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January 27, 2013

Weekend Link Love – Edition 227

By Mark Sisson
43 Comments

Weekend Link LoveResearch of the Week

New genetic research shows that the ability to digest starch helped mark, in part, the passage from wolves to dogs. This implies nothing about thriving, however, as anyone who’s put their pooch on a grain-free, animal-based diet can attest.

Marion Nestle discusses the study that recently revealed ties between Big Food and Registered Dietitians. I’m disappointed, but certainly not surprised.

Interesting Blog Posts

How the guy from the Art of Manliness doubled his testosterone levels naturally (and you can too).

Paul Jaminet explores why he thinks chicken is the most mediocre of meats.

Media, Schmedia

Female readers: interested in giving birth to a Neandertal (or Neanderthal; it’ll be your kid so you can choose the spelling)? A Harvard researcher might be able to make it happen.

World War II era lard recently washed up on a beach in northeast Scotland, still “good enough to have a fry up with.” Talk about a stable fat.

Everything Else

Here are two chances to win a copy of The Primal Connection: One over at PaleoNonPaleo where Alison has also reviewed my new book, and another at Balanced Bites where you can listen to a podcast interview with yours truly.

With the Superbowl coming up, lots of Primal eaters are wondering about game-day recipes that fit the lifestyle. Look no further than Marla Sarris’ Pigskin Paleoa great new paleo cookbook designed entirely around recipes you’ll want to eat and serve on the day of the big game (or any day of the week, really). To get an idea of what to expect, check out her recipe blog.

An easy, low-tech way to vacuum seal food.

Vice Magazine recently met a guy who’s been injecting himself with snake venom for over 20 years. Here’s the video they made of the Venom Superman (warning: not quite safe for work).

We made Greatist’s Top 60 Health and Fitness Blogs to read in 2013.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 27 – Feb 2)

Comment of the Week

The next post on co-sleeping should be about cats and dogs. I find it incredibly comforting to sleep with our cat right up to when he is co-sleeping on my head while chewing on my hair or licking my eye.

– Maybe, Juli. I’ll look into it. I certainly do love the feel of a sandpaper cat tongue against my cornea.

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Alyssa
3 years 10 months ago

Yikes. That article about RDs is frightening. The thing is, as far as having credibility and being allowed to practice nutrition, an RD is the gold standard (at least in NC). Because of that, I’ll probably end up getting my RD, and if nothing else it will be an eye-opening experience to see what they teach these aspiring nutritionists! But the whole nutrition education system is just messed up.

Amy
Amy
3 years 10 months ago
Unfortunately, it is. My Aunt is a Registered Diet Technician (just below RD) and I can say she’s not meaningfully in the pocket of Big Food. However, she’s struggled with obesity all her life and just recently got gastric by-pass surgery. Went I went low-carb, she “causally” asked me how I was going to get the B vitamins. I said “meat”. (Uh, she’s the dietician?) Quite often the problem is, not unlike with therapists, that those who are attracted to the profession and credentials are looking for answers for themselves. My Aunt has a problematic relationship with food to say… Read more »
Groktimus Primal
3 years 10 months ago

You can tell Marion Nestle is onto the truth. Judging by all the RD negative comments posted she hit quite a nerve. Apparently the truth does not act as novacaine.

Diane @ Balanced Bites
3 years 10 months ago

It was our pleasure to have you on the podcast last week, Mark! If you’ve been thinking about checking out The Primal Connection, it’s a must-listen!

Lauren
Lauren
3 years 10 months ago

I’m in my internship now & 5 months away from being an RD, and I loved reading her article! There was a ton of great responses from other RDs that got a conversation going about the sponsorship. It’s good to see there’s plenty of RDs out there that do not agree with it – many who probably will not be renewing their membership with AND (I won’t be). I never look at AND’s “evidence analysis library” because I’d rather find other non-biased research out there.

Emily Mekeel
Emily Mekeel
3 years 10 months ago

Oh Lauren do you have any advice? I graduate with my Bachelor’s in Nutrition/Dietetics in May and I am currently going through the DICAS/D&D process. I’m trying desperately for Bastyr University (holistic nutrition). Congrats on getting your internship and good luck on the RD exam!

