Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
This week breakfast and salt are back under fire, how to count your bites, and a possible risk in hand sanitizers.
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Links of the week
- Breakfast Downgraded From ‘Most Important Meal of the Day’ to ‘Meal’ <<People are fighting about breakfast again. Good times. I maintain that the reason breakfast is important is because it is the easiest meal of the day to automate. Making 30% of your weekly meals healthier is a huge win. (The Atlantic)
- Are We Overdoing Salt Restrictions? <<People are fighting about salt again. Good times. I maintain that all you need to know is that 75-80% of our sodium intake comes from processed foods, making it a huge confounder in the anti-salt argument. Ditch the crap and you don’t have to worry about salt. (Medline)
- Fish as Brain Food <<New evidence suggests that eating fish is good for your brain. Please note that the benefits don’t appear to be related to omega-3s, so don’t make the mistake of assuming popping a pill is the same as eating food. (NY Times)
- How Many Bites Do You Take a Day? Try for 100 <<I don’t know about the 100 bites thing, but it seems several companies are working on ways to help you improve how you eat, include eating slower and more mindfully. (WSJ)
- Common household chemicals responsible for reproductive declines in mice <<This is preliminary research, but I’ll be keeping an eye on it. Hand sanitizers are wildly popular, and seem to decrease fertility in mice. (ScienceDaily)
- Stretching Is Overrated <<After a long diatribe against stretching, we are told that warming up is great to do before a workout. Stay healthy, my friends. And don’t be neurotic. (The Atlantic)
- Smart Fuel: Mushrooms <<I’m a big fan of mushrooms and consider them an underrated health food. Here’s some fun facts and health benefits. (Mark’s Daily Apple)
- Vitamin D Tied to Alzheimer’s Risk <<I still don’t know what to make of all the vitamin D research, but it certainly seems important. One more reason to eat those mushrooms. (NY Times)
- HOW NOT TO HELP YOUNG GIRLS LOSE WEIGHT <<This is really sad, and shows just how powerful psychology can be in influencing behavior. (Dr. Weil)
- smoky eggplant dip <<I’ve been sort of obsesses with eggplant the past few weeks. Tis the season. (smitten kitchen)
What inspired you this week?