Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
This week vitamin supplements are accused of causing cancer, real food gets defensive, and fruit (sugar and all) is still good for you.
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Links of the week
- Real food: Not just for fancy people <<A fabulous essay critiquing the argument that the food movement is just a passing fad for rich people. Excellent food for thought. (Grist)
- The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements <<Many people have asked me about this article. It’s an interesting argument (and I haven’t read the book), but from what I see it is only a hypothesis. If there is actual data that overkill with antioxidants prevents us from being able to fight cancer, I’ve never seen it. (The Atlantic)
- Making the Case for Eating Fruit <<It bums me out that this is still confusing for people. Yes, refined fructose can be dangerous at high doses. Yes, fruit contains fructose. No, fruit is not bad for you. Not even Dr. Lustig thinks so. (New York Times)
- The Complex World of Whole Grains, Made Simple <<Love this from Mark Bittman, who asks what difference it makes if whole grains are healthy or not. They’re delicious. (New York Times)
- What’s Your Most Valuable Relationship? <<As a newly wed, I love this analogy of marriage and health. (Weighty Matters)
- Diets Lacking Omega-3s Lead to Anxiety, Hyperactivity in Teens: Generational Omega-3 Deficiencies Have Worsening Effects Over Time <<The interesting thing to me about this study is not that omega-3s impact cognitive function (we already know that), but that your diet can impact the cognitive function of your children. (ScienceDaily)
- How Exercise Changes Fat and Muscle Cells <<There’s overwhelming evidence that exercise is essential for good health. New research is starting to show why on a cellular and molecular level. (New York Times)
- Want to Stick With Your Diet? Better Have Someone Hide the Chocolate <<Science says: willpower doesn’t work that well for making better choices. Duh. (ScienceDaily)
- Be Happy: Your Genes May Thank You for It <<Having a great quality of live (as opposed to hedonistic pleasures) improves your immunity on a genetic level. Impressive, right? (ScienceDaily)
- Epic Clamming and White Clam Sauce <<I don’t cook with clams often enough. In fact, I don’t think I ever have. That is going to change. (Hunter Angler Gardner Cook)
- How to Change a Habit <<This is super old, but also amazingly useful. Especially for new foodists. (Charles Duhigg)
What inspired you this week?