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20 Nov

Weekend Link Love – Edition 165

weekend link love“The fact is, unless you’re buying from a beekeeper, you’re at risk.” Most honey isn’t actually honey, a new test of commercial honey (or should that be “honey”?) has revealed.

Tweeting from the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, anthropologist John Hawks notes that “Great apes have no reduction of bone mineral density with aging in vertebral column.” I wonder if we’re actually destined to wither away after all.

A Colorado charter school has gone vegetarian. Parents, don’t trip over yourselves trying to submit your child’s application.

Last year, I linked to a Big Blue Test workout done by MDA reader Ryan to commemorate World Diabetes Day and show the power of exercise over blood sugar control. He’s back at it again. Go check it out.

From Julianne’s Paleo and Zone Nutrition Blog comes a handy (and let’s face it, rather dandy) guide to the omega-6 fatty acid content of various nuts, meats, fish, fats, and oils. It’s probably the best go-to resource on the subject I’ve seen.

Paleolithic cave paintings, with some informed speculation about the artists who painted them. I particularly like the first one of all the hand prints. Haunting.

Eurozone bans airport X-ray scanners (the same ones used in US airports) amid cancer concerns. So much for “totally harmless and safe,” eh?

Gobble. Gobble. Use promo code “turkeyday” at Primal Pacs this weekend and get free shipping.

For those of you having trouble making my “eating more vegetables” tips work, just eat some pizza and call it a day.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 15 – Nov 21)

Comment of the Week

I’m not a vegetarian because I love animals. I’m a vegetarian because I hate plants.

– The initial reaction of reader Dr. Biscuits to this week’s post on how to eat more vegetables. I like it.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. That artwork is pretty cook, and I’m in agreeance that the hands is kinda haunting.

    Todd wrote on November 20th, 2011
    • How about cool instead of cook. I have food on the brain.

      Todd wrote on November 20th, 2011
  2. Thanksgiving stuff hushpuppies – sounds good. Or did you mean Primal Hushpuppies by Vibram? Eat a bunch of hushpuppies and then go walk them off? :)

    Jeff wrote on November 20th, 2011
  3. That initial quote about honey is pretty misleading, since the study found that all honey tested at health food stores and even Trader Joes were all real honey, with the correct amounts of pollen.

    Junebu8 wrote on November 20th, 2011
    • i think the “real” meant not watered down, highly heated, ultra filtered and then in many cases chock full of chemicals and drugs (processed until it is no longer the natural substance any longer)… stone composite has “real” stone in it, but I would hardly call it “REAL” stone…

      Dante wrote on November 20th, 2011
  4. I love the cave paintings!!! Creativity is such an important part of being alive!

    Kat wrote on November 20th, 2011
  5. I love how Pizza is a vegetable now, despite the fact that tomatoes aren’t vegetables to begin with.

    Dan wrote on November 20th, 2011
    • Today I saw ads for Pizza Hut’s new Dinner Box: two pizzas, eight wings and five breadsticks (picture is plastered at PH’s website.) You can’t get any LESS primal than that!!

      oxide wrote on November 20th, 2011
  6. For the love of Mike, honey. Is there anything these bastards won’t adulterate? My current remains from pre-primal are from Argentina or the US, crystallized anyway so out it goes.

    I don’t use much but will buy a jar at the farmers market (comb in and opaque like candle wax) just to support a local producer.

    IvyBlue wrote on November 20th, 2011
    • dont forget, honey that crystalizes is still fine. just heat it gently until it becomes a liquid again…

      Dante wrote on November 20th, 2011
  7. Thanks for the link love!

