3 Things That Should Worry You Far More Than GMOs

worse than gmos

I’m going to write a longer article on GMOs very soon.

And it’s going to be extremely unpopular.  Everyone loves to hate GMOs.

However, despite over 30 years of research into GMOs (mostly not funded by the industry), nearly 100% of the science has proven that GMOs are safe.

Now…you can’t actually prove that anything is safe.  You could test it a billion times, and the time after that might be the one case where it’s really dangerous.

But still…30 years is 30 years.

GMOs Are The Last Thing We Should Be Worried About

I don’t actually care if anybody is worried about GMOs.  
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Is Agave Nectar Paleo?

is agave nectar paleo?

Agave nectar, a golden-colored liquid used for sweetening foods, is sweeter than pure table sugar.

Named after the Greek word for “noble,” the agave plant and its nectar may sound to some like a natural-based alternative to sugar.

However, a closer look shows that while it might offer some minor health benefits, it also has some undesirable characteristics that can defeat some of the key goals of a Paleo diet.

What You Need to Know About Agave Nectar

The scoop on agave nectar is that it’s gluten free and low glycemic, in comparison to other sweeteners. That’s often thought of as a good thing for those seeking the low insulin response that Paleo foods should bring.
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Shocking Results of Eating More Meat! 300,000 Asians Can’t Be Wrong

is eating meat healthy

Scientists never seem to get tired of trying to figure out if meat (particularly of the red variety) is bad for humans.

And I never seem to get tired of making fun of them…

Here’s a paper where they tried again, this time with even more interesting results:

Meat intake and cause-specific mortality: a pooled analysis of Asian prospective cohort studies

300,000 Asians Can’t Be Wrong

This is a pooled analysis of a few different studies, along with United Nations data.  What the researchers did is analyze mortality, cancer, and heart disease risk among almost 300,000 Asian men and women, and they tried to find correlations with meat intake.
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Do You Eat This Korean SuperFood?

Is Kimchi Paleo?

Most people either love or hate fermented foods.

You know that particular smell that yogurt, kefir, or – heaven forbid – natto have?

Yeah, I can’t stand that smell, or the accompanying taste.

Oddly, though I like a few fermented foods.

What is Kimchi?

I could eat Kimchi with everything.

There’s nothing quite like the pungent, spicy-sour, garlicky kick when kimchi, a Korean dietary staple, hits your mouth.  
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AIP Coffee – Review of Roasted Chicory Root Coffee

aip coffee substitute roasted chicory root

One of the questions I get asked the most about the autoimmune Paleo protocol (AIP) is what can I drink if I can’t have coffee?

Coffee has become so entrenched in our habits that we’ve become addicted not only to the daily dose of caffeine it offers us but also to that aromatic smell that wakes our senses every morning. So, what do you do if you’re starting AIP and have to forgo coffee for 30-60 days if not longer?

A reader emailed me about chicory root coffee a while back, but I didn’t see it for sale until a few weeks ago. So, I decided to give this naturally non-caffeinated AIP-compliant “coffee” substitute a try.

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The Amish Cure for Allergies, and How You Can Use It Today

amish cure for allergies

As of today, around 1 in 5 American children have some sort of respiratory allergy (like Hay Fever), and around 1 in 10 have Asthma.  

That’s somewhere between a 200% and 300% increase just during the end of the 20th century.

But it’s not happening everywhere…

Amish Kids Don’t Get Allergies

The following article is a fascinating dive into the allergy epidemic that’s been occurring for the past half-century.
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10 Reasons that Salmon is Healthier Than You Already Think

10 reasons that salmon is healthier than you already think

Salmon is a true nutritional catch.  (Pardon the pun.)

And this might sound a bit crazy, but I sometimes forget just how delicious it is.

Louise and I love to get some fresh salmon and wrap it in aluminum foil with olive oil and fresh rosemary, then bake it for a bit.  So good.

But you probably already know how delicious it can be.  I want to give you more reasons that it’s worth the price tag…

10 Great Reasons Why Salmon Packs a Powerful Health Punch

1. It’s an omega-3 superstar.  Salmon has an unusually high omega-3 fatty acid content and it’s one of the food’s biggest health benefits.  

A 4-ounce piece, whether baked or broiled, probably contains at least 2 grams of disease-preventing omega-3 fats.  This is more omega-3 intake than the average U.S. adult consumes from all food over several days’ time.
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Keto Clarity – Book Review

Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore Book Review

Book Title:

Keto Clarity
Click here to purchase this book.

Book Authors:

Jimmy Moore with Eric C. Westman, MD

Overview of Book:

This book has everything you need to know about being on a Ketogenic diet – from what is ketosis, answering criticisms of a ketogenic diet to how to make sure you’re producing ketones.

And if you’re wondering what ketosis is, then here’s a quick definition for Keto Clarity: “a metabolic state that happens when you consume a very low-carb, moderate-protein, high-fat diet that causes your body to switch from using glucose as its primary source of fuel to running on ketones.”

As Jimmy goes on to explain in more detail, “Ketones are actually the preferred fuel source for the muscles, heart, liver, and brain. These vital organs do not handle carbohydrates very well; in fact, they become damaged when we consume too many carbs.”

The diet that induces ketosis and ketone production is called the ketogenic diet (or often shortened to the keto diet).
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Are Peanuts Paleo?

are peanuts paleo?

You might at first glance think that peanuts are like other nuts and are therefore Paleo.

However, peanuts are not nuts…

So, what are peanuts?

Peanuts are legumes (just like beans).

They are definitely NOT nuts!

