Weekend Link Love – Edition 411

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Research of the Week

Eating produce could make you happier (a dose response relationship).

How prenatal and postnatal factors affect a baby’s microbiome, and what it implies about long-term development (PDF).

A 90 minute walk in the woods brightens your mood and kills self-rumination.

White rice privilege: rice used to be a whole lot more diverse.

Now that’s philanthrophy: astrocytes donate their mitochondria to neurons after strokes.

Ad-libitum low-carb diets are more effective and easier to stick to than calorie-restricted diets.

Boogers are back.

When battling colon cancer, taking fish oil or eating fatty fish may help.

Badgers fear humans more than any other predator.

Adding dietary glutamate (fish sauce, soy sauce, aged cheese) to specific foods can train people to like those foods.

Low-level aerobic activity (brisk walking, in this example) better than chronic cardio (vigorous jogging, in this example) for pre-diabetics.

Is there a thrifty gene after all? Perhaps in Samoans.

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Interesting Blog Posts

The growing (and totally avoidable) myopia epidemic.

Mating with your cousin has definite downsides, but could it protect against autism?

Primal Play.

Media, Schmedia

Chimps are ignorant about others’ ignorance.

British teen planning scramble beats the odds, discovers all dozen eggs have double yolks.

Everything Else

The fight against obesity starts before birth.

Bug producers are forming lobbyist groups to hasten edible insect acceptance.

CRISPR humans are coming (in China).

Who’s up for cockroach milk?

AI gets its own literary magazine.

The US is awash in rancid extra virgin olive oil because, well, most Americans prefer the taste.

Nature is beautiful, but it’s trying to kill you.

Avid cyclist Chris Froome cut carbs and increased protein to lose body fat and increase his power-to-weight ratio. Oh, and also to win his third Tour de France in four years.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jul 31 – Aug 6)

Comment of the Week

Battle of the productivity tools. I nominate PowerPoint, Ben and Nocona.

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. Should we instead change the name from cockroach milk to Beetlejuice? ????

      1. Might get kids to drink it. I remember in Boy Scout Camp we had bug juice at every meal.

  2. Ha! That would raise its palatability for me, but only minimally.

  3. Double-yoked eggs: I have noticed lots of them coming from my supplier in the last few months. I’m sure one carton contained eleven out of twelve. I wish I knew that hen’s name, because I’d buy her! Anyone know if the anomaly is from genetics, feed or something else?

  4. The only grains I eat is a little black rice and quinoa. Regarding black rice:

    “An analysis of 12 different varieties of rice found that the antioxidant content of black rice was about six times higher than brown or white rice.

    What’s more, black rice has been found to rival blueberries in terms of antioxidant power. That’s no mean feat, given that blueberries have been ranked number one for antioxidants when compared with 40 other fruits and vegetables.”

  5. Chimp study: “And so, they can’t imagine other individuals thinking about the world in a different way. They can think about the minds of others, but only when those minds have the same contents as theirs.”

    Born that way, eh? That state seems to be the goal of higher education for modern humans, so maybe we got the evolutionary direction wrong all this time… 🙂

  6. Super interested in CRISPR gene editing going to human trial. I think this is one of the most important, hopeful and yet controversial medical discoveries in decades.

  7. I’m a fan of Chris Froome, cycling, and le Tour in general, but his upper body musculature horrifies me. A lot of his weight loss appears to be upper body muscle, and not just paring down his body fat percentage. I know its not just him though, its all of the riders, and I hope once they ‘retire’ they hit the free weights and pack on 20 lbs of muscle. They have a lot of quality years ahead of them and when you’re too weak to carry more than one bag of groceries at a time, there’s a problem.

    1. I have skinnier arms than Chris Froome, yet when food shopping I nearly always carry two full bags of groceries, and quite often three. And not having a car I carry them further than most. Don’t confuse muscle size with strength. Some modern gym muscle size is cosmetic.

      1. C’mon, you can’t really be trying to justify the deliberate stripping away off all upper body mass to lower your overall body weight. Everyone here knows the difference between bulk and strength, and that functional, longevity oriented fitness incorporates back, chest and shoulder strength.

  8. I always thought that eating fresh produce in summer made me happier. I would hazard a guess that it’s eating new produce that I haven’t eaten for a while that does it for me though. Or maybe it’s the increase in diversity? I don’t know but it’s awesome!