    Those cave paintings are amazing. If people haven’t seen it – the movie ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’ is stunning for it’s cave paintings, some are in these photos
    http://movies.nytimes.com/2011/04/29/movies/werner-herzogs-cave-of-forgotten-dreams-review.html

    julianne wrote on November 20th, 2011
  8. I’m a bit appalled at the vegetarian school, especially since they’re local to me here in Denver. I think I’m going to write a letter, need to get my talking points together… increased phytic acid intake, imbalanced omegas, lack of healthy protein sources necessary for developing children, the issues surrounding ammonia-washed meat. Any other suggestions?

    raney wrote on November 20th, 2011
    • Assuming they jump on the soy bandwagon as well, you could talk about the dangers of soy (amongst which: causes hormone imbalances, high levels of phytoestrogens, is linked to neurotoxicity in developing brains via high levels of manganese, linked to increases in allergies, not to mention the huge pesticide/chemical load on the crops).

      And is the school banning junky things, such as “homemade” sugary treats like banana bread and cookies and muffins? Not only is eating meat so very necessary, especially for growing children, but making room in the diet for things like baked sweets (whilst brainwashing children into thinking those are healthy) and excluding meat would be very detrimental. Very unfair.

      Also… It looks as though the children at this school are aged 12 or under. It is unethical to decide something so very important for children who don’t know better. There are better topics the school could be addressing through food.

      Having said that, there’s nothing wrong with offering vegetarian meals from an environmental perspective.. so long as the children are not being told that eating meat is wrong, and so long as children can bring meat with them to school in addition to their vegetarian fare. One meal like that a day at school can be a good thing- it’s great to encourage vegetable consumption, provided the lunches aren’t encumbered with sugar and grains, and are instead full of whole foods, eggs, cheeses, and the like… but banning meat? Why not try to create an initiative with local farmers, to get local and organic, traditional pastured meats into the lunch regime instead? Teach the children about the power in their hands to choose the right things for their bodies and the earth, the value of respecting animals and showing them where good, clean food comes from, rather than telling them the most natural thing for them to eat is wrong.

      In the video I can see pre-packaged apple slices… there is an emphasis on beans and grains… lifeless, colourless romaine hearts. Again, I don’t know all of the specifics and the article in the link, as well as the accompanying video, does not give much information. But.. I can see some things very wrong with this, indeed.

      As we say in Albanian… Oj kuku..

      ** woops, sorry Mark for the double posting.

      Christina wrote on November 20th, 2011
    • I’m here in Denver too and yes, this is pretty disturbing. It’s so Colorado too, ugh… In a letter I guess I would add that I commend their effort to provide kids with healthy foods and that it’s great that they recognize the problems with the lunches served in other schools, but that eliminating meat and offering… blah blah blah all the stuff you said.

      Hit me up on facebook if you’d like me to chime in on the letter.

      Peggy The Primal Parent wrote on November 21st, 2011
  9. “x-rays are harmless” sure we all believed that line – good for the EU

    Sandy wrote on November 20th, 2011
  10. Thanks for posting my video!

    Ryan wrote on November 20th, 2011
  11. For anyone wanting to view and interesting doc on bees and honey. Check out, Vanishing of the bees. It touches base on how most of the honey is imported from China and is highly contaminated.

    Erik wrote on November 20th, 2011
  12. That omega 6 chart was pretty interesting…I didn’t realize pork belly had that much omega 6. I live in South Korea and I eat it fairly often here, should I be concerned?

    I’m trying to clean up my diet but I often feel like my food options become more and more limited the more I read.

    Henry wrote on November 20th, 2011
  13. So important to get real honey from LOCAL beekeepers for that allergy control, eh? We keep some in the cabinet.

    P.S. Julianne Taylor is awesome!

    gilliebean wrote on November 20th, 2011
    • Thankyou Gilliebean!

      julianne wrote on November 20th, 2011
  14. Assuming they jump on the soy bandwagon as well, you could talk about the dangers of soy (amongst which: causes hormone imbalances, high levels of phytoestrogens, is linked to neurotoxicity in developing brains via high levels of manganese, linked to increases in allergies, not to mention the huge pesticide/chemical load on the crops).

    And is the school banning junky things, such as “homemade” sugary treats like banana bread and cookies and muffins? Not only is eating meat so very necessary, especially for growing children, but making room in the diet for things like baked sweets (whilst brainwashing children into thinking those are healthy) and excluding meat would be very detrimental. Very unfair.

