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March 03, 2013

Weekend Link Love – Edition 232

By Mark Sisson
53 Comments

Weekend Link LoveAn important article from the Caltons on the deception of food science and what we can do about it.

Research of the Week

A week’s worth of bad sleep switches off hundreds of genes vital to protecting us from cancer, obesity, heart disease, and other degenerative diseases.

When you do switch to barefoot running, make sure you make the transition extremely carefully; a new study found that runners who switched over to Vibrams without changing anything about their routine were at a greater risk for foot injuries.

Interesting Blog Posts

Your brain on potato chips.

The synthetic diet revolution (the “perfectly balanced” drink is called, of course, soylent).

Media, Schmedia

Men’s Journal talked to me (and several other people you might recognize) about Primal living awhile back, and the piece has just gone live.

And yes, you can be vegetarian and still go Primal. It just might be a little harder.

Between homework, busy schedules, and high prices, kids and parents are finding precious little time to eat real food with each other after school and before bed. The fact that kids are subjected to “crunch time” is just sad.

Everything Else

My Raw Brah buddy did a great interview with Ido Portal, mover extraordinaire. Check it out and try not to get inspired…

A lipid researcher with over six decades of experience says that dietary cholesterol is in fact good for your heartas long as it’s not oxidized. Other things to watch out for include frying foods in reused oils, eating lots of polyunsaturated fats, and smoking.

Recipe Corner

  • This recipe makes me want to go back to Hawaii soon. Who am I kidding? Hawaii makes me want to go back to Hawaii soon.
  • Even if you don’t normally like offal, Grandma Ginsberg’s chopped liver  will make you howl. You may be hysterical naked, but you won’t be starving hysterical naked after eating this dish.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 3 – Mar 9)

Comment of the Week

Buy some paper chef hats. (Cheap on amazon). Give him the option of wearing the hat when he helps. The hook being, if he accepts and wears the hat then he is a chef. Explain that a chef must taste the ingredients and the final dish to make sure it is tasty because that is a chefs job. Plus they can draw/color on the hat too.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy isn’t just funny, folks. He’s got great tips too.

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George Mounce
George Mounce
3 years 6 months ago

I know I was one of the people to send Mark an email about sleep and genes. GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP!

Hamish
Hamish
3 years 6 months ago

This is the area I am really struggling with at the moment, consistently getting a good nights sleep. I changed my diet a year ago, and have almost effortlessly dropped 10kg (92 > 82), but I’m finding it far more difficult to change my sleeping patterns.

I think the main culprit is staying on the computer too late, which overstimulates the brain, making it very hard to nod off, but that seems to be a very tough addiction to break.

Perversely, reading this sort of headline will make me even more anxious when I’m struggling to get to sleep.

Bjjcaveman
3 years 6 months ago

100% right about Hawaii. Just visited Maui a few weeks back and am now in the middle of a winter snow storm….

Nelly
3 years 6 months ago

I was putting off buying blackout curtains til the fall due to a lot of travel and moving, but this has me convinced – if a week is enough to mess you up, and I’ve had spotty sleep for the past several months because of streetlights straight in the window, the least I can do for myself is get some decent rest for the next month and a half.

Also: IDO MOTHERLOVING PORTAL YESSSSS

Keith
Keith
3 years 6 months ago

Thanks for the synthetic diet link. While I’m not going to advocate for it, I’m working on an SF story, and needed a way to provide food in space without animals. This will fit the bill. Loved the interview with Men’s Journal, too.

Michael C
Michael C
3 years 6 months ago

Just for the record- in the Harry Harrison novel “Make Room, Make Room” from which the movie “Soylent Green” was based, soylent was actually just soy and lentils. Kibble for the masses more or less.

Emelee
Emelee
3 years 6 months ago

Um, actually, Soylent (in the book/film) turned out to not even be soy and lentils. That’s what they wanted everyone to think it was. It was actually ground up (sorry folks) human bodies. When I first saw this link, I assumed it was a rather sick joke…. Certainly the author had to know this.

