Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Why no Tomatoes in the GARD?

That's what I wanted to know! I freaking love tomatoes warm from our garden in the summer; the unusual varieties in the farmer's market; in a good stew or bolognese sauce. They're packed with nutrients, and add a wonderful umami flavor to everything, especially when concentrated, like tomato paste.

What's umami? It's the latest food craze; "top" chefs are chasing after it, putting it in everything they can think of, even ice cream FCOL. Technically, it's glutamic acid that gives that lovely umami taste. Glutamate. Kryptonite. An excito-toxin that triggers epileptic seizures, migraines, headaches, and contributes to (perhaps even causes) ADHD, Alzheimers, and other unpleasant neurological disorders. Dr. Blaylock explains excito-toxins here.

And tomatoes are packed with it. 246mg per 100g of tomato. Just for a point of reference, 100g of carrots have a grand total of 33. Umami Peddlers have a list if you want to take a look; tomatoes are at the top of their list.

So, in the interest of being consistent with recipes that new GARD followers can use, there will be no tomatoes, dried mushrooms, seaweed, anchovies, or the like.

(And just in case you were thinking of using Nori (dried seaweed) as a clever wrap: 1,378mg per 100g.)

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