Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
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This week salt may help with weight loss, grass-fed beef gets an upgrade, and a new blood sugar regulation mechanism.
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Links of the week
- Forget Calories. Exercise for Awe. – Even a fraction of this attitude can go a really long way. (NY Times)
- Why Everything We Know About Salt May Be Wrong – I shared the press release of this story last week, but this is a much more in-depth look at how exciting this research is. (NY Times)
- Kicking the salt shaker habit may not be enough – And while we’re on the subject, a refresher on why you can put as much salt on your broccoli as you like if you skip the boxed foods. (ScienceDaily)
- The Dismissed EPA Advisers Had Nothing to Do With Regulation – Deeply troubling news from the EPA as a bunch of academic scientists were abruptly fired to make room for more people from industry. Americans should read this entire thing. (The Atlantic)
- Grass-Fed Beef: A Discerning Carnivore’s Guide – If you’ve tried grass-fed beef in the past and found the taste to be inferior, it may be time to give it another chance. (WSJ)
- How to Read Eggs – A guide to deciphering the labels on egg cartons. I’ll confess that I buy the most expensive, pasture-raised ones. And I don’t care what anyone says I can taste the difference in the yolks (and gross out over what most restaurants in NYC serve for breakfast). (The Atlantic)
- A Stanford researcher’s 15-minute study hack lifts B+ students into the As – I believe that this technique applies to health habits just as well as it applies to studying (I was pretty good at that too, back in the day). Metacognition, or thinking about how you think, is a critical life skill. (Quartz)
- Your muscles can ‘taste’ sugar – Interesting new science introduces another mechanism of blood sugar regulation that is outside the insulin pathway. Metabolic regulation is way more complicated than any low-carb acolyte wants you to believe. (ScienceDaily)
- Life Expectancy Can Vary By 20 Years Depending On Where You Live – Absolutely heartbreaking. And this is only inside the US. (NPR)
- For Better Broccoli Salad, Cook the Florets – Testify! (Serious Eats)
What inspired you this week?