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The Most Powerful Force In The Universe

No, not Subi. (I was shocked too!) Albert Einstein is frequently quoted as having said that compound interest is “the most powerful force in the universe”. More than likely, Einstein never actually said this. It hasn’t been conclusively attributed to him but Einstein is still getting the credit, and quote itself refuses to go away. It’s no surprise that people love the idea of compound interest being the most powerful thing imaginable. It’s a popular idea so it gets repeated. And it’s popular because it’s intuitively true. Compound interest is when the cost of a loan or the reward for saving builds up and contributes to the amount loaned or saved. It’s this little tiny thing that starts growing slowly...

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Green Magic?

So you’ve probably noticed green juices becoming increasingly popular over the last few years. No longer is it sufficient to eat vegetables in order to stay healthy - now you have to drink them too.  Or at least that’s how green juices and other veggie-based drinks are marketed to us. Like most health-related media content, this is an exaggeration that is based on a grain of truth. The underlying truth is that almost everybody isn’t getting enough nutrition from plants so any additional vegetables, like those in green juices, are a pretty welcome addition. But it’s not as if vegetables are like some minority among ingredients whose true nutritional power has been kept down through a conspiracy of cooking. Certain...

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Putting the “Fun” in Fungus! (All Out Of Mushroom Puns)

There’s something you need to know about me. It’s something I haven’t shared with you before, but I think it’s important that you know: I’m a mycophile.  Despite how suspicious this sounds, all it means is that I love cooking and eating different types of mushrooms. So I’d be surprised if there weren’t a few other mycophiles reading this too. Mushrooms are a fascinating and rewarding food. They’re packed full of unique flavors and have some considerable health benefits that I’ll talk about a little later. What’s more, they have a special reputation distinct from all other vegetables (they’re not even really a vegetable, they’re a part of a fungus): Mushrooms are seen as being delicious, dangerous, mysterious and magical...

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What the hell is Algae and why would I eat it?

Well, first of all, Algae isn’t really one individual thing. It’s more like an umbrella term that covers a bunch of different organisms and includes everything from itty bitty single-celled chlorella to 100 ft+ giant kelp. Algae is just a name for things like plants (but subtly different) that grow in water and get their energy from the sun. If you’ve ever eaten Japanese food, you’ve probably eaten algae because sea vegetables like wakame, nori, and kombu are classed as algae. And if you’ve already tried Subi Superfood, then you definitely have eaten algae. But why is it a good idea to include some algae in your diet? Seaweeds and algae contain particularly high concentrations of nutrients that are often...

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A Salted State

A Salted State I recently read a book called Salt, A World History, by Mark Kurlansky. The book did exactly what the title suggests and gave me a comprehensive overview of the relationship humans have had with salt since the beginning of history. There’s a huge amount of detail in the book. We humans have been seeking out salt for thousands of years and it’s only in the last 100 years that salt has been so abundant. Previously, salt was a precious commodity, like gold is today or high speed internet was in the 90s. The high value salt used to hold got me thinking about how we treat salt now. Salacious Salad The words that historically come from “salt”...

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