For The Love of Food

by | Jun 26, 2009
For The Love of Food

For The Love of Food

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.

Thanks to everyone who voted for me for A Really Goode Job! I ended up with over 100 votes in just a couple days, which is very flattering. The top 50 were announced this morning and I was not among them. I guess my other two jobs will have to suffice for now. 😉

This week around the internet I found several reminders of why heart disease is not the only reason to worry about excess body weight and how industrial food is a threat to your health. I also discovered a fantastic article about how psychological barriers prevent us from being healthy.

B.S. of the week, once again, goes to Diets in Review for promoting a new “tomato pill.” Because eating real tomatoes for health is SO 1909!

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For The Love of Food

What great articles did you read or write this week? Leave your links in the comments.

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9 Responses to “For The Love of Food”

  1. Chris says:

    Just wanted to say I’m in total agreement regarding your assessment of the NYT article. Pretty poor piece of journalism any way you slice it.

  2. Sorry to hear you didn’t get the job — but I applaud you for stepping up & doing that video! Really great work!

    Also want to let you know I love these Friday posts. Though I read a LOT of articles on health, nutrition & wellness, I always find something new in interesting in what you share. So thanks.

  3. Jan says:

    The study reported by the NY Times is not advocating obesity. It is saying that being both obese and underweight are dangerous to our health. However, being a few pounds overweight, defined as having a BMI in the overweight category rather than the obese category, is not necessarily detrimental to health, especially later in life.

    What is more important to health is following a healthy lifestyle by making good food choices, taking regular exercise and keeping blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar under control.

    It is possible to be thin and unhealthy as well as overweight and unhealthy (and vice versa). Health is far more complicated than just weight.

    • Darya Pino says:

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Jan. You are right, the Times is not advocating obesity. However, they are sending a very confusing message by suggesting “overweight was protective” in response to an observational study. This study can only determine an association between BMI and mortality, not causation.

      As you suggest, the health data is actually much more complicated than any one study can convey. I’m going to expand on this in an article I’m preparing for next week.

  4. Matt Shook says:

    I think the B.S. of the week is that you didn’t make the Top 50 for the Goode job. They’re totally missing out…

  5. I remember that NYT article. The most ridiculous thing, I thought, was that the writer used the phrases “more likely to die” and “less likely to die.” I don’t know how it was phrased in the study. But last time I checked, everyone is 100 percent likely to die.

  6. Full disclosure: I’m the director of publishing for We were by no means advocating that people take such a supplement as a tomato pill, only sharing news of its existence. We do our best to share a broad scope of health news and information, allowing our readers to make decisions for themselves. You’ll find on DIR that we spend a lot of time encouraging our readers to get their nutrients from whole foods, avoiding supplements when possible, consuming fruit and vegetables instead of their juices, and that extends to eating tomatoes off of a vine rather than popping a pill.

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