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Fermented Foods Can Help the Socially Awkward

If you feel totally awkward in social situations, then you need to eat more fermented foods, says science. 

A study by the University of Maryland found a link between fermented foods which contain probiotics – such as kimchi, miso soup, pickles and sauerkraut – and social anxiety.

‘It is likely that the probiotics in the fermented foods are favorably changing the environment in the gut, and changes in the gut in turn influence social anxiety,’ said professor of psychology Matthew Hilimire, who led the research.

He added: ‘I think that it is absolutely fascinating that the microorganisms in your gut can influence your mind.’

Around 700 students were asked to complete a questionnaire about their eating habits, alongside a wider study on social anxiety and neuroticism.

Participants answered questions about their consumption of fermented foods over the previous 30 days, as well as their levels of exercise and average consumption of fruit and veg.

‘The main finding was that individuals who had consumed more fermented foods had reduced social anxiety but that was qualified by an interaction by neuroticism,’ said Hilimire, adding,
‘What that means is that that relationship was strongest amongst people that were high in neuroticism.’

To conclude: eating a diet of kimchi and miso will make you less anxious in social situations – particularly if you’re of a neurotic disposition.

Obviously, it will also lead people to think you’re a bit of a pretentious w*nker. But at least you’ll feel a lot less anxious about it.

Good to know.

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13 Bad Pickle Jokes!

13 Bad Pickle Jokes!

Q: What happens when you get some vinegar in your ear?
A: You suffer from pickled hearing!

Q: What do you call a pickle you buy at a great price?
A: A sweet Dill!

Q: What do you call a pickle doctor?
A: A dill pusher.

Q: What is the pickle’s philosophy of life?
A: Never a dill moment.

Q: What do you call the pickle that got run over on the highway?
A: Road dill.

Q: What does an agreeable pickle always say?
A: I relish the idea.

Q: What does the non­believing pickle say?
A: You’re gherkin my chain.

Q: Who is the pickles’ favorite artist?
A: Salvador Dilly.

Q: What is the pickles’ favorite classic movie?
A: “To Dill a Mockingbird”.

Q: What’s the pickles favorite game show?
A: Let’s Make a Dill.

Q: Where is the Liberty Dill located?
A: In PhilaDILLphia.

Q: What are pickle’s horrible domestic partners?
A: They’re always Green with Envy.

Q: What do you say to a pickle that is freaking out?
A: Just dill.

Q: What is green and has two wheels?
A: A motorpickle.


Teaneck Pickle Contest

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From left, Joshua Deutsch, Binyamin Fuld, 11, and Racheli Fuld, 9, each won a division of the pickle-eating contest. Josh Lipowsky

Teaneck’s gastronomic gladiators met in the salty trenches on Monday for a sour showdown to claim the title of pickle-eating champion.

Contestants lined up outside of Pickle Licious on Cedar Lane for the store’s annual pickle-eating contest, facing down a half-gallon of pickles (20 in each bucket). They chose their weapons: sour, half-sour, or new pickles, and armed themselves with a quart of water as they chowed down to see who could eat the most within eight minutes. (This reporter claimed the title in 2011, downing 20 pickles in less than 10 minutes. This year, however, the Force was not with him. Read on.)

As the dust cleared, Joshua Deutsch, a 61-year-old mashgiach from Teaneck, stood triumphant. He had finished all 20 pickles in the bucket, but, he lamented, he did not have time to start on the second half-gallon before him. (This reporter finished 19 and was about to finish No. 20 when time was called. He blames the sweltering temperatures and promises to redeem himself next year.)

For the second year in a row, Mr. Deutsch claimed the title. Last year he devoured full-sours, which he said are easier to chew and that’s important when eating for time. This year he went with the half-sours, a decision he regrets. They are harder to chew, he said.

“The technique is very important,” Mr. Deutsch said. “You have to drink a lot. Just drink as you’re eating. Don’t try to beat the clock because you’ll gag.”

For his efforts Mr. Deutsch will get a quart of pickles each month for a year. After the contest, Pickle Licious showed off a new line of relishes on top of free hotdogs provided by Ma’adan. The pickles were the appetizer and the hotdogs were the main course, Mr. Deutsch said. And for dessert? He went into the store to sample Pickle Licious’ olive selection and pick up his first quart — horseradish pickles — as well as $60 worth of other products.

Mr. Deutsch is no stranger to eating contests. He’s won the Ma’adan latke-eating contest two years in a row and won last year’s Pickle Licious contest. (This reporter again took second last year). The most difficult contest, though? About 15 years ago the Jewish Community Council of Teaneck held a community Purim party with a hamantaschen-eating contest. The dry hamantaschen were “a tough job on the jaw,” and “tougher than any of these other contests,” he said.

Pickle Licious has been holding the contest for several years, but this is the first time it did so in front of its Cedar Lane store, said owner Robyn Samra, aka “the Pickle Lady,” noting it until now had been held at the Memorial Day street fair or at the old store. It’s just fun, she said, promising that the annual contest would continue.

Teenagers and adults competed in one division, and children under 14 were in another. Binyamin Fuld, 11, and his sister Racheli, 9, won the boys and girls categories, respectively, in the children’s division. Both live in Teaneck and go to school at Yeshivat Noam. Binyamin, who plans to enter again next year, has never done a pickle-eating contest before. His favorites are the new pickle, because “it’s not too sour and just good tasting.”

And isn’t that really what it comes down to with pickles?

By Josh Lipowsky of the The Jewish Standard


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