Here is The Roundup, Edition 19, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!
Blast from the Past
In a recent article, Stephan Guyenet of Whole Health Source discussed the widespread belief that beans and lentils are not “allowed” on a Paleo diet and were not a component of our early ancestors’ diets. Stephan points out that “there is good evidence of widespread legume consumption by hunter-gatherers and archaic humans, and that beans and lentils are therefore an ancestral food that falls within the Paleo diet rubric.” He discusses a handful of hunter-gatherer populations and extinct archaic groups of humans who consumed legumes after the development of cooking as a technology. He lists The !Kung San, Southwest Native Americans, Australian Aborigines, and Neanderthals as groups that included properly prepared legumes in their diets, and therefore argues that “beans and lentils appear to be Paleo.”
I appreciate that Stephan views Paleo as a framework rather than a prescription, and I’ve written before about the need to reframe Paleo as a template, not a diet, and that the word Paleo should not be taken literally when deciding what to eat. This is also the approach I take in my new upcoming book, Your Personal Paleo Code (published in paperback as The Paleo Cure in December 2014), because I understand the need for personalization and minimal restriction when it comes to figuring out your own optimal diet. While beans and legumes may not be on the menu for some Paleo devotees, I believe properly prepared legumes can be perfectly healthy if well tolerated and if not completely replacing animal proteins in the diet. I’m glad that Stephan has pointed out the fact that the statement “beans aren’t Paleo” is likely inaccurate, and not a helpful statement for individuals looking to optimize their own diets.
- This review examines the changes in gut microbiota of patients with chronic kidney disease that may contribute to the progression of the disease, and the targeted interventions to re-establish a beneficial symbiosis.
- A clinical study finds that whole-grain consumption does not decrease body weight compared to non-whole grain diet in controls.
- This study is the first to provide a molecular basis for the role of butyrate on the production of regulatory T lymphocytes in the gut.
- This paper establishes a link between glyphosate (the active ingredient in herbicides like Roundup) and changes in the gut microbiome that contribute to numerous modern diseases including autism, IBD, depression, cancer and more. Yet another reason to eat organic whenever possible.
Worth a Look
- An Op-Ed in The New York Times explains how statins will not benefit most patients under the new guidelines. Finally some common sense in the debate!
- Another New York Times article describes how low testosterone is a real problem for some men, but it’s also over-diagnosed and based on unclear science.
- A past president of American College of Cardiology calls for halt to the new cholesterol and statin guidelines.
- Come see me at PaleoFx in 2014. Tickets are now on sale—and they’re doing a big giveaway with tons of great prizes.
- Want to learn more about resistant starch after listening to my last podcast? Check out these articles from Free the Animal.
- My staff nutritionist Laura of Ancestralize Me explains why Weston Price and Paleo may not survive without each other.
For the Foodies: Thanksgiving Edition
- Everyone Eats Right: Herb Bread
- Tasty Eats at Home: Lamb Liver and Wild Game Terrine with Pistachios and Cranberries
- Eat Nourishing: Apple and Fennel Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette Recipe
- TummyRumblr: Pear, Fennel, Red Onion, and Butternut Squash Gratin
- Elana’s Pantry: Squash with Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts
- Life Currents: Roasted Acorn Squash with Black Grapes and Cardamom Persimmons
- Ancestral Chef: Bacon, Brussels Sprouts and Collard Greens
- The Domestic Man: Perfect Smoked Turkey
- Virginia is for Hunter Gatherers: The Best Stuffing Ever
- Paleo Vs Vegan: Mashed Garlic Cauliflower
- Cook Eat Paleo: Easy Paleo Gravy
- PaleOMG: Orange Goat Cheese Whipped Yams
- Everyday Maven: Roasted Sweet Potato and Carrot Mash
- The Fit Fork: Bourbon Cranberry Apricot & Pecan Relish Recipe
- The Healthy Foodie: Paleo Pumpkin Pie
- Against All Grain: Mini Pumpkin Pie Tarts
- ZenBelly: Apple Pie
- Civilized Caveman: Maple Cinnamon Pecan Ice Cream
- Healthy Living How To: Pumpkin Spice Hot Buttered Coffee
- The Endless Meal: Turkey Stock
- L. Michelle: Day After Turkey Vegetable Soup