Weekend Link Love – Edition 287

Weekend Link LoveMy friends at EXO have completed their first production run of Cricket Protein bars and they taste fantastic! If I didn’t tell you the protein came from crickets, you’d swear it was whey protein. Order a box at EXO.co before they’re sold out (full disclosure: I am an investor in this company).

Anyone near Philly? Go check out the Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar happening on March 20th!

Episode #10 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. This time, broadcasting straight from Primalcon Tulum, we’re joined by Darryl Edwards – the former computer programmer turned master of play. Darryl explains how you can make your workouts more successful by making them more fun, offering both practical fitness advice and a way to cultivate a playful attitude about life in general.

Dr. Ron recently sat down at the Paleo Runner Podcast to talk about his new book, The South Asian Health Solution, and explain the health crises currently facing South Asia.

Research of the Week

Both men and women are more attracted to the faces of the top cyclists in the 2012 Tour de France.

Males seem to respond better to sprinting than women, experiencing more mitochondrial biogenesis and muscle protein synthesis (although it’s still beneficial for both!).

Leaving poverty is complicated. A new study shows that boys who move from lower-class neighborhoods to higher-class neighborhoods experience far more depression and exhibit more misbehavior than girls who make the same move.

Interesting Blog Posts

All animals play.” Is play the most fundamental foundation of physical reality?

Don’t worry, guys. The FDA says BPA is totally fine (hey, it could be, but I’m skeptical of the source).

Media, Schmedia

Dozens of Americans with extreme sensitivity to electromagnetic signaling have relocated to a small Virginia town where wifi is banned – and they claim to be feeling better than ever.

I am entirely unsurprised that the experts who recommend that more people be placed on statins are paid by the manufacturers of statins.

Everything Else

Even though it’s already surpassed its funding goal, the Kickstarter for monkii bars – a lightweight, portable suspension system that sets up in under a minute and lets you workout anywhere, anytime – is still accepting pledges. This is a great opportunity to become an early adopter for a big discount.

How pathogens shaped – and shape – human culture.

Is an elevated LDL particle count simply a marker of a tryptophan deficiency?

Joshua Weissman of the Slim Palate has released his awesome new cookbook, The Slim Palate Paleo CookbookCheck out the promo video for his story and a taste (pun absolutely intended) of the kind of food and photography you can expect from the book.

I shudder to imagine the kinds of prebiotics we’d have to swallow if this electricity-consuming bacteria took up residence in our guts.

A shotgun shell that creates life (although I suppose at close enough range it might be able to kill something).

Antibiotics: the fat drug.

Recipe Corner

  • I would eat this pie. What about you?
  • This was my first time hearing of the “Irish boxty,” but now I really want to try it.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Mar 17 – Mar 23)

Comment of the Week

Paraphrasing Justice Potter Stewart:

I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description [“lean tissue”]; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it…

– Paleo Bon Rurgundy’s got the right idea.

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. No it’s not. Northern Ireland and Ireland are two separate countries.

        1. “It’s [almost] St. Patty’s Day – everyone’s Irish today!”

        2. Patty is a girl’s name. It’s PaDDy. (How to make British and Irish folk mad…!)

        3. That doesn’t even make sense as there is no “d” in Patrick. Or say St. Pat’s.

        4. @Dylan – Patrick is the Anglicised version of the Irish name Pádraig. This is one of the main reasons that the name Patrick is shortened to Paddy. You will often hear the letter “t” spoken softly, almost like a “d” sound, in other Irish names and place names.

        5. Ireland is an island which is divided in two parts, Republic of Ireland, which indeed is it’s own country, and Northern Ireland which is a province of the UK just like Scotland and Wales.
          Therefore my comment stands, part of Ireland pertains to the UK.

  1. I wonder why all of the major media outlets don’t have “breaking stories” with headline: “Eating Meat Lowers Risk of Stroke and Heart Failure.”

