For The Love Of Food

by | Jan 13, 2012

For The Love of Food

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

I haven’t published a link love round up since before the holidays (I’ve been traveling and then moving, and still don’t have internet at my new home), so I included some great ones here that you might have missed over the past couple weeks. Below I’ve included some wonderful pieces on weight loss and willpower in the Times, a lamesauce ruling by the FDA on antibiotics use in factory farms and a thoughtful editorial on the state of organic farming.

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9 Responses to “For The Love Of Food”

  1. Monica says:

    Hi Darya,

    I was wondering if you’d planned to comment more in depth on the NYTimes piece “The Fat Trap.” I too found it fascinating, although the sentiment of the piece seemed to leave the impression that significant weight loss was unsustainable without what sounds like an eating disorder. There were several retorts on health blogs, including short critique of the NYTimes piece in The Atlantic (“The Obesity Mountain”) that notes some of the article’s shortcomings, but I’d be very interested in hearing your scientifically-informed analysis.

    Best wishes,


    • Darya Pino says:

      It’s tough, and I’ve read a lot both ways. Personally I think most people can lose weight without the kind of vigilance described in the article, but there may be some people who cannot. One important thing to remember is that one thing will not work for everyone, so if weight loss is difficult the best thing to do is not to give up but to keep good records and figure out what works the best for you as an individual.

  2. Lance Strish says:

    “The Truth About Ansel Keys: We’ve Got It All Wrong ” I think it’s spelled wrong, or the similar to how KurtHarris (who says to intentionally ignore all lipid tests btw) spells it “Keyes” in his blogpost. Are people really into this guys work at all or just always focused on confirmation bias trying to “disprove him”

    Did Gary ever disprove the clot explanation / facet to heart attacks?
    Dr Oz interviewing Gary Taubes @5m (says more likely to clot) and prevent vasodilating (constrictive)

    Gary Taubes GCBC book:
    In preventive medicine, benefits without risks are nonexistent. Any diet or lifestyle intervention can have harmful
    effects. Changing the composition of the fats we eat could have profound physiological effects throughout the body.
    Our brains, for instance, are 70 percent fat, mostly in the form of a substance known as myelin that insulates nerve
    cells and, for that matter, all nerve endings in the body. Fat is the primary component of all cell membranes. Changing
    the proportion of saturated to unsaturated fats in the diet, as proponents of Keys’s hypothesis recommended, might
    well change the composition of the fats in the cell membranes. This could alter the permeability of cell membranes,
    which determines how easily they transport, among other things, blood sugar, proteins, hormones, bacteria, viruses,
    and tumor-causing agents into and out of the cell. The relative saturation of these membrane fats could affect the aging
    of cells and the likelihood that blood cells will clot in vessels and cause heart attacks.’
    I noticed on high fat, 100-120g carb diet my blood just felt more coagulated and thick. And sometimes I could feel my blood pressure in my head while laying face down.

    And that Reinagel ‘How Alcohol is Metabolized ‘ link says “4. Take a walk. Gentle movement such as a brisk walk will help increase your oxygen levels and will speed the metabolism and clearance of alcohol and its metabolic by-products.”

    I thought you couldn’t walk a drunk to speed metabolism of alcohol: @5min45s it’s said (I don’t have experience with this so you can chime in).

    Now this is an interesting link (juicy). MartinBerkhan was warned not to fast and drink and now look what happened: (see ‘theoriginalpost.png’ linked and ‘view the rest of the comments’ linked) pretty incoherent last 2 weeks I wonder why

    And “I read hundreds of articles each week so you don’t have to. ” that sounds like DrGreger!

  3. Charles says:

    Summer, an excellent response to Eating Animals is by Marc Bekoff, also in Atlantic.

  4. Denise says:

    Hi Darya,

    Thanks for the mention on our butternut squash stew. It was a gentle reminder that I need to make that again, very soon.

    Hoping this finds all well with you – wishing you a wonderful 2013!


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