Weekly Link Love — Edition 56

By Mark Sisson
56 Comments

Research of the Week

Binge drinkers have a lower prefrontal cortical response to alcohol.

Implanting fecal matter from people with colon cancer into healthy rodents gives them precancerous lesions. Fecal transplants from people without colon cancer have no such effect.

Vegans have more sick days.

Creatine may treat depression.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 390: Rob and Kendra Benson: Host Elle Russ hangs out with Rob and Kendra Benson, owners of Explorado Market, a keto grocery and bakery in Fort Collins, CO and creators of Fat Go Fit, the healthy keto energy packets and jars.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 35: Laura and Erin chat with Barbell Physio’s Dr. Zach Long.

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.

Media, Schmedia

Once again, waiting for the authorities to “do something” is not the answer.

The controversial chemist behind the BALCO scandal is reinventing himself as the “ketone guy.”

Interesting Blog Posts

Baleni salt sounds downright magical.

Dopamine fasting.

Social Notes

Good enough.”

Everything Else

Close your eyes and listen to this talk on plant toxins and you’ll think that Jeff Goldblum is the newest carnivore convert.

In areas where bison graze, plants contain 50 to 90 percent more nutrients by the end of the summer.”

The bacon situation.

Inuit cooking show.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Podcast I loved doing: The Ready State, with the inimitable Kelly and Juliet Starrett.

Blog post I found interesting: Did “Why We Sleep” overstate the benefits of sleep and drawbacks of inadequate sleep?

Article I found interesting: The universality of music.

This is quite the fact: 90% of what cattle eat is inedible to humans.

Video I enjoyed: Amy Berger on reacting to red meat studies.

Question I’m Asking

Can babies learn to love vegetables? How important are they?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 16– Nov 22)

Comment of the Week

“Growing gardens? Going to the local market? Teaching kids to cook? Preparing homemade, real food for a family? Sounds like the job description of most every mom or grandma until a couple generations ago. ‘Hm,’ says the society with skyrocketing rates of childhood obesity and chronic disease, desperately scrambling to implement expensive government programs that repeatedly fail to solve any problems, ‘Maybe traditional women’s work was less meaningless and retrograde than we thought…'”

– Really makes you think, Erika.

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  1. Yes, babies can learn to love vegetables. I’m proof of that. I grew up liking them. So did my son. My daughter, not so much as a child, but now she loves them.

    Thing is, sweet foods are naturally more palatable to most young children than savory ones are. If you habitually feed a kid sweet foods, he isn’t going to want veggies. Also, no baby is going to like slurry of raw kale (as per the experiment). That sounds disgusting even to me, and I love vegetables.

    1. I live in a place with a lot of people of Chinese and Japanese descent, and my friends’ kids eat everything, even the “weird” stuff like shellfish, kimchi, every vegetable under the sun. It seems to be a matter of exposure from a very young age, as well as the attitude that “you’ll eat what I cook and like it.”

      1. I had the “eat what is put in front of you” upbringing. It never stopped tasting lousy.

        Just because you like something, doesn’t mean everybody else does…. or should.

        I’m paying attention to that, now, and feeling the benefits.

    2. There have been experiments (I know I should link them) that show that really anyone’s palate will adjust to like any taste with repeated exposure, and that’s how kids can come to tolerate and even enjoy flavors like kimchi and strong cheese.

      1. Then tell me why after 55 years, pumpkin still tastes foul. So do cucumber and zucchini.

        1. pumpkin , cucumber and zucchini make me break out in a rash.. but i like the way they taste. We are all individuals and have to know our own bodies.

        2. I hope no one here thinks that vegetables and fruits are all interchangeable. We know that some people are more sensitive than others to flavor in general, and that, for example, cilantro tastes soapy to some and not others. And as my older son put it after a meal at a Sri Lankan restaurant, pain is not a flavor. I understood perfectly, because I have no tolerance for spicy food, but there are few vegetables prepared simply that I don’t enjoy.

  2. Yea, thanks Erika! And to those people who say “I don’t like to cook!” (Wahhh!) (get out the violins!!!) Should we even be given that as a “choice”?
    Get a real life and make growing, foraging and cooking real food a part of it! And (surprise,) you have to move your body parts while doing it instead of sitting on your butt staring at a screen! What a concept!

  3. “Once again, waiting for the authorities to “do something” is not the answer.”

