Move over wings! This is your new favorite buffalo dish.
The origin of the name has nothing to do with the actual animal buffalo. Rather the term Buffalo is a spicy chicken wings dish that originated in Buffalo, New York.
In 1939, Frank and Teressa Bellisino, owned a bar called Anchor’s Bar. Theresa had an idea, “Why not fry chicken wings up and serve them in a hot sauce?”
Apart from that story, their son, Dominic claimed that one Friday night the bar was unusually busy. He thought he’d bring out something special for the customers at midnight.
On the other hand, in an article by the New Yorker in 1980, Frank stated that the most plausible scenario in which the bar had received a shipment of wings on accident; they had been expecting other parts of the chicken. So they simply didn’t know what to do with them so he and his wife started experimenting in the kitchen to ensure that the chicken would not go to waste.
The Battle between Baked and Fried
Frying is a means of cooking food in fat or oil. Fried foods often end up in a distinct crisp texture since fats and oils are able to surpass higher temperatures than water.
According to the National Cancer Institute, researchers have studied that frequent consumption of dried meats are associated with bigger risk of colorectal, pancreatic, and prostate cancer. Numerous studies have speculated this increased risk to be associated with the release of chemicals, known as polycyclic aromatic compounds (PAHs) and heterocyclic amines. These compounds are released when frying in conditions of great heat over an open flame for extended cooking duration. In frying, oil can cause smoke to be produced and result in the release of PAHs.
Baking is a method of cooking food that utilizes direct heat through an oven. It is a process where moisture within the food is converted to steam. This steam trusts with the dry heat of the oven to cook the food. In contrast to frying, baking food needs little added fat for flavor.
Allison Stevens of Livestrong.com enumerated some facts why baking foods is better than deep frying foods.
- Most deep fried foods are covered in breading made of starch. These starches are subjected to high temperatures when you deep fry them. These then react to form carcinogens.
- Most foods deep fried in restaurants are cooked using partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. Partially hydrogenated oils are cheap, shelf stable, and withstand high temperatures when subjected to cooking, making it suitable for restaurants to use. However, according to Harvard School of Public Health, trans fats caused an estimated 1 out of 5 heart attacks in the United States, cause inflammation, reduce the effectiveness of your immune system, promote obesity and have been linked to multiple chronic diseases, including stroke and diabetes. We’ve discussed this at length, but will continue to do so. The source and type of fat you eat matters. Fat is not all the same. With trans fats being the absolutely worst thing you could eat. If we wanted to simplify health for the average person with obesity, it would be to not eat any trans fats ever, and to limit your overall sugar intake and to eliminate your added sugar intake.
- Oil heated to high temperatures in relation to deep frying produces another negative effect called, oxidation. Oxidized oils are responsible for causing many health problems including damage to the body’s major organs - lungs, kidneys and heart. It was showed that oxidized palm oil adversely affected plasma, free fatty acids and promoted an increased risk of high blood pressure, arterial thrombosis and atherosclerosis. Palm oil in particular was studied in research published in "Plant Foods for Human Nutrition" in 1999. All of these conditions are reversed when palm oil is consumed in it’s natural state, but when consumed in an oxidized state, risk for these diseases elevates.
- Little or no oil is required in baking. Every tablespoon of oil adds 120 calories and 14 grams of fat to your food approximately.
The Wonder of Spicy Foods for Health Benefits
In an article made by Elsevier, entitled, “Three Reasons Why You Should Eat Spicy Foods”, they reported that spicy foods may reduce number of tumors.
A study in The Journal of Clinical Investigation found out that the spicy chemical in peppers, capsaicin, can activate cell receptors in the intestinal lining, which can reduce the risk of developing tumors. The researchers fed capsaicin to mice prone to develop tumors and found that it reduced the amounts of tumors in the lives of mice.
Another study in the American Institute for Cancer Research found out that approximately 80% of prostate cancer cells in mice were killed by capsaicin. The tumors shrank to about one-fifth the size of untreated tumors.
According to the article report of Beth Levine, a research study conducted between the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and the Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, discovered that frequently eating spicy meals may be linked to a lower risk of death. The subjects were 487,375 men and women between the ages of 30 and 79. All were participants in the China Kadoorie Biobank, a large ongoing research project, from 2004 through 2008.
Broccoli Facts That Will Make You Feel Great
Broccoli in this recipe will replace the meat and is commonly referred to as a super veggie. Broccoli is very high in nutrients including potassium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin K and fiber. This vegetable also contains more protein compared to other types. Broccoli is also very low in calories, 31 calories per cup. It is low in digestible carbohydrates, but provides a considerable amount of fiber. Fiber that promotes gut health.
Broccoli contains plant compounds called isothiocyanates, the most abundant of which is called sulforaphane. They improve many risk factors for disease, and may reduce the risk of cancer.
Ketogenic-Friendly and Brain-Enhancing Nootropic Ranch Dressing
If you're on a ketogenic diet, this recipe is for you. This is definitely low carb, high fat and just the right amount of protein. Scroll down for the recipe below. Normally ranch dressing should never be on the menu, but this is no ordinary hidden valley dressing. We’ve given it a nootropic twist with the addition of Momental Mind, which is packed with nutrients for brain performance and recovery. Get real energy while improving your memory, creativity, and decision making. Hang on to your leftover dressing and use it for any of your favorite foods that could use a little pick me up.
Green Buffalo Nibbles with Nootropic Ranch Dressing
500g broccoli, cut into florets
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic, grated
4 tablespoons hot sauce
¼ cup butter, unsalted
2 tablespoons honey
For Nootropic Ranch Dressing (recipe good for storing for future use)
1 scoop Momental MIND Complete Nootropic Meal Replacement
1 teaspoon dried dill
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon basil
3 tablespoons dried parsley
1 1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup non-dairy whipping cream
1 cup cup sour cream
- Preheat oven to 400F and line a rack over a baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, toss broccoli with olive oil, salt and pepper, and grated garlic. Line pieces to the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping the broccoli pieces halfway through. Remove from oven and let it cool.
- In a saucepan, over medium heat, mix hot sauce and honey. Allow to simmer and add butter. Cook until slightly reduced. Lower down heat.
- Transfer broccoli pieces to the sauce being prepared. Toss until everything is covered completely.
- Bring back the covered broccoli pieces to the rack and bake further until the sauce caramelizes, usually about 3 minutes.
- Serve with nootropic ranch dressing
- Nootropic Ranch Dressing: In a small mixing bowl, mix all powder ingredients together. Blend well. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together all liquid ingredients. Add all the dry ingredients to the liquid ingredients and mix very well.