Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
This week, the science behind why different diets work for different people, how the nutritional value of our produce is declining and why Coca-Cola is being sued for breaking the Jelly Bean rule. Also, new research about the role of personal relationships in health and another benefit of drinking alcohol.
Oh, and the BS of the week was so bad I deleted it. Didn’t want to waste your time when there were so many good things to read.
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Links of the week
- Why Fad Diets Work Well for Some, but Not Others <<I don’t think it is an accident that there are so many differing opinions on what is the best choice of diet. Data continues to accumulate that an interaction between our genetics and the food we eat explains why we must each find our own healthstyle. (ScienceDaily)
- Nutritional value of fruits, veggies is dwindling <<New data suggests industrial agriculture methods are killing the
tastenutritional value of our food. (MSN)
- Lawsuit Over Deceptive Vitaminwater Claims to Proceed <<I’m happy as a clam over this one. There is a law (the “Jelly Bean” rule) that says you can’t put vitamins in candy and call it healthy. That means you, Coca-Cola. Haha! (CSPI)
- A New Risk Factor: Your Social Life <<Investing in meaningful relationships with others has been shown to be as important as diet, exercise and not smoking for long term health in a recent review study. This is not the first time joy and happiness have been implicated as a critical components of good health. (New York Times)
- Could Drinking Help Thwart Rheumatoid Arthritis? <<Looks like I left one thing off my list of alcohol’s benefits this week. (Medline)
- What We Know, and Don’t, About Children and Junk Food <<This was much more fascinating than I expected. A good read. (Freakonomics NYTimes)
- What Do You Lack? Probably Vitamin D <<Good overview of what you should know about vitamin D. (New York Times)
- Calcium supplements increase the risk of heart disease in the elderly, study says <<Not only do calcium supplements not help with osteoporosis, there are now several problems associated taking them including heart disease and prostate cancer. (Los Angeles Times)
- Heart risk factors less common in fish lovers <<Not too surprising, but good to know. (Medline)
- Eggplant Caviar <<I’ve always wanted a good recipe for eggplant caviar. David Lebovitz to the rescue!
What inspired you this week?