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This week ignorance motivates gluten science, how to build a reliable exercise habit, and how much you need to lose to prevent diabetes.
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Links of the week
- Science Has Begun Taking Gluten Seriously – But not for the reason you think. If you’ve been curious or concerned about the gluten in your diet this is a great read. (The Atlantic)
- Fitness Bands Fail on Calorie Counts – Duh. And this isn’t just a problem with fitness trackers, it’s all exercise machines and food labels that are inaccurate. I’ve written before that if you’ve had success via calorie counting it is certainly NOT because your numbers are accurate. I’m a fan of tracking behaviors and finding a balance that works for you, but math isn’t likely to help you much before the technology improves. (Scientific American)
- Rethinking nutrition labelling: Food is not just the sum of its nutrients – Again, the methods we use for tracking nutrition in foods don’t give an accurate picture of the health or caloric value. Eat Real Food and you’re 90% there. (ScienceDaily)
- Five Secrets for Steadier Workouts – Now this is some good advice for building an exercise habit. (WSJ)
- New ‘Blue Card’ Proposal Would Protect Farmworkers from Deportation – It’s easy to be dismissive about people and things you don’t understand, but migrant farm workers are the backbone of agriculture in the US and the system would come to a screeching halt without them. I’m happy to see that lawmakers are working on methods to build a realistic path to citizenship for these hard working families. (Civil Eats)
- No food or drink will turn you into a calorie-burning machine. But these can help. – This is less crazy than I expected it to be. Some real talk on metabolism boosting foods. (Washington Post)
- Two things I’ve changed my mind about, part II: Phytic acid – I’m happy to see some thought leaders in the Paleo community coming around to a more reasonable assessment of foods that are obviously not harmful when prepared properly, like beans and grains. If you’ve been told tho avoid these foods because of “anti-nutrients,” here’s why you needn’t worry. (Stephan Guyenet)
- How Much Weight Do I Need to Lose to Prevent Diabetes? – Maybe less than you think. (NY Times)
- Another reason to exercise: Burning bone fat a key to better bone health – Super interesting new research on how exercise builds stronger bones. (ScienceDaily)
- The Cost of Avocado Toast, Explained by a Restaurateur – Hipster indignation at the cost of quality food is hypocritical privilege at best, motivated ignorance at worst. Educate yourself before you complain. (Eater)
- broccoli rubble farro salad – I love recipes like this. Simple, nutritious and delicious. (smitten kitchen)
What inspired you this week?