The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara SullivanTwo young boys must escape a life of slavery in modern-day Ivory Coast
Fifteen-year-old Amadou counts the things that matter. For two years what has mattered are the number of cacao pods he and his younger brother, Seydou, can chop down in a day. This number is very important. The higher the number the safer they are because the bosses won’t beat them. The higher the number the closer they are to paying off their debt and returning home to Baba and Auntie. Maybe. The problem is Amadou doesn’t know how much he and Seydou owe, and the bosses won’t tell him. The boys only wanted to make some money during the dry season to help their impoverished family. Instead they were tricked into forced labor on a plantation in the Ivory Coast; they spend day after day living on little food and harvesting beans in the hot sun—dangerous, backbreaking work. With no hope of escape, all they can do is try their best to stay alive—until Khadija comes into their lives.
She’s the first girl who’s ever come to camp, and she’s a wild thing. She fights bravely every day, attempting escape again and again, reminding Amadou what it means to be free. But finally, the bosses break her, and what happens next to the brother he has always tried to protect almost breaks Amadou. The old impulse to run is suddenly awakened. The three band together as family and try just once more to escape.
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The sweetness and bitterness of childhood: Insights from basic research on taste preferences
We were extremely hopeful that the Lord would soon provide a way to meet the many needs overwhelming our family right now. Doors opened and it seemed as though God was paving the way to an answered prayer. Yet, within a moment, that assumed provision was gone and confusion and fear were left in its place. I admit, I wrestled with conflicting thoughts and emotions. From within the torrent of emotions came questions — questions I had to hash out with the Lord.
Results examining the effects of tasting profile on dietary intake and health outcomes have varied. This study examined the interaction of sweet liker SL and supertasting ST bitter taste test through phenylthiocarbamide PTC status with incidence of metabolic syndrome. SLs were more likely to be African American. More women than men were STs. There was a significant interaction between ST and SL status as associated with metabolic syndrome, after adjustment for demographic characteristics. This interaction was also significantly associated with fiber and caloric beverage intake. Assessing genetic differences in taster preferences may be a useful strategy in the development of more tailored approaches to dietary interventions to prevent and treat metabolic syndrome.
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And I went to the angel, and said to him, Give me the little book. And he said to me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make your belly bitter, but it shall be in your mouth sweet as honey. Job Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. Jeremiah Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. Ezekiel But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee. New International Version So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll.
Nor does the first taste come easy. A bite sends a bitter flavor along the tongue. Goya proves the rule: If it tastes bad, it must be good for you. Once familiarity overcomes fear, though, you will like the bitter gourd, say fans of the unsightly vegetable — a group that is growing daily. Native to tropical Asia, the plant, known as nigauri in Japanese and goya in Okinawan, was first introduced into Japan via China in the 16th century.