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July 29, 2012

Weekend Link Love – Edition 200

By Mark Sisson
113 Comments

For this 200th(!) edition of Weekend Link Love I thought I’d try a slightly new format. Instead of a hodgepodge collection of links to start the blog post I’m going to break the links out into sections. Don’t worry. I’ll still be linking to and providing commentary on anything and everything I find interesting, but now you’ll know that THE latest, most important and intriguing research that was released in the last week, and THE blog posts everyone is talking about can be found here. It’s your one stop shop for catching up on what’s going on in the world of ancestral health and fitness published every Sunday. Let me know in the comment board if you prefer this little format change. Thanks, everyone!

Research of the Week

Persistence-hunting, water-carrying, tree-climbing hunter-gatherers don’t actually expend more energy than lazy soda-guzzling Westerners, a new study has found, dispelling the popular notion that losing weight is all about burning calories. (Perhaps it’s the soda?)

Dying potato chips red caused test subjects to eat 50% fewer of them.

Average daily hours of television viewed, separated by country. I could excuse the US’ poor showing if it reflected Louie, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones marathoning, but I doubt that’s the case.

Interesting Blog Posts

One paleo blogger’s successful battle against high cholesterol (and she managed to avoid statins!).

Human ancestors were nearly all vegetarian, a Scientific American blogger says. What do you say? A $50 gift certificate to PrimalBlueprint.com to the commenter with the best response! (As judged by me and the Worker Bees. This contest ends midnight PDT, July 31.)

Media, Shmedia

Bryan (future Primal doctor) and Tracy (former math teacher, newly-minted MovNat trainer) Barksdale were recently featured in The Daily News out of Galveston, Texas, where they’ve been spreading the ancestral love.

This article on “the caveman diet” in The Vancouver Sun is less impressive, but fairly even-handed. I only counted a couple references to eating grubs, bugs, and rodents. And they didn’t even mention loincloths once.

Everything Else

I’ve talked about wheat germ agglutinin before, but this article really lays into the pernicious wheat lectin. Also: “Pandora’s bread box” is coined, which I think is just fantastic.

Thank heavens the Canadian authorities are finally cracking down on illegal frontyard gardens. Think of the children!

Recipe Corner

  • Richard Nikoley’s Fat Bread – it’s not quite like the real thing, but it’s not trying to be.
  • Get some beef, some okra, a crock pot? Baby, you got yourself an okra beef stew!

Time Capsule

One year ago (July 29 – August 4)

Comment of the Week

I love that research medicine is validating and reinforcing my love for Calvinball.

– Amen, T.D. Next, I hope they confirm the existence of sentient stuffed tigers.

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Catie
4 years 1 month ago

You’ve appealed to my anally retentive side with the partitioned info, and my childish humor with ‘Media Schmedia’. Bravo!

kobayashi
kobayashi
4 years 1 month ago

Praising Louie, GoT, Breaking Bad AND making an Arrested Development reference in one article? Just perfect.

Nick
Nick
4 years 1 month ago

Yes! Carl Weathers! Baby, you got yourself a stew!

Xenocles
Xenocles
4 years 1 month ago

The article fails in many more ways than this but really all that is needed in response is to say that it’s the paleolithic diet, not the proto-human diet. The ancestors and cousins of our species are hardly the best indicators of what our own species is like.

Sarah
Sarah
4 years 1 month ago

This is essentially what I was going to say. We should be looking at what our diets were when we stopped evolving, not when we were still in the process. It is also completely unfair to compare humans and monkeys. Sure we are genetically similar, but we have different evolutionary paths. We are also genetically similar to rats, but I certainly don’t want to eat a rat diet!

Lewis
Lewis
4 years 1 month ago

Yes. As Professor Steve Jones once pointed out we share 50% of our genetic material with a banana.

Genetic, in a sense, is old hat now, anyway:

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1952313,00.html

The point, as everyone posting here has pointed out, is pretty obvious. It’s irrelevant what non-human creatures live on and it doesn’t become magically relevant somehow just because those creatures are in our family tree.

