My brother-in-law recently sent me a link to “Fooducate” – a new iphone app created by “a team of parents, dietitians, and techies”. You use “Fooducate” while shopping to scan product labels in order to help you make better nutritional choices. Yikes – their “see how it works” slide show offered “B+” rated breakfast cereals as “better options” for a “C” rated cereal. Obviously this is not a team of paleo parents, dietitians and techies!
I emailed my brother-in-law back an explained it’s pretty easy to find “paleo foods” in a local grocery store by only shopping the perimeter of the store (organic fruits and vegetables, wild-caught fish and grassed beef and poultry). Yet being a paleo newbie himself, he insisted it would be helpful if there were a way to determine if a product was paleo-friendly. Even”gluten free” products often list ingredients (corn, potato, soy, kidney beans, vegetable oils, etc) that are not eaten when following The Paleo Diet.
Come to find out, my brother-in-law is not alone. In one of my early morning paleo-google searches, I came across “Paleo Approved“. Karen Pendergrass and Kimberly Eyer have founded Paleo Approved, Inc. in order to help consumers identify foods that meet the standards of The Paleo Diet. Qualifying paleo foods (see “Get Paleo Approved”) will be labeled to help consumers figure out which foods are safe to eat. Check out their informative website and very funny video!
In my very last minute search for Thanksgiving Paleo recipes, I came across Naturally Engineered’s helpful blog post. Thankfully, Naturally Engineered did the research for us and has combined several Paleo Thanksgiving resources in one post!
Naturally Engineered: Thanksgiving Meal Ideas and Paleo Cooking Blogs
In a follow-up to my “Got Leaky Gut?” article, I found an interesting link posted on Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solutions blog this morning. Via video Robb and his wife Nikki are in Italy enjoying a gluten free pizza. They’re surprised that they are able to encounter so many gluten free products in a “wheat dominated” culture. Robb links an article found in Scientific American Magazine on the relationship between gut permeability (leaky gut) and autoimmune disease. The article is based on the research of Alessio Fasano, an Italian researcher in the US who was one of the first to note the connection between gut permeability and the development of autoimmune disease. The full article can be found here – it’s a must read!
As Dr. Eades most eloquently states, The China Study is a “master piece of obfuscation”. Correlation does not prove causation.
I awoke this morning surprised to find an article on The Paleo Diet in my small hometown Sunday newspaper.
The Paleo Diet recommends that all protein sources should come from “grass-fed” animals. “Grass-Fed” vs. “Grain-Fed”, what’s the big deal? You may be surprised to learn that grain-fed beef can be detrimental to your health.
Refined carbs, not dietary fat contribute to overall greater metabolic damage (elevated blood pressure, Obesity, Type II Diabetes, blood fat disorders, etc). An Editorial published the April issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition titled “Are Refined Carbohydrates Worse Than Saturated Fat?”discusses the importance of reducing refined carbs in your diet instead of fat.