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Best (and Worst) Foods for Digestion

An article by Health.com’s Amanda Gardner points out some of the reasons that those of us who are “approaching maturity” may have tummy troubles. Things like too much fried food and too little exercise. Not that the denizens of the Underground have those issues; no, that’s purely theoretical. Interesting, but not germane.

Then she goes on […]

Pass the Shaker, Please: End the Salt Persecution

Salt. One of those four-letter words in food culture these days. So very fundamental to our existence that some of the earliest trade routes were to carry salt from source to need. So ingrained (Get it? Ingrained? I crack me up…) in our culture that the word for earnings is “salary,” or salt money. […]

Want Some of the Really Hot Stuff? Then Get This Shirt…

We use the word “hot” pretty indiscriminately these days. The weather’s hot; this food’s hot; that song’s hot. My car’s hot (inside) these days. Or fill-in-the-blank-with-favorite-actor/actress is hot. And on and on.

In the zesty food game, hot has a pretty distinct meaning. Where is it on the Scoville scale? The bigger the number the […]

Brain Food: Ancient Secrets of Green Tea in the Modern Age

This entry is part of a series, Brain Food»

For more than 4,000 years, the Chinese have been enjoying green tea. As with many human discoveries, this one was apparently a happy accident. Shen Nong was boiling a pot of water and some leaves drifted in. This was in the year 2,737 B.C. The […]

Brain Food: Turkey, It's Not Just for Feasts Anymore

This entry is part of a series, Brain Food»

Many Americans have a stereotypical image of Thanksgiving that they carry around in their heads. The feast table’s centerpiece is a huge, roasted bird, so golden brown it almost glows. This turkey is surrounded by an immense harvest bounty: vegetables, cranberries, stuffing and gravy, fruit […]

Brain Food: Salmon and Tuna, Seafood That's Smart

This entry is part of a series, Brain Food»

Salmon and tuna are two popular fishy protein choices in America today. The omega-3 fats from these fish are well-known to promote a variety of health improvements to everything from the cardiovascular system to the skin. The brain may benefit the most, however.

Canned tuna and […]

Welcome to the New Year at the Chile Underground!

Okay, celebrations are over, back to work!

Just kidding…

Work is over-rated anyways. However, the elves here at the Chile Underground are ready to work hard for you this year! (At least they’ll work for somebody.) We’re going to have a great year, I can feel it already. Before we move into the new, though, let’s […]