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March 16, 2014

Weekend Link Love – Edition 287

By Mark Sisson
47 Comments

Weekend Link LoveMy friends at EXO have completed their first production run of Cricket Protein bars and they taste fantastic! If I didn’t tell you the protein came from crickets, you’d swear it was whey protein. Order a box at EXO.co before they’re sold out (full disclosure: I am an investor in this company).

Anyone near Philly? Go check out the Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar happening on March 20th!

Episode #10 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. This time, broadcasting straight from Primalcon Tulum, we’re joined by Darryl Edwards – the former computer programmer turned master of play. Darryl explains how you can make your workouts more successful by making them more fun, offering both practical fitness advice and a way to cultivate a playful attitude about life in general.

Dr. Ron recently sat down at the Paleo Runner Podcast to talk about his new book, The South Asian Health Solution, and explain the health crises currently facing South Asia.

Research of the Week

Both men and women are more attracted to the faces of the top cyclists in the 2012 Tour de France.

Males seem to respond better to sprinting than women, experiencing more mitochondrial biogenesis and muscle protein synthesis (although it’s still beneficial for both!).

Leaving poverty is complicated. A new study shows that boys who move from lower-class neighborhoods to higher-class neighborhoods experience far more depression and exhibit more misbehavior than girls who make the same move.

Interesting Blog Posts

All animals play.” Is play the most fundamental foundation of physical reality?

Don’t worry, guys. The FDA says BPA is totally fine (hey, it could be, but I’m skeptical of the source).

Media, Schmedia

Dozens of Americans with extreme sensitivity to electromagnetic signaling have relocated to a small Virginia town where wifi is banned – and they claim to be feeling better than ever.

I am entirely unsurprised that the experts who recommend that more people be placed on statins are paid by the manufacturers of statins.

Everything Else

Even though it’s already surpassed its funding goal, the Kickstarter for monkii bars – a lightweight, portable suspension system that sets up in under a minute and lets you workout anywhere, anytime – is still accepting pledges. This is a great opportunity to become an early adopter for a big discount.

How pathogens shaped – and shape – human culture.

Is an elevated LDL particle count simply a marker of a tryptophan deficiency?

Joshua Weissman of the Slim Palate has released his awesome new cookbook, The Slim Palate Paleo CookbookCheck out the promo video for his story and a taste (pun absolutely intended) of the kind of food and photography you can expect from the book.

I shudder to imagine the kinds of prebiotics we’d have to swallow if this electricity-consuming bacteria took up residence in our guts.

A shotgun shell that creates life (although I suppose at close enough range it might be able to kill something).

Antibiotics: the fat drug.

Recipe Corner

  • I would eat this pie. What about you?
  • This was my first time hearing of the “Irish boxty,” but now I really want to try it.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 17 – Mar 23)

Comment of the Week

Paraphrasing Justice Potter Stewart:

I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description [“lean tissue”]; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it…

– Paleo Bon Rurgundy’s got the right idea.

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gamesetmurph
gamesetmurph
2 years 8 months ago

Ireland is not in the United Kingdom!

Prime Time
Prime Time
2 years 8 months ago

Part of it is

Leo
Leo
2 years 8 months ago

No it’s not. Northern Ireland and Ireland are two separate countries.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago

“It’s [almost] St. Patty’s Day – everyone’s Irish today!”

Indiscreet
Indiscreet
2 years 8 months ago

Patty is a girl’s name. It’s PaDDy. (How to make British and Irish folk mad…!)

Dylan
Dylan
2 years 8 months ago

That doesn’t even make sense as there is no “d” in Patrick. Or say St. Pat’s.

caveophobe
caveophobe
2 years 8 months ago

@Dylan – Patrick is the Anglicised version of the Irish name Pádraig. This is one of the main reasons that the name Patrick is shortened to Paddy. You will often hear the letter “t” spoken softly, almost like a “d” sound, in other Irish names and place names.

Prime Time
Prime Time
2 years 8 months ago

Ireland is an island which is divided in two parts, Republic of Ireland, which indeed is it’s own country, and Northern Ireland which is a province of the UK just like Scotland and Wales.
Therefore my comment stands, part of Ireland pertains to the UK.

Sal
2 years 8 months ago

I wonder why all of the major media outlets don’t have “breaking stories” with headline: “Eating Meat Lowers Risk of Stroke and Heart Failure.”

