One of the most important parts of my college experience has been the food co-op that I cooked and ate in for three years. The challenge of preparing a healthy meal for 30 people based on the sometimes limited ingredients that were available, while also providing for the vegans, the lactose intolerants and a host of other specific dietary needs, brought out a certain kind of focus and drive that I was seldom capable of outside of that kitchen. Here’s a few pieces of advice, and maybe some good anecdotes too, for planning and preparing meals for a large group.
Scientists are discovering the many benefits we get from our symbiotic relationship with the bacteria that live in our digestive tract. Now it appears that gut bacteria play a role in regulating appetite and satiety. And that antibiotic use, which wipes out beneficial colonies of bacteria, can contribute to obesity.