Friday Links: February 22, 2013

Friday Links: February 22, 2013 / Eat Your Greens

This is the kind of book you find around the apartment when you’re married to a nerd. (Follow me on Instagram: anjaliruth.)


What I’ve been reading:

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food – New York Times *

“This,” Witherly said, “is one of the most marvelously constructed foods on the planet, in terms of pure pleasure.” He ticked off a dozen attributes of the Cheetos that make the brain say more. But the one he focused on most was the puff’s uncanny ability to melt in the mouth. “It’s called vanishing caloric density,” Witherly said. “If something melts down quickly, your brain thinks that there’s no calories in it . . . you can just keep eating it forever.”


Doctors who cook say they give better nutrition advice – Chicago Tribune

“The conceptual mode for this program was influenced by the observation that for healthcare professionals, practicing a healthful behavior oneself (eg, exercise, wearing a seat belt) is a powerful predictor of counseling patients about these same behaviors,” researchers wrote in a letter in the Monday issue of the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Internal Medicine.


Fish Get Stoned, Too – Mother Jones

The scientists found that perch exposed to wastewater tainted with low and high concentrations of the drug—amounts mimicking both initial exposure and potential accumulation in fish tissue over time—showed significant changes in behavior: The fish became less social, more active, bolder, and scarfed down zooplankton faster and earlier than the control group. In other words, the fish got stoned.


Why Four Workouts a Week May Be Better Than Six – New York Times

But the women who had been assigned to exercise six times per week were now expending considerably less daily energy than they had been at the experiment’s start, the equivalent of almost 200 fewer calories each day, even though they were exercising so assiduously.


What I’ve been cooking (at The Kitchn):

Salted Dark Chocolate Popcorn**

Creamy Butternut Squash Orzotto (Barley Risotto) with Toasted Pecans

…and thinking about cooking:

 Roasted Cauliflower and Onion Soup – The First Mess

Crispy Cornmeal Sweet Potato Fries with Chermoula Yogurt – My New Roots


If you read one thing this weekend, make it this.

** If you cook one thing this weekend, make it this.


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    Jocelyn — February 22, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Hi Anjali,
    Your blog is so well done. Beautiful.
    I just read some of the NY Times article and it almost made me sick. So in 1999 the CEO’s of the American food industry plotted to hire scientists to tell them what to do about the obesity epidemic, that they have no small part in, while they would still pay the food scientists to come up with more addictive food products. It’s their business model!! #foxwatchinghenhouse .

    I’m with you. More. Real. Food. We just have to find ways to “sell” it to the American public. Good luck studying this weekend! Jocelyn

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