems the US can’t decide if whole milk is good for you or not. This Washington Post article and this blog post are good reads if you want a distilled version.  For the record, we’ve always consumed full fat dairy at our house, regardless of the recommendations, and straight from the cow as often as we could get it. When I was in college and high school, I drank a lot of 2% because that’s what they had and served, I wonder if that was a product of these recommendations and if schools will adapt to the changes?

Marion Nestle, of Food Politics, offers some great insight and opinions into these guidelines. You can read about these insights here, but I’m sure she’ll add more later. This is worth the read if you want an abrasively honest look at these guidelines, which most people need, because they can be annoyingly convoluted. She also links some great commentary on the guidelines. After reading her thoughts on them, it sounds like the writers of the guidelines don’t want to give really firm advice on anything (like, STOP DRINKING SODA), or they don’t understand the science of nutrition well enough to be well-versed in the recommendations. To be fair, nutrition is relatively new in the studied and researched world of science, and is far more complex than most people think, but there is enough literature out there to be able to actually say “you should never drink soda ever again because it’s horrible for you” BUT that’s just my opinion.

In other stranger than fiction news, Sean Penn met with El Chapo (read: drug kingpin from Mexico) who apparently has nothing on the CIA or Mexican Police. The high points for me: El Chapo wants to be immortalized in film, he’s bros with Donald Trump, apparently he abstains from his product (a lesson for us all), and the race is on for Liam Neeson, Mark Wahlberg, Nicolas Cage or Sean Penn to portray Sean Penn in the film. (the above link is a post from Foreign Policy that describes an interview done by Penn for Rolling Stone, a publication that has a sordid history for how it portrays offenders)

I’ve never made my own marshmallows, but I’ve been meditating on the concept for some time now. The ones bagged and sold in stores have always disappointed me in adulthood, but its really cold outside now (ahem, cold for South Mississippi) and drinking hot chocolate just seems like a good idea all the time. If I was going to make some, I’d probably use this recipe, mostly because they are described as “bonkers awesome”.


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