Weekend Link Love – Edition 386

Weekend Link Love

Research of the Week

Cooking (and even frying) with extra virgin olive oil increases the antioxidant capacity of and creates new polyphenols in vegetables.

Urban gardeners are safe from lead poisoning, even with high lead content in the soil (just don’t eat the dirt).

Vaginal bacteria swabs may replace missing microbes in c-section babies.

Turtles must taste really good.

Spending more nets better food (and bodyweight).

Sitting too much and sleeping too little linked to type 2 diabetes.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 105: Adam and Vanessa Lambert: Brad Kearns sits down for a lively chat with old friends.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Interesting Blog Posts

““We’ll stop calling ourselves vegan butchers when they stop calling it ‘humane slaughter’,” Kale says.”

Why “gill slits” in mammalian embryos make the case for evolution from a common ancestor.

Media, Schmedia

In mice, clearing out cells as they age extends lifespan and healthspan.

An article on how personal ancestry shapes your optimal diet sounds very similar to what thought leaders in the “discredited paleo diet” community have been saying.

Everything Else

A paleo documentary from one of our PB Expert Cert grads is in postproduction and needs your help. Check out the Kickstarter for Discovering Paleo and give a little nudge across the finish line!

Ravens may possess a theory of mind, according to new research.

Beef may be nutritious and safe, but cows kill.

Anti-raccoon garbage lids, traps, and other protective measures have created a race of uber-raccoons fit to compete in urban environments. Here’s one strutting around a Toronto subway station like it owns the place. Let’s hope the raccoons and ravens take each other out.

British scientists will soon begin testing gene editing in human embryos.

The bamboo bike industry is thriving in Ghana.

Worth the hike?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 9 – Feb 15)

Comment of the Week

Money doesn’t buy happiness…

Do you live in America?
Because it buys a waverunner.
Ever seen a sad person on a wave runner?
Seriously, have you?
Try to frown on a waverunner.
They are so awesome, it’s just throttle.
People smile as they hit the peer.

– Good point, JBacca (and Daniel Tosh).

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. Good to know these things about EVOO, which has recently been overshadowed by coconut oil. I dislike everything about coconuts and have found I’m mildly allergic to the oil. Therefore, we never got on that particular bandwagon. We stick with olive oil, butter, and bacon fat, for the most part, although avocado oil and some nut oils are pretty good too.

  2. Holy moly. I’ve followed you forever and actually being mentioned in link love is one of the greatest things that’s ever happened to me. Thank you, Mark!!

    1. Wait until you’re mentioned in a post. I still brag about that to people who give me a quizzical look. Hey, it’s a big deal to ME. Congrats!

  3. It took a long time and a lot of discipline (and a lot of grief at family parties) cutting rice from this Filipino’s diet. If I take into account the ancestral angle, plus mark’s own not-really-that-bad stance on white rice, it seems I may have gone overboard. Here’s the thing though: I’m actually kind of over rice now–looks like a big bowl of nothing to me. Is this ancestral diet wrinkle ‘big’ enough that I should make a concentrated effort to reintroduce and fall back in love with white rice, as rice + fish have formed the foundation of traditional Filipino diets? The more things change… Etc etc I guess.

    1. Yes, interesting article, Eat Like Your Grandma. Should we not only be eating Paleo/Primal, but also considering the foods our ancestors could have eaten/were eating. I read one time that allergies to Kiwi fruit are very high. I remember Kiwi’s being introduced in our grocery stores in my lifetime. No one in my family lineage would have ever eaten those. I’ve also wondered about Kale and Quinoa.

      This did make me drool over the idea of returning to eating my Grandmother’s southern biscuits?

      I would guess rice would be a safer cheat for you, but I know a lot of older Chinese people in the US who still eat tons of rice and eating chinese food and are diabetic. Also have a Filipino friend who is diabetic. So I would be hesitant to eat a lot of rice.

      1. My guess? Don’t make it an every-meal staple. The idea of grains as staples usually comes from either the past (when protein and varied fresh veg were harder to come by) or the deranged Killer Pyramid of the USDA.

