Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
Tough cuts were made this week. Read about why not liking foods is unnecessary, agave nectar is worse than high-fructose corn syrup and saturated fat is associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Oh, and how diets make you gain weight. The list goes on….
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Links of the week
- Cilantro Haters, It’s Not Your Fault <<The title of this article is interesting since the final point is that you can overcome food aversions with the proper attitude. Not liking foods is one of the most overrated activities of mankind, and I urge everyone to learn to love foods you don’t like. (New York Times)
- This Sweetener Is Far Worse Than High Fructose Corn Syrup <<Excellent review of the problems with fructose and the delusion of agave nectar. Read this! (Huffington Post)
- By any other name, Mediterranean diet protects the brain <<Saturated fat worshipers take note, those who ate the most had a greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease–even in NYC. (Los Angeles Times)
- Low-Cal Diets May Make You Gain Weight <<Diets cause weight gain. Diets cause weight gain. I can’t stress this enough. Starving yourself thin only lasts a short while, then you gain back even more. Lifelong habits are what shape your health. Bonus: living is way more fun than dieting. (Medline)
- Apples, Oats and Your Immune System <<Some people were arguing in the comments last week that fiber is either useless or bad for you. Turns out the science says otherwise. (Dr. Weil’s Blog)
- 10 common fast food sandwiches way worse than KFC’s Double Down <<Brilliant observation by Yoni Freedhoff. Seems the Double Down isn’t actually the worst thing to ever happen to fast food. (Weighty Matters)
- Pimentón: It’s Spanish for ‘Better Than Paprika’ <<As usual, I’m weeks ahead of the NYTimes. But in all seriousness, this is a great exploration of the glories of smoked paprika.
- People get hungrier when they’re starved for sleep <<Evidence is mounting that sleep deficiency causes you to make bad decisions, especially when it comes to food. This is easy enough to avoid if you make an effort. (Medline)
- Fresh Peas & Mint- Signs of Spring & Garden changes <<This recipe is simple, elegant and the epitome of spring. It also contains some of the most beautiful food photography you will ever see. (White on Rice Couple)
- Raisinets are totally good for you <<BS of the week. Props to @geeksdreamgirl for this pic. Just look at the packaging and tell me food companies aren’t evil. You’d think this candy were a bona fide health food!
What did you find worth reading this week?