New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 178

Research of the Week

Super high HDL levels linked to cardiac events in people with heart disease.

Regulating “eating cues” can help people lose weight.

Alcohol-related deaths are way up.

Just a small amount of physical activity lowers depression risk.

Nature always works.

Ketones may fight colorectal cancer.

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Ask a Health Coach: Seed Oils, Kiddos, and Eating Out

Hey folks, Board-Certified Health Coach Chloe Maleski is here to answer your questions about seed oils. Whether you’re wondering whether they’re really that bad, trying to avoid them when eating out, or scouting healthier treats for kids, you’ll learn some helpful tips and strategies. Got a question you’d like to ask our health coaches? Leave it below in the comments or over in the Mark’s Daily Apple Facebook group.    Marta asked: “Are seed oils really that bad? Are they okay in moderation? They’re in all the foods my kid likes to eat! Crackers, granola bars, muffins… Not to mention when eating out!” Sigh… I know. Highly refined seed oils are cheap and everywhere. Yes, we find them in the usual suspects: fast food, highly processed food, and most conventional food that comes packaged and ready to eat. They also hide out where less expected, including in foods marketed as “healthy” and at restaurants and hot bars that might otherwise pass as Primal. Unfortunately, the answer to your first question is Yes. Highly refined seed and vegetable oils are That. Bad. Even in moderation, they can be detrimental to health. While some folks are more sensitive to highly refined seed oils than others, they can cause inflammation in pretty much everyone. Chronic, systemic inflammation is a scourge of modern times. It’s implicated in countless minor ailments as well as more serious ones such as heart disease and cancer. It also weakens our general immune system response, since the body is too preoccupied with active, ongoing inflammation to deal properly with exposure to bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to (or can) avoid inflammatory oils entirely—particularly when eating out. Depending on priorities and life circumstances, this may be a great place to lean into the 80/20 principle: “In the context of full and earnest commitment, an overall 80 percent conformity with the 10 Primal Blueprint rules will yield a solidly healthy result.” That’s not a green light for choosing foods containing seed oils 20 percent of the time. Highly processed, inflammatory oils are never healthy, even in moderation. But if you aim to avoid them completely and a little slips by on occasion, overall outcomes will still land on the side of healthy. In other words: do your best, but don’t stress about perfection. Which oils are bad for you anyway? The fact that you’re asking these questions means you’re already on track! Once you know what to look for and find trusty staples, avoiding highly refined, inflammatory oils gets way easier. As a starting place, let’s consider your kid’s favorites. Since crackers, granola bars, and muffins are usually snacks and treats rather than a primary food source, it’s best not to go overboard in any case (whether or not they contain unhealthy oils). That said, sometimes a kid (or adult!) just wants a muffin. In those instances, you’re wise to check the ingredients when purchasing snacks and treats of any sort. Canola oil is an especially … Continue reading “Ask a Health Coach: Seed Oils, Kiddos, and Eating Out”

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More Questions on Creatine

Creatine is an extremely popular supplement with thousands of studies attesting to its effectiveness in humans. It works well in athletes, older people, women, men, teens, vegans and vegetarians, and probably even children. It’s well-tested, safe in normal amounts, and there are very few downsides.

But because so many people use it, creatine also generates a lot of questions. Every time I do a post on creatine, I get more queries in my inbox.

Does it cause hair loss?
How much should you take every day?
Is there a good time to take it?
Will creatine make you gain weight?
And is creatine bad for the kidneys?
What about side effects—anything we should worry about?

Let’s dig right in and answer those questions.

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Introducing the Two Meals A Day Cookbook!

Greetings, readers! I’ve been so heartened over the past year with the great response to the book Two Meals A Day, which we launched in March, 2021. It’s particularly interesting to note how many new people have been welcomed into the fold of ancestral living via the portal of a mainstream-appeal book about healthy living. My writing partner Brad Kearns and I intended for this book to reach a broader audience outside the existing spheres of Primal/paleo and keto, so we placed the focus on ditching processed foods, emphasizing nutrient-dense ancestral foods, and eating less frequently—pretty simple! We’ve received great comments from readers who then discovered Marks Daily Apple, the many Primal Blueprint book titles, and generally became further captivated by Primal living.

It was also great to hear from many die-hard followers about how this book tied many insights and nuances of Primal living together nicely. It has become a popular gift for family and friends to gently introduce a new and sustainable way of ancestral-inspired eating and living.

Buoyed by this success, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Two Meals A Day Cookbook, filled with over 100 delicious recipes of incredible variety to appeal to a broad audience.

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Keto Sandwich Roll-ups with Dipping Sauce – Two Ways!

Searching for a good keto sandwich option, no bread required? Well look no further than these low-carb, grain-free meat and cheese roll-ups. Who needs bread or a tortilla when you have all this deliciousness? After all, the best part of sandwiches isn’t the bread. It’s what’s inside that really matters.

And these keto roll-ups aren’t your average lettuce wrap! Nope, these feature crispy cheese on the outside with savory fillings, perfectly paired with some of our favorite dipping sauces. Enjoy them warm for an easy work-from-home lunch or after-school snack. Chilled, they’re great for lunchboxes or hitting the trail. A sandwich roll-up is a nice break from trail mix when you’re on a long hike. Throw them in an insulated lunch bag with a lightweight ice pack, and you’re good to go.

This recipe suggests making them in an oven, but a toaster oven will also work. Use the ideas below as inspiration to come up with your own meat, cheese, and sauce creations.

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 177

Research of the Week

Mask wearing, even at rest, appears to increase CO2 to excessive levels.

Eating more protein during weight loss staves off muscle loss and increases the overall quality of the diet.

In advanced stage kidney disease patients, a very low protein diet offers no benefit.

Vitamin B12 deficiency is disastrous for babies (and everyone).

More strength, less depression.

The more species you see at the coast, the better you feel.

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