Weekend Link Love – Edition 212

Research of the Week

A recent study found that seniors over the age of 70 who ate high-carb diets had four times the risk of Alzheimer’s disease as seniors who ate more fat and protein.

Can yoga help kids with autism? It certainly seems to improve their symptoms when performed daily in a classroom setting.

Interesting Blog Posts

We all know that Paula Deen-esque “southern food” is nigh-on self destructive, but what about real, traditional southern food?

Are we getting fatter simply because we’re living long enough to get to that point? Ned Kock wonders aloud.

Media, Schmedia

What really happened to those Coca-Cola polar bears.

If you live in Newport Beach, you can rest easy knowing that local school administrators have taken a “No Tolerance” approach to the deadly scourge ravaging our youth known as kombucha.

Everything Else

Nine supermarket secrets your grocer won’t tell you (willingly).

On his latest podcast episode, Chris Kresser spoke with Dr. Nicholas Ralston – an expert in the relationship between mercury and selenium in seafood – about whether we should be worried about mercury in the fish we eat. If you can’t listen to the entire podcast, the transcript is available in the blog post. It’s a good one.

Recipe Corner

  • If you’re not up on Ethiopian food, you should rectify that. Or, make some doro wat yourself.
  • Chawanmushi – a savory, traditional Japanese custard.

Time Capsule

One year ago (October 21 – October 27)

Comment of the Week

More than a grain of truth that it’s not wheat-berry good for you!

– Now those are some shameless puns that were clearly intended, Groktimus Primal.

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. Wow, 4 times higher risk of Alzheimer’s if you eat carbs? I need to show this to my parents in their 60’s. I have been trying to get them to go on paleo for a long time. Maybe this will be the final push they need to get healthy. I lost my grandfather to alzheimer’s about 5 years ago and would hate to lose my parents.

    1. I don’t doubt the correlation at all.
      There’s a somewhat old lady staff in the Salvation Army I live in who clearly shows signs of Alzheimer’s or something like it.
      For example, the one day she told me I could boil three eggs for breakfast rather than have her cook them in margarine (this is regular, all the staff let me when there are eggs for breakfast). So that’s what I started trying to do. Then all of a sudden she got mad at me, saying she never gave me permission to boil any eggs. It was like a minute later.
      And then she went on citing the three-eggs-are-as-bad-as-smoking-for-your-arteries study.
      So after some arguing she let me have one raw, then shortly after when I asked again, boil two. I stashed them in my backpack and then asked if she could cook me two eggs in olive oil, which she did. Win!
      She’s overweight with awful body composition and is constantly trying to get people to eat bread. “Aren’t you going to have bread with your meal?”
      And she’s one of those mayo-junkies.
      Another thing I’ve noticed is that the people who tend to eat the most junk food there also tend to be the dumbest, least respectable, and messiest. Those who drink the artificial juice at every meal tend not to rinse their dishes and make the most mess when they serve themselves and eat. Crumbs, dropped food, and spilled stuff everywhere.

      1. And when I brought back liver one day that lady told me it’s really bad for you, go figure.

      2. I’d like to watch the polar bears video but another overweight staff, who claims I’ll die from eating bacon, happened to steal my headphones during a backpack search I was not allowed to witness.. well her or one of her little frightened minions that will do whatever she says (she sucks up to the boss).

        1. You work there and she won’t let you choose what you want to eat?

    2. The study was actually of MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment) not Alzheimer’s disease.

  2. Hey Mark I am really interested on what do you think of frugtivores?

  3. The sugar bears video is really good! When it started, I was thinking of showing it to my daughter, but it’s a bit disturbing toward the end. Should be rated PG – too scary for little ones.

    Who knew sugar could be so disturbing!

  4. Haha! I went to the junior high school where the child was suspended from. The funny thing is every single store in the area sells kombucha. Maybe the new trend will be kids sneaking kombucha and drinking it in the bathroom…

    1. That’s so rediculous that a kid could go to the store, buy it and drink it legally but not take it to school.

  5. Well guess I will be heading to the farmers markets to get my eggs. No “cold line” like the grocery store to worry about there.

  6. I’m in nursing school and I sent that Polar Bear sugar video to all my fellow students, some who sip sodas during lecture.

