For The Love Of Food

by | Mar 25, 2011

For The Love of Food

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

The internet was overflowing with nutrition BS this week. It’s so often the same issue, people mistaking one special case for general health and safety. But the body is complicated and there is always more to consider. I also found some great articles defending salt and olive oil, and a brilliant demonstration of why portions matter.

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11 Responses to “For The Love Of Food”

  1. Darya — I’m in the process of creating a website about eating, health and weight loss — esp for those women over 50 who get chubby and want to get it off without eating celery for the rest of their lives. So I’m looking around at other food websites to see what’s out there and YOURS is particularly sane and helpful. Great job! I’ll be back. Meredith

  2. aubrey says:

    I’m glad you included the olive oil article. I’d be really interested to hear what kind of fat you recommend for roasting veggies- say, that amazing curried cauliflower that i’m addicted to 🙂

    • Darya Pino says:

      I recommend olive oil 🙂 I also like tea oil and coconut oil for cooking veggies. I’ve also heard good things about macadamia nut oil.

      • aubrey says:

        good to be reassured that olive oil is safe for roasting! i’ve been wanting to try macadamia nut oil too, but it always seems to be out of stock around me. i blame a certain diet book for that 🙂

  3. GMC262 says:

    I think that like most things the amount of salt one uses has to be evaluated on an individual basis. I gave it up decades ago, felt better overall and stopped getting headaches, so I haven’t looked back. On the other hand I know people who consume substantial quantities with no ill effect-at least so they tell me

    • Darya Pino says:

      You’re right. A study also came out this week that you can tolerate more salt the more exercise you get. I also think a key factor is where the salt comes from. If you’re getting a lot because you eat a lot of processed foods (most people), that’s bad. But I’m not convinced it’s the salt itself that is the problem so much as the other stuff that goes into food processing.

  4. I think that the important thing to note about salt is that most “table salt” is processed and completely striped of all of natural salt’s nutrients!

    You gotta love Celtic and Himalayan salt 🙂

  5. Hey there, Darya. Thanks for linking to my brain shrinkage/vitamin post.

    Re: cutting back on salt. An article published this month in Diabetes Care found that type 2 diabetics with lower salt consumption have a HIGHER RISK of death over the course of a study lasting 10 years.

    25 million U.S. adults have diabetes. Many of them also have high blood pressure and I’m sure their doctors are recommending salt restriction, not knowing about this latest research.

    -Steve
    -Referenc: Diabetes Care, March 2011, vol. 34, no. 3 703-709. 10.2337/dc10-1723

  6. Cactus Wren says:

    If you read the actual press release about the Kansas State hotdog study (the one that allegedly found that hotdogs are “good for you”), you find the following sentence:

    “Smith’s research was supported by the Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service with the USDA, the American Meat Institute Foundation and the National Pork Board Checkoff.”

    http://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/mar11/meatscience32211.html

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