The argument is so easy not just to question but actually to refute that one wonders why the article’s author bothered with it.

Earthstar
Earthstar
4 years 1 month ago

Humans have never stopped evolving. I agree otherwise.

Marion
4 years 1 month ago

Seems to me that when evolutionary pressures such as availability of food, shelter and presence of predators are removed, true evolution is no longer possible. What we see now is more like random genetic mutations, some of which stick. I believe true human physical evolution hasn’t taken place in millenia…

Kenny
Kenny
4 years 1 month ago
But rat meat is supposed to be high in testosterone, and we know testosterone builds lean muscle mass. 😉 I got a kick out of durianRider. He censored me just last night on his inflamatory blog about Robb Wolf. I just posted what he censored over on Scientific American so his followers can read what my experiences eating vegan for several years VS primal, like I am now. Mark has never censored my posts on the rare occasions I’ve disagreed with him. Well, that worked up my appetite! Time for sliced steak on organic mixed greens topped with my balsamic… Read more »
ravi
4 years 1 month ago

… perhaps durianrider shares 95% of his dna with bananas?

ravi
4 years 1 month ago
just watched a great YT presentation by Lloyd Pye – (of starchild skull fame) and he is presenting excellent discussions that the “missing link” from neanderthal to modern human cannot possiby be just one waiting-to-be-found skeleton – but would have to be 10 to 15 missing links to actually prove darwin’s evolution is functioning as claimed. we are just too damn different in so many physiological ways than these so-called ancestor primates – i think our “creation” story is waaaay different than we are told or have yet imagined – but for me, however we came to be genetically what… Read more »
Alison Golden
4 years 1 month ago

Thanks so much for the love, Mark. I am soooo excited about the cholesterol story. Despite skyrocketing cholesterol numbers and their mantra that I should take statins for the rest of my life I was able to prove that they weren’t necessary.

Three Pipe Problem
Three Pipe Problem
4 years 1 month ago

Another study showed people at 40% less when eating on a red plate. But calories aren’t really the problem, right?

john
john
4 years 1 month ago

Quote from teh Hazda article “. In fact, the Hadza spend a greater percentage of their daily energy budget on physical activity than Westerners do, which may contribute to the health and vitality evident among older Hadza.”
So how do the americans match the energy expenditure of the Hazda to make up the deficit in physical activity? Chewing? Pressing the buttons on the remote?
The article doesn’t cover that off so leaves a lot out.

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
4 years 1 month ago

I noticed that, too, John. Huh?

Dan
Dan
4 years 1 month ago

i had the same question. do the hazda burn fewer calories when at rest?

Dan
Dan
4 years 1 month ago

those who regularly run, jump and climb will become much more efficient at running, jumping and climbing.

plus, plus-sized americans will burn a couple hundred more calories at rest simply by being heavier.

but still, that shouldn’t be enough difference to explain away hours of daily activity.

DRK
DRK
4 years 1 month ago

How about artificial lighting, and more waking hours.

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
4 years 1 month ago

Question about the CT Heart Scan after reading the 1st link under ‘Interesting blog posts’:

Does anyone know how expensive this scan is? If it’s a better indication of disease than a full panel of lipid tests, why don’t we just skip the lipid panel and have CT scans instead? I assume the price would come down if it became standard procedure.

Kenny
Kenny
4 years 1 month ago

Mine was $100 out-of-pocket. Yes, that’s right, hospitals do it as a ‘loss leader’. Imagine a population where that would be profitable? A score of 200 warrents a lifestyle change, a 2,000 would indicate bypass surgery.

My Doc got a zero; I got a one. I always like to win, but I’m pleased with my second place!

