The Roundup - Edition 49
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The Roundup

by Chris Kresser

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 49, bringing you the best health research and paleo recipes from around the web over the past two weeks.

Blast from the Past

Newsflash: The recommended amount of fat we eat per day from a 1977 study got it wrong. Zoe Harcombe, a researcher and Ph.D. candidate at University of the West of Scotland, and her colleagues say that the data decision-makers when the first U.S. guidelines on dietary fat were made, did not provide any support for the idea that eating less fat would translate to fewer cases of heart disease, or that it would save lives.

Harcombe argues that when we cut the fat, we replaced it with refined carbohydrates, which in excess are broken down by the body into sugars and into triglycerides, which may actually do more harm to the heart than cholesterol from animal products like red meat and dairy.

Those of you who have been reading my blog for some time (or any amount of time really) will know that this is hardly news. I’ve written an entire eBook on this myth, and I will continue repeating this information for as long as it takes until everyone takes this information as undisputed fact rather than a theory. But it is exciting to see changes happening not only in the mainstream media, but also in the government’s Dietary Guidelines, however slowly the tide is turning.

Research Report

  • A recent study connected sedentary behavior to chronic inflammation and risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
  • This report examines how chronic stress affects our biological aging.
  • This study suggests taking too much folic acid while pregnant may put daughters at risk for obesity.
  • BPA-free plastics are likely worse than BPA with regards to synthetic estrogen leaching.
  • This study is another strong reminder that #antibiotics should ONLY be given to infants when necessary:
  • Research shows that regular sauna use is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality.
  • Did you know that vegetables are the #1 cause of food poisoning?
  • Protein overfeeding, but not fat overfeeding, increases 24-hour energy expenditure independently of weight gain.

Worth A Look

For the Foodies

  1. I always relish the challenge of dinner guests with a restricted diet, just as he says. Gets my creative juices flowing. Although I’ve got an aunt who does stuff that’s just crazy. There was the time she was zero-fat. And then her kidneys went out and some fool told her to eat modest animal protein, high plant protein, low on potassium and the following other minerals. Hello? Protein-y plant foods are loaded with potassium! After that I gave up doing much to cater to her… My gluten/egg/corn/quinoa free cousin, though? Sign me up! Even if she does refuse to eat pork because it’s not kosher, but eats shrimp by the bushel.

  2. Just recently switch over to a higher fat “diet” and I gotta say I feel skinnier everyday when I wake up. I eat way less triscuits and low fat yogurt ice cream now. Both were “better” snaking options that we thought were helping. I was looking at the fat on the label and didn’t realize how much sugar we were getting. Now we use grass fed butter for cooking and my wife puts it in her coffee and tea. I drink my coffee black. I think it makes a big difference that we don’t demonize butter or fat anymore or guilt ourselves when we eat it. We consume very little processed carbs and hardly snack at night. We feel surprisingly full all the time. Are attitude is more easy going and less high strung. I get way less sleepy afternoons.

  3. Finally, after all these years. I can see the DATE of all the posts :DD

    The biggest flaw of this is has been at last fixed

  4. Thank you for the tag! Really interesting article about the protein overfeeding, and YES to the article’s question about a strict paleo diet and lifestyle leading to adrenal fatigue – it happened to me! But following the recommendations in your book has really helped, so thank you for that as well!

  5. I almost didn’t open the link regarding “if you give a mouse a cookie”. I am so glad I ended up looking at it! Hilarious! I loved this article and the one written by Adele. Great links this week!

  6. When you speak of “too much folic acid” are you saying “as opposed to FOLATE, or are you treating them as one in the same? There’s a major difference between the two, and it amazes me that so many professionals are clueless.

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