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More about this pesky meat business

So wait — are we supposed to eat piles of meat or not?

That’s the question I’m asking myself four weeks into eating a modified version of the paleo diet. Because here we’ve been reading for years that the diet-heart hypothesis was essentially bullshit (take this 2007 article from Men’s Health, for example). Many a paleo eating journey was launched (or at least partially pushed aloft) by that line of research.

Meats ahoy! Right everybody?

But then, well … shit. Along came a recent study by researchers at the Harvard Medical School has been getting a lot of attention for stating that: “a higher intake of red meat was associated with a significantly elevated risk of total, cardiovascular disease, and cancer mortality.” Continue reading

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Red meat bad?

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According to the BBC:

A diet high in red meat can shorten life expectancy, according to researchers at Harvard Medical School. The study of more than 120,000 people suggested red meat increased the risk of death from cancer and heart problems. …The British Heart Foundation said red meat could still be eaten as part of a balanced diet. The researchers analysed data from 37,698 men between 1986 and 2008 and 83,644 women between 1980 and 2008.

Surely bad news for cave-folk, if the research holds up under scrutiny.

Photo: Oven cooked pork side ribs with a dry rub, with side of sauteed yu choi.

New Scientist: Neanderthals were ancient mariners

Ah, but were their language capabilities sufficient for the mastery of nautical jargon?

According to New Scientist:

Strasser agrees Neanderthals were seafaring long before modern humans, in the Mediterranean at least. He thinks early hominins made much more use of the sea than anyone suspects, and may have used the seas as a highway, rather than seeing them as a barrier. But the details remain lost in history. Any craft were presumably made from wood, so rotted away long ago.

LINK: Neanderthals were ancient mariners – life – 29 February 2012 – New Scientist.

 

 

 

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Cavemen in news! Oetzi’s DNA tells a tale

DNA tests show that everyone’s favourite semi-mummified prehistoric mountaineer had brown eyes, lactose intolerance and type O blood. In other words, he lacked three typically European traits. Mind you, he’s in the company of plenty of contemporary Europeans.

LINK: BBC News – Oetzi the Iceman’s nuclear genome gives new insights (BBC News)

Oetzi was not a paleolithic man, but rather a prehistoric neolithic kind of guy who lived in a period of transition from eating wild foods to farmed ones. At the hour of his apparent murder by bow and arrow, he had both kinds of grub in his belly. According to Wikipedia, his diet was something like an urban hipster’s: He ate free-range game for meat, he carried around seeds and fruit kernels as a hiking snack, and his bread was made from what I guess we’d now call heirloom strains of grain …  Continue reading

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Modern foods the experts won’t touch

LINK: 7 Foods Even Food Safety Experts Won’t Eat.

Now here’s some “I told you so” fodder, paleo pals.

All seven foods sound scary enough. But I have some caveats: Each food is blackballed on what appears to be the advice of a single expert. Some of them appear to have an occupational interest in sticking up for organic and natural foods. And I’m generally wary of faddish food hysteria.

But still, it’s worth a read and some consideration. This article got me eating organic apples, for one thing.

Some of these foods are all off-limits to me while on the paleo kick anyway. And concerning the corn-fed beef, well, I’m still eating supermarket beef for reasons of cost and convenience. It would be nice to be able to switch entirely to grass-fed, and soon.

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