Michael C
Michael C
3 years 6 months ago

I guess my comment wasn’t entirely clear. In the book “soylent” = soy and lentils, in the movie this was changed to cannibalism. Wikipedia confirms this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Make_Room!_Make_Room!

Anna
Anna
3 years 6 months ago

Our arrogance leads us to believe, time and again, that what we currently know is all there is to know. And reductionism triumphs. We think we know what is essential. But we don’t know what we don’t know. We think we’ve identified all the necessary vitamins, right? But that’s what we thought before we discovered the last bunch of vitamins we identified. What else will we discover later that is essential? That, perhaps, nutrients need to be consumed as part of real food for optimal health?

Jessica
Jessica
3 years 6 months ago
Bingo. Science has brought us so many remarkable things that we rely on it for everything. It’s easy for us to believe that we’ve grown beyond the simplistic ways of our ancestors into something better-a better standard of health through science. And then they come out with article after article about how some fruit may prevent the growth of cancer cells or what have you, and people get into this cycle of buying a certain supplement or extract to achieve optimal health. But the lion eats antelope and maybe a little grass here and there and has optimal health, because… Read more »
Tim
Tim
3 years 6 months ago
I wholeheartedly agree Anna. There are people for whom reductive rational thinking is the only way to perceive the world. They wouldn’t mind living in a world populated by robots serving them nutrient broth and have no concept as to why this could be anathema to others. If you object you are simply a Luddite nay-sayer, standing in the way of humanity’s perfect technological future. This kind of thinking has grown quite a bit with the tech revolution of the last forty years. Everyone wants to apply the systems thinking they learned in programming 101 to every problem there is,… Read more »
Karin
Karin
3 years 6 months ago

I have been wearing vibrams for almost 3 years. We had snow for the first time in 2 years (20″) and broke out the old hiking boots. My feet did NOT thank me. One pair of hikers going to goodwill ASAP. OUCH!

ShannonCC
ShannonCC
3 years 6 months ago

That’s a problem I have too. I have some foot problems that disappear when I wear minimal shoewear. But unfortunately, where I live, it snows more than once every 2 years 🙂 But now my feet are so happy with minimal that when I put on sneakers or boots for a day, my foot problems reappear. So I have the choice of frozen toes or painful feet 🙁

Hopefully someone will come up with a warm solution for those of us minimal footwear lovers who aren’t blessed to live in year round sunshine.

Rebekka
Rebekka
3 years 6 months ago

Vivo barefoot has minimalist boots with a thinsulate lining.

Lora
Lora
3 years 6 months ago

Thanks for the tip! Been looking for barefoot boots for cold weather, or for more dressy styles at work (where fivefingers dont go well). Any other brands people can recommend?

Helga
Helga
3 years 6 months ago

Ages and ages ago — they’re called moccasins!

Richard
3 years 6 months ago

I’m just recovering from tendonitis in both ankles after transitioning to barefoot running too quickly. could barely walk for two weeks!

Shamra
3 years 6 months ago

As a holistic health coach who uses the Primal Pyramid over government guidelines, it is SO difficult to convince people that dietary cholesterol is not only ok, it is healthy! I definitely ‘fit out’ in my social community with my love of eggs and grass fed butter and the like. I’m so happy to see this information becoming more mainstream. After talking with my best girlfriend for several years about it, she finally started doing HIIT and eating eggs over toast for breakfast!

Shamra
3 years 6 months ago

Over = instead of. Haha, not eggs on top of toast.

Joe
Joe
3 years 6 months ago

I have been looking for a health coach!

Pierce
Pierce
3 years 6 months ago

The gullibility shown by the commenters on the Solent blog is amazing. The blogger admits to having no ideas about how dietary minerals and nutrients interact and claims at one point to be 6’3″ and consuming 700 calories a day and people are begging for his recipe and think he’s found a miracle.

