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We haven’t had a bright sunny day like this in a while, but the days are getting notably longer now, so can’t complain. Looking forward to the spring, that’s for sure!

What’s good around the web is a weekly series where I share some of what I’ve been reading around the web. Each week I post links to five nutrition related articles, good recipes, and just general good reads. I hope you enjoy it! If you’ve got at article or recipe you’d like to see featured, please email me.


1. Have you seen this great short film with Michael Pollan on how cooking can change your life?

2. Is wheat bad for you? Not for most people.

3. The link between exercise and immunity.

4. An apple a day? Apple polyphenols may change gut microbiota.

5. A look inside the protein bar.

Hey, it’s the Super Bowl! Have a Beergarita! (I’ve already had two)

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    • themuffinmyth says

      February 3, 2014 at 7:46 am

      I thought that one was particularly interesting – and quite unbiased. I personally avoid products like that in favour of eating real food, but if you’re going to eat something like that you should at least know what you’re dealing with.

  1. kellie@foodtoglow says

    February 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Just went over to Marion’s site and was certainly surprised at the rather simplistic article this week. I am not a paleo – far from it, as you know – but quoting a meta-analysis from a cereal journal was a bit of a credibility stretch. I would like to see something in-depth and looking at evidence on both ‘sides’ of the grain debate (if there are actually sides – more like thread leading out all over the place). Anyway, the comments on her article are priceless, as always. I am steeling myself for what is inside a protein bar!

    • themuffinmyth says

      February 3, 2014 at 7:53 am

      I agree it’s a bit one sided, but meta-analyses are powerful research tools, and I also find the grain-free side quite biased most of the time. Of course not everyone will always agree with what I post here (myself included) but it’s interesting to try and learn as many perspectives as possible.

  2. Tessa says

    February 2, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I try to buy an artisan whole wheat flour. And I make four loaf batches of my own bread at a time with quality ingredients, including added gluten. It is not cheap. But it is delicious. We eat single portions at one or maybe two meals per day. If that has a negative impact on my health, I am unable to detect it. I cannot understand why wheat is such a mainstream conversation. I am sure some people have food sensitivities. Maybe I am just one of the lucky ones.

    • themuffinmyth says

      February 3, 2014 at 7:55 am

      I am also one of the lucky ones. I know plenty of people who really can’t tolerate wheat or become quite sick when they eat it, even those who are big time lovers of bread. There are many different theories as to why one person may be able to tolerate it and not another, but I think we’re a ways away from understanding that still.

      • Tessa says

        February 3, 2014 at 8:18 am

        Brings to mind that wine does not sit with me as well now as it has over the past twenty odd years. Headaches, no matter how little. Now that is ‘intolerable’!

  3. erika says

    February 3, 2014 at 6:54 am

    I love that Michael Pollan film! Although I’m not sure that whole “eat anything you want, just cook it yourself” idea applies to me given how much I bake…

    I liked reading the article on wheat (it’s exactly what I want to hear), but I still wonder about the claims that wheat today is so highly processed that it’s almost unrecognizable compared to wheat from the past or whatever. Plus, I find that for me, anything carby is super addictive. But I guess that may not be wheat’s fault, necessarily! Great links as always (that beergarita looks great!!) 🙂

    • themuffinmyth says

      February 3, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Erika, I thought the exact same thing about that film!

      I’m with you on carby addictiveness, though I find it doesn’t affect me so much these days. Maybe because the carbs available to me are different where I live now, I’m not sure. In any case, everything in moderation, right? And the beergarita was great! Definitely worth trying out.

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