Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
This week low-fat diets get the boot, calorie restricted monkeys are vindicated, and morning sunshine keeps you slim.
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Links of the week
- Rethinking Fat: The Case For Adding Some Into Your Diet <<It’s getting really, really, really, really hard to argue in favor of low-fat diets anymore. Woo hoo! (NPR)
- Monkey caloric restriction study shows big benefit; contradicts earlier study <<Super interesting new data (from a different set of monkeys) showing the benefits of caloric restriction (limiting total calories to 30% less than normal) for extending life and slowing aging and disease. This new evidence is much more congruous with existing research from several species. While it’s not the happiest news I’ve ever reported for food loving readers, the case is mounting for making value-based food indulgences (i.e. “This is croissant tooooootally worth it”) and practicing mindful eating to be naturally satisfied with less. (ScienceDaily)
- New evidence linking fruit and vegetable consumption with lower mortality <<This may not sound like news, but the magnitude of the findings surprised even me. Also interesting is how the vast majority of the benefits come from vegetables, compared to far less protection from fruit. Are you getting your 7 servings per day? (ScienceDaily)
- How Exercise Can Help You Live Longer <<Interesting new analysis shows how much exercise can improve health and reduce disease risk, even when other risk factors (like cholesterol, blood pressure and waist size) are prominent. (NY Times)
- 100 Calories of Nuts: A Visual Guide <<A handy guide for how many nuts should be considered a portion. If you eat much more than this, learn to stop sooner, drink a glass of water and wait 15 minutes. You almost certainly don’t need more. (The Kitchn)
- Morning rays keep off pounds <<This research is still pretty new, but I am fascinated by the role circadian rhythms appear to play in our health and body weight. (ScienceDaily)
- EATING SLOWLY CUTS CALORIES <<If eating less is a goal of yours, then slower, more mindful eating is an excellent habit to focus on. (Dr. Weil)
- Autism begins in pregnancy, according to study: Cortical layers disrupted during brain development in autism <<Next time someone tells you that vaccines cause autism, you might remind them that pregnancy occurs several years before vaccines are administered. (ScienceDaily)
- Learning to Love Natto <<I’ll admit it, I have yet to learn to appreciate natto. But I can assure you that if someone on this planet can acquire a taste for this intensely pungent food, then ANYONE can learn to enjoy vegetables, fish, mushrooms, beets, or anything else you grew up shunning. C’mon, grow a pair. (Ruth Reichl)
- Garlic Parmesan Edamame with Toasted Black Sesame Seeds <<Speaking of soy beans, here’s a much friendlier version that looks easy to throw together any time of year. Sounds delish too! (sprinkles and sauce)
What inspired you this week?