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September 13 2009

Weekend Link Love – Edition 62

By Mark Sisson

Medical News Today covers the growing Swedish fat wars. Methinks I need to translate the Primal Blueprint into Swedish!(thanks, Dr. Eades!)

Runner’s World takes a very serious (super serious) look into the misguided, dangerous, and downright un-American practice of running barefoot.

You may have read my tirade against ridiculous food labels, but it’s good to know that the New York Times is catching on to the charade. I must warn you: Some of the things the food execs say in this “Smart Choice” food label article may re-ignite your fear that Satan is alive, among us, and working for Kellogg’s.

The Times isn’t alone. ABC News (mainstream media releasing relevant health news? Is it backwards day?) has a piece on the growing problem of “functional foods,” junk food boosted with a couple vitamins and re-branded as healthy.

Perhaps the man-ape of 2001: A Space Odyssey should have thrown barbecue tongs into the air rather than a war club. NPR has a great podcast on why cooking makes us human.

Do the test numbers matter if you’re simply eating Primal? Free the Animal opens up the discussion on whether or not we should pay attention to our lipid test results. (Also check out Richard’s latest before and after shots.)

The NY Times seems to be on a roll, find out why cinnamon may be the next antibacterial cleanser.

And finally, in the facepalm department… Don’t just eat healthy foods like chili cheese Cheetos, make sure your kids sell them! (thanks, Sally!)

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  1. That Runners World article made me go cross-eyed for a minute.
    Then I realized it was a joke.
    Then I read some of the comments, and went back to being cross-eyed…

  2. From the ABC News article: “A report released Thursday finds that even in a weak economy, people will pay a premium for products seen as preventing a health problem or providing a good alternative to sodas and empty-calorie snacks.”

    Why, yes I will happily pay for good meat even in a down economy! Oh, that’s not what you meant?

  3. Hello Mark! You should definitely translate the book to Swedish! I am a swedish fan of this blog, and the fat war discussed in the article is the reason I found this place. I started reading about these crazy people eating a lot of fat, and very small amounts of carbohydrates. I realised they where not crazy, just very healthy. Googling and reading a lot lead me to this page, which is like a giant aha!-experience. So much more makes sense to me now. =) A while ago, the Swedish Food Administration decided that children in kindergarden and school should be served margarin and fat free milk, instead of butter and whole milk… Feels like a giant step bakwards. But we’re not gonna give up! We all need to keep spreading the word and fight a little and hopefully even the Food Administration will get it right.

    Thanks for a great page!

    (Sorry about any languagefaults, I’m not used to writing in english)

  4. You know what else is bad Mark. I think it is the new commercial for cherry 7up that is advertising the anti-oxidants that it provides…What is the world coming to.

  5. Took me waaay too long to figure out that Runner’s World article wasn’t serious.

  6. The Sweden article was especially poignant I thought in a historical perspective. Prior to just a few hundred years ago, the Scandinavian countries naturally ate a LCHF diet composed mostly of fish. In these times, when we think of Scandinavian food, we think of Wasa crispbread. I tend to think of misguided grain dependency as a distinctly American characteristic, but it really is a global problem.

  7. Unbelievable… “Healthy Fundraising Snacks?” Really? Dude, just let the kids sell the candy. Selling plain chocolate would better in my opinion. Teaching that ‘Cocoa Pebbles” cereal bars, and “corn nuts” are healthy options should be considered fraud. But, at least is has under 3.5 grams of fat!! YAY!

    …And they are guaranteed to meet any wellness policies! THANK YOU oh so smart government for classifying WELLNESS for us, and our kids! You really know your stuff.

    1. “Healthy Fundraising Solutions”

      Perhaps we are supposed to interpret this as “Healthy Solutions” as in healthful food choices but I see what’s there; i.e. “Healthy Fundraising”.

      That much is truth: it’ll fatten wallets at the top of their sugarshock foodchain while fattening the waistlines of those who missed the message.

  8. I came back to Sweden last week and I have been thinking alot about how people live more primally here than over in the UK, and it’s not even something they think about, it’s natural.
    In my family they have been promoting cream, whole milk, butter and everything like that for years and now I know that they are right.
    Sure, I did have a heated discussion about grains yesterday but I think I gave them something to think about. I was actually thinking that the PB should be in Swedish so that I could let my family see the light. (My dad is blind so he can’t read the book in English, otherwise he would have.)

  9. On what planet is that crap they want kids to sell “Healthy” fundraising? Even if I wasn’t trying to eat less carbohydrates generally, I could still see that all that’s in those boxes is a processed mess. Cheetos are now health food?! Sheesh!

  10. I think most Swedes speak English anyway. (Probably better than a lot of people in this country.)