Weekend Link Love – Edition 244

Weekend Link LoveThe Arctic apple, a non-browning GMO varietal, is about to be unleashed upon the American public. Check out this impassioned plea from the Caltons and sign their Change.org petition to keep it off store shelves.

Research of the Week

A recent review of dietary fats and health “in the context of scientific evidence” makes a few interesting and refreshing conclusions. They find “adverse health effects that have been associated with saturated fats in the past are most likely due to factors other than SFAs,” question whether the “dietary manipulation of serum cholesterol may be moot in view of numerous other factors that increase the risk of heart disease,” and discuss the considerable evidence that omega-6 PUFAs promote inflammation and augment disease while omega-3s “seem to counter these adverse effects.”

A new study discusses the interference of mobile communication technology – smartphones and the like – on the quality of face-to-face conversation, particularly during conversations about important topics.

Interesting Blog Posts

Does sunscreen cause cancer?

What if kids didn’t have to wear shoes at school? Would things fall apart?

If the food industry were to write a letter to the American consumer, it might look a little something like this.

Media, Schmedia

I remember catching a ton of grief from the endurance community when I suggested that spending more than 4,000 calories a week doing exercise was counter-productive. That’s about 40 miles of running. In a recent Wall Street Journal article they suggest that 30 is the tipping point (where the possible risks may outweigh the benefits).

The NY Times – plus countless physicians, Silicon Valley execs, and Matt Drudge – are wising up to the power of Esther Gokhale’s Primal posture.

Outside Magazine says paleo living is here to stay, citing a few familiar names. I tend to agree with their assessment of the situation.

Everything Else

That guy I discussed in a recent Dear Mark who’s hiking around the world responded in the comment board of that post. It’s a good, informative one.

Great, now the only reliably effective treatment for C. difficile infection that doesn’t involve removing a person’s colon is buried under hours of paperwork.

Remember that French study from last year that reported organ damage in GMO corn-fed rats? The journal that published it is apparently shoring up its standards by hiring a former Monsanto employee to sit on its editorial board.

Recipe Corner

  • This is a fairly involved recipe, but it pays off in the end: bouillabaisse.
  • Again, you have to plan ahead a bit to make the marinade in time, but these Thai spiced pineapple short ribs are an incredible way to eat a favorite cut.

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 26 – Jun 1)

Comment of the Week

Imagine you’re at a friend’s house enjoying a piece of homemade cake. It’s absolutely delicious, the best you’ve ever eaten. You ask the friend for the recipe. The friend lists the ingredients: flour, sugar, butter, eggs. Then the friend adds, “Oh yeah, and pee. I peed in the cake batter before baking the cake.” You immediately put down your fork. Just a moment ago it was the tastiest cake you ever ate. Now you don’t want to take another bite. The next time your friend serves cake you don’t take any. Even if everyone around you is eating the cake and saying how great it tastes you don’t need any special will power to avoid it. You simply don’t want it because you know what’s in it.

The next time you pick up a package of some highly processed food, look at the ingredient list. It’s pee cake. Just walk away.

– Now that’s an analogy.

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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