Thursday, February 12, 2015

What's the Difference Between Dutch Process and Natural Cocoa Powder?

There's a kitchen stereotype that bakers are meticulous and measure everything to the gram. They follow directions to the letter, all while savory cooks are throwing food into pots Swedish Chef style.
Sometimes I wish I baked like that, but truth be told I often freestyle and substitute. Take, for instance, cocoa powder, which comes in two main varieties, natural and Dutch process. Can you substitute one for the other or are you better off sticking to the road more traveled?
The answer: it depends on what you're baking, but no matter what, the two varieties don't taste the same.

So What is Cocoa Powder Exactly?

 

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dementia 'linked' to common over-the-counter drugs




A study has linked commonly used medicines, including over-the-counter treatments for conditions such as insomnia and hay-fever, to dementia.
All of the types of medication in question are drugs that have an "anticholinergic" effect.
Experts say people should not panic or stop taking their medicines.
In the US study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, higher doses and prolonged use were linked to higher dementia risk in elderly people.
The researchers only looked at older people and found the increased risk appeared when people took drugs every day for three years or more.
Side-effects All medicines can have side-effects and anticholinergic-type drugs that block a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine are no exception.

  

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