Category Archives Food, Drink and Diet

Good eating is part of staying healthy, especially while traveling.  The New York Times recently wrote about the farmers’ markets in Prague, and it is helpful to understand the differences, quality and variety of those all around the world. Today, our friend Joel Wachs writes about his experience in Paris: “The outdoor markets of Paris are world famous. With their…

In many parts of the world, declaring yourself to be a vegetarian, much less a vegan, is often met with anything from well-meaning curiosity to complete disbelief.  In many developing countries where starch is a staple and meat is traditionally somewhat of a luxury, the idea that someone would just prefer not to eat meat, either for ethical or dietary…

Recently, a study was released regarding the increased prevalence of celiac disease. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN analyzed about 9,000 blood samples taken in the 1950s and based on the findings reports that 0.2 percent of that population had celiac disease, but today an estimated 1 percent of the population has it. Celiac disease is a severe intolerance to…

When did tryptophan become the cause of our post-meal slumber?  I did a little Google Timeline search and found a citation back in the seventies, but it seems to really have picked up its mythical legs in the late 80s and 90s.  Now, one can find tryptophan gift items.  The tryptophan molecule t-shirt I first saw (do I have to…

While Americans were busy consuming 232 million turkeys last year (46 million of them on Thanksgiving), others were passing on the noble bird in favor of a snack of beetles, crickets and other arthropods and insects.  There are many places in the world that have markets full of these delicacies. If you sample this fare while roaming the world, are…

Ime chortofagos,  is Greek for "I’m a vegetarian." A poll from 2005 estimated that 4.7 million adults in the U.S. are vegetarians.  Vegetarians that travel sometimes worry about how to maintain their diet while in a foreign country, but as the population of vegetarians has grown, so have the resources. Here is some advice on what to eat while abroad. (If…

A recent post on the Uncornered Market blog addresses the not-so-delicate topic of "how to travel without hugging the bowl."   Though this is sometimes unavoidable, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your vacation from a gastrointestinal attack. More than 200 foodborne diseases have been identified worldwide and include traveler's diarrhea, Hepatitis A, typhoid fever, cholera, salmonella, and…

Sitting down to a steaming bowl of paella--rice, broth, chorizo, clams and mussels--with a pitcher of Sangria is a fiesta for the tastebuds. It's also a gastronomic adventure that can lead to serious illness caused by allergies, bacteria or Hepatitis A. If you have a food allergy and are planning a trip abroad, you may have checked out our previous post. …

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