This means that they contain many of the problematic substances that other legumes contain (hence why beans are not recommended in Paleo either).

For a really in-depth treatment of why legumes are so problematic for us, check out this article on Legumes.

What’s wrong with peanuts?

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This Study Should Be Illegal: Why Vegetable Oils Are Still Terrible

why vegetable oils are terrible

I’ve kicked the vegetable oil horse more times than I care to count.

But I came across a study that’s both informative and also sad.

Here’s an article on the study:

Some ‘Healthy’ Vegetable Oils May Actually Increase Risk of Heart Disease

Vegetable Oils Are Worse Than You Think

There are 3 reasons that I talk about vegetable oils so often:
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Does Meat Rot in Your Stomach?

does meat rot in your stomach?

I love this question, mostly because it rarely gets asked as a question.  I usually just hear people claiming that meat is terrible for us because it rots in our stomachs.

Unfortunately (or fortunately), this statement is not just untrue, it’s actually the opposite of what really happens.

What it means to “rot”

Let’s start with first identifying what it means to “rot.”  

Most people think rotting is simply the act of food “going bad,” such as when it starts smelling bad and might make you sick if you eat it.  But “rotting” actually means the process of being broken down by bacteria or fungi.

And this is more than just a technicality.  When food in your refrigerator rots and starts smelling bad, it does so because of the byproducts that the bacteria produce when they decompose the food.
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Are We A Fat-Overloaded Or A Fat-Deficient Society?

Are We a Fat-Overload Or A Fat-Deficient Society? Guest Post by Jimmy Moore

This is a guest post from our friend Jimmy Moore. Jimmy is the man behind livinlavidalowcarb.com and the Livin’ La Vida Low Carb Show. In addition to being one of the nicest and most genuine people we know, he’s also just released his second book, Keto Clarity. If you’re interested at all in ketogenic diets, please keep reading and also check out a copy of his book.

In this post, Jimmy explores why we might need more fat rather than less. Certainly, this is more true for some folks, but I (Jeremy) definitely see many people on Paleo diets who are still afraid of getting too much fat in their diets, so this is an important topic even if you’re already Paleo.

Here’s Jimmy….

It sounds strange, but could your diet actually be fat-deficient?

We’ve all grown up in a world where dietary fat is the enemy to our health. It’s “common knowledge” that to lose weight and to be healthy, you must reduce the amount of fat you are consuming in your diet leading people to make it their default plan a low-fat, low-calorie diet.

But walk with me for a moment to explore the unintended consequences that popular meme that almost everyone believes to be true has had on the people who have faithfully followed it.

When you significantly reduce or cut dietary fat out of your diet, what happens as a result?

You get hungry, feel cranky, experience brain fog, have intense cravings for carbohydrates, lack energy, and have an overall feeling that something important is missing. And it is!
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Are Nuts Paleo?

are nuts paleo?

Whether it’s trail mix, peanut butter, or chestnuts roasting on an open fire during the chilly time of year, Americans seem to be completely nuts about nuts. 

They’re delicious, packed with protein, and are super convenient—you can just grab a handful and go! If nuts are really that amazing, it would be great if they were Paleo too. 

But are they?

In order to find out whether or not nuts have a place on the Paleo plate, there are a few things we have to keep in mind. 

What You Should Know About Nuts

Nuts can be made in a multitude of ways; one of the most common is to roast them. But as it turns out, roasting nuts changes the structure of their protein composition. One study that explored this found that Americans, who roast their nuts, are much more likely to be allergic to them than, say, Chinese people who boil nuts.

In addition to these allergenic properties, nuts also contain phytic acid. Being Paleo is all about avoiding toxins—especially those found in grains and legumes. Unfortunately, nuts have more phytic acid than grains! That’s a problem, because phytic acid binds to minerals in our guts and keeps us from absorbing those nutrients.

On the other hand, the human body is equipped to deal with some phytic acid (a few studies show that it may reduce the incidence of kidney stones), so perhaps the benefits of nuts will outweigh that negatives. 
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One HUGE Trick To Being Less Hungry. This Works ALL The Time.

how to be less hungry on paleo

One HUGE Trick To Being Less Hungry. This Works ALL The Time.

A lot of medical and nutritional research is focused on reducing signals of hunger, so that people will eat less.

Personally, I don’t think that the best way to get healthy or lose weight is to simply eat less.  If you’re still eating junk, then it how much you eat is of secondary concern.

However, I have always liked the idea of being less hungry.

Protein + Breakfast = Happy + Full

Here is a recent article from Science Daily:
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4 Signs that You Don’t Understand the Paleo Diet at All

4 signs that you don't understand the paleo diet at all

In college, I had a roommate who was vegetarian.  Awesome guy, and I think he was vegetarian mostly because he had moral qualms with eating animals.

I’m quite certain that he wasn’t vegetarian for health reasons.  Let’s just say that his diet – which consisted mostly of pizza and Little Debbie snacks – didn’t do him any favors.

So you can imagine my surprise years later when I found out that there were people in the world who thought vegetarianism was a healthy way to eat.  Clearly they were all crazy and had never met my roommate.

What You Know About the Paleo Diet

All joking aside, my roommate’s diet obviously wasn’t exactly representative of all vegetarians, although I’ve known more than a few who seem to follow that same template.

As of today, I’ve followed a Paleo diet and lifestyle for about 8 or 9 years (it’s been a long time), and one of the things that surprises me most is how many people write about the Paleo diet (both in favor of and against it) without really knowing what it means to be or eat Paleo.

Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but here are 4 facts that will keep you from looking like a complete idiot when you talk to your friends, family, and colleagues about the Paleo diet:
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