Here is The Roundup, Edition 32, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!
Blast from the Past
Last week, The Economist reviewed the much buzzed about book, The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz.
In this book, Teicholz covers decades of nutrition research and government policy, and pokes holes in the major studies that have often been used to justify the American Heart Association’s policy on dietary fat intake. She points out that at this point, the science is no longer supporting this viewpoint; rather, it is “generations of bias and habit” that keeps Americans stuck in their animal fat-phobia.
Those of you who have been long-time blog readers are no strangers to my perspective on saturated fat, dietary cholesterol, and their dubious connection to heart disease. It excites me to see this information becoming more and more mainstream as time goes on, and I’m hoping it will reach a tipping point soon. There are far too many people out there strictly avoiding meat, eggs, and animal fats due to unfounded fears over heart disease and other chronic conditions that have been falsely attributed to animal product consumption.
I’ve written an eBook about the Diet-Heart Myth, and have covered this myth extensively in my book, Your Personal Paleo Code (published as The Paleo Cure in paperback). It may be one of the most important nutrition topics at the moment, and one that needs to be better understood by doctors and patients alike.
If you have a family member or friend who thinks you’re killing yourself slowly by eating meat, butter, and eggs, I strongly recommend buying The Big Fat Surprise for them and letting them learn for themselves the truth about the role (or lack thereof) of dietary fat in causing heart disease. (And if you’re short on cash, you can always direct them to my free eBook on the topic!)
- This awesome study shows that herbal therapy is as effective as (and safer than) antibiotics for SIBO. Matches my experience!
- Conventional wisdom says “we don’t know what causes IBS”. This study demonstrates that 73% of IBS patients tested were shown to have gut dysbiosis.
- Marijuana shows potential in treating autoimmune disease in a new study. The active ingredient THC has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.
- The prevalence of global obesity continues to rise; 1 in 3 people around the world are now overweight or obese.
Worth a Look
- I’ll be speaking at the Wise Traditions conference this year on the acid-alkaline myth. Get your tickets now!
- Time to get playing! People’s attitudes toward physical activity can influence what they eat afterward, and whether they lose weight.
- f you’re confused about the conflicting info on calories, carbs and fat, this article by Stephan Guyenet should help clarify things.
- Do you hate your job? The New York Times explains how the way we’re working isn’t working.
- People love to hate on vitamin A, but Suppversity explains how 25,000 IU per day may reduce progression of heart disease.
For the Foodies
- Virginia is for Hunter Gatherers: Bacon Egg Salad
- Cook It Up Paleo: Plantain Drop Biscuits
- Our Four Forks: Arugula Salad with Portobello Mushrooms and Manchego
- My Heart Beets: Shami Kebab
- The Freckled Foodie: Blackberry Sticky Wings
- GI 365: Fish Taco Lettuce Wraps with Mango Salsa
- Gutsy By Nature: Pork Chops with Leek Sauce
- Once A Month Meals: Chicken Pinwheels
- Original Eating: Banana Cranberry Ice Cream
- Leelalicious: Coconut Strawberry Swirl Pops
- Colorful Eats: Mint Lime Sparklers