  2. I don’t want to nit pick but the Exo bars have more sugar in them than protein.

    1. The crickets are also raised on grains. Although this may be their natural diet?

    2. And one variety has puffed brown rice. Brown rice is not good, but puffed any kind of grain is toxic!

      1. Can you elaborate on this? I ask as someone who will occassionally have some puffed rice.

    3. That’s just the first generation of bars, intended to taste as “normal” and not-cricket as possible, to break into the market. Cricket flower will move up the ingredients list in future iterations, and Exo plans on selling straight cricket flower eventually.

  3. Does anyone else think the bacon in that Irish breakfast look off? It looks like veggie bacon–maybe because it’s so flat?

    1. That’s because its thick-cut bacon. In the ingredients list, it is listed as “4 thick bacon slices or rashers”

      Thick-cut bacon doesn’t curl like thin cut.

  4. I don’t know if this is old news, but April 2014 issue of Vanity Fair says of Google’s Sergey Brin (article “O.K., Glass: Make Google Eyes”):

    “He is on the Paleo Diet now—he’s like “a hunter-gatherer,” says the friend of the couple’s.”

    Smart dude.

  5. Terrible website for the Exo bars; it took me forever just to find out how many bars you get for $36. Luke, where did you find that the sugar exceeds the protein? I can’t locate the nutritional info.

    1. Never mind; I just discovered that I need to click on the teensy-weensy pic at the bottom.

      1. Yeah – The website seems a little deceptive to be honest but maybe I am reading too much into it.

        For everyone else its 10g protein to 18g sugar.

        1. > The website seems a little deceptive …

          I found it to be pretty straightforward. I was hoping for a more keto-like bar, and these do have a more favorable fat-to-protein balance than, say, Quest bars, but they are way too high in carbs. The crickets aren’t a problem per se.

          The net carb is, and is above 15 grams for all flavors. The carbs include “honey”, without even an organic claim.

          I consider “honey’ to be a red flag in a product ingredient.
          See “Honey” on Wheat Free Forum for why.
          “Sugar” would be more honest, and less likely to be half free fructose.

  6. Fascinating article about human societies and pathogen load. I was first introduced to these ideas in “The Fever” by Sonia Shah, a book about malaria that completely blew me away and changed my perspective on third-world/first-world realities profoundly. It discusses slavery and the American South, the rise of the Roman empire as being associated with the draining of Italy’s inland swamps, and the brutal but successful construction of the Panama Canal, among other things. Definitely worth a read.
    She also gave a great TED on why malaria is so hard to shake:
    and I was shocked to see that most people in malaria-endemic places don’t see it as a big deal.

  7. I’m not sure I would call that first recipe a “pie” (anyone else?) but I would definitely eat it. Love the “boxty” idea at the second link!

  8. So, the cricket bars have 10g of protein, and that is considered “high Protein”? Seriously….really?

  9. I’d definitely try the Exo bars and think the ingredients are good but I don’t think I’d be shelling out for them. They have a higher sugar than protein content (13-18g vs 10g). At least the sugar comes from dates and honey, but then how cooked is the honey? I’ve read again and again that honey should not be consumed cooked. Also I spent a little time searching the site and couldn’t find any nutritional analysis (didn’t check every single link), nor could I find it with a quick google search. I’m guessing you could easily acquire all the ingredients (maybe whole crickets instead of flour) and make your own equivalent cheaper, but then it’s up to you whether the saved effort is worth the extra money. The thing about them that really has me interested is the cricket flour. I’d like to get some of that to test and experiment with it. Grasshoppers are good cooked in fat. I imagine crickets would taste similar, and I’ll repeat it again here, the grasshoppers flash-fried in olive oil are like potato chips.
    Also interesting to me is that some people are so severely affected by wifi. I’m not, as far as I know, but usually as a precaution and side effect of my preferred somewhat-minimalist lifestyle I don’t use much electrical technology except for lights, computers (which I do not own), and headphones while using computers so my exposure to radiation is probably a lot less than most people’s in the developed world. I usually feel better when living outside in a more natural habitat but
    Maybe I’ll comment on the “All animals play” article later. It’s immense. So’s the germ theory one. I think I’m gonna need some coffee before I delve into those.

