Here is The Roundup, Edition 26, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!
Blast from the Past
On Monday, The New York Times reviewed a large and exhaustive new analysis by a team of international scientists, which found no evidence that eating saturated fat increased heart attacks and other cardiac events. The lead researcher suggested that it is refined carbs, and not dietary fat, that is the heavy hitter when it comes to heart disease, saying “It’s the high carbohydrate or sugary diet that should be the focus of dietary guidelines. If anything is driving your low-density lipoproteins in a more adverse way, it’s carbohydrates.”
Stephan Guyenet also covered the story with a different angle, explaining how the study also suggested that none of the fats tested – saturated, monounsaturated, omega-6, omega-3, or even trans fat – were found to influence cardiovascular disease risk. While this study was not without flaws (as Stephan expertly points out), it does indicate that our energy and research is better spent on other contributing factors to heart disease, rather than simply telling the public to “cut back on fat and cholesterol”, something I’ve been suggesting for years.
I’ve written dozens of articles about the diet-heart myth over the years, and I’ve even compiled an informative eBook on the topic. This myth is so ingrained in our cultural psyche that it’s going to take a while, and perhaps another dozen articles on my part, before we see a shift towards the collective understanding that saturated fat does not cause heart disease.
- A new review explores the evidence for red meat’s link with cancer. Spoiler alert: the evidence is weak.
- Yet another leading cardiovascular researcher explains that low saturated fat diets don’t curb heart disease risk or help you live longer.
- Circadian rhythms out of whack? Go camping!
- Not surprisingly, Irritable Bowel Sydrome (IBS) is linked to alterations in the gut microbiota.
- Probiotics strengthen immunity, regulate gut motility, reduce inflammation and protect against chronic disease.
Worth a Look
- Denise Minger explains why there’s some important takeaways from the latest “Animal Protein is Bad” study.
- Protect your right to farm fresh food! Join the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund.
- Just for fun: Slate helps you discover your state’s meat! (I’m embarrassed by their pick for California, though!)
- Dr. Stephanie Seneff is the controversial MIT scientist who claims she discovered a cause of gluten intolerance.
- Apple’s rumored Healthbook App for iOS could be a game changer in terms of accessibility if not functionality.
- A surprisingly positive piece from U.S. News: How to Follow the Paleo Diet on a Budget.
- Contrary to popular belief and current food safety guidelines, it’s perfectly safe to thaw frozen meat in hot water.
For the Foodies
- Hold The Grain: Irish Soda Flatbread
- Avocado Pesto: Acorn Squash Risotto with Bacon
- Ang Sarap: Tropical Vegetable and Prawn Soup (Laswa)
- Ancestralize Me: “Lucky” Seven Root Stew
- Eat Drink Paleo: Sweet Potato & Kale Calcannon
- Against All Grain: Corned Beef and Cabbage with Parsnip Turnip Purée
- Jenessa’s Dinners: Poached Cod, Fennel, & Citrus Salad
- Essential Omnivore: Smokey Cabbage
- Everyday Maven: Paleo Peppermint Patties
- Things My Belly Likes: Avocado Mint Ice Cream