Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
This week dinner rituals are linked to body weight, deep frying gets a healthy makeover and the hidden value of peer pressure.
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Links of the week
- Dinner Rituals Correlate With Child, Adult Weight <<Scientists continue to demonstrate that your regular eating habits are one of the most important factors in your health and body weight. But as foodists, of course, you guys already knew that. (ScienceDaily)
- Deep Fried and Good for You <<Are you surprised that I agree with this? You shouldn’t be. (NY Times)
- Social Connection Makes a Better Brain <<It’s easy to forget, but the strength of your social network can be just as important (if not more so) than your eating and exercise habits. (The Atlantic)
- Alkaline diet claims get sour response from doctors <<People ask me about “alkalizing” diets sometimes. I usually respond a lot like the doctors interviewed in this piece. (LA Times)
- Rethinking Stress: It Could Save Your Life <<We tend to think of stress as dangerous, but it depends on how you think about it. Literally. (Mark’s Daily Apple)
- Let’s Move!’s latest: Sesame Street characters free to produce marketers <<I love this! Marion Nestle seems suspicious, and I don’t blame her, but kids love cartoons and if it makes them excited about eating vegetables and fruits, I’m happy to see it. (Food Politics)
- Peer Pressure Can Influence Food Choices at Restaurants <<It seems people are more likely to order healthier foods off a menu if their friends do it first. Go for it! Be a trailblazer! (ScienceDaily)
- Are Grains Killing Your Brain? <<Another book with specious reasoning about the dangers of grains came out (Grain Brain), and the trusty Nutrition Diva does a great job of explaining its shortcomings. Thanks Monica! (Quick and Dirty Tips)
- Three Oils You Need in the Kitchen (And One More That Might Be Nice) <<Yes, you can have lots of fancy oils. Or just a few basics. These are the ones I use as well. (The Kitchn)
- Recipe: Slow Cooker Poached Salmon with Lemons & Fresh Herbs <<I’ve never considered cooking salmon in the slow cooker, but it’s an interesting prospect. Sounds really easy too. (The Kitchn)
What inspired you this week?