The Roundup - Edition 50

The Roundup

by Chris Kresser

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 50, bringing you the best health research and paleo recipes from around the web over the past two weeks.

Blast from the Past

In a New York Times editorial that has been making the rounds, Dr. Dean Ornish blasted high-protein diets, saying that excess meat and fat consumption are driving the multitude of chronic health problems we’re facing as a nation. He denies that egg yolks and bacon might be considered healthy, and uses observational studies to attempt to prove causation when looking at animal food intake and chronic disease risk.

I haven’t had time to write a response to this post, but fortunately, Dr. Michael Eades was able to write a quick rebuttal. Dr. Eades explains that based on the exact epidemiological data that Dr. Ornish is (incorrectly) interpreting, “starch and sugar consumption is way up while that of meat hasn’t really changed and egg and dairy consumption has actually decreased.” So to argue that it’s our increased intake of meat, eggs, and dairy that is causing us to become fat is not only incorrect, but potentially dangerous.

I say dangerous because the weight of the evidence supports the theory that a higher protein diet can assist weight loss, stabilize blood sugar, prevent muscle wasting, and prevent HPA axis dysregulation when under chronic stress. Not to mention the fact that there are essential nutrients in animal foods that are impossible to get from a plant based diet, such as vitamin B12, essential fatty acids, and a variety of other vitamins and minerals.

For more information on why red meat (and animal protein in general) is healthy for you, check out my Red Meat Report. And send your skeptical family and friends this post when they tell you that your Paleo diet is going to kill you.

Research Report

  • Higher-intensity exercise is tied to improving how the body processes sugar.
  • Myopia seems to be a modern condition caused by insufficient outdoor time. Get those kids outside to play!
  • A high fiber diet was nearly as effective for improving metabolic syndrome as the standard AHA diet.
  • Multitaskers are less effective when attempting a single task or switching between tasks. Stick to one task at a time!
  • In obese adults, intentional weight loss may be associated with approximately a 15% reduction in all-cause mortality. 
  • Does excessive homework contribute to childhood obesity?
  • Research over the past two decades confirms that mindfulness meditation exerts beneficial effects on physical and mental health, and cognitive performance.

Worth a Look

  • The “blue” light from smartphones tells the brain that it’s morning. So don’t use them at night!
  • A simple method has been discovered for converting rice starch into resistant starch.
  • Get a free 28-page eBook on healing from adrenal fatigue, written by my staff dietitians.
  • Check out this satirical commentary on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines by Adele Hite. 
  • Meditation as a form of stress management can help decrease abdominal fat as well as curb stress eating.
  • Mark Sisson explains how you’ll be more successful if you make a habit change part of your morning routine. 
  • Diana Rodgers asks if sustainability should be part of the Food Pyramid.
  • Visit Nom Nom Paleo to view Michelle’s pantry for Paleo pantry inspiration.
  • Even when food looks fresh and unprocessed, it may still be hiding food additives.
  • Learn how to meal plan and batch cook to make Paleo eating a snap.
  • Discover 10 things you didn’t know about vitamin D.

For the Foodies

  1. Chirs,

    Thanks for all your great work. I am a Nutrition Educator and I love helping to dispel the nutritional myths that have made Americans so sick. I enjoyed your talk last fall at the WAPF conference in Indianapolis.

    Recently, my brother-in-law, age 51, (and a smoker) had a mild heart attack. The cardiologist put in a stent and set him up on a “heart-healthy” diet and several medications. After reading the hospital’s dietary recommendations, I was not at all surprised to see the standard advice: avoid saturated fats and cholesterol, limit egg consumption, etc, etc.

    However, what really blew me away was the prescription for a STATIN drug. His cholesterol has always been in the “normal” range…even low, at ~130. Now, his physician is telling him that the “normal” range is 100 and as a heart patient he should now be striving for a cholesterol number of 75 and so…the prescription STATIN. I was stunned…..75 ? Really?

    My question to you and your staff is this: Are there any, ANY recent studies that suggest there is any hint of truth to this number?

    I have my doubts, but my family already thinks I am crazy to even question a physician….please help me out here.

    Gail

  2. The link to the “free” booklet on adrenal fatigue takes you to a site that costs $197.

  3. Thank you for this. How can we blame a food (red meat) humans have eaten large amounts of for 200,000 generations for a disease (CHD) that has only appeared to any degree in the last 4-5 generations? The wonderful thing is that eating the above recommended foods shows to be the number one protocol for nearly any disease you care to mention.with my best wishes for good life.Reta from paleo hacks Thank you for this. How can we blame a food (red meat) humans have eaten large amounts of for 200,000 generations for a disease (CHD) that has only appeared to any degree in the last 4-5 generations? The wonderful thing is that eating the above recommended foods shows to be the number one protocol for nearly any disease you care to mention.with my best wishes for good life.Reta from paleo hacks

  4. I got a question to pose folks – if I throw some cod liver oil into my ommelette shortly before it’s finished cooking, will this damage the DHA/EPA in it ?
    How much heat can you get away with regarding CLO ?

  5. Thank you so much for linking to my meal planning post! I will have part 2 up on the blog portion of my website very soon. I really enjoy the great information you post each week!

  6. Hi Chris, thanks for the links.

    I wonder what the hype is about the rice and resistant starch though. I think we all already new this?

    Cheers, Palva

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