Monday, August 15, 2011

Bisin is Coming and Midnight Sin Chocolate Cake

Rice and lentils
Food Diary (August 15, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with nectarine, coconut, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Rice and lentils
Dinner: Sautéed sauerkraut, tomato and onion with flax seed sourdough
Baking/sweets: Chocolate, sweetened rolled oats

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Midnight Sin Chocolate Cake

Today’s Favourite Blog
Scientists at Minnesota University have discovered a natural preservative called bisin. Bisin is capable of destroying a whole class of bacteria, including E.coli and listeria. Food treated with bisin can be made to last for years and there would be no need to refrigerate the produce. 

Bisin, which is not  related to bison the animal, is short for bifodobacterium longum. The name sounds a bit unappetizing but apparently it is found in the human gut. So we already have the preservative in us, no wonder we manage to stay fresh for years! Bisin is related to nisin which is used in the manufacture of processed cheeses and meats. As such, it is generally recognised as safe and would not have to be pharmacologically tested. 

According to the scientists bisin does not compromise nutrient quality. And it is expected that bisin treated food could hit the shelves within 3 years.

Bisin sounds really promising, almost like the perfect preservative. Lets just hope it does what it promises to do and if everything goes according to plan we could be enjoying quite old fresh food.

By the way did you notice that the long form of bisin does not contain the letter ‘s’. 

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  1. oh my that cake looks BEAUTIFUL. thanks for the link - i just spent some time reading thru her blog. and bisin scares me! i can't believe there is something that would preserve fresh food? that just sounds unnatural...

  2. Oh, just a quick hello this evening as I'm going directly to that cake recipe :) Marvelous!!!!

  3. That cake is out of this world! Mine never look so perfect (though they taste devine). Bisin sounds a little scary -- could be too good to be true?

  4. What a name for a cake! It really suits the look of the cake too-rich, dark and sinful! :P

  5. So interesting about bisin! I can't believe I've never heard of it before!

  6. Hmm, that bisin thing is interesting, but I do feel skeptical...

  7. That cake deserves pride of place during a midnight snack! Although I'd be tempted to eate it all round the clock- I don't think I'd have the willpower to wait until midnight!

  8. That chocolate cake made me gasp. It looks amazing.

  9. You had me craving chocolate cake yesterday and now today again!

  10. I like a lot the "bisin" article. Very interesting. I feel a bit stupid, but I haven't got the joke/pun ;-)

  11. that is interesting- I've definitely heard of and researched bifidobacterium but I hadn't heard of the nickname "Bisin"...

    loving the cake- as usual I agree it is my favorite photo too

  12. OOoh. what a gorgeous cake!
    I don't get it ... first they went all organic now they want to preserve things again. Think I'm getting a little confused about things ...

  13. Junia: don’t be scared:) Think of wine and cheese, quite old but delicious!

    Lizzy: hello!

    Keely: I guess the taste is important too!

    Lorraine: agree, it’s the right name for the cake!

    Joanne: and soon we will see it in action!

    Hannah: It may take some time getting used to this thing!

    Kate: why wait? Can’t let such a beautiful cake be lonely for too long!

    Yummychunklet: it is

    Maris: sorry about that! Tomorrows another day:)

    Sissi: don’t feel stupid – it wasn’t really a joke, just an observation. Bisin is short for bifodobacterium longum but the long word does not contain the alphabet ‘s’.

    Laural: that’s good, so you know about this already and won’t be too shocked when it hits the shelves.

    ping: yes, fresh is best but lets find ways to preserve for many years:) It is a bit counter-intuitive. One of the benefits of bisin is it destroys E-Coli etc. Plus food stays fresh for longer, in case you needed to keep it for longer, however nutritionists generally recommend fresh… back to where we started! I am guessing they will continue to develop different methods for preserving in which case this one might be better than others.

  14. Yes, that chocolate cake picture is completely drool worthy :D
    *kisses* HH

  15. Thank you, Mr. Three-Cookies. I haven't drunk enough coffee this morning...

  16. That cake can't possible be a sin :D

  17. Wow amazing if bisin is already in our system why does ecoli still harm us.

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  19. angsarap: good point. bisin is found in the gut and I presume E. Coli already starts doing its thing before entering the gut. I am sure there is a scientific explanation for this