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30 Oct

Is It Primal? – Spirulina, Chlorella, Amaranth, and Other Foods Scrutinized

There are many thousands of foods out there at our beck and call, and you want to know which ones are Primal-approved and which ones are not. I know this because I get a lot of emails from you guys asking me about this food or that food. I’m happy to give my perspective, but […]

17 Oct

Should You Worry About Genetically Modified Food?

A new study came out last month out of France. In it, researchers found that rats on diets consisting of 11%, 22%, and 33% Roundup-resistant genetically modified corn developed far more mammary tumors than control rats on non-GMO corn diets. GMO diet rats died earlier and in greater numbers. Why is this study notable amidst all […]

3 Jun

Weekend Link Love – Edition 192

Is elevated cholesterol just a marker for sunlight deficiency? How to shop for kids’ shoes (video), featuring KStarr. Paleo bumperstickers have officially been released. Go get yours today. The FDA recently ruled against the Corn Refiners Association, saying that its petition to change the name of “high-fructose corn syrup” to “corn sugar” would confuse the […]

7 Mar

Can We Feed the World on the Primal Blueprint Diet? – Part 2

Last week, I opened the discussion of whether or not the whole world could go Primal. As you may recall, I noted that given the realities of our infrastructure, our policies, and the entrenched interests who wield considerable amounts of power and influence, practically speaking such a dramatic shift simply isn’t likely anytime soon. While […]

4 Mar

Weekend Link Love – Edition 180

Next time you make creamy turmeric tea, add some black pepper to the mix. The piperine in pepper enhances the bioavailability of the curcumin in turmeric. Did cooking make us human? If you’re still curious about or a little shaky on epigenetics, this nine and a half minute video is a fantastic and approachable introduction […]

20 Feb

Dear Mark: Should I Consume Caffeine Before My Workout?

In today’s edition of Dear Mark, I cover a topic near and dear to many of your hearts: caffeine. But I don’t just cover caffeine; I explore whether caffeine truly does act as a diuretic, especially during exercise, and whether or not caffeine can actually be helpful to athletic performance. Should we all be downing […]

15 Feb

8 Reasons Why You Act Against Your Own Better Judgment

We all make poor choices against our better judgment. It’s kind of what makes us human – the tendency to actively and willfully make decisions that will result in unfavorable outcomes. Sure, the candy bar tastes good, but you know you’ll feel awful after eating it. Yeah, that blog is fun to read, but you […]

22 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 174

Both Robb Wolf and I made yet another Greatist list, this time for two of the “must-read” health and fitness blogs for 2012. I would tend to agree. Vibram Five Fingers popped up at a recent award show. Or, in old timey gossip rag speak: Sassy Starlet Sports Showstopping Simian Shoes! My good friend Richard […]

7 Aug

Weekend Link Love – Edition 154

Somehow, I don’t think melatonin-laced brownies will catch on like other enhanced baked goods, but maybe I’m wrong. What do you think? A chef conquers rheumatoid arthritis in part by ditching processed food and eating more olive oil, almonds, greens, sardines, anchovies, and stone fruits. I ain’t surprised one bit. The Primal Parent describes her […]

12 Jun

Weekend Link Love – Edition 146

Attention, doctors: contact Chris to be placed on the new Primal Docs network. Are you addicted to sausages? This man certainly is. Can any UK readers vouch for the quality of these Mcwhinney’s Irish pork sausages? Are they worth risking clinical addiction? There’s nothing more enjoyable on a Sunday morning than reading about the collusion […]

25 May

Meat Glue: Separating Fact from Fiction

If you’re a fitness and nutrition nerd, you’re long past the grade school days of willingly eating glue, paste, and other pseudo-edible adhesives, but there’s a decent chance you’re still eating an entirely different kind of glue unknowingly. Maybe even on a regular basis. I’m talking about meat glue, also known as transglutaminase, which restaurants […]

18 May

Grocery Store Seafood: What to Eat and What to Avoid

In the comment section of last week’s post on farmed seafood, readers asked about the safety of regular, everyday seafood that you can find in any supermarket in the country – the popular, easily obtainable species that conventional supermarkets proudly display on ice, in frozen sections, and in cans and packets. Not crayfish, New Zealand […]

11 Feb

Primal Blueprint Shopping List

So you’ve read the book and you’re ready to go Primal. You’ve purged your pantry and fridge of every last SAD (Standard American Diet) “food” item and you plan on hitting up your local farmers’ market or grocery store to stock up on delicious and nutritious Primal fare. But where do you start? I’ve created […]

20 Oct

Is Your Doctor Getting Cash Payouts from Big Pharma? (plus More Findings from the Drug Biz)

There’s been a lot of news from the Pharma realm these last few weeks. As you all know, I make a point of passing this kind of thing along…. Given the massive role pharmaceutical drugs play in our society’s conventional health care, I like to keep on top of the developments. Speaking of “massive,” first […]

5 Oct

Contest Results: Meet a Farmer

It turns out that when I announced the “Meet a Farmer” contest and encouraged people to make a connection with their local food suppliers I overlooked the fact that many of the farmers themselves read Mark’s Daily Apple. So whether you took a picture of yourself and sent it in, or made the pilgrimage to […]

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