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June 26, 2011

Weekend Link Love – Edition 148

By Mark Sisson
31 Comments

I love butter as much as anyone, but I think deep-frying it may be going too far. Be sure to watch til the end for the helpful tips on how to pick a frying oil.

Living in the city changes how your brain responds to stress, and not in a good way.

Fake, manmade fat strikes out again. This time, rats who ate potato chips made with Olean, the non-caloric “fat,” got fatter and ate more than rats who ate regular chips. Big surprise.

More fossil evidence that agriculture took a toll on human height (and health).

It seems humans may possess a dormant ability to sense the Earth’s magnetic fields, a la birds and sea turtles, thanks to a tiny protein in our retina. Magneato.

Diabetes can be cured with diet? You don’t say. 600 calories a day? Ouch. We can do it on 1800.

I’m torn on this old baby food ad. On one hand, it’s for canned meat paste made of beef, liver, heart, bacon, veal, or lamb called “Meats for Babies.” That’s awesome. On the other hand, it’s canned meat paste.

Here’s a nice piece on epigenetics. It’s becoming clear that for better or worse, we have the ability to reprogram our genes.

Add “increased risk of diabetes” to the list of potential side effects from taking statins.

LiveScience recently published a list of the “7 Biggest Diet Myths.” I initially cringed, too, but was pleasantly surprised. It’s a solid list.

The World’s Largest Omelet. I hope the guy ordering asked them to cook it in butter.

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You can collect barnacles from bridge pilings and make a great paleo soup out of them, packed with iron magnesium and iodine.

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Paul Halliday
5 years 3 months ago

That’s not an omelette, it’s paella.

While we’re on deep frying fats, folks from the UK (and other lucky nations) will be able to buy dripping from their local supermarket. We have pure (no additive) beef dripping from Britannia brand in the UK.

Primal Toad
5 years 3 months ago

So whats a paella then? I wouldn’t call it an omelette myself… I want to see the finished product. But I have never heard of “paella.”

Chuck
Chuck
5 years 3 months ago

You can get it in GR at San Chez

Primal Toad
5 years 3 months ago

Oh! I’ll make a note of that. Do you live in Grand Rapids? I’ve never been to San Chez but have heard its awesome. I’ll have to host a meetup group event there soon!

Marc
Marc
5 years 3 months ago

Hum, no.

A paella is a mix of rice with saffron, mussels and other shellfish.

This is a tortilla.

Primal Toad
5 years 3 months ago

Either way its not even close to a so called omelette.

Irene
Irene
5 years 3 months ago

Hum, yes. This is clearly a paella because it is in the saucepan they do them in and they are done with rice and water and then the water is allowed to evaporate. It is from Valencia, Spain. And it does not necessarilly have to be made with shelfish, it can also carry green beans and chicken and rabbit.

Mark
Mark
5 years 3 months ago
“Ancient men traded cattle Before columbus was lost in travel, ancient canoes got paddeled Before the horse saddle there was camel Spears before arrow, arrow before ammo Tribal paint before camoflage Chief before sarge, our lieutenant Village elders before senates Used to sail the seas before the compass was invented Ancient people spoke free, they didn’t need a 1st amendment In the beginning, the drum was the tech cendent There was moons before months, and time before minutes These ancient thoughts This ancient look These ancient hearts This ancient soul These ancient songs These ancient people” – Nas and Damien… Read more »
Kasi
Kasi
5 years 3 months ago

Did anyone else catch the NPR interview from some guy from Harvard Public Health that discussed the ‘new’ study results about eating potatoes etc making you fatter? It was not perfect, but it discussed refined carbs as bad, potatoes as bad, and fat as our friend because it contributes to satiety. All I can say is, I hope lots of people were listening…. because it was the closest thing to sensible nutrition I’ve heard out there through conventional media in a while.

Daniel
Daniel
5 years 3 months ago

I wonder what the significance is that the fruit flies with our “magnetic eye proteins” only responded to the blue spectrum….

Kasi
Kasi
5 years 3 months ago

Here’s a link to the above-mentioned Harvard Public Health info. The radio broadcast was better than the article, though, and hopefully reached more people. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/06/23/137362885/to-keep-off-pounds-pass-the-nuts-hold-the-chips

Anne
5 years 3 months ago

Magneato, indeed! Is anyone else thinking Lost?

That baby food ad is a little nuts. Meat at 3 weeks? Oh, and I’ll buy my baby “meat paste” over the “meat soup” the actual ad refers to any day!

Totally impressed by that LiveScience list.

Primal Toad
5 years 3 months ago

Can you really call that an omelet? I want to see the finished product…

I started to watch that butter video and clicked away immediately… peanut oil? flour? bread crumbs?

Butter is awesome on its own… why destroy the flavor? I personally cook with it or add it to other foods.

Meagan
5 years 3 months ago

I read through the myths link, I was surprised too!

