Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
This week nutrition science is corrupted, a huge mistake in habit hacking, and lack of sleep makes you eat like a stoner.
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- Food companies distort nutrition science. Here’s how to stop them. <<Nutrition science can be confusing and contradictory, and it isn’t entirely accidental. There’s a systemic problem that needs to be addressed. (Vox)
- Do You Make This Huge Mistake, When Trying to Help Someone (or Yourself) to Change a Habit? <<I love this. There’s a huge value in realizing that your own personality type can be (and likely is) different from other people. Keep this in mind in both giving and receiving advice, and more important, when engaging in self-talk about your own behaviors. (Gretchen Rubin)
- The Quantified Welp <<New research suggests that in some cases (but not all), measuring your performance can take the fun out of it and make you less likely to do it. In other cases, it can actually help with motivation. It’s important to recognize the difference. (The Atlantic)
- PAHO issues nutrition standards for ultraprocessed foods. Beverage Associations object. <<Finally some higher level health agencies are getting it. (Food Politics)
- It’s easier and more fun than you think to eliminate waste from your cooking <<This is a bit of an extreme example, but I do admire the spirit of the effort. Food waste is a serious problem and actually costs you a lot of money. (Grist)
- Kenyans Reacquire an Old Taste: Eating Healthier <<Whenever I hear about “world hunger” I always wonder what happened to the traditional foods that were eaten in the region and why industrialized countries feel the need to swoop in and help. According to this research most traditional foods were replaced with more industrial foods (e.g. corn, rice) and western vegetables (e.g. cabbage, kale) during colonial times, and the regional foods became a symbol of poverty and went out of fashion, despite their superior health benefits. Some scientists are calling to bring traditional foods back, and it seems to be catching on. (NY Times)
- This Is Why Millennials Actually Don’t Eat Cereal <<Hoping this is true. Millennials, I’d love to hear your thoughts. (The Kitchn)
- Lack of Sleep May Give You the ‘Munchies’ <<Not getting enough sleep makes you feel stoned? LOL. I hope this doesn’t give anyone any bright ideas. (Medline)
- How and When to Salt Your Food, According to Chef Thomas Keller <<This is probably intuitive if you cook regularly, but if you’re new to cooking it’s likely never occurred to you. (Lifehacker)
- Homemade Corned Beef <<Sounds like a fun project for St. Patrick’s Day. Nom nom. (David Lebovitz)
What inspired you this week?