Lauren
Lauren
3 years 10 months ago
Good luck! I’ve heard good things about that program, and I’m sure it’s better because it is holistic nutrition based. My advice for applications is make your goals clear and explain how that program can help you reach them. Other than that – during the internship, I’ve found that I can promote different topics like animal protein as high quality protein and whole food (vs processed) as much as possible without saying “paleo or primal.” Other times like in clinical – you just gotta push through without getting too angry – like when the other RDs are sending up Ensure… Read more »
Bjjcaveman
3 years 10 months ago
Loved the art of manliness article. After thinking about your answer to how to get rid of gynoid fat by increasing testosterone, I’ve been trying to learn more about testosterone, and this article did the trick!! Now I’m curious to the effect of bjj on testosterone. It involves whole body movements against resistance (your opponent), so while it involves all the big muscle groups… I’m not sure it counts as lifting heavy things. Also the competitiveness I feel when sparring feels pretty primal and testosterone laden… But that may simply be from all the adrenaline… Released because in bjj there… Read more »
Peacemaker
Peacemaker
3 years 10 months ago

The only thing I never enjoyed about those articles on increasing testosterone was that Brett McKay recommended that you shouldn’t be on a “Caveman” diet and gave a piece of research why.

leafbiter
leafbiter
3 years 10 months ago

The Art of Manliness article links to MDA cholesterol articles, but goes on to cite a study which says eating paleo/carb lowers testosterone.

Harry Mossman
3 years 10 months ago

I have no particular interest in maxing out my testosterone but I am convinced that following Primal has significantly boosted mine. I don’t have any tests to prove it but lots of changes lead me to believe it is true, e.g. the “meter” that men have when they wake up in the morning. I have a good meter reading, especially considering that I’ll be 70 in two weeks.

Madama Butterfry
Madama Butterfry
3 years 10 months ago

Nice. : )

Janknitz
Janknitz
3 years 10 months ago

I would caution agains vacuum sealing storage bags like zip locks for heating food. Volatile compounds in the plastic may leach into foods and mimic estrogens. Perhaps this technique would be OK for freezer storage.

Food Saver bags typically used in sous vides cooking are supposedly safer.

Unamused Mouse
3 years 10 months ago

Re: An easy, low-tech way to vacuum seal food.

Great tip for when you’re using zippered freezer bags as demonstrated, but erm, fat-free mac and cheese?! If I’m gonna eat that crap, you’d better believe it’ll be made with a super-creamy cheese sauce!! Wow.

Emily
3 years 10 months ago

re: vacuum sealing food

I usually “vacuum seal” half avocados and stuff by sealing the bag almost all the way, then sucking the last of the air out myself. It works pretty well, especially since the said avocado usually gets consumed within 4-24 hours!

Karen P.
3 years 10 months ago

Also helps to store the leftover avo with its seed, helps keep it fresh longer.

JennF
JennF
3 years 10 months ago

Arggh! That article by Marion Nestle highlights the issue I have as I pursue a career in nutrition counseling. I feel that I need to have the RD status but it makes me feel like a complete hypocrite because I am against everything they stand for. It’s so difficult to decide an education path that will get me where I want to be in my career without sacrificing my beliefs. Such a shame that the two have to be at odds.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 10 months ago

Ditto that with a CFP.

Claudette
Claudette
3 years 10 months ago

Do it anyway! Get the RD, then teach it right! Can’t you just see it as a pathway to what you know and need to teach?

DarcieG
DarcieG
3 years 10 months ago

One of my friends pointed to the wolf->dog story as an example of why stuff like Paleo is dumb because “we’re evolving all the time, people!”

Peacemaker
Peacemaker
3 years 10 months ago

Humans haven’t exactly “evolved” in a very long time, maybe mentally but physically never. Our guts have been about the same length since our transition to an omnivorous diet. People of this community tend to agree that the Paleolithic diet is fixed because you need to eat what you were meant to eat… unless your species decided to take a spin in the other direction and make tools and fire. Our species may be lucky.

Scientista
Scientista
3 years 10 months ago

Mmm, that’s not scientifically accurate. There is change in the distribution of alleles in human populations currently occurring, e.g. evolution.

As far as new mutations occurring and being selected for, there are cases of human evolution occurring since the Paleolithic Era, which ended 10k years ago (ex. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/02/science/02tibet.html?_r=0). Lactose persistence is one such “recently” evolved trait.