    Also… It looks as though the children at this school are aged 12 or under. It is unethical to decide something so very important for children who don’t know better. There are better topics the school could be addressing through food.

    Having said that, there’s nothing wrong with offering vegetarian meals from an environmental perspective.. so long as the children are not being told that eating meat is wrong, and so long as children can bring meat with them to school in addition to their vegetarian fare. One meal like that a day at school can be a good thing- it’s great to encourage vegetable consumption, provided the lunches aren’t encumbered with sugar and grains, and are instead full of whole foods, eggs, cheeses, and the like… but banning meat? Why not try to create an initiative with local farmers, to get local and organic, traditional pastured meats into the lunch regime instead? Teach the children about the power in their hands to choose the right things for their bodies and the earth, the value of respecting animals and showing them where good, clean food comes from, rather than telling them the most natural thing for them to eat is wrong.

    In the video I can see pre-packaged apple slices… there is an emphasis on beans and grains… lifeless, colourless romaine hearts. Again, I don’t know all of the specifics and the article in the link, as well as the accompanying video, does not give much information. But.. I can see some things very wrong with this, indeed.

    As we say in Albanian… Oj kuku..

    Christina wrote on November 20th, 2011
  15. I’ve ditched all sugar alltogether, I don’t go near honey, or maple syrup, and I don’t want to. But when I used to eat honey, my dad always brought home jars of black, thick, iron-rich buckwheat honey from his brother who lives in rural Caucasus and has a huge apiary/bee farm, with the cappings, propolis, and all the goodness in it. That’s real honey – murky, thick and almost buttery, with “marbling”, not watery syrup that’s no different from hfcs or whatever.

    I suppose they’ll be serving plenty of pizza at that school (its a vegetable now…I suppose it grows on stalks, like sunflowers.). Golden Carrot award, give me a break.

    Milla wrote on November 21st, 2011
  16. And oh, that cave art gave me the shivers! Its so different just hearing and reading about paleolithic peoples is one thing, but to see a human hand imprint is another! WOW!

    Milla wrote on November 21st, 2011
  17. another great link – Prehistoric BBQ found! from the same site the prehistoric art came from:

    “Remains of a butchered and cooked female aurochs (a prehistoric cow) have been identified from a Stone Age Netherlands site.
    The hunters appear to have cooked the meat over an open fire, eating the bone marrow first and then the ribs”

    http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-barbeque-aurochs-110627.html

    Milla wrote on November 21st, 2011
  18. The honey analysis report from FSN is pretty damning… Roughly 80% of the retail / industrial honey in the US is most probably some illegally imported chinese honey often contaminated with banned antibiotics or herbicides or heavy metals, laundered by having its pollen filtered out in order to hide its origin (denaturing it further). Thanks for the link !

    The report also details the uncooperativeness of the FDA… I think food safety is too important to be left in the hands of a monopoly of federal public servants, we need to bring them some competition.

    Jesrad wrote on November 21st, 2011
  19. I wish they would have made a list of the good honeys. To me it was backwards!!

    JoAnne Isgro wrote on November 21st, 2011
  20. Julianne’s Paleo and Zone Nutrition Blog omega 6 chart is a great refrence. Thanks

    Steve wrote on November 21st, 2011
  21. Say it isn’t so??? I love my honey and had no suspicion around what should be so pure. Unbelievable. Thank you for sharing this. I’ll be exceptionally choosy on-going. SMH in continued disappointment in our foul food supply.

    Brenda wrote on November 21st, 2011
  22. Honey?

    I don’t think you’re really honey….

    Jackson wrote on November 21st, 2011
  23. I don’t think it’s wise to get hung up on what the EU bans. Eurocrats usually operate at a 2-5 lightyears’ distance from reality. :)
    The airport scanner ban is most likely a purely populist move – Europe likes to distinguish itself by being “privacy-conscious” and “green” as opposed to Big Bad America. (Except when it costs significant money – just a few weeks ago they pulled the rug out from under their climate action plans.)

    Sigmoid wrote on January 29th, 2014

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