Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Few Random Things I Learned This Week

Japanese cuisine is one of only two cuisines recognized by UN for its cultural significance. (And, in case you are wondering, French cuisine is the other one.)

I am not surprised at all! Japanese cuisine is unique, is famous for simple flavors, top quality ingredients, and it's a heaven for pescetarians like me. Almost 80% of all the bluefin tuna caught in the world is used for sushi and sashimi. And did you know that the most expensive tuna was sold in Japan for $735,000? That must have been one special tuna!

Dolphins have two stomachs like cows.
On Thursday, as I was walking on the beach, I was treated with the presence of two dolphins who swam very close to the shore.  Do you see a dark spots close to the shore? That's them. What a treat! I always knew that dolphins are as smart as apes, and that the evolution of their brain is very similar to humans. But I did not know that they have a few similarities to cows, like having two stomachs, one to store the food, and the second one to digest it. In fact, it turns out, the female dolphins are often called cows, males are called bulls, and young dolphins are called calves!

Most foods we eat are processed, but many of these foods are ultra-processed.
So I was talking to a friend saying that donuts are made from super-processed ingredients. He asked me, what's super-processed? So I turned to google in search for the answer. Here it is: there are extent and purpose of processing, and what happens to food as a result of processing. Non-processed or minimally processed foods do not change the nutritional properties of the food. Sometimes, though, when processed, the food or the ingredients get heated, refined, or bleached, or packed with sugar and salt... More heated or more refined foods are, more they are depleted of nutrients and provide little or nothing beyond calories. As an example, minimally processed honey is full of nutrition. But more the honey gets processed (depending on how long it gets boiled and filtered), less, if any, nutrition remains. 

During New Moon, the average Moonrise time is 6AM and average Moonset time is 6PM
During the lunar cycle, moon makes a circuit across the sky. At the full Moon, the moon is exactly opposite of the Sun. However as it gets closer to the New Moon, the Moon gets closer to the sun.  In fact, it is the when the Moon and the Sun have the same ecliptical longitude. This may make the moon less visible at night but it sure makes it more visible in the day.

xo, Zuma A.

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