Here is The Roundup, Edition 30, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!
Blast from the Past
The mainstream media is finally catching up to what the research has been telling us for years: saturated fat is not the cause of heart disease. The Wall Street Journal recently wrote an article (that went viral in the ancestral health community) explaining the history of the dietary guidelines recommending avoidance of saturated fat, and why there has never been solid evidence for the idea that these fats cause disease.
While the article has a few flaws, including the suggestion that dietary carbohydrates including starchy vegetables are the root cause of many diseases, the article does a great job of bringing attention to the flaws in the recommendation to replace animal fats with refined vegetable and seed oils. This seems to be a national trend, as even Dr. Oz has recently admitted that he’s been wrong about saturated fat!
I’ve been writing for years about the Diet-Heart Myth. This hypothesis—which holds that eating cholesterol and saturated fat raises cholesterol in our blood—originated with studies in both animals and humans more than half a century ago. However, more recent (and higher quality) evidence doesn’t support it, as this WSJ article points out. For more information about the flaws in this theory, check out my eBook on the topic… and then share it with your doctor!
- An interesting study suggests that people who have a purpose in life have longer lifespans. What is your purpose?
- Better reported sleep quality (longer duration and better quality sleep) was associated with greater fat loss during a calorie-restriction diet program in adults. So if you’re trying to lose weight, get enough sleep!
- Further support for the food reward hypothesis: Increasing the variety of flavors in a meal (e.g. adding ketchup to french fries, or adding whipped cream to brownies) led to increased food intake during that meal.
- This review describes our current knowledge about the gut microbiota and its role in the development of allergic disease.
- An observational study finds that regular use of calcium supplements is associated with brain lesions in older adults.
Worth a Look
- Statins don’t prevent heart attacks in healthy women, nor do they extend lifespan. So why are so many taking them?
- On a Paleo diet but miss your noodles? Here are 7 delicious Paleo-friendly noodle options, from PaleoLeap.
- Is your diet too restrictive? Take this short quiz by Laura at Ancestralize Me and find out!
- Mark Sisson asks: Does skinny always equal healthy?
- Dr. Ronesh Sinha explains three psychological reasons why people still fear saturated fat.
- A new form of quantified self: Who knew that there were 5 apps for tracking your poop?
- The Daily Beast teaches readers how to make doctors irrelevant with a good diet.
For the Foodies
- Sew Let’s Cook: Salad Savoy
- Canada Girl Eats Paleo: Sweet Potato Sesame Salad
- Naked Cuisine: Shakshouka
- Things My Belly Likes: Spicy Beef & Root Vegetable Pie
- The Iron You: Turkey Zucchini Burgers with Lemon Yogurt Sauce
- Once A Month Meals: Chicken Pinwheels
- The Healthy Beast: Puerto Rico Plantain Sandwich (Jibarito)
- My Heart Beets: Shami Kebab
- Hold The Grain: Spiced Carrot Coconut Truffles
- Real Food Guide: Almond Gelatin