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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 […]

4 Jul

Weekend Link Love

Happy 4th of July! Here’s another grand slam from TED, chef Dan Barber talks about sustainability and his love affair with fish. Do video games have a place in fitness? Son of Grok‘s answer may surprise you. Because more than a dozen people emailed me about the article, it’s worth mentioning that orthorexia is back […]

14 Mar

Weekend Link Love

Remember the guy who made the challenge-winning “Bringing Home the Bacon”  video? He’s got a new one. Watch this Primal workout, epic music included. Fat is a flavor, says science. And me. Yum. What’s the difference between a fish and a goat? Hunt. Gather. Love talks about the role emotion plays in our food choices. […]

22 Feb

Dear Mark: Omega-3s and Fish Allergies

By now we all know the benefits of fish oil and its omega-3s: lower risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer, less systemic inflammation, lower risk for depression, better skin, and so on. Although fish and fish oil supplements are the best sources for these omega-3 benefits, there are nonetheless scenarios that rule out these […]

14 Feb

Weekend Link Love

Whole Foods wants you to be a vegetarian. Jimmy Moore doesn’t. In his Whole FooLs piece, Jimmy rounds up responses from the low-carb community (including mine) on Whole Foods’ new push against meats and fats. Many of you may remember Tom Greenwald‘s popular forest sprinting video. Tom has a blog with some good thoughts on […]

7 Feb

Weekend Link Love

The hunter-gatherer lifestyle made the Colbert Report. Gaining traction in the mainstream! If you’re a regular, you may have seen grass fed beefsters US Wellness pop up in the MDA forum (or occasionally as an MDA prize). They recently came under attack by a blogger making claims of GMOs in their beef. I highly suggest […]

18 Jan

Dear Mark: Trans Fat

The message has been circulating for a few years now: trans fats = bad. It’s one of the rare times I find myself in alignment with conventional nutritional guidelines. (Of course, it’s not so simple, but I’ll unpack that one in a moment.) The fact is, manufacturers have done a better job sending the anti-trans […]

7 Jan

Assessing Sanitizers: Cleaning Up the Confusion

If you believe the ads, we live in a squalid hotbed of menacing microbes. Evil germs are everywhere and out to get us – especially the innocent, well-dressed children playing nearby. The smart ones among us, the marketers tell us, navigate this ominous world armed with the right sanitizing defense. Even the grimiest restroom, the […]

29 Dec

Is Canned Food Safe to Eat?

Ideally, The Primal Blueprint is a living, breathing document. Whether it’s emails from insightful readers or random articles from my RSS feed casting a subject in a completely different light, or even personal N=1 revelations spurring a meticulous re-examination of previously-held stances, I’ll often find myself rethinking certain aspects of the PB. They usually hold […]

4 Dec

Marlboro to Introduce “Smoke Rite” 6 Cig Health Packs

Smokers rejoice. There is a new, healthier way to smoke, all thanks to the innovators at Altria (formerly known as Philip Morris). Marlboro has just released Smoke Rites, a new line of health conscious products for modern people with active lifestyles. The concept was borne over two years of intense research at Marlboro laboratories. Head […]

20 Jul

Food Labeling Nonsense

I thought I’d forgo my regularly scheduled “Dear Mark” Monday post (or “Dear Readers” as the case may be) for a subject very near and dear to my heart: the constantly-evolving, ever-confusing ways of the food rating labelers. Whether it’s the AHA-approved red “Heart Healthy” stamps that implore overweight diabetics to stuff themselves with “healthy” […]

12 Jun

Primal Blueprint Success Story: More Like Grok

For anyone that is now familiar with The Primal Blueprint, you’ll recognize both of the characters to the right. It’s our lovable Primal role model, Grok, and his modern antithesis – your average overweight and over-stressed American – Mr. Korg. (A quick aside: When I read “Grok” I hear it said in my head like […]

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