Kathryn
Kathryn
3 years 6 months ago

Yes…what got me was the fact that he said his concoction tasted good. A bunch of supplements with salt and olive oil? I want to believe, but I don’t.

Brandon Berg
Brandon Berg
3 years 6 months ago

The primary component is dextrose. As a rule of thumb, just about anything with both fat and sugar will taste good.

Julie
Julie
3 years 6 months ago
Putting the Caltons admirable work to the side for a moment, let’s try to understand why organic food is so expensive. The price-setting market forces of supply and demand should already have lowered the price of organics, since “organic produce is more cost effective for farmers to grow than conventional produce”. Items whose prices are higher than the supply-demand dictates are typically those that fit one of three profiles: a) just introduced on the market, b) items at the end of their market lifespan, or c) monopoly items. Organics don’t fall into a or b, so what does that tell… Read more »
Victor Venema
3 years 6 months ago

A few decades ago, unbleached recycling toilet paper was the cheapest option. Nowadays recycling paper comes at a premium (at least in Germany). I guess, as a super market you need products for price sensitive people and premium products to people that are willing to pay more.

Also a cup of fair-trade coffee at a café costs a lot more. The minimal additional price for the beans cannot explain the price difference.

Tim
Tim
3 years 6 months ago
Yes, exactly. This is one of the first things you learn in business class: price points are far more complex than ‘supply and demand’. The real golden rule is: ‘charge what the market will bear’ i.e.: charge the highest possible price that will sell. Obviously having competitors means they can undercut you on price, so it’s good to either buy them or collude with them. Of course collusion is illegal so you have to do it on the sly remembering when asked to fall back on something else you learn in business class: charge around the same as your competitors,… Read more »
DRK
DRK
3 years 6 months ago

Corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton seed. and rice are subsidized by the government. this makes them cheaper, and diverts farmland to the production of subsidized grains, and oilseed, rather than livestock, and organic produce.

Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago
“All I can conclude is that organic farmers have essentially banded together to keep the prices artificially high, or organic production is not really as cost effective as the study concluded.” The last one. I don’t argue with potential benefits of going “primal” as far as possible with either animal husbandry or farming. *However* – modern agricultural science has made farming on a mass scale possible. It means middle class me can eat some meat (or a lot of it and allowed some ridiculous percentage of us to not hunt/gather or farm. “Conventional” farming is up to date, modern farming.… Read more »
Tim
Tim
3 years 6 months ago
Catch 22. When yields/costs are the focus, quality will be sacrificed. Hence the move toward commoditized fungible food, it’s no longer ‘food’ it’s a thing, a good, a product. When quality is the primary concern, price will be higher necessarily because the producers care more about quality ingredients in order to compete on taste. Now… I don’t mind if money is a fungible good, my gasoline can be too, that’s fine, but cheese? Is there a difference between kraft and artisinal brie? Are we willing to pay for that difference? Some are, some aren’t. Go back a hundred years and… Read more »
Alyssa
3 years 6 months ago

Ido Portal 0.0

Joe
Joe
3 years 6 months ago

This is the greatest of all time!

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Brandon Berg
Brandon Berg
3 years 6 months ago

“Your brain on potato chips”

On this topic, what do you think of the food reward theory of obesity that Guyenet has been promoting for the past couple of years?

Brian Treacy
Brian Treacy
3 years 6 months ago

Thanks for linking Ido Portal. I think he embodies the essence of why we should continue to move in challenging ways when we no longer face the challenges such as running down deer and hauling carcasses. Because we can. Because it’s fun. Because to move is to be human.

PaleoGirl
3 years 6 months ago

Re: men’s journal… beans and tofu? NOT primal! 😛

Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, I was wondering about that one, too.

