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Friday, January 23, 2009

Dreams of the Rarebit Fiends

Dream of a Rarebit FiendEating different varieties of cheese can influence the types of dreams you have, according to a study released by the British Cheese Board.

Among other things, the study results seek to dispel the belief that eating cheese before going to bed causes nightmares. None of the 200 participants in the week-long study reported having nightmares after eating 20 grams of cheese half an hour before retiring, and 72 percent said they got a good night’s sleep. Since it contains tryptophan, an amino acid which been shown to reduce stress and induce sleep, cheese may be a snooze inducer, says Dr. Judith Bryans, Nutrition Scientist at Britain’s Dairy Council.

Red Leicester and Chesire cheeses were found to be best at inducing sleep. Those who ate Lancashire reported dreaming about work, and Cheddar seemed to promote dreams about celebrities. Stilton is on my shopping list: 75 percent of the Stilton-munching men and 85 percent of their female couterparts had some of the most bizarre dreams of the whole study – although none were described as bad experiences, the Cheese Board is quick to point out. Highlights included “talking soft toys, lifts that move sideways, a vegetarian crocodile upset because it could not eat children, dinner party guests being traded for camels, soldiers fighting with each other with kittens instead of guns and a party in a lunatic asylum.”

The association of cheese and wild dreams got a boost in the early 20th Century from Winsor McKay’s comic strip, Dream of a Rarebit Fiend. If you’d like to try a little rarebit for yourself, it’s basically just a melted concoction of cheese, spices and sometimes beer, spread on a piece of toast. Recipes abound, if you’d like to try it as a snack before turning in. (And by all means, use Stilton!)

Friday is Pie Day

Friday, January 23 is National Pie Day in the United States. Grab a slice and celebrate, or head on over to the American Pie Council for some other activity ideas.

Red Wine promotes healthy mice

By this time, you’ve no doubt read about how resveratrol, a component contained in red wines, promotes health in a number of ways, at least in the lab. One researcher tells a story about researching the effects of red wine and a few other substances with the help of his mouse, Louis, in the current issue of The New Yorker. Just go read it....
J. Silverheels Gray, 10:30 AM


So, what's the street value for a kilo of Stilton these days?
Blogger Evan, at 2:34 PM  
Pie, Bob!
Anonymous efk, at 5:06 PM  

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