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Is this still good: A Monday morning roundup of news and blog posts

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Salt is good? Or at least it's not bad. That's what a new meta-analysis in the American Journal of Hypertension finds. Also, a Christian Science perspective on "Millenial foodies" and a recipe for Old Bay fried green tomatoes.

Scientific American declares that "It's time to end the war on salt." It is true that the Fed's new dietary guidelines took the gloves off for salt, even while cushioning its blows to dairy and meat. the Scientific American article refers to a new meta-analysis in the American Journal of Hypertension (that) found no strong evidence that cutting salt intake reduces the risk for heart attacks, strokes or death in people with normal or high blood pressure."

An essay in the Christian Science perspective on 'Millenial foodies,' feasts and fears objects to the our fascination with food and where it comes from, or what I call the neogluttony: "We’re allowing food to be master rather than servant. When we do this, we’re believing that it has the capacity to harm and even destroy." (Christian Science Monitor)

Snakeheads, anyone? The New York Times reports on the newish trend of dealing with invastive species by eating them. Actually, a few Baltimore chefs are looking into the snakehead's culinary potential; Laura Vozzella is working on the story.

Rachel Rappaport has a recipe for Old Bay fried green tomatoes on Coconut & Lime, a widely viewed blog based right here on Baltimore. Rappaport says, "I wish it was tomato season here in Baltimore but we are not quite there." Agreed, although that hasn't stopped some of the vendors at the Downtown farmers' market from selling them.

The Kitchen approves of the new "packaging-free grocery store" that opened recently in Austin. I still don't get it. It seems like a recipe for contamination.

The HowChow blog says that Howard County's champion burger is still the same as it was before the big burger invasion of 2011.

Alexander D. Mitchell IV froths about new Maryland beer-and-wine shipping law, discovering that there may be a loophole in it big enough to ship beer-of-the-month cases through.

Francine Halvorsen samples this year's new fare at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Baltimore Brew)

The Strawberries in Paris blog has an appreciative review of Hampden's hot Corner BYOB.

And a recipe for black raspberry buttermilk cake on If You Give a Girl a Cookie.

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