    1. That cut off sentence was supposed to be “but that could be due to many factors”.

    2. Also, just found the “teensy-weensy pic” 🙂 on the exo site. I’d like to see a more in-depth nutritional profile.

  10. I think it’s worth pointing out that the Professor linking LDL to trytophan deficiency is 99 years old and looks pretty healthy, and obviously his brain is still in good shape too. From an earlier article:

    “He has never used margarine, and instead scrambles eggs in butter every morning. He calls eggs one of nature’s most perfect foods, something he has been preaching since the 1970s, when the consumption of cholesterol-laden eggs was thought to be a one-way ticket to heart disease.”

    1. Simple, but I like thinking:
      Eggs are an entire small animal in raw material form.

    2. Yup–he’s well on his way to becoming one of the many centenarians listed here that made it while eating lots of bacon, butter, offal, and the rest of the foods we’re all told to stay away from these days. Wonder why….no, not really–this is the government trying to get out of the Social Security check writing business, as well as the Medicare benefit providing business.

      Do what they say, die young and sick. Go against their advice, and live past 100 with all faculties intact.

    3. I once read (couldn’t tell you where – it might have been The Mood Cure or something like that) that tryptophan is the “runt” of the amino acids. So there is some logic there.

  11. Regarding the exo bars. I agree there is to much carbs. The fat is high though. They could use more protien. I suggest using stevia for a sweetener and uping protien. Get rid of the pb&j flavour. If they did this I might be interested in buying and im sure more primal people would be too.

  12. Sorry, but the cricket bars seem like kind of a gimmick. I figure only about 3.6 grams of the 65 gram bar is from crickets. This provides about 2.5 grams of the 10 grams of protein. I doubt they would taste any different if no cricket flour was used, but at least you’re saving the planet, lol

  13. The Exo bars are a wonderful idea and I would be in full support except for a few small items —

    1. Way too much sugar per bar – I don’t care what the sugar source is – it’s still too much sugar. Too much sugar is the deal breaker for me.
    2. I would think that they could have a higher protein content – 10 grams is what’s touted in a Nature Valley protein bar (ie: candy bar) for around $1.99 ea.
    3. PB&J version: I don’t eat legumes and I didn’t think eating legumes was Paleo (no peanut butter and for sure NO jelly!) but if someone likes that combo and it sells, that’s OK. If I don’t like it, I don’t have to buy it—
    4. Other than they utilize cricket flour, I don’t see any advantage to buying these as to buying some off-the-shelf crap (which I most certainly won’t buy).

    Like I said, it’s a wonderful idea and the use of crickets/insects for a protein source is a fabulous idea that could change the way people think of insects as a food source. These may work as a way to slowly introduce the public to alternative food sources, and I really hope it works. But I would not buy them for the reasons stated above.

    Now if you could get the general public to buy these instead of what’s readily available at 7-11 or Maverick or where ever, then it would probably be beneficial to all concerned. But at the current price point, that probably won’t happen, unfortunately.

    I really wish I could be more supportive, but hopefully some criticism will make your product even better. Good luck, guys.

  14. A shotgun shell that creates life? Like Genesis in Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan? Dude.

    1. It’s another form of guerilla gardening–just like their “seed bombs” made to look like seed-filled grenades. Toss (or shoot) and let nature take its course.

  15. The EXO bars do have 13-18g of sugar, along with some non-paleo ingredients (oats, peanuts, etc.) but they taste great. I ate one after an intense workout due to the carb load. The sugar is mostly from fruit and honey and even though it loses point for non-paleo ingredients, it has to gain some PRIMAL points for having crickets.

    P.S. Peanut Butter & Jelly is best flavor IMHO

  16. I could see this one being in the next WLL. Don’t worry about not posting it on account it is already here. I say this because I have pasted links to articles before that I thought would see later in WLL but Mark didn’t post them. I don’t know if that’s because I had already gotten them somewhere on the site or because he wouldn’t have posted them anyway, but if they weren’t posted for the former reason I think that policy should be reconsidered because not everyone reads the comments and undoubtedly a lot of those who do don’t check back to read newer comments on older posts.