The Roundup - Edition 43

The Roundup

by Chris Kresser

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 43, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!

Blast from the Past

Ever wonder why grass fed beef is more expensive? You should read this article before you reach for that cheaper cut of meat. Perhaps accidentally, the article strengthens the case for farm-to-table and pastured meat for those of us that care about the toxins we ingest. While the debate can be polarizing, the truth is that there’s a lot of gray area when it comes to the benefits and drawbacks to the increased demand for meat worldwide.

I’ve written dozens of articles about the healthiness of red meat, and unconditionally support the benefits of choosing grass-fed over grain-fed, regardless of the slight price difference. I’ve also written a two part series on the real environmental impact of red meat consumption (here and here), which I suggest taking a look at if you’re still concerned that red meat consumption is inherently bad for the environment. And finally, I’ve interviewed the ranchers who run Freestone Ranch, a sustainable ranching operation that provides the local pastured beef and pork that I buy on a regular basis.

Hopefully these articles will give you better insight into why I recommend my readers shed their fear of red meat, for health, environmental, and economic reasons. The extra money you spend on your local, sustainable, ethically-raised meat will provide invaluable benefits to you, the environment, the animals, and even our economy. Not to mention grass-fed meat is delicious. Everybody wins!

Research Report

  • Research continues to shed light on the central role of our gut health on our overall health. This new study connects gut health and Lupus.
  • According to a leading US cardiologist, a diet low in saturated fat ‘will not prevent heart disease or prolong life.”
  • This article reviews interesting research on childhood obesity and its possible tie to antibiotic use.
  • Potassium-rich foods have been found to cut stroke and death risks among older women.
  • A randomized controlled trial finds that the speed of weight loss doesn’t impact weight regain.
  • This study gives you about 50 – 70 million reasons to question a vegetarian/vegan diet, especially if you’re trying to conceive.
  • UV light may be an effective means of suppressing the development of obesity and metabolic syndrome, not necessarily through vitamin D but through other mediators such as nitric oxide production.

Worth a Look

  • The Onion published this funny article, but it’s so close to truth that it’s not so funny: “The adventure-seeker told reporters that getting absolutely no aerobic exercise has been a part of his devil-may-care attitude for most of his life…”
  • To help fix this issue, Ikea has designed an inexpensive new button-adjustable stand-up desk.
  • A new study suggests that mild physical activity can have a powerful effect on boosting brain power. Movement that qualifies: stretching, yoga, a walk outside, cleaning (any motor-ability task counts.)
  • Cultivating a purpose for your life is another way to improve both mental and physical health.
  • Did you know that many of our ancestors had better teeth than we do?
  • John Oliver uses Halloween to comment on the troubling practices of America’s sugar industry.

For the Foodies

  1. I followed the link for the “lupus-gut health connection”, i read the brief article (i will be eating my yogurt) then saw this: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141218141004.htm

    This article touts the benefits of ibuprofen. I took 800mg several times daily for many years as prescribed by my doctor for debilitating headaches; she also claimed it was safe. For the past couple months, I’ve not taken any and have had only a handful of manageable headaches. Though i attribute much of my improvement to dietary changes, i can’t help but wonder: was the ibuprofen worsening my headaches? Are there really any benefits to taking it consistently? I’d argue this docs research and say the earthworms thrashing was due to discomfort. Can you help clear up my confusion and/or direct me to research that may help me understand the realities of this drug?

  2. According to a leading US cardiologist, a diet low in saturated fat ‘will not prevent heart disease or prolong life.”

    Awesome, one cardiologist says that an old study had flaws, yet thousands of other studies confirm why sat. fat isn’t good… But he’s right, anyway, right? Guzzle the fat, people! Woo hoo! That one “leading” cardiologist said it was OK!

  3. Personally, I’d rather have a manual (crank) sit-to-stand desk instead of Ikea’s electric one. Those buttons are undoubtedly made in China and will give out in no time. A crank will help build a muscle.

    As well, the treadmill desks are ugly and big…. I’d rather get a crank desk, and stand on a balance board, or do leg lifts.

    I always prefer muscle power to electrics. Even have an old-fashioned crank can opener which is really snazzy.

    • I use an overbed table from the hospital I work at. It supports my keyboard and mouse with enough space left for a writing surface. I attached the monitor to an adjustable arm secured to my desk hutch. It is adjustable with a lever and works quite well.

  4. The NG article on feedlot really misses the point. People need to change their eating habits radically. Organic agriculture is better for the environment because it avoids massive inputs like agrichemicals and shipped grain. The issue of manure and methane is actually an issue of ecosystem imbalance (which is climate change).