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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 152

Research of the Week

High triglycerides predict psychotic episodes in patients with depression.

More sleep, less obesity in infants.

A group of mummies found in China were Ancient North Eurasians, the same root population from which Native Americans and many Europeans sprang.

The economic impact of the Opium War.

6 year olds are better at using multiple sources of information than both younger kids and adults.

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Do Nuts Have Too Much Omega-6?

Nuts have gotten a surprising amount of flack as of late. Many nuts have a fairly high PUFA content, and most of that PUFA is omega-6 linoleic acid, the same one we try to avoid by avoiding seed oils. Linoleic acid is easily oxidized, accumulates in our tissues and determines our inflammatory response, is highly unstable for cooking, usually rancid on the shelf, and, thanks to government farm subsidies and public hysteria over animal fat, it’s in absolutely everything nowadays. We Primal types generally avoid it for good reason, and that tends to influence how we perceive the O6 content of nuts.

Is there a place for nuts in the Primal Blueprint diet? Should we worry about nuts and omega-6 fats? Let’s take a closer look.

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7 Foods You Don’t Need to Buy Organic

One of the core pillars of health is eating the best quality food possible. Realistically, though, few of us can fill our shopping carts with nothing but local, organic, pesticide-free, grass-fed, pasture-raised, wild-caught, non-GMO food. Top-tier options may not be available year-round where you live, and even if they are, they might not fit your budget.

Most people have to decide where it’s worthwhile to invest in organic and where it’s okay to choose less-than-perfect-but-still-perfectly-good conventional options. I’ve previously covered the top 10 foods you should strive to buy organic. Today, I’ll try to make things a little easier by providing a list of the foods which are fine in their conventional form.

This isn’t to say you shouldn’t buy these items organic if you can access and afford them. Some would argue that even if the following conventional foods are relatively safe, you should still buy organic in order to support organic growers and protect the environment from exposure to agricultural chemicals. That’s totally valid and part of the reason why I try to buy organic, but it’s also a topic for another time. The goal today is to help you prioritize where to spend your hard-earned money while maximizing your and your family’s health.

So, what everyday Primal staples can you buy conventional?

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One Pot Braised Pork and Root Vegetables and Butternut Squash

Once fall hits, grocery stores and farmer’s markets turn into a harvest festival, and we’re always looking into new ways to use the gorgeous root vegetables and squashes that line the produce aisle. Here, we’re making a one-pot braised pork roast with butternut squash and root vegetables that takes comfort food to the next level. Enjoy a hearty meal that warms your bones, then wrap up in a blanket and enjoy an evening of autumn bliss.

Here’s how to make it.

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 151

Research of the Week

Overfeeding carbohydrates reduces antioxidant status, more so in overweight people.

Eating more dairy reduces fractures and falls in the elderly.

Women and obese people may be more sensitive to disturbed neural responses after Splenda consumption.

Seems like a lot of things originated in the Eurasian steppes.

Time in nature is priceless.

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Why You Care What Other People Think (and 5 Ways to Knock It Off)

Let me start by saying that if you’ve mastered the art of not caring what people think, congratulations. It’s a skill most people work on their whole lives. And some don’t even realize they’re side-stepping their dreams or apologetically defending their primal lifestyle until someone points it out.

Caring what other people think of us is normal. It’s a natural human response, kind of like salivating when you see a thick ribeye sizzling on the grill. We all want to be accepted (and not rejected) by our peers and loved ones, so of course we care what they think of us.

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