DanielBI
DanielBI
4 years 1 month ago
In response to what did early humans eat.. I also wondered how ofter early humans ate meat as well but then I came up with a few theories. There where billions more animals to eat and kill in those days…think of the buffalo and the dodo bird, easy to kill, easy to catch(with tools), which brings me to my next point, monkeys and apes if they wanted to eat meat more often they would have to start to make tools, and weapons because they aren’t really equipped to hunt other animals as we once were with just there physical abilities.… Read more »
yoolieboolie
yoolieboolie
4 years 1 month ago

love this. I am always confused when “militant vegans” suggest we are being morally corrupt by claiming to be the “top of the food chain.”

Also, my kids BBC Planet Earth DVD series shows a group of chimps eating the young of a rival group. Not to say this is frequent, but eating animal flesh is eating animal flesh.

Cody
Cody
4 years 1 month ago

Buffalo easy to kill, easy to catch?? Ever hunted buffalo?

Roger in Korea
Roger in Korea
4 years 1 month ago

A buffalo jump is a cliff formation which North American Indians historically used in order to hunt and kill plains bison in mass quantities.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_jump

Traditional Native American hunters weren’t rugged individualist (neither were the paleolithic hunter/gatherers, I suspect). They were rugged collectivists.

ravi
4 years 1 month ago

excellent observation – rugged individualism in our distant past was more often rewarded with a quick death than healthy happy survival. we are addicted to this illusion of individualism and tend to interpret the world and all ancient worlds through this inaccurate filter – we are, by natural selection, collective creatures – and we have forgotten this-

draz
draz
4 years 1 month ago

Well said sir, I agreee 100%.

Dan
Dan
4 years 1 month ago

200!!??!! Congrats!!

And THANK YOU!!

Kerstin
Kerstin
4 years 1 month ago

I agree – WOW, and thanks!

Alex Good
Alex Good
4 years 1 month ago

In response to the vegetarian thing: No, ancestors of humans were nearly all vegetarian. Human ancestors developed a case of bakonbraenitis, which increases the size of your brain but requires large quantities of meat to keep the disease from becoming terminal.

Amanda
Amanda
4 years 1 month ago
I think it’s entirely reasonable to expect or even assume that some early humans were forced into vegetarian – or even vegan – diets, albeit for short periods. Just as there were some civilizations (the Inuit, for example) who lived entirely off animals and their fat, there were likely those humans who in their travels and migrations found little or no animal life and ate only vegetables. But this in no way, to me, destroys the premise of the Primal Blueprint. Oh, wait, did I just quote the 89/20 rule?! If you’re a fit Grok traversing the land and find… Read more »
Patrice
4 years 1 month ago

I love that cholesterol story. My levels had always been high… when i went in for my annual check the doctor nearly fell off his chair due to the improvement…

the one change= primal

@DanielBl- nice theories

JennaRose
JennaRose
4 years 1 month ago

“Were.” Human ancestors WERE vegetarian. Then we grew a bit and learned better 😉

PatrickP
PatrickP
4 years 1 month ago

The fellow who wrote the Scientific American article thinks we should eat the diet that resulted in monkeys rather than the one that resulted in big brains.

Meredith
Meredith
4 years 1 month ago

🙂 Awesome.

yoolieboolie
yoolieboolie
4 years 1 month ago

+1

Sarah
Sarah
4 years 1 month ago

More work needs to be done with that study about the red potato chips. If I encountered a red potato chip, I would probably stop eating them too. However, I think it might have more to do with encountering something unexpected rather than my subconscious reading a stop sign. They should try the experiment with other colors. Also, they should try the experiment where all of the chips are an unexpected color. Would I eat an entire container of red chips vs. an entire container of blue chips? How about mixed chips?

Mark
4 years 1 month ago

Great link on the cholesterol article. I really enjoyed that site. Thanks!

AmandaLP
AmandaLP
4 years 1 month ago

One thing that I haven’t seen as a response to the article is that while our ancestors may have been primarily vegetarian, it was the switch to eating cooked vegetables and the addition of meat to our diets that allowed humans to evolve as they did. The additional protein and calories, and the lowered digestive requirements meant that our brains could grow bigger (along with the needed brain capacity to stalk and capture the meat) means smarter humans and babies, which grow into smarter adults.

