UPDATE: I’ve added information from the company owner since I originally posted this entry on Wednesday.
AFC Trading & Wholesale of California has placed stickers in English on some of its Chinese-made frozen bean curd sheets and sticks after officials found undeclared sulfites in them, the company reported.
The lack of English labeling prompted the Los Angeles company to issue a recall Sept. 7 with the federal government.
AFC warned people who are allergic to sulfites not to eat products with the “PO# 378″ on them.
The problem occurred because this batch, which was shipped in March or April, contained sulfites but that was only noted in Chinese, AFC owner Jackson Wu said Wednesday.
But for a long time, Northern Californians have thought in differentways.
Stanford Hospital & Clinics this week continued this trend by announcing that patients staying there can dine on local, organic food that will largely come from companies within 200 miles of Stanford, Calif.
What caught my attention on the menu: Smoked tofu.
When I was searching for information about the diets of centenarians on Okinawa, I came across this CNN video.
Michael Booth’s recent article in The Sunday Times about people living so long in this part of Japan sparked my interest. Of course, tofu was involved.
It looks like there is a combination of factors – including eating bean curd – that is contributing to long and active lives for many Okinawans. Apparently, there is a high percentage of residents who live past the age of 100.
One observation: Okinawans are living their lives with the thought that something – longevity in this case – is possible.
And they don’t have the diseases that have surfaced in North America, according to CNN.
Eating soybean cake on a regular basis as part of a balanced meal might actually help extend a person’s age, experts believe.
In a June 7 article in The Sunday Times, author Michael Booth wrote about traveling to Okinawa to investigate why so many residents of this group of Japanese islands are living to at least 100 years old.
That number is estimated to be more than 800 people, he said.
On Okinawa, Booth quoted Craig Willcox, a Canadian gerontologist and medical anthropologist who has studied the residents and their health.
Among many factors, Willcox gives the nod to soybean cake as contributing to better health for Okinawans. “They have lower cholesterol and suffer less from heart disease, arteriosclerosis and many cancers,” he told Booth.
Using tofu can help reduce the risk of heart disease, she writes in her post. “No one is suggesting that tofu alone is a magic food but as a substitute for higher fat, higher cholesterol, lower calcium choices it is a healthy addition to your diet,” she says later.
She touches upon one controversy swirling around soy – specifically isoflavones used in supplement form. That is, if eaten as a supplement in large amounts, the risk of breast cancer might increase.