Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
This week the secret to self-control, saturated fat is good for you, and why you aren’t a “picky eater.”
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Links of the week
- Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self <<How’s that for a reframe? In my experience connecting with your deepest values, the best part of you, is how to best empathize with yourself in the past, present and future. (The Atlantic)
- ‘Picky eater’ is an unnecessary label. Anyone’s taste preferences can change. <<Science backs this up 100%. Learning to like new foods is another manifestation of a growth mindset. (Washington Post)
- Yo-yo dieting might cause extra weight gain <<Yet another theory for why dieting leads to greater weight gain over time compare to never dieting. Turns out food restriction even causes wild animals to store more fat. You might be fighting millions of years of evolution. (ScienceDaily)
- Saturated fat could be good for you, study suggests <<Unless you read the science carefully you might not realize that when a study says “high-fat diet,” 95% of the time it actually means a Western diet, which is high in processed fats, as well as processed grains and sugars. We know without a doubt that a Western diet is deadly, but only recently have scientists been asking about the value of different nutrients in the context of a diet based on unprocessed, real foods. Nice to see this. (ScienceDaily)
- Forget the eggnog and grab champagne instead (and other smart holiday swaps) <<Smart substitutions don’t always have to be a sacrifice. It can help to put foods in context in this way. (Washington Post)
- Why your doctor might start grocery shopping with you <<I like this idea in theory, but in my experience giving people information on healthy eating is not enough to change established habits. Hoping they focus on how the message is delivered as well, but based on this it doesn’t sound like they are. (LA Times)
- Aerobic exercise preserves brain volume and improves cognitive function <<If you’re concerned about maintaining your cognitive health as you age, exercise is the most important thing to focus on. This study is yet to be peer reviewed, but similar findings have been published many times. (ScienceDaily)
- The stress of the holidays — and 2016 — may make this the perfect time to try meditation <<Some of the best advice for dealing with holiday stress that I’ve ever read. If you haven’t read Tara Brach’s book Radical Acceptance yet, it’s a game changer. (Washington Post)
- Cooking Until the Juices Run Clear Is a Bad Way to Tell If the Meat Is Done <<As all Foodist Kitchen students know, just get a stupid thermometer. (Lifehacker)
- The Food Lab: The Hard Truth About Boiled Eggs <<By far the best primer on boiling eggs I have ever come across. Mic drop from Kenji Lopez-Alt. (Serious Eats)
What inspired you this week?