Here is The Roundup, Edition 37, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!
Blast from the Past
The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the longstanding, international debate over salt and sodium guidelines and whether or not our current targets are set too low for optimal health. A new study came out recently in the New England Journal of Medicine supporting the belief that cutting back on sodium too much actually poses health hazards, including premature death. This study found that those who consumed fewer than 3,000 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day had a 27% higher risk of death or a serious event such as a heart attack or stroke in that period than those whose intake was estimated at 3,000 to 6,000 mg.
While many researchers supported the findings as further evidence corroborating with other studies done in the past few years, there are many still who adamantly support the recommendations to consume less than 2,300 mg of sodium daily; the most notable of these advocates being the American Heart Association. It amazes me that this is still a debate, with the amount of evidence that has accumulated to this point discrediting the current guidelines and demonstrating that they may do more harm than good if adhered to.
In fact, I’ve written an entire series on salt, explaining the physiological requirements for salt and theories on the “optimal” dietary salt range. In this series, I present evidence for the dangers of too little and too much salt, and give recommendations for the type and amount of salt to include in the diet. Let’s just say my conclusions don’t support those of the AHA recommending 2,300 mg per day! You’ll have to read the series to learn more and to discover the best way to include salt in your diet in a healthy way.
- Another study proves that modifying cholesterol is not necessarily a good thing.
- Eating at full-service restaurants leads to overeating that is equivalent to fast food.
- Social stress in middle-aged men and women is associated with 2 to 3 times greater risk of death.
- Treadmill workstations improve productivity. Another great reason to walk while you work:
- Research shows that kids who consume full-fat dairy products gain less fat over time than those who consume reduced fat dairy.
Worth a Look
- My presentation “Why Paleo is Taking the World by Storm,” from the Revitalize conference is featured on Mind Body Green.
- How far will you go to avoid introspection? We need periods of solitude and reflection to stay healthy!
- New evidence suggests antioxidant supplements are futile compared to eating plants that struggled to survive.
- For women who exercise frequently, add carbs back into your diet to improve painful and frustrating menstrual symptoms.
- Jack Osbourne credits Paleo diet for helping manage his #MS and driving his recent 70lb weightloss.
- New research suggests there may be cognitive drawbacks to reading on a screen as opposed to on paper.
- Listen to Dr. Lipman interview me about my bestselling book Your Personal Paleo Code (published in paperback as The Paleo Cure in December 2014).
For the Foodies
- Foraged Dish: Paleo Cream of Mushroom Soup
- Everyday Maven: Deviled Eggs with Truffle Salt
- The Healthy Foodie: Tex-Mex Loaded Meatloaf
- Naked Cuisine: Pesto Potato Salad
- The Iron You: SoCal Guacamole Burgers on Portobello Mushroom Buns
- PaleOMG: Pan Seared Mahi Mahi over Sticky Coconut “Rice” with Mango Salsa
- Against All Grain: Shrimp Skewers with Prosciutto Nectarines
- The Civilized Caveman: Braised Short Ribs
- The Primal Desire: Paleo Orange Blossom Strawberry Ice Cream
- Primavera Kitchen: Flourless Chocolate Chip Brownies