For The Love Of Food

by | Aug 27, 2010

For The Love of Food

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

Really good reading this week. I love Marion Nestle’s commentary on meat substitutes, as well a bunch of well-designed studies linking nutrition and the brain. And definitely don’t miss Time magazine calling out the crappy Twitter streams of the culinary glitterati. Ha!

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Links of the week

  • Do we need meat substitutes? <<Real meat is better for you than fake meat. If you’re vegetarian, there are many better options. (Food Politics)
  • Drinking Water Proven To Help Weight Loss <<This was a popular story online this week. But, for the record, drinking water didn’t help young people (under 50) lose weight. (Discovery News)
  • 8 Common Foods (That Are Poisonous) <<BS of the week. Media sensationalism doing what it does best. At least there’s enough humor in this one that I assume they know they’re full of it. (Houston Press)
  • A short period of gluttony can have a lasting effect <<Looks like occasionally “letting yourself go” is a really bad idea. So is occasionally dieting, btw. Your body is very adaptable and can absorb an occasional slip up (especially if you exercise), but don’t make it a regular habit. (Los Angeles Times)
  • Exercising Restores Sensitivity of Neurons That Make One Feel Full <<This is a really cool finding. Often overweight people have trouble re-adapting to normal eating portions if they’ve been overeating for many years, but this data suggests exercise may help restore normal appetite. Also helps you slim down and look awesome. Win! Win! (ScienceDaily)
  • Vit D linked to cancer, autoimmune disease genes <<Scientists discovered that vitamin D interacts with at least 200 different genes, including those linked to cancer and MS. This is a possible mechanism by which it offers benefits, and a reminder that it is really important. (Medline)
  • Twitter Streams of the Food Gods: Pretty Thin Soup <<I guess I’m not the only who noticed that the Twitter streams of food celebs totally suck. Ditto health celebs. My favorite people to follow tweet infrequently and are witty, insightful and almost always share useful and/or funny info. I try to hold myself to those standards. (Time)
  • Link Between Diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease Strengthened <<This is actually a lot cooler than it sounds. Normally studies do a poor job linking insulin resistance to Alzheimer’s because diagnosing the disease is tricky. To be 100% sure someone has AD you need to perform an autopsy and see plaques in the brain. Otherwise it could be a different kind of dementia. In this study the end measure is plaques. (Medline)
  • How berries can help your brain clean house <<Antioxidants called polyphenols apparently activate microglia (the forgotten nerve cells) in the brain. Cool! (The Globe and Mail)
  • FDA Approves Salmonella <<This is so right on it’s scary. And hilarious. I <3 The Onion.

What inspired you this week?

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5 Responses to “For The Love Of Food”

  1. Laura T. says:

    Hmm, not sure if I entirely agree with the meat substitute article. If they’re pointing strictly to the crazy things food scientists seem to come up with that are made from soy and have “meat flavor”, then yes, of course they’re right. But I know my local vegetarian and vegan restaurants serve products like seitan, essentially wheat gluten, that doesn’t seem over-processed and gives a dish great flavor and texture.

  2. Eric Jaffa says:

    “Real meat is better for you than fake meat.”

    No, it isn’t.

    People feel drowsy after eating a steak because the saturated fat and cholesterol are clogging their arteries.

    Eating a veggieburger is better.

  3. Allie says:

    I found the 8 common foods (that are poisonous) to be pretty funny. However, also a little too true for me. I recently discovered that my “sensitive” stomach, which I’ve had for as long as I can remember is actually caused by potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers. So, so sad. Apparently, they are all related (the nightshade family) and have small amounts of toxins that don’t bother most people.

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