Popping Antioxidants and the Des Moines Food Scene-this Week on GREAT TASTE

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    Jul 30
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    Aug 01
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Moises Velasquez-ManoffPopping vitamins has never been my thing, but I have plenty of friends who load up every single day and have followed that regime for years.  In talking with them about their supplement intake I’ve never been convinced they really notice tangible results, but, instead, rely on the simple rationalization that “more is better” when it comes to filling the body with “super foods.”  OK, maybe I could buy that, but in the form of a pill?

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A friend sent me this link to an article written by Tom Philpott, the Food and Ag Correspondent for Mother Jones, and that piece lead me to Moises Velasquez-Manoff, a science writer.  Velasquez-Manoff is the author of An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases.  Recently, he wrote a piece for Nautilus with a provocative headline:  "Fruits and Vegetables are Trying to Kill You."  I guarantee you’ll find what he has to say very interesting during the first part of our show this week.

IJennifer Millern the second show segment, Iowa Cooks, I’ll talk with Jennifer Miller, food writer for the Des Moines Register.  After going to the Des Moines Farmers Market last week and eating a few meals around town, I was intrigued by some of the interesting people I met.  Among those were a 26-year old chef operating literally out of a hole in the wall, and cooking up creative dishes (to-go ones anyway)featuring fresh, local ingredients, a woman at the market who was serving vegan smoothies and wheat grass shots to a large crowd, and a family running an organic CSA in Waukee. 

What’s happening on the Des Moines food scene? Check out what Jennifer has to say, and, if you are close by, do a bit of exploring yourself.  By the way, the Saturday Farmers Market in Des Moines closes at noon so get there early.  

Enjoy the show!