Weekly Link Love – Edition 78

Research of the Week

New study says exercise may prevent severe respiratory complications of COVID-19.

About 50% of food sold in Britain is ultra-processed. In France, it’s around 14%.

“The majority of studies, and especially the higher quality studies, showed that those who avoided meat consumption had significantly higher rates or risk of depression, anxiety, and/or self-harm behaviors.” From a new paper on meat and mental health.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 419: Helen Marshall: Host Elle Russ chats with Helen Marshall, a Primal Health Coach and founder of the grain-free line of foods called Primal Alternative.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 57: Laura and Erin chat with Drew Manning, who understands the importance of empathy when coaching.

Media, Schmedia

Coronavirus is hitting the meat industry hard.

Coffee is healthy unless it’s not.

Interesting Blog Posts

On the carbon footprint of various foods.

How risky is outdoor transmission of the coronavirus, asks the amusement park industry.

Social Notes

My favorite movies.

Everything Else

The more meat the better.

Superspreading happens “wherever and whenever people are up in each other’s faces, laughing, shouting, cheering, sobbing, singing, greeting, and praying.”

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Important new paper: “From barefoot hunter gathering to shod pavement pounding. Where to from here? A narrative review.”

Question I’m asking: So it’s not the meat and dairy causing all the pollution?

Another question I’m asking: Are seed oils even worse than trans-fats?

Interesting discussion: On fat:protein ratios in carnivore diets.

I’ve seen this stuff somewhere before…: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey starts his day with meditation, salt water with lemon juice, ice baths, sauna sessions, hour long walks, short but intense workouts.

Question I’m Asking

How has your diet changed (if at all) the last month?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Apr 19– Apr 25)

Comment of the Week

“The link titled “Outdoor transmission of coronavirus is very rare, according to new research.” is misleading if you don’t review the linked article carefully. This research only studied infection points for 3 or more. Thus we can only conclude that “Outdoor transmission to 3 or more at once” is very rare, according to this research.
It would be premature to conclude that since group transmission hardly occurs outdoors that you or I have little chance of infection outdoors. The data is not present in that study (there may be others) to draw such a conclusion and doing so before we know might be dangerous.”

– That’s a fair point, Steve. I think outdoor transmission will be much rarer—group or otherwise—especially with increased sun and humidity, but you are right that the link doesn’t account for single 1-to-1 transmissions.

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. I’ve pretty much stopped eating salads during this time. Lettuce is a hard thing for us to keep on hand in the quantities I usually eat it when we don’t want to go to the grocery. My diet has become pretty much carnivore with some roasting veggies mixed in at some meals…and I feel pretty good!

    Mark, does that article mean no more French Press?

  2. Hmmm, that coffee article is not good. I love the oily part of an espresso.

  3. I just started following a ketogenic diet (110 g F/90 g P/50 g C) after reading up on it (a lot of your articles actually! So far so good (on day 6). I’ve been doing IIFYM (low fat) for years so being able to eat cheese and full fat yogurt is so luxurious!

  4. Why are we paying attention to CNN’s tired drum beat that increasing cholesterol (this time by unfiltered coffee) causes heart disease? I thought that the lipid hypothesis was based on weak 1970’s epidemiology, and in fact recent data show that older people with higher LDL are healthier and live longer.

    1. That’s a good point, Jeff. The part that worried me about that was the big jump in triglycerides, not so much the LDL. But maybe it’s no big deal at all.

    2. Why are we paying attention to them period, or any cable tv infotainment networks. Just a bunch of shrills trying to get you to sit there and watch more commercials. I have been very skeptical of them in the past, but over the past few weeks, I am done with them.

      1. Yes. And then there’s the advice to stay away from Cream in your coffee because of its fat content…! Grrrrr

  5. Diet change: Initially, covid freed up a lot of time for me to be able to do things I’ve always wanted to do, including trying new restaurants. I ordered carry out perhaps once a day. I binged on alcohol. And when I saw how high my blood pressure was and how much weight I had gained, I became fearful for my life. I went keto and sober. It’s been 7 days now. I eat 1-2x a day and do intermittent fasting and I feel great. Over 4 pounds lost so far.

  6. The powers that be will just use the fact that COVID-19 is hitting the meat industry hard to push a vegan or plant based diet even harder. Remember; “they” never waste the opportunity to take advantage of a bad situation (that was mainly caused, or at the very least, made worse, by “them”).

  7. Weird coffee question: Does anyone know about the effects of coffee in vegetable garden soil? My friend financed college with a side gig, delivering coffee shop waste to a recycler. I remembered her when we built raised beds, I got a load of terrific compost from a local recycler, and it smelled quite distinctly of coffee. I’ve never noticed that carrots keep me awake nights but still I wonder what coffee chemicals survive composting to be taken up in veggies.

  8. Since that coffee article is based on the assumption that dietary cholesterol is a cause of heart disease I’m not sure how much stock I would put in it. I’m also wondering if filtering would remove other beneficial components.

  9. RE: CNN coffee article and unfiltered coffee: BMJ article referenced by CNN states “ The diterpenes, cafestol and kahweol, induce enzymes involved in carcinogen detoxification and stimulation of intracellular antioxidant defence, contributing towards an anticarcinogenic effect.”
    So you might die from a heart attack but at least you won’t have cancer….;-)