    1. You’ll learn that fat, unhealthy nurses are the elephant in the room that the medical profession doesn’t talk about…

  7. The yoga helping kids with autism is great. I have witnessed several kids at Karate practice transform from not being able to interact much with other people to sparring and playing with other kids. The parents say they made a complete 180 at home too. Of course, the only time I mentioned this to anyone in the Psychology industry I was told they must have not had “real autism”. I feel that martial arts might even be more benefical than yoga for the kids because they have to spar with other kids too. Something about physical movement combined with breathing through (like a moving meditation) is really good for the mind. I reccomend everyone try stepping to the side into a warrior stance with your index finger and exhaling at the same time. Imagine that your breath is a laser beam coming out of your finger tip and going through the wall and as far as you can imagine.

    1. That was a little fuzzy. To clarify: Stand in a natural neutral stance, step to the left with your left leg while simultaneously pointing your left index finger at the wall and exhaling. You can let the right arm relax and dangle straight down. Imagine that your breath is coming out of a pinhole in your index finger and going through the wall and as far as you can imagine. To the infinite. Squeeze every ounce of air out of your lungs. When you’re done exhaling completely stand back up in a natural stance, inhale fully and do the other side. It should feel like a moving meditation. If you’re having a hard time focusing then stop and do this 10 times and it’ll help a lot. You should really “feel” your breath coming of your index finger. It might feel physically hot or like a slight tickle.

      1. I sort of do that after bong breaths. Inhale fully, exhale fully, forcefully, repeat until exhaled air is clear. It’s damage mitigation.

        1. I have to do that or I don’t get enough oxygen or something and I start getting light headed

    2. I’m autistic. We do well in familiar structured social situations, but it doesn’t make us any less autistic. That’s the difference between “cure” and accommodation.

      And I hate yoga (prefer lifting weights), but if it shuts other people up for a few minutes peace I’d put up with it just for the peace. 🙂

    3. Rick –

      i used to work at a martial arts school that had a program for at risk youths. Some of the transformations were astounding. Not only body weight and coordination, but mental focus and attitude were the most notable. At one point, we had a school counselor stop by and ask what exactly we were doing. After years of counseling a student with no progress, a couple months training with us turned them into a well-behaved engaged student at school. When we explained the program, she asked where we got our psychology degrees from. She was flabbergasted when we told her we didn’t have any. Sometimes, the simple things work.

  8. It was interesting to read how reluctant the Mayo clinic doctors were to acknowledge what their study said about high fat and protein diets. According to THEIR results:

    “those whose diets were highest in fat…were 42 percent less likely to face cognitive impairment, and those who had the highest intake of protein had a reduced risk of 21 percent.”

    Yet all Dr. Roberts can say is “eat a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat.” That balance is clearly skewed towards fat & protein , so why not just come out and say that?

  9. Re: the supermarket stuff, no real news there.

    If you skip the middle of the store (I do) there’s no need to worry about shrinking packages. I’d notice eleven eggs instead of 12.

    Expired food in the prepared food section is overstated, and using still-safe items near their sell-by date reduces waste. Pretty much the only stuff I buy there are meat items and veggies that don’t have canola oil.

    Dirty produce? That’s what washing is for.

    Truth be told, the only one of those I worry about is the cold chain (unbroken refrigeration all the way to the store), not the cold line.

  10. The supermarket story is histrionic, tabloid level & not factual – totally not up the usual rigorous fact-checking & bullshitometer standards of this site. Very disappointed you linked.

    1. I agree. While in high school and college I worked at several supermarkets (local and national chains) and at least one thing wrong in the article is about deliveries.

      Once a week deliveries is an awful lot of overhead for perishable products.

      Where I worked, they got their large deliveries on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday with smaller deliveries on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The only day they didn’t get a delivery was Sunday.

      The times of the deliveries were anywhere from 3AM to Noon and included not only boxed and cans but the meat, vegetables, and dairy.


  11. ??? If we were seeing obesity rates rise only in adults over 45 years old (or 50, 55, whatever), maybe Kock’s theory would makes sense. But how does longer life expectancy (which I thought was actually slightly on the decline for Americans?) account for all the obese 5-, 9-, 12- and 25-year olds?

