Here is The Roundup, Edition 33, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!
Blast from the Past
Those of us who recommend alternative nutrition strategies are often fighting against the larger cultural viewpoint that certain foods are unhealthy at best, and dangerous at worst. Foods like egg yolks, bacon, butter, and red meat are constantly considered to be “artery clogging” foods that doctors and conventional nutritionists warn their patients to stay away from. It makes my job that much harder when I have a patient who is terrified of the foods I recommend because they’ve been taught all their lives that these high cholesterol, high saturated fat foods are essentially guaranteed to kill them.
That’s why I was thrilled to finally see a major shift in the cultural perspective on saturated fat. Time Magazine, notorious for their original demonization of high saturated fat foods like eggs and bacon, has finally come full circle and has admitted that we’ve been fighting the wrong dietary battle. The front cover of the magazine is a far cry from their original frowny-face breakfast plate, and it’s great to see such a popular and well-respected news outlet coming to terms with the truth about nutrition and our government’s inaccurate recommendations.
Of course this magazine cover has sparked a lot of debate in the public news sphere, but we’re still moving in the right direction. I’ve been writing for years about this misinformation, and I even have compiled a downloadable eBook on the topic of the Diet-Heart Myth. I’ll continue to expose the truth about saturated fat on my blog, but can’t help being excited seeing the rest of the country really starting to catch on.
As an aside: my only concern is that carbohydrates will now take the place of fat as public enemy #1. We need to shift the discussion away from quantity (of both calories and macronutrients) and toward quality. It should go without saying that not all carbohydrates are created equal; whole fruit and starchy vegetables do not affect the body in the same way as refined flour and sugar. The same is true for fats. Naturally occurring fats are superior to man-made, processed fats. It doesn’t make sense to talk about “carbohydrates” and “fats” as if they’re all the same. I hope this won’t be completely lost on the American public as the pendulum continues to swing on the issue of science-based nutrition recommendations!
- A new study shows that gut microbe levels are linked to type 2 diabetes and obesity.
- This review suggests that insufficient exposure to dietary and bacterial metabolites might underlie the development of inflammatory disorders in Western countries.
- Full-fat dairy consumption has once again been shown to be associated with less fat gain over time.
- Research demonstrates that dietary weight loss and exercise can improve cognition and quality of life in obese older adults, with exercise being the most effective.
- This study shows that despite being high in calories, nuts are not typically associated with weight gain.
- You’ve heard about prebiotics and probiotics. But did you know that exercise also improves your gut flora?
- Pastured cream compared to conventional cream leads to lower fat mass, less inflammation, and better metabolism in mice. Eat your grass fed, full fat dairy!
Worth a Look
- Anyone who claims “America has the best health care system in the world” should read this article.
- Did you know cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and kale can help you detoxify your body?
- Mark Sisson asks: is the technology in your life working for you or against you?
- Chimpanzees outwit humans in certain games of strategy. Amazing.
- I know I recommend limiting your sitting time… but this is ridiculous!
- Worried about sunburn this summer? Sustainable Balance has some great tips for reducing your risk through a healthy diet.
For the Foodies
- Against All Grain: Sweet Plantain Guacamole
- What Would John Mack Eat: Savoy Cabbage and Bacon
- Primal Palate: Creamy Crab Bisque
- Balancing Paleo: Zesty Zoodles with Wilted Arugula
- Civilized Caveman Cooking: Maple Pecan Butternut Squash
- And Here We Are: Garlic and Herb Greek Lamb Kebabs
- Smoked and Grilled: Smoked Bacon Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
- The Domestic Man: Kare Kare (Philippine Oxtail and Tripe Stew)
- Angellfood: Ratatouille Meatball Soup
- Kristine Rudolph: Lemon and Honey Roasted Figs
- Almost Bananas: Watermelon and Lemon Balm Sorbet