More on gas-free beans?
Your November 2006 issue included a brief article entitled "Gas-free Beans." Could you go into further detail about cooking the beans in the juices from a previous batch? Should I add more water to a batch of beans, cook, drain, and then freeze what liquid I don't want and use it the next time?
—Marlene Glass, via e-mail
Good question. Refrigerate or freeze any extra cooking liquid from your first batch of beans; add this to your next batch when ready to cook. This method naturally infuses the beans with beneficial, gas-reducing bacteria.
Milk and hormones
I usually look forward to receiving your magazine from the health food store I frequent, but I have to say that I am shocked that a magazine—especially one that promotes the message that healthy, organic foods are optimal—would print an article that reads like an advertisement for milk produced with bovine growth hormones [rBGH] ("Got Twins?" December 2006). To make women who crave twins think that drinking large amounts of hormone-tinged milk may help them achieve their goal is nauseating. Accompanying the article with a photo of a very thin, healthy, beautiful woman drinking a glass of milk while maternally rubbing her expanding belly further promotes the message: "Want twins? Then drink milk laced with synthetic growth hormones."
—Alicia Pfaff, via e-mail
Thank you taking the time to respond to our article. We certainly understand your concerns about the message. Our intent was, and always is, to inform readers about the study—not to tell them what to do with the information it contains. We regret any misunderstanding.