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 6 months ago

I believe he was talking about vegans and vegetarians to make sure they got enough protein, which is the crux of the matter with those 2 groups.

eldi
eldi
3 years 6 months ago
‘If someone eats a diet rich in oxysterols and trans fats and also smokes, he or she is endangering the heart in three distinct ways, Kummerow said. The oxysterols enhance calcification of the arteries and promote the synthesis of a clotting agent. ‘ Did this bit make anyone slightly concerned? From another journal article: ‘Appreciable amounts of oxysterols can be present in foods, especially those rich in such as meat, eggs and dairy products, which are most probably generated non enzymically during cooking or processing. They can be absorbed from the intestines and transported into the circulation in chylomicrons, but… Read more »
Nocona
Nocona
3 years 6 months ago

And was that meat and dairy you talk about, grass fed,raw and clean? or conventionally raised? This is what frustrates me. Conventional will eventually kill us all if we don’t switch it up.

George
George
3 years 6 months ago

“And yes, you can be vegetarian and still go Primal” Amen, as I have done, quite successfully in fact. The Ido Portal youtube … OMG … he appears to be the most “organically”, natural, functionally fit guy I have ever seen, simply amazing.

Skizakas
Skizakas
3 years 6 months ago

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard about the benefits of dietary cholesterol, but I have a question. A lot of the same people who are for dietary cholesterol and say that eggs are healthy, also agree that when frying eggs, it denatures the protein and oxidizes the cholesterol. I like to fry my eggs with olive oil, so can anyone explain to me what I benefit from denaturing all the protein and oxidizing some amount of the cholesterol(if not all of it, as I don’t know how much of it is actually oxidized)?

Angela
Angela
3 years 6 months ago

MDA is the very last place I ever thought I’d see an Allen Ginsberg reference! I’m dying right now! Whatever worker bee wrote this is the shit!

Stephanie Turner
3 years 6 months ago

Grandma Ginsberg’s Chopped Chicken Liver recipe sounds like it was written for me. Liver, eggs, onion, caraway seeds (LOVE!) and Vermouth (my “go to” cooking alcohol!)

Benjamin
3 years 6 months ago

In reading the article about Paleo vegetarianism, I think it’s cheating, in a way, to try and derive omega-3 from fish oil supplements and whatnot, for if a person is doing vegetarianism for moral reasons that’s a contradiction and defeats the purpose.

(Though, I understand it would be otherwise if a person couldn’t digest meat products well and did vegetarianism accordingly.)

George
George
3 years 6 months ago

If you can’t be 100% perfectly compliant then don’t try eh? FYI, there a DHA supplements that are algae based.

Rob
Rob
3 years 6 months ago

I wonder how many readers are clueless about the Ginsberg reference.

“I saw the greatest bodies of my generation destroyed by high fructose corn syrup, inflamed, obese, and sedentary…”

PhilmontScott
PhilmontScott
3 years 6 months ago

I am clueless about the Ginsberg reference.

Victoria Peterson
Victoria Peterson
3 years 6 months ago

Howl

Les
Les
3 years 6 months ago
On the idea of synthesized foods: Interesting hypothesis, however a similar experiment has been conducted on our food supply for over a century based on similar reductionist theories. That is that by only providing a living thing with basic nutritional elements outside the whole of the environment an organism can survive. Just as plants can grow and live on basic fertilizers, it seems they lose fundamental nutritional value. The flaw in your theory is that you assume that we understand all of the human nutritional means and we can synthesize these needs. I have been on an opposite approach using… Read more »
Helga
Helga
3 years 6 months ago

The NY Times link from the Calton’s “Deception of Food Science” article describes Jeffrey Dunn, a former Coca-Cola bigwig, experiencing an “epiphany” as he walked through a
Brazilian slum:

“A voice in my head says, ‘These people need a lot of things, but they don’t need a Coke.’ I almost threw up.”

As I was reading the article, I understood what he meant.

Anna
Anna
3 years 6 months ago

Mark – any more information regarding oxidized dietary cholesterol? “Other things to watch out for include frying foods in reused oils…” Does that mean using leftover rendered fat (e.g. bacon grease strained and stored) is oxidized? Hmm.

Deal
3 years 6 months ago

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