Here are some interesting reads from last week.
- Pizza can still be classified as a vegetable serving in schools. While I think some of the reporting/headlines were over the top, an important example of how the USDA/IOM fights an uphill battle against lobbying and the political process. Marion Nestle has a collection of links: It’s official! Pizza is a vegetable!
- I wondered why tomatoes are considered a vegetable, since they are botanically a fruit. Turns out this is because the Supreme Court ruled in 1883 that they should be classified a vegetable for taxation purposes because they are seen as a vegetable in common parlance (and they are usually eaten as a main course instead of “as a dessert”). Strange! Source: Wikipedia: Nix v. Hedden
- cells that are genetically identical of the same type can still be highly heterogeneous: ScienceDirect – Current Opinion in Genetics & Development : We are all individuals: causes and consequences of non-genetic heterogeneity in mammalian cells
- Cholesterol and Controversy: Past, Present and Future | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network
- limited/inconsistent research: A synthesis of existing systematic reviews and meta-analyses of school-based behavioural interventions for controlling and preventing obesity – Khambalia – 2011 – Obesity Reviews – Wiley Online Library
- Increased telomerase activity and vitamin D supplementation in overweight African Americans. [Int J Obes (Lond). 2011] – PubMed – NCBI