Wasabi may do more than add a kick to sushi. The pungent green horseradish also could prevent tooth decay, according to findings presented at a recent scientific meeting sponsored in part by the American Chemical Society. Researchers from Japan found that chemicals in wasabi inhibit the growth of bacteria that causes dental decay.
Really Slim pickings
Slim Jims? Other than the name and the shape, there's nothing slim about it, Men's Fitness magazine says. "This witches' stew of spicy bovine leftovers and 'mechanically separated chicken,'" as Men's Fitness described it, received the dubious distinction of being named the publication's January "Anti-Food of the Month."
Extremely popular -- almost $35 million in 1999 sales -- 80 percent of Slim Jims' 150 calories comes from fat, half of which is saturated, the magazine says. "And," the magazine adds, "there's enough sodium in one stick to gag an ungulate" -- that being the category of mammal that includes swine, camels, hippopotamuses, horses, rhinos and elephants.
Wild rice creations for kids
Check out the USA Rice Federation's recipe brochure, "Kids in the Kitchen: Rice Recipes Anyone Can Make," a colorful brochure designed to prove cooking can be fun.
Recipes include such delicacies as Leapin' Lizards (green, lizard-like crunch bars), gooey How Now Brown Cow (chocolate rice pudding) and colorful Sushi Snack Bites, featuring pseudo sushi made with crispy rice cereal, melted marshmallows and worm-shaped gummy candies.
For a free copy of the brochure, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to "Kids in the Kitchen," c/o USA Rice, P.O. Box 740121, Houston, Tex. 77274. The collection of kid-friendly recipes also can be found online at www.ricecafe.com.