Like you, I enjoy reading this blog and in general consider Paleo foods enjoyable and healthy…but let’s be careful not perpetuate inaccuracies and misconceptions about evolution while we do so.

Dr3w N3m3r
Dr3w N3m3r
3 years 10 months ago
the article is misguided. dogs did not really involve to eat grains anymore than humans. dogs evolved overtime to become more domesticated. If you read “the Greatest show on earth” by Dawkins you would read how scientists attest to the theory that wolves who evolved a to have a less timid/aggressive flight/fight neurology became the dogs we see today because they were able to live close to ancient human camps as opposed to other wolves and species were weary of cohabiting with humans. remember the assumption that living with humans and cohabiting with them is not unusual if you take… Read more »
Jack
Jack
3 years 10 months ago

Good point, dogs were domesticated way before agriculture.

james
james
3 years 10 months ago

happy to know you read vice

Daniel Dean
Daniel Dean
3 years 10 months ago

The snake venom guy video is one of the craziest things I’ve seen in awhile. It’s definitely amazing he is 46, he could easily pass for early 30s.

Kevin
Kevin
3 years 10 months ago

New genetic research shows that the ability to digest meat helped mark, in part, the passage from pre human to human. This implies nothing about thriving, however, as anyone who’s gone on a vegan, plant-based diet can attest

Jack
Jack
3 years 10 months ago

I’ve never had my testosterone measured, but after going primal, my hormone indicators seem to be through the roof. Sometimes literally.

Mary Beth
Mary Beth
3 years 10 months ago

Harvard Crimson published a recent interview with George Church explaining the Neanderthal cloning misunderstanding.
http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2013/1/25/church-clone-neanderthal-rumors/

Roxie
Roxie
3 years 10 months ago
My friend has free roaming chickens and I get my eggs from her. I love those eggs! When I’ve run out and haven’t given her a box for a refill, I buy free range eggs from the supermarket. I can tell immediately the difference in quality. Her chicken’s eggshells are hard and don’t break the yolk when I crack them, whereas the supermarket’s free range eggs have brittle shells. I asked her what she feeds her chickens and she said everything. Since I know she eats a ton of meat I asked her if she feeds them meat scraps too… Read more »
marthat
marthat
3 years 10 months ago

I’m an RD in Canada, so part of a different professional organization, but I get mailings from Pepsico, The Sugar marketing people, lots of undesirable “low fat”, functional food type stuff. It all goes straight into the recycling bin. I agree with Marion Nestle that it’s inappropriate and embarrassing to have those sponserships for an organization that promotes good nutrition. Even CW “good nutrition” doesn’t promote soft drinks and candy…

Juli
Juli
3 years 10 months ago

Our meat market just posted they have ox tail “first come, first served,” so apparently they have some notion there could be a rush. Great timing on the recipe!

Glad you liked the cat post. Haven’t set an alarm since I adopted him. (And usually my eye is closed when it’s getting licked).

Casey
Casey
3 years 10 months ago
Nocona
Nocona
3 years 10 months ago

“Stiff” competition with the higher testosterone levels…

Amy
Amy
3 years 10 months ago

Ha!

Leah
Leah
3 years 10 months ago

I would love to know more about dodgy food companies involvement in our dietician associations in Oz. And how about all the chubby McD’s reps?

katieCHI
katieCHI
3 years 10 months ago

I have Marla’s Pigskin Paleo book and it’s fabulous! So far the sweet potato nachos have been my favorite.

Marla Sarris
3 years 10 months ago

That’s awesome, so glad you like it! 🙂

Eva
3 years 10 months ago

Glad I found you through the Greatist list – I’m really interested in nutrition so can’t wait to read more! x

Claudette
Claudette
3 years 10 months ago

Hi Mark! I am enrolled in “Basic Human Nutrition” this semester at our community college. Just last week I had an issue with my instructor regarding the use of canola oil (which I do not use). I have been following the Paleo/Primal for about year now. She also extols loudly on the necessity to have grain in our diets. Amazing how many students here graduate with an Associates degree in Dietetics and they weigh more than 300 pounds and can’t walk due to inflammation!! Lovely to see this post on RD’s, believe me!

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