Sue
Sue
5 years 3 months ago

What’s wrong with using butter to make mayo? In the pre-industrial-oil days, that seems to have been the oil of choice for mayo. Yes, I’ve been browsing through old cookbooks….

Paul Halliday
5 years 3 months ago

@Primal Toad – google is your friend, pal. It’s a rice dish from Spain. If you were to google “world’s largest paella” you’ll see all sorts of ridiculously sized pans and tonnes of rice being stirred.

Dasbutch
Dasbutch
5 years 3 months ago
It’s great to see most research confirming that “you are what you eat.” Olean in, Olean out… and in the Tampa Tribune this morning, it states “Global Increase Seen in Diabetes.” Hooray for agriculture, (BLAH!) and Kudos to Amanda Mummert. On a lighter note, from food… It has long been experienced by my self and other involved in the teleportation experiments of the late 50’s to have this so called “sixth sense” when actually Dr. Andre Delambre discovered this protein, Cryptochrome; in an attempt to find his way back to his original human form. His descendants are the only processors… Read more »
Delishix
5 years 3 months ago

I clearly need more coffee because I read it as “and ate more rats who ate regular chips”… That would be a little harsh!

Eric
5 years 3 months ago

No, you want the grass fed rats instead of the potato fed rats.

Primal Palate
Primal Palate
5 years 3 months ago

“Adult height, dental cavities and abscesses, bone density and healed fractures are some of the markers used to try to paint a more complete picture of an individual’s health.” Mummert

“In some ancient societies, such as those of the North American coasts, crops may have merely supplemented a seafood diet. “In these cases, a more sedentary lifestyle, and not necessarily agriculture, could have perpetuated decreased stature,” Mummert says.”

AHA !
So seize DOES matter. 🙂

Karen
5 years 3 months ago

I love vintage ads. LOL on the baby food of “canned meat” – my thoughts exactly. Loving the Love!

Jean
Jean
5 years 3 months ago

Mayo is easy if you have a stick blender. Put all the ingredients listed into the blender cup, place the blender head over the egg and switch on. The mayo makes itself in a minute or so.

Lewis
Lewis
5 years 3 months ago
The parting shot in the Emory piece is a good one: “You need calories to grow bones long, but you need rich nutrients to grow bones strong.” Sounds right to me. The whole paragraph is good, actually: “I think it’s important to consider what exactly ‘good health’ means,” Mummert says. “The modernization and commercialization of food may be helping us by providing more calories, but those calories may not be good for us. You need calories to grow bones long, but you need rich nutrients to grow bones strong.” She sounds like a pretty primal lady to me. Using height… Read more »
bbuddha
bbuddha
5 years 3 months ago

I’ve had some really bad mayo failures, will keep trying till I get it right 🙂
Very pleasantly surprised at the diet myths. They got it right. The attitude people have toward fat is ridiculous. It’s like the pilgrims attitude towards sex, it is evil and must be eliminated.

Peter
5 years 3 months ago

Wow that list of weight loss myths was actually pretty solid!

Primal Newfie
Primal Newfie
5 years 3 months ago

That Myths Site Was Surprisingly Good, Through Diet My Wife Has Dropped 4 Out Of 5 Injections Of Insulin And She Is Only Partly Primal Right Now, Thanks Mark And Grok On, Another Great Link Day

Kris
5 years 3 months ago

I’m guessing in the first link you meant how NOT to pick a frying oil, since the ones recommended in the video are pretty horrible.

Ignisdragon
Ignisdragon
5 years 3 months ago

I think the advert for baby meat looks great! However no way would any of my children solids at 3 weeks, they get boob juice for at least 6/7 months before they got to taste solid food. Processed baby foods are yet another way companies glean huge amounts of money out of unsuspecting parents who think they are doing the right thing. Baby led weaning ROCKS best way forward, at least my 5 children have thrived on it, if only I’d known about primal then though, hey ho.

gilliebean
5 years 3 months ago

“Magneato!” LOVE IT! HA!

600 calories? I think we eat more than we should anyway – even on primal/paleo diets.

Dana
Dana
5 years 2 months ago
1800 calories is semi-starvation. Amazing that the public remembers Ancel Keys for his idiotic cholesterol-and-disease “statistics” but not for the starvation study he did before that. They understood at which point the body begins to be malnourished. Now 1800 calories seems perfectly reasonable. Well I’m here to tell ya, diabetes is not a disease of Not Being Semi-Starved Enough. I run into the odd diabetic online (type 2, I think) who tells me they have blood sugar surges with too much fat intake. Didn’t think to ask what kind of fat it was–I think one of them told me she… Read more »
Roland
5 years 2 months ago

I wonder if the statin/diabetes risk is because high doses of statins are associated with people who refuse to control their diets, rather than the statins themselves. Not that statins are good, but if this is the case, it’s a better headline when written “Not even high doses of statins can make up for a bad diet where diabetes is concerned.”

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