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Manic Monday: ADA on Atkins

On Wednesday night, Diane at Balanced Bites (maker of the fine “bacon is rad” tees) tweeted a link to an ADA review of The All-New Atkins Advantage. Wow, that sentence has more links than a golf course, chain mail vest, and sausage store combined.

The review makes perfect “Manic Monday” fodder, thanks Diane!

Without further adieu, I give you absolute garbage brought to you by the very people tasked with telling us what to eat. Great work guys!


May 31, 2011

Manic Monday: Propaganda from Your Friendly Neighborhood CAFO

Way back in August, The Girlfriend and I were looking for grass-fed beef at a local grocery store. The butcher was kind enough to pass on a little propaganda pamphlet from the CAFO that supplies most of their beef. The front of the brochure pictures cows grazing on a gorgeous grassy hillside.










The back page offers a much smaller picture of cows at their actual facility:

Am I the only one who finds this a bit misleading? It seems like blatant cheating to me. They know that customers inquiring about grass-fed beef are interested in naturally raised cows, so they give you a big picture of some right on the front, implying that their cows live a life somehow comparable to those grazing on verdant pastures.


May 23, 2011

Manic Monday: Low-Fat Faileo

This one will be quick because, frankly, it’s been addressed before, and I just want to pass on some key info.

“Faileo” is a pretty popular buzzword in our neck of the woods because it refers to a very common failure of the newly indoctrinated dieters among us; the mistake of eating paleo without the fat. Unfortunately, this particular mistake is bound to happen, considering the lipophobic society many of us have grown up in.

Melissa McEwan of Hunt.Gather.Love had a great post on this last year – another reason this will be short.


1 comment May 16, 2011

Manic Monday: French Fry Follies

It is 1949, and McDonald’s has just added french fries to the menu at their only location. This delicious side dish was simply potatoes cut into strips and fried in beef tallow. Those were the days…

Fast forward to 1990, when the artery-clogging combo of Ancel Keys and George McGovern have created a culture unfriendly to familiar fats we fancied – the saturated variety. With their irresponsible application of flawed logic they convinced Americans that McDonald’s should ditch the animal fats in their fryers in favor of industrial seed oils, ensuring that American health would continue to decline significantly for the next 40 years. Oops.


1 comment April 25, 2011

Dr. Katz – Sugar Defender

Last week, Gary Taubes wrote an article for the New York Times, asking “Is Sugar Toxic?“. Those of you familiar with Taubes will find it no surprise that he answers this question in the affirmative.

I don’t think Taubes is an absolute genius, in fact I think he is a little off base in blaming carbohydrate so completely for the current health state of the country – I tend to believe that all the nasty new stuff (Kurt Harris’ Neolithic Agents of Disease, or NAD for short) are to blame, including refined carbohydrate. Despite this small difference, I consider myself a fan of Taubes.

Since the publishing of this article, many have come out of the woodwork to voice their own opinions on the matter, especially those in strong disagreement with Taubes’ argument. Today we’ll look at one article from that camp, one written by a doctor. Read on.


April 20, 2011

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