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.
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- In obese adults, intentional weight loss may be associated with approximately a 15% reduction in all-cause mortality.
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- 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
- Nom Nom Paleo: Fried Green Plantains
- Plaid and Paleo: Buffalo Ranch Deviled Eggs
- Against All Grain: Creamy Pesto “Pasta” with Spring Vegetables
- The Domestic Man: Creole Puchero
- Jessi’s Kitchen: Cauliflower Soup with Cilantro Pesto
- Real Food With Dana: Hawaiian Burgers with Pineapple-Ginger Relish
- The Healthy Foodie: Two Salmon Tartare
- Fermented Food Lab: Lemon Thyme Green Tea Kombucha
- Sustainable Dish: Spring Egg Drop Soup with Lemon-Ginger Meatballs
- Three Beans On A String: Mustardy Kale Salad With Bacon and Sweet Potatoes
- Hold The Grain: Creamy Chicken and Cauliflower