  12. Interesting article about the Age adjusted obesity figures. Yet more data to suggest that antibiotic treatment which enables survival from infectious disease, screws up the gut micro biome and contributing to obesity. I used to use antibiotics pretty liberally in my youth due to constant respiratory and sinus infections, I dont anymore and will avoid at all costs. It’s taken me a long time to get my gut in order and its still a work in progress. Just shows how multifactorial the obesity problem really is and why it’s so hard to herd the cats to provide a workable solution

  13. The supermarket article was complete BS. I worked in grocery for 16 years. The only 2 points that were true are the shrinking packages and the eye level shelves being prime real estate. That’s it. The rest is so patently false I really cannot find the words to describe it accurately.

    1. Shrinking packages I do see. My kid’s spaghetti sauce, and coffee. I didn’t notice the sauce until I went to feed the dogs and realized one can was smaller than the other.

      1. And cans of fish.. some of them cost over a dollar a mouthful.

        1. Then of course there’s “no fishing” signs everywhere and hunting regulations so when you get wild animals for food, it’s like grocery shopping in nature, if you follow the rules.

    2. I found most of it to be accurate from my years in retail. A great many stores do ‘parbaking’ and pre-frozen meats – all the stores I have worked for have done it (not all of the stock that you see, but most). It is safer and easier from the store’s perspective to thaw only the stock that you need and keep the rest frozen. Stores also get pretty dirty no matter what they sell!

      But changing the sell-by dates is not accurate. It is illegal and can get you shut down by the health department.

  14. I really hated the supermarket article. I knew I really shouldn’t but I clicked on the Aquaponics ad and then it took over the web and wouldn’t let me navigate away from it. I just wanted to see what they recommended that is different than what I do. Looked like it was over rated hype mostly.

  15. Speaking of Paula Deen, she’s on the cover of this week’s Woman’s World, the checkout magazine always with a weight loss story on the cover.

    I flipped to the article. Paula Deen lost 32 pounds because she’s eating fewer potatoes, “less white stuff,” and filling in with sweet potatoes. And in an earlier issue of WW, the diet of the week was “no carbs after noon.”

    The should all just go primal and be done with it already. They’re already most of the way there.

  16. more carbs may increase the risk of diabetes, and diabetes increases the risk of alzheimer’s, so may be this relationship is mediated by diabetes.

    1. There is some awesome research coming out about alzheimer’s being re-defined as “type 3 diabetes”. For example, some excerpts from the article I was reading: “One line of evidence, for instance, has shown that insulin and beta amyloid are both broken down by the same protein-chomping enzyme. Under normal circumstances that enzyme can successfully deal with both, but if too much insulin is washing around, the enzyme gets overwhelmed by the hormone, and the beta amyloid gets neglected. Instead of being broken down, it accumulates, perhaps building into the toxic plaques that kill brain cells “. Boom, science. There was even an evolutionary explanation behind it – usually, spikes in insulin and/or high insulin may help with memory formation (eat a berry, spike insulin, remember location for later) – too much insulin though, leads to insulin resistance, which with the above mechanism = dead neurons. “Klein has found that a moderate level of insulin is protective, offsetting beta amyloid damage by blocking its landing sites on brain cells. But when people age or have diabetes, the insulin signalling in the brain becomes weaker, possibly opening a window for amyloid beta toxin to start destroying the neurons”.

      So, type 3 diabetes. So let’s all eat some more grains, eh? Just kidding, please for the love of brains don’t.

  17. The doro wat looked amazing. I just yanked all of the nigella out of my garden and have tons of seedpods. Now I have something to do with them (other than replant for next year.) My four year old and I sampled the seeds the other day – they taste a little like violets. Thanks for the Ethiopian recipe!

  18. I’ve had Japanese custard server in an eggshell. It was delicious, and then I wanted another one….

  19. Thanks very much for the link-love! And the doro wat is very interesting. I have nigella seeds all the time but I never knew I could be cooking with them.

  20. The real southern food post is very interesting. I was recently in our local graveyard that has graves from the mid 1600s and it was very strange to see some of the ages when people had died. Seems that in our area (rural England) that primary causes of death were childbirth, infant mortality, epidemics and accidents. If you survived all that, according to our graveyard, you had a fair chance at reaching 80+.

    This does simply not fit with the conventional ideas of mortality in the English restoration period, which is that almost everyone died before they were 60 in one way or another.

  21. The Southern food post reminded me of that scene in The Help, where the maid showed the helpless new wife the big secret to cooking “authentic” southern fried chicken: Crisco!