Peacemaker
Peacemaker
4 years 1 month ago

Okay, even if we were herbivores or frugivores at one time, how could of we tamed fire of made tools doing that? I bet our ancestors were very curious, probably a Smilidon kill was pretty close to their home. So don’t you think that they would of atleast tasted the meat and thought that they could get more energy and think a little better? I don’t mind if we were herbivores at one point(Considering most other apes are herbivores) but I’d rather be a smart, bipedial omnivorous ape then an average, tree-dwelling herbivore.

Peacemaker
Peacemaker
4 years 1 month ago
And just one more thing to point out. Look at Chimpanzee’s, our closest cousin, they are so close to becoming as smart as us; they use tools, have social skills everything that defines us but a few things. They don’t walk upright, they don’t eat as much meat as us, and they can’t communicate with an actual language. All key components we developed after eating meat and taming fire(Oh, that’s another thing!) I think depending on where you or your ancestors come from that’s what you should base your diets off of. Now I’m not saying that you should eat… Read more »
Lewis
Lewis
4 years 1 month ago
If something else had made the kill there may have been little or no meat left. However, what they could do was crack the long-bones to get at the marrow, which is very nutritious. There’s a woolly mammoth carcase that bears marks suggesting that lions killed it but that humans took the kill off the lions at an early stage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/17525070 I’ve seen footage of Maasai deliberately hunting in this way — using lions to catch game for them. They keep an eye on the lions and when they kill, drive them off the kill. It’s obviously a dangerous hunting… Read more »
Roger in Korea
Roger in Korea
4 years 1 month ago
The excellent documentary, In Search of the Perfect Human Diet, covers this issue of humans scavenging the kill of other animals quite well. One of the excellent points that it makes is that other, stronger hunting animals like lions were not, in fact, able to bite through the skulls of their prey, and so, left that choice food — brain — behind. Humans, on the other hand, with their tool-making ability were able to come up with tools in order to break through the skulls of the left-behind carcasses of the prey and eat the choice brain portion. Thinking back… Read more »
Shebeeste
Shebeeste
4 years 1 month ago

Psst, Mark, I’m sure the pun was unintended when you talked of “dying” potato chips. Though eating enough of them might make you *die*, the word is “dyeing”.

Congrats on the 200th WLL!

Trav
Trav
4 years 1 month ago

I also caught that but didn’t want to be the Spelling Police.

Kenny
Kenny
4 years 1 month ago

I missed it, thanks for ‘sharpening’ me up.

John D. Pilla
John D. Pilla
4 years 1 month ago

FAT Bread (link): Maybe I missed something; however, I could not see where / how to make the coconut butter in the fat bread recipe?

Richard Nikoley
4 years 1 month ago
John, the coconut butter you can buy. Artisana makes a product (called coconut butter), as does Nutiva (called coconut manna). You can also use shredded coconut meat, (just introduce it in the beginning and let the eggs do the work, as for the macadamias). However, the desiccation process for shredded coconut meat sweats out a lot of the fat. To equalize with coconut butter, it takes about 8.5 level tablespoons of coconut oil. This is why in my nutritional analysis where I used shredded coconut as surrogate for coconut butter was off (see the update at the end of the… Read more »
Mark
4 years 1 month ago
“IF we want to return to our ancestral diets, the ones we ate when most of the features of our guts were evolving, we might reasonably eat what our ancestors spent the most time eating during the largest periods of the evolution of our guts. If that is the case, we need to be eating fruits, nuts, and vegetables—especially fungus-covered tropical leaves.” No…we want to be eating the diet that enabled humans to evolve large brains, discover fire, and invent the wheel (along with art, music, language, and stories). Therefore, an argument based off any of our ancestors before Homo… Read more »
cancerclasses
4 years 1 month ago
I’ll give you several comments: If our ancestors were vegetarian then why are we even here now? How many vegans & vegetarians survived the Ice Ages? NONE. That’s why all the ancient cave paintings by early man are of bison and the other ANIMALS they revered, respected and subsisted on for food, clothing, tools & implements. Ever notice you don’t ever see or find cave paintings of broccoli carrots & potatoes? Hmmm, why do you suppose that is?? Next chance you get try making a pair of moccasins out of potato skins, see how that works for you. Dumbasses. People… Read more »
Amanda
Amanda
4 years 1 month ago
There’s really no need to hate on vegetarians. Some of us are quite bright. I think humans have always, rightfully so, respected the animals they’ve eaten more than the vegetables or the fruit. The only culture that respects some vegetables and fruits the way others respect animals is Jadists. Even omnivores who eat large quantities of meat, I think, at least realize the intense efforts and energy given to the task of raising healthy, nutritious animals. I believe Grok, with necessary hunting and sprinting, etc., to get his food, would have realized that animals for food are much more dear… Read more »
leoncaruthers
4 years 1 month ago