    I’m wondering what it will take to get such a lobby going. I mean a “Dairy council”-esque group that focuses on nutrition and includes all the stakeholders of such…. so PCO and the other labels, CSA providers, those lovely home delivery services that bring organic veggies to your door… family farmers, I can even see IVF clinics supporting it… assuming they won’t take the attitude that nutrition would hurt their business.

    Can babies be taught to love veggies? Hmm, I’m thinking that they could if you used a blender or Vitamix to make real food baby food puree, with the bits strained out. You’d have to pasteurize it for small kids too. I think the flavor of fresh food is so different that it causes a big surprise factor between canned and fresh cooked.

  4. Kids not liking vegetables really is a Western phenomenon. When I lived in Japan, my friends there were surprised at the idea of children hating to eat veggies. They’d never heard of the concept, and didn’t remember not liking vegetables as kids. My husband is from Turkey — same thing. I’d be willing to bet most if not all eastern cultures are the same. In fact, the whole concept of kids eating different food than adults (e.g. “kids menu”) is another claim we can make. Sugary breakfasts and chicken nuggety dinners — no wonder kids here have issues.

  5. Thank you so much for the article on Matthew Walker’s book. It is a good lesson for me in taking EVERYTHING with pinch of salt. I was sucked in by the scaremongering and have worried about sleep since and now realise that I may be creating a problem when one didn’t exist.

  6. “Baleni salt sounds downright magical.”

    I love things like this, thank you. I’m delighted that in the past decade or so I’ve heard of many tribal traditions I’d never heard of before, many answering questions like “how did people do that before technology?” There is a video of how people made edible the false banana tree, also from Africa, and several,of how sound is used in healing in Central and Northern Asia. Though the singing bowl videos can be a bit “hawkish” the concept is unique.

    We decry the internet a lot, but it’s given us many gifts as well.

  7. Re: Baby food
    Why vegetables and not meat? Ie, cooked and puréed chicken and lamb (in bone broth, of course)….yum!
    I am also curious to know what the Hunter/gatherers (ie, Hadza) feed their babies? When do they even start them on ‘solid’ food?

    1. My kids didn’t get much commercial baby food after we discovered the Happy Baby food grinder. It turned normal food into a baby-friendly form at home and away.

  8. It’s interesting that you bring up colon cancer. Today, more and more “cardboard eating athletes” are diagnosed with colon cancer. Why is this? Researchers are baffled and now have clinical trials trying to answer this question.

    Love your articles— keep up the great work— people ARE listening

    1. I’ve been following the red meat/colon cancer debate for a long while too. For a while it looked like there was actually a higher risk for people who eat lots of fiber. Now that’s reversed. All this reversal can really numb a person to facts. Here’s some signal in the noise:

      “A consistent finding for colon cancer is an association with red and processed meat intake [27,28]. Red meat components hypothesized to be contributory factors to colon cancer etiology include DNA-reactive heterocyclic amines formed during cooking [23,29]; animal fat, which may act by increasing intracolonic concentrations of membrane-damaging bile acids and fatty acids [30-33]; and, iron content of red meat [34-38]. Most dietary iron is not absorbed but is concentrated in the feces at levels that may be up to 10-fold higher than that found in tissues [39]. Moreover, feces contain high levels of bile pigments (e.g. bilirubin and biliverdin) that can complex with iron in a form that is capable of supporting the Fenton reaction [39,40]. However, there is no consensus to date as to what aspect of red meat is most important as a potential colonic carcinogen.”
      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2017093/

      I’m not bothered by bile because if that was the reason, then everyone without a gallbladder would have an increased risk and I haven’t seen any evidence of that. Then again the gallbladder is so fully ignored that it might be that nobody’s looking.

      Things formed during cooking… meh, everything causes that, even roasted veggies. It’s not like veggies have no protein.

      Iron content of red meat / Fenton reaction. This took some research. Basically, Fe II and Fe III reactions where the flora convert between these two, it forms some serious free radicals for brief periods. There’s more about it here: (scroll down to “a free radical primer for the chemistry) https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/chemistry/fenton-reaction and for the bacterial aspect: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/274258204_Redox_cycling_of_FeII_and_FeIII_in_magnetite_by_Fe-metabolizing_bacteria

      I feel like the Fenton reaction stuff is people assuming chemistry is static when it isn’t. This is happening based on the activity of the flora, so if the body has adequate antioxidant reserves in every cell then I don’t see the problem. However, if people assume that just because we’re not directly starving now, we must have nutritional adequacy, then all bets are off. Having a high nutrition, high antioxidant diet is still important. Nobody gets healthy on the SAD, they just survive, barely.

