Links Worth Sharing – The Business of Food, Fitness Intensity, and DNA Testing

We Need to Talk about TED

Ideas are important – but in my own life, I’ve seen how they don’t necessarily translate into action. “But have you ever wondered why so little of the future promised inTED talks actually happens? So much potential and enthusiasm, and so little actual change. Are the ideas wrong? Or is the idea about what ideas can do all by themselves wrong?”

This is Your Brain on Gluten

I needed to read this. “When a person advocates radical change on the order of eliminating one of the three macronutrient groups from our diets, the burden of proof should be enormous.” 

I Had My DNA Picture Taken, With Varying Results

I almost paid for DNA testing years ago, when 23andMe first came on the scene, and now I’m glad I didn’t. “23andMe said my most elevated risks — about double the average for women of European ethnicity — were for psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis, with my lifetime odds of getting the diseases at 20.2 percent and 8.2 percent. But according to Genetic Testing Laboratories, my lowest risks were for — you guessed it — psoriasis (2 percent) and rheumatoid arthritis (2.6 percent).”

Social Media as a Megaphone to Pressure the Food Industry

It’s great that there’s a method for getting food companies to take action, but it’s also worrying to me that our government can’t do it. “Renee Shutters has long worried that food dyes — used in candy like blue M&M’s — were hurting her son, Trenton. She testified before the Food and Drug Administration, but nothing happened. It wasn’t until she went online, using a petition with the help of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, that her pleas to remove artificial dyes from food seemed to be heard.”

Whole Foods Won’t Sell Chobani Greek Yogurt as of Early Next Year

 It’s been fascinating to watch the rise of Whole Foods and Chobani, so it’ll be interesting to see them separate and what this means for other companies as time goes on. “The Wall Street Journal, which on Wednesday reported Whole Foods’ decision to drop Chobani, attributed it to the yogurt maker’s use of milk from cows whose feed is derived from genetically engineered crops, or G.M.O.’s, like corn and soy beans.”

For Fitness, Intensity Matters

Look, I don’t always love hard workouts, but I have to admit, they work. “But the lesson that seemed to emerge most persistently from the fitness-related studies published this year was that intensity matters, especially if you wish to complete your workout quickly.”

Mapping Emotions on the Body

I thought that this was neat! “When a team of scientists in Finland asked people to map out where they felt different emotions on their bodies, it found that the results were surprisingly consistent, even across cultures.”


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