7 Interesting Things I Read This Week #9
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I’m shaking things up this week, and sharing “7 Interesting Things I’ve Read This Week” today instead of Sunday. I’m keeping it nutrition focused for Foodie Friday, and I’m hoping you’ll forgive me from going off schedule since I have a great giveaway coming your way on Sunday! If you’re into healthy eating, you won’t want to miss this one! And yes, I will eventually get back to sharing recipes … oops!
7 Interesting (Food-Related) Things I Read This Week
- Athletes to CEOs using the Alcat Food Intolerance Test. I shared my experience with food intolerance testing and why I chose Alcat for testing (and for my clients). But I’ve never been so sure of my decision as I was when I read this article … Dirk Nowitzki uses the test as well! So do David Ortiz, Carson Palmer, and Steve Nash. (Of course, I’m somewhat kidding, and wouldn’t decide to use the test just because a celebrity does, but if you know how much I love the Mavericks, you know this excites me!)
- Do you really need vegetables to be healthy? If you’ve never heard of Mark Sisson, he’s a smart guy, and an outspoken, popular leader of the “primal” diet (which is similar in many ways to the “paleo” diet). Both of these popular ways of eating are often interpreted as promoting a very meat-heavy diet, and eliminating almost everything else. That’s why I was thrilled to see Mark tell his followers that yes, you DO still need to focus on vegetables to be healthy, whether you’re “primal” or “paleo” or anything else!
- Sorting out the benefits and risks of eating fish. People ask me very frequently whether they should be worried about the mercury content in fish. My answer is always that the benefits far outweigh the risks in almost all cases (you should consult your doctor if you’re pregnant, although this article still says that the benefits outweigh the risks). I personally don’t worry about mercury, as I rarely eat the “most dangerous” fish anyway (swordfish, king mackerel, shark, and tilefish). This article recommends limiting your tuna to 12 ounces (3 standard tins) of light tuna per week, so if you eat tuna very frequently, it’s worth considering the risks.
- Study questions fat and heart disease link. For so long, we’ve heard that unsaturated fat is healthy, saturated fat is bad, and trans fat is really bad … but several pieces of recent research are starting to show that saturated fat may not be as bad for us as once thought. I think this article elucidates the current thinking clearly, and I love Dr. Frank Hu’s point that studying various macronutrients in isolation is misleading (because if you make people reduce their saturated fat for a study and that’s all you monitor, they may very well replace the calories with refined sugars or other unhealthy items). In my opinion, here’s our best bet: continue to limit (or better yet, avoid) trans fats; don’t cut out all saturated fats, but still keep them in moderation; continue eating heart-healthy fats like avocados, olive oil, and nuts; try to get your nutrients from real foods when possible.
- Do these 10 things in your kitchen to get healthier. Yes, the article is written as tips for weight loss, but I actually practice almost all of these tips and believe they’re great for maintaining overall health, not just losing weight!
- The winner is real food. I know I sound like a broken record, but I’ll keep including great articles like this because I love them. A diet heavy in plant-based foods always shows health benefits, and there is NO one single diet that is best for everyone. Such a simple message, but one I will continue to follow! (picture source)
- Is obesity a socially transmitted disease? If you generally try to eat healthily, you’ve probably experienced some difficulty keeping up your willpower when you’re in a crowd of people eating more indulgently. This review from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shows that you’ve known the truth all along! Participants were more likely to choose meals similar to what their peers chose, because conforming to “eating norms” may be an attempt to reinforce identity with the group. My advice for this is to always order first if you’re worried you may change your order due to “peer pressure.”
(All pictures are sourced from the articles linked in the titles, except #6, which is separately sourced.)
So tell me in the comments … Do you think your food choices mimic the group around you when you’re out to eat? Does constantly evolving nutrition research fascinate or frustrate you? Tell me one reason why you’re looking forward to the weekend!