“Ancient Grains” Like Quinoa Are Trendier Than Wheat, But No Healthier

“Ancient grains” have been officially mainstream since January of this year, when they got their own Cheerios version. The likes of quinoa, spelt, and teff are turning up more and more, always with a hint that they’re healthier than boring old wheat or corn.

Source: “Ancient Grains” Like Quinoa Are Trendier Than Wheat, But No Healthier

I’m cool with diversity, but are people who dislike wheat because it’s industrially cultivated and intensively bred really pushing for ancient grains to become mainstream, thus being industrially cultivated and intensively bred?

There may well be environmental reasons to prefer these other grains, especially since some are more tolerant of drought or cold or whatever. But that’s definitely not why they’re in Cheerios, y’know?

9 Best New Proteins for Weight Loss

It burns fat. It builds muscle. And it tastes awesome.

It’s easy to love protein. All of our favorite foods — burgers, steaks, pork chops, bacon — are  packed with it. And with the ever-growing popularity of whey-protein shakes, we’re taking in more of this essential muscle maker than ever before.

But are we eating the right kind?

Source: 9 Best New Proteins for Weight Loss

The article mentions a “complete protein”, which I understood to have been debunked.  Much as I love hummus, it is high in calories.  I did hemp seeds for a while, but trendy stuff costs.  You can get as much by combining sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds…

10 Foods to Supercharge Your Sport?

In their quest for the ultimate performance nutrition, cyclists and sports scientists will turn their taste buds to anything from a cousin of cannabis to the afterburn effects of a curry.

Source: 10 foods to supercharge your cycling

The info about celery is new to me.  I understood celery to be a “diet” food – it was one of the few that took more energy to consume than you got from it.  Hemp seeds have been fashionable, but you could get similar benefits by using a combination of sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.  Similarly, there’s been a push for Maple syrup uptake…  But flat coke?  Given that soda pop has been shown to shorten telomeres

Avoid these Gluten-Free Baking Mistakes!

Ourman has also been hard at work in our test kitchen, creating entirely gluten-free, BA-approved desserts. After tasting them all (they’re delicious), we spoke with Ourman about how to give up rye, barley, and wheat without sacrificing flavor, texture, or enjoyment: What are the most common gluten-free mistakes? Here’s how to totally screw up gluten-free cooking—or not.

Source: Avoid these Gluten-Free Baking Mistakes!

The last two are lifestyle/health related, not baking per se.