Healthful Reading: Our Top 5 Articles for the Week of Nov 28

Man Running in Central Park in New York City

Sorry for being a little late to post last week’s list. Last week kind of got away from me…lots to do in preparation for what we’re hoping to be a really exciting 2012 for Dig Inn. We came across a bunch of good articles last week so enjoy.

How Exercise Benefits the Brain

Scientists in Ireland have found very compelling evidence that exercise improves both memory and skilled task performance, this time linking the improvement to higher levels of a protein known as brain-deprived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF. This quote says it all: “The evidence is very, very strong that physical activity will increase BDNF levels and improve cognitive health.”

Read more over at the New York Times Well Blog…

Study Calls Sodium Intake Guidelines Into Question

A new study indicates that both high AND LOW levels of sodium intake are hazardous to our health, which suggests that the current sodium intake guidelines may put certain individuals at risk of increased cardiovascular complications. The study suggests that moderate levels of sodium intake (between 4 and 6 grams per day vs. the recommended 2.3) may be the healthiest approach. Well worth a quick read.

Read more over at Science Daily…

The 5 Biggest Healthy-Cooking Mistakes

Great list of things to keep in mind and avoid doing if you cook for yourself. Very consistent with our food philosophy over here at Dig Inn.

Read more over at Livestrong.com…

Processed Food Industry: Eating Fruits and Vegetables Bad for the Economy

This one’s pretty ridiculous. The processed food industry spins a projected 1009% increase in demand for fruits and vegetables (resulting from a set of voluntary marketing guidelines proposed by the FTC and 3 other Federal agencies) as a bad thing for America. Just embarrassing really. And frustrating…such protests by the processed food industry’s powerful lobbying resources make it very difficult to effect change in Washington.

Read more over at Civil Eats…

Childhood Obesity: Why Focusing on Exercise is NOT the Answer

While the folks over at Fooducate generally support First Lady Michelle Obama’s battle against childhood obesity, they question whether focusing on exercise (and putting less emphasis on diet and nutrition) is really the best way to deal with the problem. An interesting and informative read.

Read more over on the Fooducate blog…

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