Luke Belbina
Luke Belbina
2 years 8 months ago

I don’t want to nit pick but the Exo bars have more sugar in them than protein.

Nocona
Nocona
2 years 8 months ago

Do I see peanut butter and jelly too? Legumes and sugar.

Simone
Simone
2 years 8 months ago

The crickets are also raised on grains. Although this may be their natural diet?

Vanessa
Vanessa
2 years 8 months ago

And one variety has puffed brown rice. Brown rice is not good, but puffed any kind of grain is toxic!

Michael
Michael
2 years 8 months ago

Can you elaborate on this? I ask as someone who will occassionally have some puffed rice.

Bill C
Bill C
2 years 8 months ago

That’s just the first generation of bars, intended to taste as “normal” and not-cricket as possible, to break into the market. Cricket flower will move up the ingredients list in future iterations, and Exo plans on selling straight cricket flower eventually.

Ben
Ben
2 years 8 months ago

Does anyone else think the bacon in that Irish breakfast look off? It looks like veggie bacon–maybe because it’s so flat?

Helena
Helena
2 years 8 months ago

That’s because its thick-cut bacon. In the ingredients list, it is listed as “4 thick bacon slices or rashers”

Thick-cut bacon doesn’t curl like thin cut.

Susan
Susan
2 years 8 months ago

It looks like the pork belly I have in my fridge.

Grokster
Grokster
2 years 8 months ago

I don’t know if this is old news, but April 2014 issue of Vanity Fair says of Google’s Sergey Brin (article “O.K., Glass: Make Google Eyes”):

“He is on the Paleo Diet now—he’s like “a hunter-gatherer,” says the friend of the couple’s.”

Smart dude.

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
2 years 8 months ago

Terrible website for the Exo bars; it took me forever just to find out how many bars you get for $36. Luke, where did you find that the sugar exceeds the protein? I can’t locate the nutritional info.

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
2 years 8 months ago

Never mind; I just discovered that I need to click on the teensy-weensy pic at the bottom.

Luke Belbina
Luke Belbina
2 years 8 months ago

Yeah – The website seems a little deceptive to be honest but maybe I am reading too much into it.

For everyone else its 10g protein to 18g sugar.

Boundless
Boundless
2 years 8 months ago

> The website seems a little deceptive …

I found it to be pretty straightforward. I was hoping for a more keto-like bar, and these do have a more favorable fat-to-protein balance than, say, Quest bars, but they are way too high in carbs. The crickets aren’t a problem per se.

The net carb is, and is above 15 grams for all flavors. The carbs include “honey”, without even an organic claim.

I consider “honey’ to be a red flag in a product ingredient.
See “Honey” on Wheat Free Forum for why.
http://wheatfreeforum.com/index.php/topic,895.0.html
“Sugar” would be more honest, and less likely to be half free fructose.

Nocona
Nocona
2 years 8 months ago

The Slim Palette Paleo Cookbook looks fantastic!

Gydle
2 years 8 months ago
Fascinating article about human societies and pathogen load. I was first introduced to these ideas in “The Fever” by Sonia Shah, a book about malaria that completely blew me away and changed my perspective on third-world/first-world realities profoundly. It discusses slavery and the American South, the rise of the Roman empire as being associated with the draining of Italy’s inland swamps, and the brutal but successful construction of the Panama Canal, among other things. Definitely worth a read. She also gave a great TED on why malaria is so hard to shake: http://www.ted.com/talks/sonia_shah_3_reasons_we_still_haven_t_gotten_rid_of_malaria and I was shocked to see that… Read more »
Camille
2 years 8 months ago

I’m not sure I would call that first recipe a “pie” (anyone else?) but I would definitely eat it. Love the “boxty” idea at the second link!

marc
marc
2 years 8 months ago

So, the cricket bars have 10g of protein, and that is considered “high Protein”? Seriously….really?

Groktimus Primal
2 years 8 months ago

A shotgun that shoots seeds. I think you’re gonna need a background check for that!

Dr. Anthony Gustin
2 years 8 months ago

Have heard nothing but great things from EXO! Looking forward to my first order!