        Save it for a traditional meal once in a while, and really enjoy it, instead of defaulting to starches as the platform upon which meals are built. JMO. 🙂

    2. There’s a good book that Mark’s Primal Blueprint Publishing put out called the South Asian Health Solution by Ronesh Sinha in March 2014. You can find it in the Shop Books link on this page or on amazon, etc. It addresses a lot of the issues South Asians have with food (ie: rice), cultural issues and diabetes.

      There’s also a good article about the book here on MDA:https://www.marksdailyapple.com/introducing-the-south-asian-health-solution/#axzz3zW3Sc1Jy

      I’ve recommended it to peeps I know that have these same issues, and even though I’m not South Asian, I did grow up with a lot of the food/cultural issues mentioned in the book that did indeed cause medical issues for me. Hope this helps and good luck!

      (You’re very welcome, Mark)!

    3. Do some research on Chinese “forbidden rice”, it is very nutrient dense.

    4. Thanks for the responses and suggestions, everyone! I’ll definitely look into those resources, PrimalGrandma.

      And I think you’re right, JJ and Mrs. Rathbone–at least for now I’ll be looking at rice as a safe cheat, or safe source of carb fuel during heavy workout periods, rather than a must-have.

  4. Did I miss something in the article about extending life spans in mice? They talk about “clearing out” the damaged cells in the mice twice a week, but they never say how they do that. Do they have teeny-weeny vacuum cleaners?

    1. It’s explained in one of the links (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22048312?dopt=Abstract):

      “Senescent cells accumulate in various tissues and organs with ageing and have been hypothesized to disrupt tissue structure and function because of the components they secrete. However, whether senescent cells are causally implicated in age-related dysfunction and whether their removal is beneficial has remained unknown. To address these fundamental questions, we made use of a biomarker for senescence, p16(Ink4a), to design a novel transgene, INK-ATTAC, for inducible elimination of p16(Ink4a)-positive senescent cells upon administration of a drug.”

      So, not really a DIY process we can replicate with a bit of green tea and some herbs, sadly! 😉

    2. Fasting will help. It encourages autophagy – sort of like your cells cleaning up the garbage and taking it to the curb for recycling.

  5. Who wrote that article on ancestral diets? Kale *is* ancestral for me.

    Sarmishta Subramanian? Oh, ok.

    1. “Butcher” doesn’t mean what they think it does..
      butcher (n.)

      c. 1300, from Anglo-French boucher, from Old French bochier “butcher, executioner” (12c., Modern French boucher), probably literally “slaughterer of goats,” from bouc “male goat,” from Frankish *bukk or some other Germanic source (see buck (n.1)) or Celtic *bukkos “he-goat.” Figurative sense of “brutal murderer” is attested from 1520s. Butcher-knife attested from 18c. Related: Butcherly. Old English had flæscmangere “butcher” (‘flesh-monger’).

      My response is that while the use artificial, unnatural processes to turn vegetation into a tasty meat-like substance, I use the original, all-natural, chemical-free process . – I feed grass to sheep.

      No electricity. No chimneys……

    2. I hate to say it, but EVERY vegan I have met has thin, whispy hair, and they look pale and sick – have I met the wrong ones ?

      1. Probably. My daughter in law is vegan and she is beautiful and strong as a horse. But she is the only vegan I know

  6. Based on the article “how personal ancestry shapes your optimal diet”, I should stop eating shellfish, pork and kale; bummer!

    On the other hand, lamb, beef and rendered fat, olive oil and olives in particular (to a lesser extend coconut oil), nuts, pomegranate, melons, honey, fish, eggs and water buffalo cheese are prominent; and so, beet root and turnip (pickled or cooked), parsley, Swiss chard, pumpkin (seeds too), dates, zucchini and many spices, such as cardamon, turmeric, cinnamon, and whole spice.

    So far so good. But “bulgur wheat” (cracked wheat) is prominent in many dishes (tabouli and kibbeh), as well as rice, traditional bread, fava beans, red lentils, chickpeas, watermelon and grapes (sugar & fructose) and tomatoes, which aside from the latter, I completely cut out from my diet. I don’t miss them anymore, but should I from an ancestral point of view?

