FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: NY Times takes on industrial food, protein is more than just protein, and low fat gets an unlikely thumbs up

by | Oct 7, 2016
For the Love of Food

For the Love of Food

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

This week NY Times takes on industrial food, protein is more than just protein, and low fat gets an unlikely thumbs up.

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Links of the week

  • Big Food Strikes Back <<If you’re going to read only one article on the state of the food movement in US politics, make it this one by Michael Pollan. (NY Times)
  • The Dizzying Grandeur of 21st-Century Agriculture <<The above article is part of a special series the NY Times published this week on industrial food that is absolutely fantastic. This photo essay is the headline, and the rest of the articles are below. Definitely worth a weekend read.
  • The Fight Over Transparency in the Meat Industry <<The last article from the NY Times series I’ll specifically call out is this one on how the meat industry has gotten more and more shady since a brief decade of transparency post-Upton Sinclair. Industrial meat is so gross and so inhumane to both its animals and employees it should rattle anyone with a conscience to her core. Personally I’ve opted out and only eat meat from trusted sources or not at all.
  • Why the Variety of Your Protein Sources Matters <<Speaking of meat, another reason to avoid industrial meat is because there isn’t enough variety in nutrition. If you think you generally need to eat “more protein,” this article should help you see the nuance you’re missing. (Mark’s Daily Apple)
  • IN DEFENSE OF LOW FAT: A CALL FOR SOME EVOLUTION OF THOUGHT (PART 1) <<This came out awhile ago, but I forgot to share it. If you’re familiar with Denise Minger’s work (she did the infamous take down of the China Study), you’ll know this is well worth the significant amount of time it will take to read. I have no idea what ever happened to Part 2. (Raw Food SOS)
  • Negative Reps Help You Do Exercises You Thought Were Impossible <<Super interesting theory about one way to rethink your workouts. I think I’m going to give it a try. (Lifehacker)
  • A Probiotic That Actually Lasts <<Interesting insight into the reason probiotics so often fail to live up to their promises. (The Atlantic)
  • The Shame of Fat Shaming <<Shame is one of the most destructive forces in the human emotional repertoire, and I hate to see it built directly into our culture. (NY Times)
  • The Only 3 Things You Need To Do In Order To Meditate <<This is actually surprisingly good. It’s a very short video that’s definitely worth watching. (Huffington Post)
  • Hello, Tamago Kake Gohan, Your Time Has Come <<ZOMG. (Serious Eats)

What inspired you this week?

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3 Responses to “FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: NY Times takes on industrial food, protein is more than just protein, and low fat gets an unlikely thumbs up”

  1. Shannon says:

    I LOVE the article about the negative exercises! As someone who is quite weak, I get frustrated with a lot of exercises, as I’m too weak to do full weight (ex. full push up or pull ups) and find it so time consuming to do enough reps of a lighter weight (ex. on knees) to get a good burn. Yesterday, I just did 5 slow negative pushups and I’m so sore! I didn’t realize it could push your body just as hard. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Mary D says:

    Darya – I really enjoy your blog & think you choose a lot of great articles for your weekly article list. I am disappointed however, that so many of them are from the New York Times! It’s a great paper and all, with some truly wonderful articles & writers, but they insist on a free access cap of ten articles per month (and then their counter doesn’t reset properly). I can’t read your suggestions now unless I subscribe! And that, while I’m unemployed, is a hardship.

    Might I suggest choosing from a wider range of sources so as to not exceed ten articles per month from one source? You always choose great articles, but it pains me to not get to read them!

    • Darya Rose says:

      Sorry Mary, this week they just dropped a bomb of food articles that I couldn’t resist. I do try to vary my sources, but in the end I need to choose the best reading.

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