Links I Like

Happy Friday! I’m back to my traditional links schedule, as my schedule is finally settling down into something close to routine. Lots of interesting nutrition news floating around this week, and here are some of my favorites:
  • I’m a fan of quality “bar” products (meal-replacement bars, energy bars, granola bars), as long as they are actually quality. And by that I mean that they have healthy ingredients and few or no additives. Very few bars meet my standards, and Larabar continues to be my favorite. Anyway, the current ongoing Muscle Milk debacle is a classic example of why we need to make our processed food eating decisions based on the Nutrition Facts panel on the label, not on the front-of-package labeling (read: advertising) or on any actual advertising in magazines, on billboards, etc.
  • Do you dream of being a hot dog eating champion? Please think again.
  • OK, that hot dog article was a bit fluffy. Here’s some weekend nutrition reading with some real meat to it: the PLoS Medicine Series on Big Food. In the interest of full disclosure, I haven’t had a chance to read all of this since stumbling upon it yesterday, but it is on my to-read list for this weekend. I know…I live life on the edge!
  • And here’s a nice companion blog post/editorial by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff on why fast food and processed food may not be part of a “balanced lifestyle,” contrary to what Big Food would like you to believe.
  • Ahhhh…another reason to watch less TV. Food ads! Simply seeing images of high-calorie foods may make you want to eat them. Not good!
  • And finally, if you’re a fan of Oldways (or if you have yet to check them out), cast your eyes upon their redesigned website. I thought the old one was pretty great, but the new version is quite excellent (and indeed does seem easier to navigate…important considering the wealth of information on it).

Summer has finally arrived in Seattle (July 5, right on schedule), so I’ll be enjoying being outdoors without polarfleece or wool. I have an On Nutrition column in this Sunday’s Seattle Times, if you’re local. If not, I’ll post the link Monday when the column gets posted online. Have a great weekend!