Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
This week sugar hijacks your brain, the blood type diet is debunked, and exercise improves your work-life balance.
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Links of the week
- Why American Women Aren’t Living as Long as They Should <<There are some haunting graphs in here that are worth remembering next time someone says “life expectancy is increasing.” (The Atlantic)
- How Fiber Prevents Diabetes, Obesity <<Really cool new research elucidating the mechanism on how fermentable fiber improves insulin sensitivity. Though it is obvious that vegetables and fruits are protective, there’s never been a good explanation as to why. This is a great start. (ScienceDaily)
- Healthy Eating: Americans’ Consuming Fewer Calories, Eating at Home (video autoplays, so consider turning down your volume first) <<Great news, and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Real Food evangelists like Michael Pollan, Jamie Oliver and Michelle Obama have played a big role in improving America’s eating habits. (Wall Street Journal)
- GMO labeling: Is the fight worth it? <<Really smart arguments here. Worth a read. (Washington Post)
- Theory Behind Popular Blood-Type Diet Debunked <<It blows my mind how many well meaning, intelligent people have asked me about the blood type diet and/or told me they swear by it. Hopefully this new research will end the conversation. (ScienceDaily)
- Fast Food Not the Major Cause of Rising Childhood Obesity Rates, Study Finds <<Another shocker (not really). Turns out all the junk food that isn’t from McDonald’s is bad for kids too. Amazing. (ScienceDaily)
- Want a Better Work-Life Balance? Exercise, Study Finds <<It may seem counterintuitive that adding something to your day can decrease stress and increase productivity, but those of us who do it know it’s true. (ScienceDaily)
- Ways to Fall Asleep Faster <<Better sleep is one of the most underrated ways to encourage yourself to make better food choices. Here’s some techniques on how to actually achieve it. (Wall Street Journal)
- California Barley Bowl Recipe <<This sounds both delicious and satisfying, and looks absolutely beautiful. (101 Cookbooks)
- This is Your Brain on Sugar <<Cool breakdown of the science behind why some sugar is OK, but a lot is a big problem. (Lifehacker)
What inspired you this week?