So, as you may know, this summer, along with my many other jobs, I’ve been interning at LolaBee’s Harvest, a San Francisco based online farmers market and food delivery service. And I’ve been loving every minute of it! So, bear with me, here’s a short paragraph about my amazing job …
LolaBee’s Harvest is a San Franciscobased online farmers market and food delivery service that sources local, organic produce and pastured meat, dairy, and eggs from farmers and artisans all over the Bay Area. LolaBee’s stands out from other produce deliverycompanies because they offer the freshness and quality of a San Francisco CSA while offering custom ordering and the ease of home delivery. LolaBee’s helps San Francisco residents get the farm fresh local, organic products they need to nourish their families … my boss’s motto is: “Eat Thoughtfully.”
And this is why I love my job!!!
The food we pack each week is delicious and nutritious … Oh and did I mention, nopesticides or GMO‘s!!! Perfect for us toxic freaks!
Now the main reason for my short, yet sweet post is … I have some new blog posts for you … but they’re not exactly on my toxic foodie blog. For the past month and a half, I’ve been writing the weekly newsletter for LolaBee’s, which means, most of my articles go up on their fabulous blog. So, you have a lot of reading to do … click on the links below to catch up on your toxic knowledge.
Last Friday night, I went to a San Francisco Giants game with my family and sorority… unfortunately, they lost!
But luckily I was able to enjoy a nice and delicious ball park meal, which consisted of a veggie burger, garlic fries, and an extra large diet coke. Don’t worry I shared the coke… well some of it anyway!
However, when I was munching on my fries all I could think about was … acrylamide!
Acrylamide is a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm (listed on the Prop 65 chemical list).
Acrylamide comes from the “browning” process of starchy carbohydrates and forms when these carbs are heated; such as, baking bread or frying potatoes. Acrylamide can be found in the highest concentrations when overcooked or fried; more specifically, in french fries and fried potato chips.
Surprisingly, an uncooked french fry has NO acrylamide at all … however, a french fry cooked for 15 minutes has acrylamide levels of 11 parts per billion (ppb), 30 minutes has levels of 1326 ppb, and 45 minutes has levels of 4885 ppb. So, basically, STAY AWAY from the brown, burnt french fries!!!
The browner the fry the worse it is!!!
Potatoes have yet another toxic chemical known as solanine! We have fortunately bred potatoes to have very low solanine levels; however, beware of the green parts of potatoes… In other words, DO NOT EAT THE GREEN!!! Instead, cut off the green parts and cook the rest of the potato! Solanine is not degraded by cooking and is known as a cholinesterase inhibitor! Toxicity of this chemical could cause tremors, convulsions, paralysis, and ultimately a coma.
So what I’m trying to say is… do not eat brown or green potatoes! That’s all the toxic advice I have for today! Until next time …