Yes. They can be filled with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Why am I apparently unable to digest entire kernels of corn?
There are starches in some corn that resist digestive enzymes. Even though they survive the small intestine, indigestible starches and fiber can help with the movement of matter through the bowel and have a positive effect on gut microbes. Those that don’t pass all the way through can be fermented in the large intestine. So as we think more and more about feeding our microbes as well as ourselves, some scientists have argued that we should be getting more of these starches in our food.
Is it actually healthy to celebrate Thanksgiving, though?
The holiday is predicated on the myth of an amicable arrangement between European colonialists and Native Americans. It promises a sort of absolution for non–Native Americans—from guilt in the taking of land, the genocide, and the slander and cultural erasure. This can’t be healthy. But recognizing the fallacy and refusing that absolution is probably a worthwhile exercise.
I meant because we eat a lot. Damn. Everything feels so serious right now.
You’re the one who started with a question about aneurysms.
Now my other questions feel trivial.
This has been a year of reckoning with our history, and which parts of it we want to continue to celebrate. It’s liberating, healthy.
Okay, well. What about cranberries?
Ah, right, as in, do they cure urinary-tract infections?
What? Why would they?
It’s a popular myth. It’s not true—the cure for urinary-tract infections is antibiotics—but regularly eating antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables like cranberries does seem to help protect people from infections generally.
I was going to ask what defines a “sauce.” Are there any actual health downsides to canned (the Jell-O-like stuff)?
Canned cranberry “sauce” was produced as far back as 1941 by the collective of growers that would become Ocean Spray. The advent of mechanical harvesting meant a lot of imperfect and crushed cranberries, and they could be canned as a gelatinous product, and then a lot of people came to prefer it to actual, good cranberry sauce. Ocean Spray now sells 86.4 million cans every year, despite vastly better options being very easy to make. The company says it does 80 percent of its “total sauce business” between September and December.
Are turduckens sandwiches?
Why, if a woman sliced through her hand with a turkey carver and went to the doctor on Thanksgiving, would the first question she is asked be “When was the first day of your last menstrual cycle?”
The medical system tends to be predicated on a sex-gender binary in places where sex-gender is irrelevant, and oblivious of differences when they actually matter. Emergency departments will be filled with self-inflicted lacerations over the holiday. A good thing to know is that in most cases antibiotics are unnecessary.