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20 May

Weekend Link Love – Edition 190

Dogs: man’s best friend and Neandertal’s worst nightmare? A recent article in the Atlantic explains how dogs might have helped us beat the Neandertals.

Meet Chris Sturdy, chickadee-conversationalist (they have regional accents!) and Primal eater (which he’s incorporated into a health studies course he teaches at the University of Alberta).

A high-fructose diet made rats remarkably stupid and unable to easily navigate a maze (the rodent version of an IQ test), while adding omega-3s counteracted this effect.

The Art of Manliness recently published a nice introductory guide to barefoot running. I look forward to seeing hordes of bow tie-wearing, straight razor-shaving, corn cob pipe-chomping barefoot runners.

This just in: higher HDL for higher HDL’s sake may not be all it’s cracked up to be. Maybe, just maybe, it’s the lifestyle that usually associates with said levels. Nah, that couldn’t be it.

Mice kept to an eight-hour feeding window ate as much food as a control group of mice fed round-the-clock, but they remained slim (with less inflammation and liver damage) while the controls got obese. Somewhere, Martin Berkhan is digging into a celebratory cheesecake.

McDonalds has just unleashed the McVegan. “Cruelty free,” they say, but I’m not so sure.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 20 – May 26)

Comment of the Week

I can’t wait until science “Jurassic Park’s” some Aurochs.

– The comment is gold (and I completely agree), but the name – Paleo Bon Rurgundy – is even better.

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. McGross!!!

    Doug wrote on May 20th, 2012
  2. I love Sunday’s link lovin’! lol

    yoolieboolie wrote on May 20th, 2012
  3. Ladies and gentlemen, can I please have your attention. I’ve just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story. I need all of you, to stop what you’re doing and listen. I’ve made comment of the week!

    Thank you, thank you. I am humbled and honored. Wooo!

    Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on May 20th, 2012
    • Also: Cannonball!

      Xenocles wrote on May 20th, 2012
    • I relish in the cool glow of the limelight.

      Animanarchy wrote on May 29th, 2012
  4. McVegan? Cruelty free? I think not. Industrial agriculture is just as cruel to life and damaging to the environment as industrial meat. Read “The Vegetarian Myth” by Lierre Keith for more.

    Debra wrote on May 20th, 2012
  5. Is the McVegan thinkg a joke? I’m so confused…

    Aurora wrote on May 20th, 2012
    • Yes. It is a joke on some.

      Txomin wrote on May 20th, 2012
      • It MUST be a news item from THE ONION

        Seriously!? I mean they did an item on healthy broccoli snacks. Tell me this is another prank. I fell for the broccoli snacks one, I’m not falling for another one.

        Eating in orlando wrote on May 20th, 2012
  6. thing*

    Aurora wrote on May 20th, 2012
  7. if there are actually vegans who would support Mcdonalds, then they are truly a bunch of hippocrites!

    Hopeless Dreamer wrote on May 20th, 2012
  8. I love “Art of Manliness”! I found Marksdailyapple and AOM around the same time. Excellent Resources!

    Michael Hamm wrote on May 20th, 2012
  9. It was actually an article on “Art of Manliness” that brought me to “Mark’s Daily Apple”! Makes me smile to see the favor get returned!

    Justin M. wrote on May 20th, 2012
  10. I Googled McVegan and looked on the McDonalds website and there is no mention. I wonder why?

    Debra wrote on May 20th, 2012
    • Check Mickey D in India–that’s who the burger wad originally invented for.

      If it’s here in America somewhere, it’s a sign of how desperate he is for sales.

      Wenchypoo wrote on May 21st, 2012
  11. On the HDL piece:

    I cannot believe that other researchers are saying this turns things upside down.

    This study doesn’t prove anything, beside that being genetically predisposed to having high HDL numbers doesn’t necessarily mean you will have high HDL numbers, and see the benefit of those high numbers.

    You could be the son of Einstein and be genetically predisposed to be a genius, but you huff glue everyday throughout childhood, something tells me you won’t turn out to be a genius.

    And, can you believe the head researcher said this at the end of the article?!

    “When people see numbers in the abnormal range they want to do something about it,” Dr. Kathiresan said. “It is very hard to get across the concept that the safest thing might be to leave people alone.”

    Don’t do anything? Seriously, just leave everyone alone, that’s the best advice for everyone in the world, is don’t do anything to try to improve your HDL numbers.

    I am almost to the point now when I see a NYT article that I already know I’m going to be enraged by the idiocy.

    Matthew Caton wrote on May 20th, 2012
  12. I can’t wait for this “Cruelty Free” idea to die. Nothing we put in our mouths is cruelty free, whether meat, vegetable, fruit, nut, or some sort of processed something that falls into none of those categories. Just ask the field workers. Or the guy behind the counter at McD’s. Or the insects in the soy field sprayed with pesticides.

    Not to mention eating a McVegan is cruel to the person eating it.

    Karen P. wrote on May 20th, 2012
    • Nothing is death free, but it can be cruelty free.

      Primal E wrote on May 20th, 2012
    • Agreed that nothing is death free in the realm of industrial agriculture and Big Food, but carefully sourced food can be cruelty free. Unless you equate death and cruelty!

      Debra wrote on May 21st, 2012
    • “Cruelty free” is something we tell ourselves to make us feel better about our choices.

      I think we can move beyond that. I’m all for humane, responsible stewardship, but let’s not kid ourselves.

      And don’t get me started on “sustainable”.

      Karen P. wrote on May 21st, 2012
  13. As a person of mixed descent, largely of European ancestry, much information suggests I have Neanderthal genes riding along on my DNA. Neanderthals extinct? Mostly, but maybe slightly integrated, too.

    knifegill wrote on May 20th, 2012
  14. Samuel Jackson can make a bowl of flour look like bacon drippings…he’s that cool.

    Gaby A. wrote on May 20th, 2012
  15. I heard about the man + dog thing on the radio the other day, thanks for the link! It is quite interesting.

    Veriria wrote on May 20th, 2012
  16. More likely:

    Everybody just gotta keep f@#king everybody ’til they’re all the same color.

    samjohn wrote on May 20th, 2012
  17. Big Kahuna burger- Yum! I know what’s for dinner tomorrow!

    sqt wrote on May 20th, 2012
  18. Thanks for the mention, Mark! If it can convince one bowtied man run barefoot, then it was all worthwhile :)

    Barefoot Dawsy wrote on May 20th, 2012
  19. The piece on barefoot running made me think of a commercial that aired here (Germany) during the Champions League final this weekend. It started out by showing a man running through the bush with a voice-over that roughly translates to, “We were designed to move.” It immediately made me think of Mark’s little film on Vibram Five Fingers, but of course this commercial wasn’t for anything primal, but in fact, for a car. Go figure.

    Stephanie wrote on May 21st, 2012
    • Haha, I saw that one, too. Every time you think the commercials can’t get any weirder they do, especially the car commercials.

      Isabel wrote on May 21st, 2012
  20. I enjoyed the article about Christ Sturdy–cool guy! I hope he knocks his MS down completely.

    Joy Beer wrote on May 21st, 2012
  21. Hi Mark,

    Thanks for sharing my blog post. More people enjoying cauliflower, yay! And you can have it with meat if you really want to! I’m glad I found your site, looks like a lot of great stuff going on here, look forward to exploring :)

    Sofia wrote on May 22nd, 2012

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