      I think the most telling part of that excerpt is the “red meat and processed meat” part. If you’re directly adding sulfur to the flora environment via sulfites, that’s a whole new kettle of fish.

  9. Hi Mark,
    Thank you for the insight. Just had my first colonoscopy screening. Everything was fine thankfully. I have a history of osteopenia and my Mother has severe osteoporosis.
    What should I be doing to improve my bone health.

  10. There are metabolic ward studies showing reversal of T2D on a LFHC macrobiotic diet

    1. I know that diet. I’ve done it, I like it, some of the ideas in it are very helpful, like eating seaweed for the minerals. One of the aspects of it is a total lack of any grains other than rice. It was a cultural shift for Japan to eat less meat and more rice at a certain point in its evolution. Some areas resisted it, but it wasn’t recent, it was in the 1700s I think. It was a matter of food redistribution on an island nation. Michio Kushi brought the concept to the US while making it nearly vegan. His version of it isn’t the original idea, it much lower in fat, fish and meat.

      One thing that can cause metabolic damage is grain irritation. Another is full blown Celiac disease. Both of these would be lowered by a macrobiotic diet, of either the old type or the Kushi type since grains are mostly limited to hypoallergenic rice.

      There are also metabolic retraining centers that use rice as the only food for a week. And elimination diets given by allergists who use rice as the only baseline food, and then determine food reactions from there.

      I think if someone really can’t handle the keto diet, for whatever reason, macrobiotic is a good way to go, assuming you make your own foods and don’t rely on preserved, packaged ume plums, etc.

      1. Do you have a health blog? You always have such a wealth of information included in your comments here and I always enjoy reading them!

  11. Good morning, Mark

    Lovely article. Thank you for your dedication to all of us.

    I think the loveliest, most elegant gathering of nature in terms of our engagement with it is walking.

    When we begin walking, our brain pivots to more of an unconscious mode; rather involuntary. We don’t have to apply the same level of consciousness to our limbs as we do at the gym – or even in running. This circumstance frees the brain to effortlessly explore innumerable subjects, which is tremendously healing while also serving as fertile ground for inspiring ideas. This simultaneous lymphatic system detox and free brain roam encounter does not exist with any other task or exercise due to the level of attention needed with other, less involuntary movements. Talk about elegant:)

    1. Check out CoreWalking by Jonathan Fitsgibbon…you can make walking ‘elegant’ if you are doing it correctly, if not you can set yourself up for a lot of pain!

  12. Great timing on the latest Weekly Link. We just watched a The Game Changers last night and it seriously challenged everything I’ve been learning about nutrition. While I thought the movie had some very good points, it absolutely missed the mark on the whole ‘quality’ aspect of food. I’d love to see your thoughts about this movie. I love your posts. Thank you!

  13. As a tiny kid I was fed different veggies every day and I have always loved them. These days, though, schools consider ketchup and tater tots to be vegetables and busy parents make do on Happy Meals, so it’s no wonder that America’s favorite “vegetable” is said to be the french fry. Kids prefer what they grew up with, after all. I’ve always wondered if you could take a kid who grew up to hate veggies, help him to grow his very own garden, and improve his attitude toward them.

  14. Thank you for this week’s excellent Sunday With Sisson, Mark.

    The fake news surrounding red meat is endless.

    Also nice to see red wine getting more favorable assessments as time goes on. Not too long ago even in the LC community red wine was treated as something to be avoided. Those days, fortunately, seem to be evaporating.

  15. It’s all in the name of climate change! They are trying to shame meat eaters.

  16. Sorry, not on topic. I do appreciate how well founded your positions are, but different people react differently to the same substances. I was wondering what you think of TMAO? I understand that it is an ambiguous biomarker, but it seems to increase, at least temporarily in response to the consumption of red meat.

    1. My kids didn’t get much commercial baby food after we discovered the Happy Baby food grinder. It turned normal food into a baby-friendly form at home and away.

    2. If it’s surprising to find that TMAO increases after eating red meat, it simply means we have a lot still to learn about digestion. Critical thinking should make us doubt that a time-honoured dietary component is bad for us.

