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Food for Thought: Mexican Food and Memory

February 2, 2012

Good news for those of you (us) who stay out way too late and then hit up your (our) favorite hole in the wall Mexican joint…a new study has found that “certain Mexican food spices boost memory“! Score.

…in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that the pungent herb cilantro, also known as the leaves of coriander, also boosts memory, and the findings may point to a new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Both cumin and cilantro are commonly used as spices in Mexican and Indian food.

Wooohooo, right?! That’s great news on a lot of levels. However, don’t go binging at CASA BONITA!!! (yes, I have actually been there, it’s not just a South Park creation…and it is truly a magical magical place) just yet (or do, it’s your life) in order to remember all zillion of the passwords you’ve created on the internets, because

Not even the most fanatic Mexican food lover consumes 5-15 percent of their diet in cilantro leaves, and attempting this would likely induce a bad case of “tourista,” but if the active compounds in cilantro and cumin can be identified, this could provide useful new drugs for treating dementia.

Too badddd. But seriously, this could be a really important finding for so many people, and I hope they continue to study it. In the meantime, please enjoy these (stolen) photos of CASA BONITA!!!! (if you haven’t heard the Casa Bonita song from S.P., google that shiz. It’s worth it, I promise) to get you all revved up for your next Mexican feast!

What could be better?

The Magical Waterfalls!!!...Shows Every 20 Minutes on the Hour, Folks! Don't Miss it! (Note: I have not been compensated in any way to advertise CASA BONITA!!!!, this all just comes naturally from my soul and stomach)

Deliciousness? To Be Determined...

(All Images Courtesy of CASA BONITA WEBSITE!!!!)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2012 4:50 am

    I love spicy Mexican food, so this is great to hear! 🙂

  2. Fedora permalink
    February 3, 2012 12:40 am

    Ok, if no one else is going to say it, I will. Because I am pissed HangryHippo.

    You have known that Casa Bonita is a real place and you havent told us that before?!?!

    I remember seeing that episode and thinking, dear god that place should exist! I need more details, more pictures, more mindblowing. I am too upset/excited to google it myself.

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