    My mom who’s nearly a 100, outlived her mother who lived to about 85 (diet without an illness) and many relatives from that generation (no processed food mind you until they were exposed to vegetable oils and white bread upon migration to another country) who lived to a long age; with the exception of my dad who didn’t live past 62 due to a blood complication. And here I am, fit and slim and in a far better shape physically then many, and yet without a gallbladder, thyroid issues and high ferritin levels which is crossed linked to fava beans (although I never eat fast food or low grad at that), while my mom who had a very demanding life bringing us up, never went under the knife, aside from a minor eye operation.

    Sorry…I didn’t mean to write so much

    What do you think?

    1. Wow, that made an impact; You (Mark) mine as well remove my comment from the board…. Seriously!

      I should have added, that perhaps my medical issues stemmed from veering away from this diet which is very primal actually, as it also included offal, while living in the US for quarter of a century and adopting a low fat – whole grain diet and lean meat and fish, in accordance with the “health” guidelines, but still without process foods or lots of sugar. Or simply, my luck of the draw. 🙁

  7. Cool bikes! Metallica’s Orion instrumental would have been awesome on top of that mountain!!

  8. The cellist who hiked and played at the top of the mountain was my orchestra director in high school! I knew she loved hiking but I had no idea she did this. How cool to see her doing something so awesome!

  9. Interesting about the olive oil. Although of course it has to be actual olive oil. Most of the stuff on grocery store shelves is not ?. I just did a post
    on this, called “Has your olive oil lost its virginity?”

  10. I understand why someone would advocate to the better treatment of farm animals but I will never understand why vegans thinks that killing an animal to eat it is so wrong. The number of times I’ve been labeled as a killer… sigh.

    1. From everything I’ve read, it seems that most vegans genuinely believe that humans are herbivores. So I see why they think we’re “murderers” for eating animals. If we weren’t meant to eat animals, then I would agree that it’d be quite terrible to kill and eat them “just for our own selfish desires.” I wish it was that simple. I’ve wanted to be vegan many times and fought with myself mentally about it more times than I can count. I still consider being vegan, not because I think it’s wrong to kill and eat wild or grass-fed animals, but because for me personally I don’t want to contribute to harming animals. Anyway…

      1. No matter how you eat, something has to die in order to do so. When fields are plowed and harvested tons of animals are slaughtered in machinery–rats, mice, moles, gophers, etc. Somehow the veggie crowd overlooks that in favor of cute cows and pigs and lambs.

  11. So, if I understood correctly, we should not eat raw vegetables and fruits? Or at least, not eat too much.

    I certainly don’t want to start eating like my grand-mother. She ate nothing but dairy, grains and canned food 6 months of the year! (and yes that includes canned beef).

    Also, I totally want a bamboo bike! It looks so light!

  12. A Kakadu man told me that they (Australian Aboriginals) don’t eat the meat of turtles but rather they eat the fat pad of the turtle. Delicious or disgusting depending on your personal ancestry.

  13. I remember reading somewhere, can’t remember where, that there was evidence in the archeological record that wherever we(humans) went, turtles were one of the first species to, shortly thereafter, go extinct. Makes so much sense given the fact that they are essentially like the microwavable insta-ready meals of yesteryear. Just plop on the fire, crack the lid and enjoy. I remember hearing that charles darwin loved turtles.. i don’t mean just studying them.

  14. I have had soft-shelled turtle (a delicacy in Japan where I live) and I can attest to the fact that it is very tasty 🙂

  15. If you want to taste some delicious turtle soup, try it at Commanders Palace in New Orleans. Very tasty!

  16. I’ve always loved what Anthony Bourdain had to say about vegetarians/vegans:

    “Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter-faction, the vegans, are a persistent irritant to any chef worth a damn.

    To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.

    Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, an affront to all I stand for, the pure enjoyment of food. The body, these waterheads imagine, is a temple that should not be polluted by animal protein. It’s healthier, they insist, though every vegetarian waiter I’ve worked with is brought down by any rumor of a cold.

    Oh, I’ll accommodate them, I’ll rummage around for something to feed them, for a ‘vegetarian plate’, if called on to do so. Fourteen dollars for a few slices of grilled eggplant and zucchini suits my food cost fine.”

  17. I’m afraid I don’t know how to prepare some of my ancestral foods. They had some weird stuff. For instance, they made a fermented reindeer milk product with milk and some kind of herb. Best I can do is yogurt.