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago
I’d definitely try the Exo bars and think the ingredients are good but I don’t think I’d be shelling out for them. They have a higher sugar than protein content (13-18g vs 10g). At least the sugar comes from dates and honey, but then how cooked is the honey? I’ve read again and again that honey should not be consumed cooked. Also I spent a little time searching the site and couldn’t find any nutritional analysis (didn’t check every single link), nor could I find it with a quick google search. I’m guessing you could easily acquire all the ingredients… Read more »
Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago

That cut off sentence was supposed to be “but that could be due to many factors”.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago

Also, just found the “teensy-weensy pic” 🙂 on the exo site. I’d like to see a more in-depth nutritional profile.

Chris
Chris
2 years 8 months ago

I think it’s worth pointing out that the Professor linking LDL to trytophan deficiency is 99 years old and looks pretty healthy, and obviously his brain is still in good shape too. From an earlier article:

“He has never used margarine, and instead scrambles eggs in butter every morning. He calls eggs one of nature’s most perfect foods, something he has been preaching since the 1970s, when the consumption of cholesterol-laden eggs was thought to be a one-way ticket to heart disease.”

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago

Simple, but I like thinking:
Eggs are an entire small animal in raw material form.

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
2 years 8 months ago

Yup–he’s well on his way to becoming one of the many centenarians listed here that made it while eating lots of bacon, butter, offal, and the rest of the foods we’re all told to stay away from these days. Wonder why….no, not really–this is the government trying to get out of the Social Security check writing business, as well as the Medicare benefit providing business.

Do what they say, die young and sick. Go against their advice, and live past 100 with all faculties intact.

Heather
Heather
2 years 8 months ago

I once read (couldn’t tell you where – it might have been The Mood Cure or something like that) that tryptophan is the “runt” of the amino acids. So there is some logic there.

Cuyler Callahan
2 years 8 months ago

Regarding the exo bars. I agree there is to much carbs. The fat is high though. They could use more protien. I suggest using stevia for a sweetener and uping protien. Get rid of the pb&j flavour. If they did this I might be interested in buying and im sure more primal people would be too.

Paleoconnection
Paleoconnection
2 years 8 months ago

Sorry, but the cricket bars seem like kind of a gimmick. I figure only about 3.6 grams of the 65 gram bar is from crickets. This provides about 2.5 grams of the 10 grams of protein. I doubt they would taste any different if no cricket flour was used, but at least you’re saving the planet, lol

bill
bill
2 years 8 months ago

We’ve posted the first of the speakers from our
Central Coast Nutrition Conference, Dr. Eric Westman,
on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbwUWNg9M9U&feature=youtu.be

Hope you like it.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago

Bee propaganda – a deadly promise. Coming soon to a planet near you.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152070531826909&set=a.222474541908.143422.216662506908&type=1

PrimalGrandma
PrimalGrandma
2 years 8 months ago
The Exo bars are a wonderful idea and I would be in full support except for a few small items — 1. Way too much sugar per bar – I don’t care what the sugar source is – it’s still too much sugar. Too much sugar is the deal breaker for me. 2. I would think that they could have a higher protein content – 10 grams is what’s touted in a Nature Valley protein bar (ie: candy bar) for around $1.99 ea. 3. PB&J version: I don’t eat legumes and I didn’t think eating legumes was Paleo (no peanut… Read more »
PJ
PJ
2 years 8 months ago

A shotgun shell that creates life? Like Genesis in Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan? Dude.

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
2 years 8 months ago

It’s another form of guerilla gardening–just like their “seed bombs” made to look like seed-filled grenades. Toss (or shoot) and let nature take its course.

Mike
Mike
2 years 8 months ago

The EXO bars do have 13-18g of sugar, along with some non-paleo ingredients (oats, peanuts, etc.) but they taste great. I ate one after an intense workout due to the carb load. The sugar is mostly from fruit and honey and even though it loses point for non-paleo ingredients, it has to gain some PRIMAL points for having crickets.

P.S. Peanut Butter & Jelly is best flavor IMHO

Richie
Richie
2 years 8 months ago

Green Bank is in West Virginia.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago
I could see this one being in the next WLL. Don’t worry about not posting it on account it is already here. I say this because I have pasted links to articles before that I thought would see later in WLL but Mark didn’t post them. I don’t know if that’s because I had already gotten them somewhere on the site or because he wouldn’t have posted them anyway, but if they weren’t posted for the former reason I think that policy should be reconsidered because not everyone reads the comments and undoubtedly a lot of those who do don’t… Read more »
Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago

Here’s something about how gluten and casein can be harmful, even to mental health.
http://www.sott.net/article/275970-Two-foods-that-sabotage-your-brain

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