For The Love Of Food

by | Apr 9, 2010

For The Love of Food

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

I’m really excited for you guys to read these articles, there are some gems in here. I especially love the research showing that you should think of food as “tasty” rather than “healthy” to feel more satisfied and eat less. Also, for those interested I’m featured today over at the One Thing blog.

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11 Responses to “For The Love Of Food”

  1. thomas says:

    hmm weight lifting… looking at (ie. i guess weight lifting makes your legs look thick. even if you haven’t overdone it. so i guess one has to take the article with a grain of salt 😉

    • “Thick”? Dude, what the hell? Are the Olsen twins your ideal of female perfection? If you think the girl in the BodyRock pictures looks “thick” then you’ve got a severely unhealthy view of what women are supposed to look like.

      • thomas says:

        of course not. but i didn’t say that either. i find her legs thick, with little definition (compared to the rest of her body and to her bodyfat%). so either it is her bad luck due to genetics or its the weight lifting (either too little or too much, i don’t know)

        and no, the olsen twins aren’t my ideal for anything.

    • Those are “thick” legs? Damn.

      My definition of thick legs are when your thighs chafe when you walk. I think she’s beautiful and has a great body.

  2. I’m not sure I get your point about buying Dole bananas. If all Cavendish are the same, buying from somebody other than Dole doesn’t change anything. If it’s about the genetic similarity, apples are grown the same way. As for the monoculture, and the fact that all bananas are the same … well, that’s a good point. But if there are no other bananas available, what’s your option?

    I’m not criticizing at all, just honestly don’t understand what your position on bananas is.

    • Darya Pino says:

      I don’t eat bananas unless I’m in Thailand or other tropical location where they grow locally (and taste 1000x better). Not that I’d turn my nose up in someone offered me bananas here, but they aren’t at my farmers market so I don’t have the opportunity to buy them. I think Dole is evil, so I don’t mind going without them.

    • Darya Pino says:

      p.s. If I want to use bananas in a recipe I buy those little finger bananas at Whole Foods if they are in season. And sometimes I buy plantains.

  3. Hi, Darya.

    I’m not so sure vegetables protect against heart disease. Here’s most of the abstract from a recent review article:

    “This Review summarizes the evidence for a relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption and the occurrence of coronary heart disease…Most of the evidence supporting a cardioprotective effect comes from observational epidemiological studies; these studies have reported either weak or nonsignificant associations. Controlled nutritional prevention trials are scarce and the existing data do not show any clear protective effects of fruit and vegetables on coronary heart disease. Under rigorously controlled experimental conditions, fruit and vegetable consumption is associated with a decrease in blood pressure, which is an important cardiovascular risk factor. However, the effects of fruit and vegetable consumption on plasma lipid levels, diabetes, and body weight have not yet been thoroughly explored. Finally, the hypothesis that nutrients in fruit and vegetables have a protective role in reducing the formation of atherosclerotic plaques and preventing complications of atherosclerosis has not been tested in prevention trials. Evidence that fruit and vegetable consumption reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease remains scarce thus far.”

    Reference: Dauchet L., Amouyel, P., and Dallongeville, J. (via MedScape). Fruits, vegetables and coronary heart disease. Nature Reviews Cardiology, 6 (2009): 599-608. doi: 1011038/nrcardio.2009.131

    It’s just one article, so who knows for sure.


  4. Great list. Some of these made my radar as well this week.

    The fruit/veggie cancer risk study is interesting because the median follow-up was only 8 or 9 years, which really isn’t a very long time to assess efficacy in cancer prevention. If they are planning to continuing following the cohort, I’d like to see their results in another 10 years or so.


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