Here are some of the best food stories we came across this week:
- Acts of Kindness by NYC Restaurants Post-Sandy – Many restaurants and food purveyors across New York’s five boroughs have reached out to residents and offered free food, storage and delivery of emergency supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. On Tuesday, Clean Plates-approved Northern Spy Food Co. cooked their remaining usable food and served it to their neighbors for free.
- Urban Farms Destroyed by Hurricane – Many New York City rooftop plants, bees and birds were able to withstand the gale-force winds, but very few urban gardens that experienced flooding on the ground survived. In the aftermath of the hurricane, grocery stores are struggling to restock shelves; communities with surviving gardens are faring better due to their local access to fresh food.
- What Food Can Be Saved in a Power Outage? (Video) – When the power goes out, it can be unclear at which point food becomes unsafe to eat. A good general rule of thumb is that food can last four hours at 40°F, and much longer at lower temperatures. After four hours at 40°F or higher bacteria will flourish and proteins — including tofu — must be tossed (don’t trust your nose). Butter and hard cheeses can be saved, along with whole produce and fruit juices.
- One Junk Food Meal Can Hurt Arteries – The University of Montreal-affiliated EPIC Center of the Montreal Heart Institute compared the effects of a junk food meal (one high in saturated fat) and a typical Mediterranean meal of salmon, almonds and vegetables cooked in olive oil on the vascular endothelium, the inner lining of the blood vessels. Endothelial function is closely linked to the long-term risk of developing coronary artery disease.
- Higher Risk of Stroke for Sugary Beverage Drinkers – Women who imbibe sugary soft drinks almost every day are 83% more likely to have a certain type of stroke than women who rarely drink sodas and other sweetened beverages, according to a new study from Osaka University in Japan. Nearly 40,000 people answered a dietary, health and lifestyle questionnaire in 1990, in 1995 and 2000. Soft drinks were considered sugar-sweetened sodas and juices, not diet sodas or 100% fruit juices.
Photo courtesy of Northern Spy Food Co.