Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
I was traveling last week so included 15 links today instead of the usual 10 in order to catch up.
This week vegetables don’t protect against cancer, how food tricks our brains, and the magic of Mondays.
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Links of the week
- Processed foods: The problem probably isn’t what’s in them. It’s what’s not in them. <<The case for not freaking out about “yoga mat ingredients” in your food. (Washington Post)
- An Apple a Day, and Other Myths <<Seems the argument that vegetables and fruits prevent cancer (and meat causes it) is starting to crumble. (NY Times)
- The Ways Food Tricks Our Brains <<A fabulous summary of the ways our brains misinterpret different foods, which I’ve been talking about here for the past 5 years. (The Atlantic)
- You Are What You (Think You) Eat <<More brain trickery. A fascinating summary of how our expectations (aka the placebo effect) influence the effects food has on us. (Mark’s Daily Apple)
- Here are 3 Surprisingly Simple Things You Can Do Right Now to Build Better Habits <<Such good advice. Couldn’t have said it better myself. (James Clear)
- Everyone’s a Health Nut on Monday <<According to Google, you guys care more about your health on Monday than on Friday. My bet is this is a combination of having a refreshed brain (and therefore renewed willpower) and wanting to make penance for bad weekend behavior. Regardless, you can harness this knowledge for good by using Mondays to plan better behavior for later in the week. (The Atlantic)
- Take a trip down Memory Lane to the gym: Using memories to motivate <<Remembering positive exercise experiences can subtly motivate you to exercise more. Interestingly, even remembering negative exercise experiences had a small, positive effect. (ScienceDaily)
- Kick start your physical activity this spring with the “good enough” workout! <<And when thinking about what exercise to get started with, think small before thinking big. (Obesity Panacea)
- The Trouble With Rice <<Apparently rice is like a sponge for leeching toxins from the earth. Bummer, right? I will continue to eat rice, but not in large amounts (I only eat it a few times a month regardless). (NY Times)
- Study Linking Illness and Salt Leaves Researchers Doubtful <<If you’ve been trying to follow the scientific consensus on salt, you’re probably really confused. And you’re right to be. Here’s my take from awhile back. (NY Times)
- Mother’s diet affects the ‘silencing’ of her child’s genes <<New research shows that what mom eats before conception can have a lifelong impact on baby’s health. Even in humans. Whoa. (ScienceDaily)
- The 4th Myth of Modern Day Dieting: You Shouldn’t Eat Unless You’re Hungry <<Love this unconventional advice from Dr. Yoni Freedhoff. (Weighty Matters)
- No nutrition in medical education? An old story that might be changing. <<It comes as a surprise to most people to learn that medical doctors receive only a few hours of antiquated nutrition education during their training (i.e. they know almost nothing about it). That will hopefully be changing, but in the meantime be careful who you listen to. (Food Politics)
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver <<John Oliver (from the Daily Show) has his own gig! His take on the Coca-Cola vs POM supreme court case is brilliant. Starts at 15:30. (Sorry they wouldn’t let me embed, but pop over there and give it a watch).
- Recipe: 30-Minute Chicken Posole <<One of my favorite soups. Simple and delicious. (The Kitchn)
What inspired you this week?