  17. You missed a golden opportunity to mention these benefits of red meat are only attained from GRASS FED AND PASTURE RAISED red meat. Avoiding consolidated/confined animal feed operation (CAFO) red meat at all costs. CAFO meats are probably why red meat is linked to colon cancer.

  18. Really enjoy your newsletter. Meat brought my sugar down and I’m very grateful. Thank you for all the good information.

  19. I always read Mark’s “Sunday with Sisson”. His research is always stellar, and he always gets it right (at least, that’s my opinion). But today’s post has struck a sensitive chord in me. You see, last year at the age of 71, I would have considered myself to be one of the “mature poster boys of Primal Health”. But at the age of 71, I was diagnosed with an incurable bone marrow cancer which has put me on an unconventional journey to compel my body to heal itself. And my research suggested that I may have developed one malignant plasma cell from my extensive exposure to dental x-rays (low-dose radiation) and free mercury while in dental and graduate dental school in the early 1970s. Once a human cell becomes malignant and refuses to die, it can progress to a malignancy, which in my body only manifested clinical signs and symptoms 4 decades after the damaging exposure. By the way, I eat animal protein and all the organ parts from wild caught and pastured animals. And my unconventional cancer journey has extended my original prognosis of approximately 3 months to live in September 2018. I am still alive today with a significant quality of life.

    1. Rooting for you big time Dr. Danenberg. I’m sure you’ve done some research on the potential benefits of chlorella relative to over-exposure of x-rays / radiation.

    2. A 1989 study put forth by the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences demonstrated that Chlorella effectively increases production of bone marrow and spleen stem cells. And in tests, Chlorella greatly helped improve survival rates among mice irradiated with a lethal dose of radioactive gamma rays (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2688154).

    3. Al, you’re an inspiration to me and to everyone in the Primal community. Thank you for sharing the fruits of your experience here and in the groups. Best wishes for your continued healing and living past any prognosis or expectation. Best — M

  20. Thank you Mark!!! for setting the record straight!! We who have eaten this way for many years know that this way (Paleo/Keto) just plain works!! <3

  21. SwS: Let’s talk a little more about what’s going on “down there” which may have been easily overlooked. In the fervor for supporting red meat (by which I assume you mean not only beef, but lamb, mutton, goat, venison, wagyu, heritage pork with higher myoglobin, boar, etc), we may be overlooking the reason why veganism has taken such a cultlike hold of many people, especially women.

    Robb Wolf pointed it out in his book, usually it’s women coercing men into veganism. But why? I don’t blame him for his spiteful tone because he’s right. He would’ve won more brownie points being nicer about it, but he never did figure out the rosetta stone for why.

    Here’s why: every month I had a demonstration of the power of the vegan diet in the form of an easier and lighter period. My mom didn’t take me to a gyno when I had nasty cramps and bleeding that looked like niagra falls with chunks. This sort of thing really disturbs a young girl’s mind. Then she realizes that if she is low fat and vegan in her diet, it won’t happen. Social taboos prevent her talking about it out loud to any adults and most of her friends. It becomes her “secret health trick.” I did that.

    When gynecology is inadequate, and young girls are noticing that they can either quit soccer or be vegan, a certain attitude develops.

    So now that I’m in my 40s, my considered opinion is that we need to stop shaming girls and women for bodily functions. My period issues were hormonal back then and they still are now. Ignoring it and calling it a “coming of age” problem just drives more young girls toward health cults that they can see have instant effects.

    On top of that, my mother had breast cancer. I knew this principle from my own body at the time. I convinced her to be vegan and it did in fact help her avoid recurrence much much longer than expected. Breast cancer is, also, a hormonal issue. Estrogen dominance drives recurrence. A low fat vegan diet will drastically lower all hormones in the human body.

    In the end, this is extremely unhealthy, but for short periods it’s an important tool. It’s important not to become cultlike in the pro-red meat community too. To be that way would be to ignore and deny the benefit that does exist. A benefit that has very few alternatives that work.

    Alternatives include tamoxifen, birth control at a low dose, IUD with progesterone, Lupron. Notice they’re all drugs, how many moms would allow a 15 year old to be on such drugs? There are a few herbs out there too but we’ve managed to be suspicious of that too under the “science based” false flag. Vitex and black cohosh come to mind.

    So have a little mercy on the cultlike vegans. Many of them are women who get a demonstration every single month that if they keep their diet low in fat and meat free, they will have a less painful period and will be able to do more. And they’re right about that. But it’s damaging them in other ways and that’s the part they’re blind to. That’s what we have to solve if we’re to break the cult’s hold on them.

