The Roundup - Edition 45
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The Roundup

by Chris Kresser

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 45, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!

Blast from the Past

Bone broth seems to be getting more and more press these days. ABC recently produced a video segment called “Is Bone Broth The New Superfood?” and the Washington Post published an article called “Bone broth: Winter’s new miracle drink”. The NYC broth vendor Brodo is getting a lot of attention as the city’s first take-out window devoted to sippable broths.

Even Business Insider can’t understand why someone would spend $4 on an 8-ounce cup of broth when they could make 25 cups of “broth” for $2 with Walmart’s boullion cubes. (I say “broth” because the bullion product is mostly comprised of salt, corn, wheat, soy protein, MSG, and corn/soybean oil.)

Many of you who have read my book or have been following my blog know that I’ve been promoting the consumption of bone broth as a health food for years. It’s one of my top 14 foods, it can help prevent colds and flus, keeps you looking young, and the real stuff contains lots of gelatin for joint, skin, and gut health. Some of my favorite recipes using broth are Tom Kha Gai, Argentinean Carbonada, and Traditional Korean Birthday Soup.

Eating broth regularly can help you look and feel better than you have in years, and not only is it easy to make but it tastes delicious too. This might be one food trend worth following the crowd on!

Research Report

  • A new study has found regular consumption of yogurt may help lower the risk for Type 2 diabetes.
  • Research suggests pollutants are linked to increased obesity in children.
  • Two recent studies found the brains of people with CFS differ from healthy people.
  • Despite conventional wisdom, skipping breakfast doesn’t cause weight gain.
  • Lack of regular moderate sun exposure may increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • Researchers are making unique discoveries in brain science and human connections.
  • 6-year-olds breastfed for 9 months were less likely to have ear, throat, or sinus infections in the past year.
  • People who eat a lot of fruits and vegetables have up to 81% lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Researchers report eating a high-protein breakfast is effective at reducing cravings and boosting dopamine.
  • Maternal obesity is associated with differences in the composition of the gut microbiome in children in early life.

Worth A Look

  • Diet is now the single leading modifiable cause of poor health in the US, possibly exceeding tobacco and alcohol combined.
  • Are teens getting enough sleep? And should schools start later to address the issue?
  • What do eggs, tart cherry juice and jasmine rice have in common? These 3 foods may help naturally aid sleep.
  • Blogger Leo Babauta of ZenHabits believes human connections are vital and should be made a priority.
  • Read more about why having fun should be taken more seriously.
  • Learn about an NFL football player who walked away from a million dollar contract to be a farmer.
  • Find out why more celebrities are choosing Paleo, low-carb diets over veganism.

For the Foodies

  1. Hello Chris,

    Very interesting roundup, as usual. Skipping breakfast doesn’t cause weight gain? No surprise there, however a lot of variables should be considered before adopting an intermittent fasting approach, such as stress levels. Additionally the results of
    most studies indicating the opposite (that “skipping” breakfast causes weight gain) have a lot to do with the fact that the people involved in these studies tend to grab a doughnut (or something similarly disgusting) on their way to work after “skipping” breakfast at home, leading to increased cravings throughout the day for more junk food.
    However, I find it somewhat surprising that according to the study that you linked to, serum cholesterol levels increased in the group that skipped breakfast, compared to the group that was eating oat porridge for breakfast as well as the group that was eating cornflakes for breakfast. I know that there are some reports that oats decrease cholesterol (whether that is a good thing or not is a different matter) because of the fiber content, but how does this apply to frosted cornflakes? What mechanisms are involved that would increase the cholesterol of the group skipping breakfast compared to the other two groups? Do you think that serum cholesterol is increasing but that LDL particle count may be decreasing?

    I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the matter, and I would like to thank you for everything that you do to empower people with knowledge to take control of their health!

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