Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
This week 5 minutes can add years to your life, rethinking food prices, and the unseen health benefits of trees.
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Links of the week
- The Health Benefits of Trees <<Trees aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when we think of personal health, but there are some compelling reasons to spend more time with them. (The Atlantic)
- Rethinking dining value: Eating at restaurants shouldn’t be only about volume <<Beautifully articulated argument for dropping your knee jerk reaction to the prices of higher quality food. (Washington Post)
- What Makes a Superfood? <<Remember when I said superfoods are about marketing and not health? Four years later, the WSJ agrees.
- Running 5 Minutes a Day Has Long-Lasting Benefits <<New evidence that even tiny amounts of exercise can vastly improve your health and extend your life. Get moving already. (NY Times)
- The latest French fashion: Eating ugly fruits and veggies <<I love this! And farmers market shoppers already know that the ugly ones often taste the best too. (Grist)
- Why Carrots Are Orange and Not Purple <<The purple ones actually used to be more common, and they’re a favorite in my household. (The Kitchn)
- BEANS FOR BAD CHOLESTEROL <<Don’t let anyone tell you that beans and lentils are unhealthy. They aren’t. (Dr. Weil)
- How to Eat Your Way to Happiness <<A beautiful essay on the role food can play in improving your mood. Hint: it can, and it doesn’t have to be unhealthy. (The Kitchn)
- We Eat 92 Percent of the Food on Our Plates <<It’s always nice to have a reminder that how hungry we are has little impact on how much we eat. I also found it interesting that undistracted people in this study seem to eat more, not less, as most other studies have shown. I suspect something more complicated is going on. (The Atlantic)
- Diana Yen’s Mediterranean-Style Carrot Salad <<Whenever I cut carrots into slices then add them to salads they end up stuck all over the sides of the salad bowl, and not on my plate. Really frustrating. I’ve tried grating them instead, but that’s really messy. Carrot ribbons, I’m headed your way. (Lonny)
What inspired you this week?