New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 172

Research of the Week

MCT oil helps seniors with Alzheimer’s disease.

Chocolate also helps seniors with memory.

The smell of putrescine (smell of death) may confer greater life satisfaction (makes you love life) on those smelling it.

Oxidized linoleic acid promotes colorectal cancer.

Wearing many common types of face masks causes you to breathe in microplastics.

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Ask a Health Coach: Fake Meat, Celery Juice, and Nut Milk

Hi folks, we’re excited to have Primal Health Coach Institute’s Coaching Director Erin Power back to answer your questions. Got a question for our health coaches? Head over to our Mark’s Daily Apple Facebook group or ask it in the comments below.
Tim asked: “Lately, I’ve been seeing Instagram posts saying don’t be scammed by ‘health foods’ like the Impossible Burger, celery juice, almond milk, and protein bars. I understand some of these (like fake meat!). Others have me confused. What’s wrong with celery juice? Is almond milk bad now too?!”
I know, right? There’s so much information out there, and everyone on social media has an opinion about the latest health trends.

As a health coach, I can help you break down that list of “scammy” suspects. Even more important, I can share some guidelines to help you figure out whether trending foods are healthy or a scam.

First and foremost, remember that eating real, whole food never has to be complicated. When working with coaching clients and in my own life, the core of my philosophy is to keep things simple.

I realize that social media hype and “food fights” can make food seem incredibly complex. In moments of doubt or overwhelm, come back to that key principle. It’s really what makes Primal living and eating so effortless: the simplicity just makes sense.

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The Definitive Guide to Grains

Grains are fixtures of modern life. Pastrami on rye, spaghetti dinners, corn on the cob, birthday cake, apple pie, endless breadsticks, pizza parties, taco nights.

Studies about “heart-healthy whole grains” in the news. “AHA Approved” icons affixed to any concoction in the grocery store that contains a few grams of wheat—never mind all the sugar and seed oils.

Grains are “staples,” bread is the “staff of life,” and most people can’t imagine a meal without some type of grain on the table.

Yes, grains are solidly etched into our modern Western psyche—just not so much into our physiology. For the vast majority of human evolution, we were hunter-gatherers eating meats, nuts, bitter wild greens, regional veggies, tubers and roots, and fruits and berries. We ate what nature provided. If we ate any grains at all, they were wild and scarce—never staples.

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Go to Bed! Surprising Effects of Sleep Deprivation

 

Sleep deprivation affects your brain, metabolism, immune system, and cardiovascular health, not to mention your day-to-day happiness and quality of life. Sleep should be one of our top health priorities. Yet all the research says the same thing: we are chronically sleep deprived as a society.

The CDC reports that one-third of American adults suffer from “short sleep duration,” meaning they consistently get less than seven hours per night. A 2020 Sleep in America poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that only 16 percent of us feel well rested every day. And this isn’t just an American problem. According to a survey conducted by the Philips corporation in 13 countries in 2021, barely half of adults worldwide are satisfied with the sleep they’re getting.

You have to wonder if some of these surveys underestimate the problem. After all, how many of us want to admit how often we stay up until 2 a.m. scrolling on our phones? More to the point, how many people know if they’re getting good sleep? Sleep deprivation isn’t just getting less than eight hours a night of sleep per night. You can also wind up in a sleep debt when your sleep quality is lacking and you aren’t getting the restorative rest you need.

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Tomato Soup with Gluten-free Spicy Mini Meatballs Recipe

Homemade tomato soup is always a crowd-pleaser, but when you add gluten-free meatballs to the recipe, you get a dish that kids and adults alike will clamor for. This tomato soup has a rich, pure tomato flavor plus a spicy kick that turns up the heat. This recipe will make you forget canned tomato soup altogether!

Gluten-free mini-meatballs are the surprise star of the show. Most meatballs are made with breadcrumbs as a binding agent. Instead, these Primal and paleo meatballs hold together with the help of a small amount of almond flour and their petite size, perfect for eating with a spoon.

Bonus: The recipe makes plenty of meatballs to freeze and enjoy later!

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 171

Research of the Week

Keto and protein restriction are not quite the same.

The reduction in heart disease associated with light to moderate drinking may be caused by other lifestyle factors that accompany drinking—not the alcohol itself.

More riboflavin, longer telomeres.

Divorce has a much more detrimental effect on children’s educational attainment than parental death.

GlyNAC improves aging biomarkers in humans (and extends lifespan in rodents).

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