Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
This week it’s time to stop fat shaming, natural beauty product makers want more regulation, and how much strength training is necessary.
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Links of the week
Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong – “Fat activism isn’t about making people feel better about themselves. It’s about not being denied your civil rights and not dying because a doctor misdiagnoses you.” Important read. (Huffington Post)
Need More Self-Control? Try a Simple Ritual – This is interesting, although I wouldn’t recommend trying anything so pointless as a long-term strategy. Build your habits consciously and make them meaningful for best results. (Scientific American)
The Long, Monstrous Reign of the Red Delicious Apple Is Ending – Hahahahaha–that headline. Can’t remember the last time I ate a red delicious apple, or any industrial apple from the grocery store for that matter. Speaking of, apple season is finally beginning at farmers markets here in the northern hemisphere. I’m so excited. (NY Times)
Jury rules Roundup carcinogenic, Monsanto malicious: awards $289 million to plaintiff – Big news this week: Monsanto has been found accountable for giving a man cancer with its chemical glyphosate (aka Round Up). 1.8 billion pounds of this stuff are used worldwide every year. Certainly Monsanto will appeal, but this is a huge victory for consumers and farm workers. It’s also worth reflecting on the fact that the man who got cancer was the groundskeeper for a school, where kids play. He was spraying 20-30x/year from a 50 gallon drum for 2-3 hours per day. (Food Politics)
Food Quality Trumps Variety, Experts Say – Newsflash: If you increase the variety of your food by adding more processed industrial foods, you’re doing it wrong. It’s still important to eat a greater variety of vegetables, grains, seeds, nuts, legumes, fungi, sea plants and animals, animal products, parts and organs for optimal health. You should be even more resourceful if you eat a restricted diet (e.g. vegetarian, gluten-free). (NY Times)
Pass the salt: Study finds average consumption safe for heart health – Another large study adds to the evidence that salt itself doesn’t appear to be dangerous unless consumed in very large quantities. Processed foods of course contain insane amounts of sodium, and they are bad for you for a zillion reasons. But if you generally eat real foods, you don’t need to worry much about salt. (ScienceDaily)
How to Have Better Family Meals – Family meals are a wonderful goal, but reality can often get in the way. Some good, realistic tips on making it happen more frequently. (NY Times)
Makeup of an individual’s gut bacteria may play role in weight loss – Preliminary research, but still a very interesting hypothesis of how gut bacteria may be influencing your ability to lose weight. What’s encouraging about this is that while it is difficult, gut bacteria can be changed with diet and other interventions. (ScienceDaily)
Eat meat and reduce carbon emissions. How? Feed cattle on grass. – This is really important to remember. Properly raised cattle actually helps the CO2 problem, whereas industrially raised cattle is nearly as bad as the transportation industry. One more reason in a long list to choose pasture-raised meat. (Food Politics)
You might not have to give up (lean) red meat, after all – This write-up is pretty bad and the science is very short-term, but I’m happy to see that scientists are finally starting to compare two healthy (and comparable) diets next to each other before making sweeping conclusions about a single element (e.g. red meat). These researchers compared two groups on a Mediterranean diet, the only difference was the amount of meat they consumed. Check out what they found. (Washington Post)
Feed Your Head: Foods That Target Depression and Anxiety – “The paper names 12 nutrients key to managing depression and anxiety: folate (vitamin B9), iron, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, potassium, selenium, thiamine (vitamin B1), vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C and zinc. The foods richest in these include bivalves such as clams, mussels and oysters; leafy greens such as kale and spinach; wild salmon; organ meats; nuts; beans and seeds.” Fantastic article, though behind a paywall for subscribers. (WSJ)
Take a Vacation From Exercise? Your Body May Not Thank You – The absolute worst part of having a baby was that I couldn’t move much for the first two months after birth without re-injuring myself. Apparently I was really lucky that I was in good shape beforehand and was able to recover relatively quickly. (NY Times)