Which is why the plant oftentimes tries to poison you. The animal generally stops trying to kill you when the butchering starts.

Meredith
Meredith
4 years 1 month ago

Not sure that Rob Dunn (or Scientific American) read his own article.

Complete title fail.

Tarah @ What I Gather
4 years 1 month ago

Thanks for including my Okra Beef Stew recipe in your roundup 🙂 I love what you are putting out there into the world and I am thrilled to be a part of it.

oxide
oxide
4 years 1 month ago

Grok the vegetarian. He dug up giant carrots on his hunting trips and rode a T-rex to church every Sunday to partake of wheat, the staff of life. :roll:

Andy
Andy
4 years 1 month ago

Grok wouldn’t get near the giant carrots as they were the T-Rex’s main food. When they weren’t munching on carrots they were playfully cavorting with the unicorns in fields of daisies.

Honest, a vegan told me so it must be true!

Marion
4 years 1 month ago

You guys crack me up… 🙂

Goldie
Goldie
4 years 1 month ago

Mark, I like the format change. Nice organization!

dan
dan
4 years 1 month ago
Re; vegetarian ancestors. Dear America, Catch up with science. – Whilst this stunning ‘look at the gut and try to hold it up against other animal guts to see which fits best’ approach just screams good science, the authors may wish to look into genes. I hear the human genome was cracked a while ago now… – And if you do look into it, you will find any number of genes and variations associated with meat eating. You will also find certain populations die living of plants; has anyone told the Evenks to just go veggie in the Siberian winters?… Read more »
Matt McCandless
Matt McCandless
4 years 1 month ago

Not to divert from the contest, but I live in an area that allows front yard gardens to encompass whole front yards and I will testify to the fact that few look as beautiful or are as well maintained as the one featured in the article. Generally I would like to see HOAs taking the brunt of the responsibility, but in their absence 30% seems like a reasonable amount.

Corina
Corina
4 years 1 month ago

For the vegetarian theory:
In my culture there is one classic saying: “The pig is the best vegetable!” 😉

Juli
Juli
4 years 1 month ago

If by vegetarian you mean “meat eater” than yes, I agree.

George Henderson
4 years 1 month ago

Wheat lectins…
consider also oleosins. These are the fat-binding proteins in seed and grain fat droplets. Sesame oleosins are a trigger for sesame allergy.
The toxic core protein of Hep C Virus has a similar protein sequence to oleosins.

HighlySkeptical
HighlySkeptical
4 years 1 month ago

“Human ancestors were nearly all vegetarian, a Scientific American blogger says.”

Natural selection is cruel sieve, and those species that can’t adapt become extinct. That our distant vegetarian relatives are now all extinct is the pure and simple proof: Vegetarianism doesn’t work as a survival strategy for hominids.

They’re all dead. And we omnivores are not. There is no other necessary factor to consider in an evidence-based discussion of evolution.

mars
mars
4 years 1 month ago

+1

yoolieboolie
yoolieboolie
4 years 1 month ago

I love the new layout, Mark! When my Sundays are lazy enough that I can settle in with your news of the week it will be much easier for me to prioritize which to read first 😉

I do love reading all the comments for the comeback contests, too!

Grok on!

