Links We Dig: Quality Reading for the Week of April 2, 2012

Red Wine being poured into a Wine Glass

Hey, all. Hope you’re enjoying the day off if your office is closed for the holiday. No such luck in the restaurant business. It turns out that people need to eat everyday. Who knew.

Hope the articles below are helpful if you’re using today to catch up on your reading. Nice way to spend part of an extra day off.

3 Surprising Factors That Influence What (and how much) You Eat

Excellent post from Summer Tomato that may help to increase your self-awareness when it comes to eating. The general message – think about why you’re eating something before you eat it. Are you actually hungry? Or is there something else going on? Wish I did this more myself, and this post definitely got me thinking about it.

Check out the 3 factors over at Summer Tomato…

FDA to GMO labeling campaign: What million signatures?

So this is disappointing. Just Label It put together over a million signatures to show the FDA that there’s widespread support for their campaign to require food manufactures to label products that contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms), and the FDA effectively stiff armed them. That sucks. As Grist points out, this is the second big miss by the FDA in the last week – they also recently announced their refusal to ban the common endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from product packaging (even in the face of  mounting evidence that BPA is really bad for us). Disappointing to see this stuff.

Check out the full article over at Grist, which is really entertaining despite the disappointing news…

Arsenic in Our Chicken?

Good, although unsettling, read over at the New York Times about what else is being fed to industrial chickens (other than antibiotics, which we all know is bad). This is why we work with a quality chicken supplier like Murray’s, which feeds its chickens an all-natural and all-vegetable diet. We share Kristof’s view that although industrial farming leads to lower prices at the grocery stores, we end up paying for it through increased healthcare costs (coming from obesity, antibiotic-resistant infections, and disease).

Check out the startling read over at the New York Times…

Is Sugar Really That Bad For Us?

Super informative post from the good folks over at Greatist. They explain just why sugar is bad for us and identify the real culprit – added suger (regular sugar you get naturally from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is a-ok). They also go into all the bad things that come with consuming too much added sugar (from soda, candy, etc.), which is no short list. The expert opinions included at the end of the post are also highly educational.

Check out the full post over at Greatist…

Fruit Compound In Red Wine ‘Blocks Fat Cell Formation’

Enough of that depressing stuff for this week – let’s wrap things up on a high note! It turns out that not only does red wine contain a bunch of antioxidants (which come with several health benefits), but it actually may help keep you slimmer, according to one recent study. The article explains: “a compound found in red wine called resveratrol converts into another compound called piceatannol, which blocks fat cells from forming.” Sweet. Load up on antioxidants and lose a little bit of weight. I’ll definitely be pouring myself a glass (or two) this evening.

Check out the full post and a video of the researcher explaining the findings over at the Huffington Post…

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