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July 12 2009

Weekend Link Love – Edition 58

By Mark Sisson

Network news outlets occasionally drudge up a “look how many calories are in food!” report.  Dr. Eades points out the sloppy and fallacious reporting behind ABC’s most recent fat bash. It’s an absolute joy to watch Eades use real science to prove that the biggest plate of bloated tripe is the one ABC is feeding the viewer.

Can you name the 500 functions the liver performs for your body? If not, read Food Renegade’s comprehensive post on what the liver does, what hurts it, and what keeps it healthy.

FitSugar points out there is more to garlic than the bulb.

Karen De Coster gets Primal in Detroit. Follow her fun, lunchtime decathlon, it’s quite a pictorial!

Not really Primal-related, just fascinating: Apparently in the future we’ll need firewalls in our heads to protect brain hackers. Via Wired Science.

Primal Recipe Corner:

  • Eat, Be and See whips up some chia seed pudding. So simple, so good.
  • Adam Kayce posted a lip-smacking coconut pancake/waffle recipe on the comments section of March’s coconut flour post.
  • Primal lasagna?! Girl Gone Primal makes it happen. Admittedly, it looks nothing like classic Chef Boyardee lasagna. Then again, thank goodness it looks nothing like classic Chef Boyardee lasagna.
  • Joyful Abode serves up another well photographed Primal quickie– pork breakfast sausage.

And finally, it’s toilet time: If this contraption doesn’t help you poop like Grok, perhaps you should try this student-designed, award-winning yoga toilet. (And thanks, NeoPaleo, for starting the “squat” discussion in the forum!)

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  1. You mean Chia Seed pudding. I thought it might be a recipe for green tea pudding (hey they make green tea ice cream!).

  2. Great article on the liver…the most under appreciated and overworked organ in the body.

    So vital to so many things…including a strong fat burning metabolism. Ditch the PUFAs and get those healthy fats…and watch that fat burn!

  3. That pork breakfast sausage looks delightful and right up my alley.

    Thanks for the link love!

    (AKA FoodRenegade)

  4. Hey, thanks so much for linking to my sausage recipe! I hope someone decides to make it. 🙂

    1. I’m a turkey sausage guy, rather than a pork guy, but I’ll use your seasonings for my next batch (sans sweetener), if you try my coconut waffles! You’ve got great photos on your site, by the way.

      I make a sausage recipe I got from – but I never thought of mixing it in the KitchenAid before. I just mix by hand. I like your idea, though.

      (just kidding – you don’t have to try my waffles if you don’t want to.)

  5. I noticed two things in the liver article that I have questions on. 1) In the list of healthy fats, nuts were nowhere to be found, only oils. Are almonds bad for my liver. 2) The article suggests making sure you are getting proper vitamins A and D from natural food sources, saying synthetic A & D are toxic to the liver. I supplement with Vitamin D because I am unable to catch sun during the day, and I damaging my liver by supplementing?

  6. Kevin — Numerous studies have shown that synthetic Vitamins A & D are toxic to the liver, rather than helpful. So yes, synthetic vitamins are taxing your liver. Whether or not “damage” is being done depends on how much your liver is taxed by other things.

    I also supplement for Vitamin D, but I use fermented cod liver oil (basically the most concentrated food source of these Vitamins known to man) to do it rather than a synthetic vitamin. A one milliliter dose is generally sufficient supplementation, and there are 270 milliliters per bottle!

    As for nuts — these ARE healthy fats if eaten in moderation. Almost all nuts & seeds are high in Omega 6 fatty acids. If you stick to grass-fed meats, wild fatty fish, & decent cooking oils, the small amount of Omega 6 fatty acids found in nuts won’t pose a problem to the overall balance of Omega 6 to Omega 3 in your diet. However, if you aren’t perfectly primal, too many nuts can throw that ratio out of balance. Basically nuts are good seasonal foods, but shouldn’t be a mainstay of the diet.

    Also, another thing to consider when eating nuts is this: Nuts are essentially seeds, so like seeds, they’re full of anti-nutrients meant to protect the seed from being digested. (In this way, birds and animals help spread the plant’s seed around.) If you eat the nuts more than just occasionally, you can reduce their anti-nutrient impact by soaking them overnight, then drying them before eating them. The overnight soak (particularly in something mildly acidic like water mixed with lemon juice or vinegar) will break down the anti-nutrients and make the seed easier to digest.