For The Love Of Food

by | Jul 1, 2011

For The Love of Food

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

A lot of interesting new science this week. BPA makes male mice less attractive, diet soda may cause weight gain and diabetes, and the “good” cholesterol is more complicated that we suspected. All this and more in my top 10 food and health picks for this week.

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10 Responses to “For The Love Of Food”

  1. Lloyd Alter says:

    Thanks for your note “I’m proud of TreeHugger for stepping up and calling BS of the week on this study.”

    It means a lot to me!

    Regards, Lloyd Alter

  2. Raj Ganpath says:

    Darya,
    Thank you much for taking the time to put together this list every week. Stating the obvious, but these Friday ‘For the love of food’ posts are extremely useful in staying abreast of the latest research.

    All your hard work is much appreciated.
    – Raj

  3. Brian says:

    Two questions about the diet soda/aspartame article:

    1. What other reasons could there have been for the increase in waist size in the diet soda group? People that drink diet soda tend to be those who are concerned about their weight to begin with. The article mentions that the results were adjusted for “waist circumference, diabetes status, leisure-time physical activity level, neighborhood of residence, age and smoking status at the beginning of each interval, as well as sex, ethnicity and years of education.” But what about overall diet and presence of metabolic disorders aside from diabetes? It seems there are a lot of variables being left out here.

    2. How much aspartame were the mice being given? The quote mentions “heavy” exposure. Is this one of those studies in which they gave the subjects a dosage orders of magnitude higher than most people would ever normally consume?

    • Darya Pino says:

      Yes, there could be many confounding factors in the human study. We know overweight people tend to prefer diet soda, but this was a longitudinal study so it is graphing change over time. More data is needed for sure.

      Regarding the mouse study I cannot check on the dosage because the findings are not yet published and have not been peer reviewed. It could have been the the aspartame simply increased the appetite of these mice, which led to the insulin problem. Remember, these were mice with a pre-disposition to diabetes, a model that may not be ideal for estimating the impact on human subjects.

      In my opinion, the jury is still out on aspartame. This is just an interesting glimpse of something that might be going on.

      • Cecily says:

        The fact that the study of diet soda intake and waist circumference tracked change over time does not address the unmeasured confounding going on in this study that several people have questioned. I think what this study is identifying is that diet soda intake is a marker of people struggling (and losing) the battle of weight gain, not that diet soda causes the weight gain.

      • Darya Pino says:

        Totally. It was much more interesting in conjunction with the mouse data.

      • Brian says:

        Fascinating, thanks!

  4. Epicurea says:

    Thanks for that infographic, especially the map really helps visualize the extent of the problem. As 58% of people attribute their obesity to bad eating habits, seems that more information on food and nutrition and how to integrate a healthy diet into daily life (like this blog) tackles the problem at its root!

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