Dave
Dave
4 years 1 month ago

I’m all for being allowed to grow a garden in your front yard but…I wonder what type of lovely toxins those veggies absorb being right next to what looks like a normal usage road.

Ben H
Ben H
4 years 1 month ago
I am so glad this human diet article came up this week. It’s so funny because a vegetarian friend of mine just posted this to my Facebook wall a few days ago and here is the response I gave to her: The title is a little misleading because, as the author admits, he is not even concluding that our human ancestors were vegetarians but instead that they ate a greater proportion of vegetables. A fact that I would not disagree with from a “paleo-minded” standpoint. In fact, this author’s idea that a “paleo diet” should be rich in fruits, nuts… Read more »
Joy Beer
Joy Beer
4 years 1 month ago

I like your thoughtful and respectful response. I gathered the same ideas from the article, and feel the title really misleads. You break the points down nicely without calling the author an idiot (which he clearly is not).

Judah
Judah
4 years 1 month ago

Repsonse to article

Things which I found rather odd were that there was not mention about the increase of brain size which correlates with the decrease in gut size. Something had to occur to allow the transition of biomass from one region to the next. That had to be Fat, animal fat specifically. Another thing was he mentions amylase in the article and immediately attributes amylase increases due to agriculture, however, I amylase was something which most likely come about as a result of starchy tubers which were scavenged, not because of agricultural development.

BillP
BillP
4 years 1 month ago
I can’t improve on the many good rebuttals to “Human Ancestors Were Nearly All Vegetarians” but will nonetheless add my own comments. 1) He cherry-picks his timeline: that of chimp-like semi-vegetarian apes; he mentions the insectivorous ancestor of primates, but then proceeds to ignore that much-longer period. And what is more relevant, the tree-dwelling common ancestor of 7 million years ago, or the latest 3-4 million years when the major adaptations of walking upright, killing large mammals, fire, and other selective omnivorous activities took place? The 5% genome change from chimps is immense, and could easily encompass the change from… Read more »
Katelyn
4 years 1 month ago
The thing about arguments for our ancestors eating a “mainly vegetarian diet” is that the wording is what gets people. Vegetarian can mean many things: Someone who eats lots of vegetables, or someone who eats no meat. Honestly, yes, our ancestors ate a lot of “vegetarian” things, but those included vegetables, fruits, nuts // seeds. They ALSO hunted for and ate meat // fish // game. So a “mostly vegetarian diet” can mean many things, but the truth is, is that it makes people think that most of our ancestors didn’t eat any flesh. No. Eggs, meat // game //… Read more »
Christina208
Christina208
4 years 1 month ago

You really got to the heart if it. “Mostly vegetarian with a little meat” is what vegan bloggers use all the time to try to disprove paleo- funny since that description is far closer to the way of paleo than the way of veganism.

Dave PAPA GROK Parsons
Dave PAPA GROK Parsons
4 years 1 month ago

Humans = Hunt animals…Make beer…talk to Aliens…

Moshen
Moshen
4 years 1 month ago

My diet is mainly vegetarians. Omnivores are good, too, but I draw the line at carnivores.

huntergirlhayden
huntergirlhayden
4 years 1 month ago

*The Paleo
The end of the article should read
“Sometimes what happens in -the- paleo should really stay in -the- paleo.”
That’s my only rebuttal, the author repeatedly refutes his own claims and it’s generally wise not to argue with someone when they’re arguing with themselves.

Richard Nikoley
4 years 1 month ago

Mark & Co.

Thanks for the Fat Bread mention. I have hated every paleo bread recipe I every tasted, since this. Plus, I ws very concerned about the n-6 and phytic acid content of most nut meals. By using macadamias and coconut in butter form, all that is a non issue, the bread is about 88% fat from macadamia (monounsaturated), coconut (saturated) and eggs. And a 1/8″ slice actually holds together like bread. No need to mayo, either. The fat’s in the bread.