    1. Angelica, food for thought, thankyou! Certainly a horrible traumatic experience for any young girl & I am also so sorry for your Mum’s health problems. I have had this in my family as I know have so many. It seems the cutting (down or out) of read meat has had unquestionable & tangible benefits – I wondered re these hormonal issues whether regular fasting plus lowering of meat intake and using purely organic/ non grain fed/ grassfed meat would also make a substantial difference, ie the quality (& possibly regularity) of meat-eating. And also other aspects of diet such as the oils & fats used in combination as the article mentioned as protective. Hormonal issues seem to me to be very tricky. Feeding/ building them enough to keep good hormone balance & function (eg carbohydrate level at peri menopause?) , but also fasting etc and avoiding the over- growth factors prevalent in our standard diet. I’m guessing ay kind of undernourishment would cause periods to be beneficially less full on, and indeed starve cancer cells, keeping hormones low, as long as carbs aren’t super high & affecting sugar. Can clearly see the appeal of veganism here as a solution but obviously see alternatives as possibly preferable, if such tweaks in provenance & amount of meat / I. F. /etc would work. Veganism in this case would be a dramatic change & possible result as you experienced, & people do like those.

      1. Well not to get too prescriptive about it, but yeah keto and vitamin E (at high dose, at the anti-aromatase dose of 1000 IU or 2000 IU) are basically my go-to remedy now. Over the years I’ve taken drugs to control it, but Lupron seems to be failing me now. Maybe the form has changed or I have. I take Vitex daily now and that seems to help some.

        I turned away from anything too strict though, regarding diet, it’s easy to go from one cultlike thing to another. What’s more appropriate is a break with cultlike thinking. I attempt to daily solve the mystery of “which food I have right now is the most nutritious” and focus on those foods instead of following a prescriptive diet. Mostly that does turn out to be meat and foods with high fat in them. But not always. Berries would be a good example of a non keto food that’s high in value.

        Fasting works, but only when the period is not on. Trying to fast doesn’t work for me during my period. Doing that will trigger a carb cheat every time. I think there’s an adrenaline rush that comes with the period which is why it’s so likely that a person will do a carb cheat during that week. And that’s probably why antihistamines help during the period. People who are doing a “home detox” from drugs use benadryl to stop the shakes because it somehow calms the adrenals. We could use more research into that.

        With low fat vegan, I had to be pretty good for most of the three weeks before my period or it wouldn’t work. So it drove a kind of perfectionism. It’s absurd that people criticize you when you quit vegan because you “weren’t doing it right.” There’s not a more perfectionist vegan in the world than the one who is partly doing it to prevent period pain.

        A form of fasting that works pretty well at not triggering a carb cheat for me is a coconut oil fast. Every two hours, one teaspoon of it. Over sixteen hours that’s 8 teaspoons or three tablespoons, minus one. I’m afraid to overuse it because my body will just become numb to CCK and it won’t help. I combine it with water fasting. Both are short periods of fasting like 3 days or less. It’s been several years since I spent 10 days or more fasting.

        I’ve been thinking about the evolutionary survival aspects of this. Maybe it’s genetic because my ancestors faced a lot of famine. So they had to step up their fertility to reproduce. However, it works against me in situations where I”m not creating a false famine. I’m probably descended from nomadic people and anthropologists have noted when living with them that they eat a lot less food than modern people. Yet they work just as hard. It’s tricky trying to do that while living a not-hard life, but I haven’t given up.

  22. Dear all,

    Thank you for your contribution Mark,
    Maturing in wisdom and keeping the body and mind youthfull!

    Life is Magic… every atom of our body is pure love. If you remove in your mind every bodypart and check who you are..you will realise that ” you” are not your body. It is temporarily our loan..we know we have to give it once back.
    We may use in this life time to express the beauty of existence.
    Every thought every action every feeling
    Let it be filled with love and good vibration…because it influences the whole existence.

    And also what food we take in our temple body,s the source has to be living and growing in love..than we add love in our body,s.
    Eating bad food is raping yourself .
    We may all learn from each other therefore the term ” bad ” differs from person to person because nobody has the same kind of awareness. This is evolving in each of us.

    Thank you Mark for making always positive effort without judgement.

