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November 11, 2012

Weekend Link Love – Edition 215

By Mark Sisson
18 Comments

Research of the Week

“Absent the requirement to spend most available hours of the day feeding, the combination of newly freed time and a large number of brain neurons affordable on a cooked diet may thus have been a major positive driving force to the rapid increase in brain size in human evolution.” A new study shows how cooked food allowed human brains to become, well, human.

How play and games can transform the work place (PDF).

Interesting Blog Posts

Although I’m absolutely sure this will be of zero interest to all or most of my readers, I thought I’d mention Paul Jaminet‘s latest post on the optimal dosage of chocolate.

Peter at Hyperlipid discusses the latest failure of the latest HDL-boosting drug.

Media, Schmedia

Writing for Mother Jones, Gary Taubes explains how the sugar industry kept scientists from asking tough (or even easy) questions about the health effects of sugar on humans

If you have a few minutes, check out my recent interview with author Tom Woods.

Everything Else

Pre-Made Paleo is driving an effort to serve 5000+ New Jersey residents in need after Hurricane Sandy. You can help by ordering relief meals here.

A new kind of tomato genetically modified to produce an HDL-mimicking peptide was shown to reduce atherogenic plaque accumulation and inflammatory markers in mice. Assuming it does the same in people, would you eat it?

A journal of personal science: in which a man determines how much salt he should eat.

Recipe Corner

  • Thanks to the massive bird, Thanksgiving fare starts out fairly Primal, but the sides can get really gluten-y and sugar-laden. Here are 10 paleo Thanksgiving sides to make the job easier.
  • You know, if Hooters started carrying these (and held the breading), I might consider eating there: Buffalo pig tails.

Time Capsule

One year ago (November 11 – November 17)

Email of the Week

I can pretty much guarantee the comment of the week will come from this article. I’d be willing to bet it also uses the phrase “scrotal drooping.”

How right you were, Steve.

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Wayne
3 years 10 months ago

It is cool that chocolate has so many benefits. I never liked dark chocolate before going paleo but I just tried it earlier this week and it was pretty good. I enjoy having a little dessert arter dinner. My only problem is that it turned into a gateway food that led to a whole lot of cheating on my diet in a bad way Friday night.

Groktimus Primal
3 years 10 months ago

The tomato deal is interesting but I would not want to be the guinea pig.

Harry Mossman
3 years 10 months ago

Primal Thanksgiving alternatives are probably helpful for people who have to give relatives substitutes for standard fare. I pretty much avoid them personally. If I want mashed potatoes, I have them. But that’s me.

I am going to a relative’s house. The generous lady is making gluten-free for someone who avoids gluten but otherwise eats conventionally and various alternatives for someone who has lots of food allergies. Me, I’ll eat bird and roasted root veggies. Maybe some fruit, raw veggies and green salad. Very paleolithic. I may splurge and have mashed potatoes and/or pumpkin pie (without the crust.)

Victor Venema
3 years 10 months ago

I had expected this link in today’s Link love.

Denmark to abolish tax on high-fat foods.

James
James
3 years 10 months ago

I live in Denmark and this tax was the stupidest thing ever. However, the reason for the withdrawal of the tax has nothing to do with healthcare but because of economic consequences. That is why the tax on sugars will also be removed. So go figure …

If you read the BBC article, you will notice that the motivation behind the creation of the fat tax was that the Danish ministry believed it was bad for health … The conclusion is the same old one: gov’s have no clue and only look at the economic landscape.

Graham
Graham
3 years 10 months ago

Since reintroducing potatoes of all kinds on a regular basis, I’ve had nothing but positive effects–leaner, muscular, more defined. Glad I won’t have to avoid/limit them this year at Turkey Day.

Patrice
3 years 10 months ago

Not sure about potatoes directly but I must admit some evil grains (rye bread) pop up in my diet here and there, and same results as you Graham: leaner muscular… not sure how that works. Sounds a bit like the carb bingeing of Tim Ferris Slow Carb diet.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 10 months ago

1lb of bakers chocolate not ideal, unless you want to barf. Thanks Tosh.0!

Melissa "Melicious" Joulwan
3 years 10 months ago

Thanks for the link love to my list of Thanksgiving recipes! Sending the love right back 🙂

Burn
3 years 10 months ago

Love to see HDL raising drugs failing! Maybe we should stop treating risk factors

Frank
Frank
3 years 10 months ago
Consuming chocolate Primal or Paleo?? Before I did some investigation on the net myself, I thought that maybe I was the only one who experienced bad side-effects on eating chocolate. I have evaluated many varieties of chocolate (including raw chocolate that had the most negative side effects) available on the market trying to find one that did not have the bad side-effects. Unfortunately I did not succeed in finding even one healthy type of chocolate, because I like the taste of chocolate very much! It is my personal experience that, even in small amounts, chocolate is sickening to the body.… Read more »
Erik
Erik
3 years 10 months ago
The study in the first link quoted did not come anywhere near to “showing” anything meaningful about human evolution. Here’s the money quote: “It is in this context that one must consider our ?nding that, on a raw diet similar to that of extant nonhuman primates, Homo species would be required to feed consistently more than 9 h/d to afford their estimated MBD and number of neurons. ” By all means read the rest of the text, it’s not long. The entire study is devalued by its ignorance of the rest of the body past the gut and neurons; erectus… Read more »
Heather
Heather
3 years 10 months ago

I read a book a while back called “Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human” by Richard Wrangham. It was a great read for the argument of cooking our food making us human.

Heather
Heather
3 years 10 months ago

Okay, I see he has been mentioned already.

Erik
Erik
3 years 10 months ago
Catching Fire is a fun read but requires a bit of critical attention by the reader. Further reading brings one to awareness that Wrangham left quite a bit out that didn’t suit his hypothesis, and reviewing his other work and that of some of his allied ape-researchers suggests an attempt to revise our evolutionary history to fit a certain modern western philosophy on gender politics and diet. Catching Fire draws conclusions largely resting on inappropriate comparisons between our immediate ancestors and living great apes (with some modern raw vegans thrown in as examples of What Happens When Humans Do Not… Read more »
Stephanie
3 years 10 months ago

Thumbs up for the critical eye on that paper Erik. There are a lot of problems with it, not least of all the complete lack of mention of diet quality differences, feeding ecology differences, no standardization of feeding times, and a rudimentary attempt at some anthropological commentary brute forced into a controversial and wholly unsupported hypothesis (the cooking hyp).

cbucker
cbucker
3 years 10 months ago

I asked this same tomato question on paleohacks days ago, here is the link. Lots of interesting responses.

http://paleohacks.com/questions/159843/if-if-these-results-translate-over-to-humans-perfectly-would-you-eat-the-gmo-i#axzz2C3LJFrUf

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 10 months ago

Good interview. Mark’s articulate.

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