Here is The Roundup, Edition 22, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!
Recently, US News and World Report released their annual Best Diet rankings, and the Paleo diet ranked dead last. This kind of mainstream media report doesn’t surprise me, and neither does the amount of concern that comes from my followers on Twitter and Facebook, who ask for my opinion on the rankings, and wonder what it will mean for the popularity of the Paleo diet. Personally, I don’t think this report is suddenly going to turn people away from Paleo, especially considering the great success so many people have had from following the diet. But I understand the frustration that comes from seeing yet another news source completely missing the point of what a Paleo diet really means.
While I wrote my own critique of “no Paleo science” claim, I’m not sure if I’ll get around to addressing this specific report. Fortunately, there are a few great rebuttals written by other authors that you can check out. Robb Wolf slams the US News ranking of Paleo as the worst diet, specifically addressing the major points made by the rankings, such as a potential “lack of nutrition”, difficulty in adhering to the diet, and “lack of science” supporting the diet. Mark Sisson wrote a point-by-point critique as well, addressing the claims by US News that Paleo may not provide cardiovascular or weight loss benefits, or that there are health risks associated with shunning grains and dairy. Laura Schoenfeld, one of my staff nutritionists, chose to focus on the incredible fact that US News ranked Slim-Fast at #13 (compared to Paleo’s ranking of #31) even though the product is full of non-food, processed ingredients that have been associated with health risks such as cancer, heart disease, metabolic dysfunction, or cognitive disturbances. And Loren Cordain wrote his own second rebuttal, because apparently the first one wasn’t compelling enough.
Ultimately, I’m not concerned that this report will damage the credibility of health professionals like myself who promote a Paleo diet, and most evidence would suggest that the Paleo diet is on track to be one of the most popular diets of 2014. The fact is that there are thousands of people who have experienced the health benefits of switching to a personalized Paleo diet, and no amount of mainstream media backlash can change that.
- A systematic review of randomized controlled trials assessed the long-term effects of low-fat diets compared with diets with high amounts of fat on blood lipid levels. Neither diet could be unequivocally recommended for heart disease prevention.
- An interesting new fiber delays release until the colon, which would make it easier to tolerate for SIBO/IBS folks.
- A study in mice finds that kefir improves the effect of fatty liver syndrome body weight, energy expenditure and basal metabolic rate by inhibiting the lipogenesis pathway.
- A randomized control trial found that light physical activity, such as walking for 90 minutes per day, decreases insulin resistance, improves lipid homeostasis, and reduces visceral fat in overweight/obese and physically inactive individuals with a high risk for type 2 diabetes.
Worth a Look
- Butter, bacon, and bone broth: a writer spends a week on the LA Lakers’ new diet.
- Dan Pardi is interviewed by Dr. Mercola on how to improve sleep quality, and particularly the importance of proper light exposure.
- Check out my new article rebutting Paleo critiques at The Daily Beast.
- Here’s the video from my appearance on Fox & Friends.
- Does wheat cause heart disease? This website explores some of the evidence.
For the Foodies
- The Domestic Man: Pumpkin and Chorizo Soup
- A Calculated Whisk: Sweet Potato & Kale Gratin
- Things My Belly Likes: Italian Stuffed Lamb
- Paleo Spirit: Barbecue Chicken Pizza
- The Paleo Mom: Pomegranate Molasses Glazed Salmon
- Virginia is for Hunter Gatherers: Osso Buco
- The Healthy Foodie: Sweet Potato and Ground Beef Pie
- The Iron You: Creamy Mashed Cauliflower
- The Fit Fork: Broiled Grapefruit with Feta & Balsamic Syrup
- Ari’s Menu: 3 Ingredient Roasted Banana Coconut Milk Ice Cream