Ray
4 years 1 month ago
In response to the article.. I cannot find the article I am going to reference but don’t primates have different digestive systems to break down vegetables and fruits than humans? I could be making this up but I remember reading somewhere about it. Vegetarians are usually just misguided when it comes to eating meat. He makes valid points which are noticed but hes missing many as well. Humans can digest meat very well (although there are exceptions) and there is a reason we have incisors in our mouths. They are not there so we can rip apart carrots and celery.… Read more »
Alyssa
Alyssa
4 years 1 month ago
About the Scientific American article; Having listened to Barry Groves’ presentation from the Real Food Summit a week or so ago, I felt very slighted by the lack of concrete, factual details on the comparison between our guts and that of other primates. Of course, I don’t remember everything from his presentation exactly, but he was arguing that having a high-fat diet is truly the healthiest for us. Apparently, other primates have a much larger cecum than us, and that is where fermentation of indigestible carbs (like cellulose) takes place. Bacteria there ferment these carbs into short chain fatty acids,… Read more »
Joy Beer
Joy Beer
4 years 1 month ago

You summarized it really well, actually!

I have the presentation, and it is just as you say: Groves was able to describe very nicely how ultimately all animals have in common a high proportion of fatty acids absorption via the gut.

The food going in might not be high in fatty acids per a given volume, but it is in how the animal ferments/breaks down the food that the proportion is reached before absorption.

Alyssa
Alyssa
4 years 1 month ago

Oh, and I like the new format!

Jared
4 years 1 month ago
The problem with his argument is that paleo/primal is not about vegetarian vs. non-vegetarian. Paleo/primal is about the paleolithic vs the neolithic. He says paleolithic like it just means ‘old,’ but really the bulk of our human biology, and what separates us from our more-vegetarian cousins happened during the paleolithic! Tool use, cooking, and an eventual rise to become the greatest hunters the world has ever seen all happened during the paleolithic (except maybe those “velociraptors” in jurassic park). There’s no argument that our ancestors ate more plant matter than us. It’s completely irrelevant. Paleo dieters eat more animal products… Read more »
Jake B
Jake B
4 years 1 month ago
With regard to the Human Ancestors post, maybe its our fault for not explaining it properly, but it seems like most people take a look at Paleo or Primal diets and think that it is 70% meat and then 30% of a gray zone of foods that is possibly berries or nuts, but probably just more meat. When I make a meal, the center piece is naturally meat, but its maybe 20-35% of my actual meal. The rest is vegetables, fruits and some type of fat like avocado or coconut. You can’t really judge something if you don’t understand its… Read more »
BillP
BillP
4 years 1 month ago
Good point. And I think a lot of the media is fixated on that guy in Manhattan who lives on just raw meat. So, in some cases they’re just having fun shooting at a straw man, but I think they sorta believe it. Some of the paleo crowd IS over the top, and sometimes the exhibitionists and publicity grabbers start to be perceived as the norm; they’re easy headline fodder. That why it’s always good for people like Mark to clarify things when they are guests on TV shows. It was disappointing when Gary Taubes let Dr. Oz ride over… Read more »
Joeby
Joeby
4 years 1 month ago

What’s important to remember when comparing our diets with our earliest ancestors, is that as the brain became larger in its progression from monkey to our current form our brain required more and more calories to function properly hence the need for alternative food sources such as meat.

Lisa
4 years 1 month ago

Like the new format change!

Jason Blanchard
4 years 1 month ago

As a resident of Quebec it warms my heart to see my people building such a beautiful garden, and im horrified that my government actually passed a law saying how big a garden youre allowed to make, its absoultely ridiculous and further proof that my government needs to be torn down *sigh*

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
4 years 1 month ago

Don’t be too hard on your Canada. We had a similar sad tale not too long ago right here in the land of the free: http://www.newson6.com/story/18802728/woman-sues-city-of-tulsa-for-cutting-down-her-edible-garden

Chris
Chris
4 years 1 month ago

Although the bylaw limiting front yard gardens to 30% of the area is bad, what’s far worse is the mention that they’re working to completely outlaw any front yard gardens.

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