    Blessings to all of you
    Niek

  23. Avocados and well anything…sea salt

    Avocados and scrambled eggs
    Bacon
    Tomatoes
    Well avocados on just about anything bring a silky smooth richness to life!

  24. Also I have been reading more and more about D3 and magnesium deficiency directly linked to colon cancer.

  25. I loved your article about meat and colon cancer
    Are you talking about any beef or only grass-fed /grass-finished?
    and what about all the heart patients told no beef
    and more importantly..My son tells me that red beef is actually better for a woman to eat with breast cancer past or present? Do you know the facts on this issue and the possible hormonal effects? I am currently a survivor 4 times..4 unrelated cancers..and I am always looking for improvement in my health. Thanks

  26. Re Curing Diabetes with a Meat Based Diet .
    I just wondered if Dr Michael Mosley’s Book ” The 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet ” is known to you & your readers ?
    He is a British medical Dr & Medical Journalist with the BBC who has put together all the scientific evidence which shows conclusively that you can reverse Type 2 Diabetes through a Protein & Plant based diet plus exercise .
    Many many people here in Australia & in the UK have done it & there is an online version you can sign up to .
    It aligns almost exactly with Primal principles but gives more guidance on how Type 2 diabetes comes about & exactly how to lose the weight .
    Hope this helps somebody , Mary

  27. Just wanted to add another perspective: what works for one woman may not work for another. My menstrual cycles got much better when I went keto and began eating more red meat. No cramps, no PMS, very regular and of reasonable duration.

  28. Many thanks for the no nonsense dissection of research papers and studies. Many people fail to understand how data can be manipulated and misrepresented, including the misguided journalism.

  29. I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s comments here.
    Mark, I have a question.
    I bought a lot of the Crown Prince smoked oysters from Trader Joe’s upon your recommendation. My 5year old son LOVES them.
    However, they have a prop 65 warning on the side. I looked into it and they tested to have 12mcg of lead in them, and the recommended limit for small children I read is 6mcg per day and that there’s no real safe amount of lead in food. They also have cadmium but didn’t list on their website how much they contained. This 12mcg of lead is 24x the amount prop 65 requires a label for (0.5mcg).
    This seems like a huge problem to me, and now I’m terrified because my son ate a few cans of these in a week. He also doesn’t eat other seafood so the oysters I thought were a huge win.
    Are there alternative brands you or anyone here would recommend that don’t have lead (or bpa)?

  30. would love to study if there’s a negative correlation between baby formula and veggie tolerance

  31. Thanks so much for all of the work you do! Because if you my life has improved 100 % and I now am not afraid of the aging o process as I know I will be the best version of me I can be

  32. Hi, I have been trying to sign up for Mark’s “Weekly Link Love” for over three months and have never received it in my Email. Is there anyone that may have the time to add my Email address for this informative letter. Best regards, Jerry (Or, if there is anyone who knows how to accomplish this, please write me at wizards@cableonda.net. I have also tried to sign up for the “total” email package but don’t get the Weekly Link Love emails. Thanks

    1. Jerry, I’m wondering if you mean the Sunday With Sisson emails? I point back to Friday’s Weekend Link Love posts in those emails for folks who want to comment on that Sunday’s email. I’ll ask the bees to manually add you to the list. It’s the same as the regular newsletter list. Thanks for being here. Best — M

  33. Babies can learn to love almost any food, given the right exposure.

    I once read that liver is often a first solid food for babies in France. That surprised and impressed me.

    What’s so great about eating vegetables anyway? I grew up eating a variety, and sure, some of them taste good, especially with butter, but I don’t depend on them for nutrition; they just don’t measure up to eating animals when it comes to that. Meat will always be my main course, never a ‘side’ or a ‘condiment.’

    After reading this blog for eight years my perspective has radically shifted as to their importance in my diet. I don’t go out of my way to eat salads anymore (they don’t agree with me), and order the steak instead. much more satisfying.

    Can babies learn to love vegetables? Depends on the vegetable, but why should they have to? Especially kale. Who in their right mind would feed an innocent child kale? That was just wrong. I went through my kale ‘phase’ and quickly got over it. Other vegetables taste way better.

    I think a better question to ask is why are babies started on cereals? I think It just sets them up for a myriad of future health issues, and the nutrition in cereals is almost non-existent. Why would we expect babies to develop healthy brains and bodies on nutritionally bereft ‘food?’

    I think if babies weren’t started on cereals and fruit juices they would easily learn to love vegetables.