Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
This week multivitamins are under attack, the truth about gluten and Alzheimer’s disease, and why you don’t know how many calories are actually in a pound.
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Links of the week
- Multivitamin researchers say “case is closed” after studies find no health benefits <<A few scientists came out pretty strongly against multivitamins this week. While I agree that a pill will never be a replacement for a healthy diet (not sure why anyone thought vitamins would prevent heart disease in the first place), I think they overstate the case against a basic multivitamin. I can think of dozens of potential benefits they did not test for (e.g. immunity, fatigue, etc.), and very few of us can eat a perfectly balanced diet every single day. I continue to recommend a food-based multivitamin (here’s my current choice) that does not contain megadoses of any single nutrient. Personally I also take a vitamin D supplement, since I was tested deficient in the past. (CBS)
- This Is Your Brain on Gluten <<Awesome job by The Atlantic calling BS of the week on books like Grain Brain twist science to propagate dangerous messages about health. Don’t fall for it.
- HOW VEGETABLES CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE <<Seriously guys, vegetables are really good for you. (Dr. Weil)
- Who Cares if 3,500 Calories Don’t Make a Real Life Pound? <<Great explanation of why getting hung up on calories is pointless. (Weighty Matters)
- Bread, Beef and Other Foods That Will Cost Way More Next Year <<Good news everyone! Vegetables aren’t on this list! (TIME)
- As Food Labels Get Closer Look, Ingredients Vanish <<Seems like food manufacturers are getting scared that you guys are actually listening to my advice to scrutinize the ingredients (not just the carb/fat/calorie content) of foods you buy. Luckily you’re too smart for them to trick you. (ABC)
- Family Gatherings: The Ultimate Mindfulness Training Ground <<A great perspective on dealing with those who trigger us most during the holidays. Be zen about it. (Zen Habits)
- Do You Use Food As a Crutch? <<Emotional eating is usually a symptom of something deeper going on. Here’s some tips on how to deal with it. (Mark’s Daily Apple)
- Report: Raw Milk Sickens One in Six <<Raw milk is popular among many foodists, but that doesn’t make it safe. Drink with caution. (LA Weekly)
- Curried Cauliflower And Chickpea Soup <<Looks delicious and perfect for winter. (Dishing Up the Dirt)
What inspired you this week?