Eatin’ to the 9s 4/27/2012
Time for another installment of “Eatin’ to the 9s!” LET’S DIVE IN, COMRADES:
1. Whole Health Source: “Lessons from Ötzi, the Tyrolean Ice Man” series
Oh yeah, going back to the old stand-by of Whole Health Source; such a great blog, especially with its interesting commentary below posts. Anyway, this is actually a recommendation for a series of posts about Ötzi, the Tyrolean Ice Man. If you’re not in-the-know about him, he’s a 5,300 year-old mummy found in the ice by tourists in Italy; what he has to do with food and thus why I’m recommending this series is that this man’s whole genome has been sequenced from available DNA, and from this many things about his diet have been determined. It’s all far from establishing anything in stone, but is all very interesting insofar it uncovers the ancient diets of Euro-dwellers; many thought this group to be hunters-gatherers at that time, but there is sufficient evidence here to show that grains (though perhaps not the grains we know today) and other agriculture-based foods made up a bulk of this man’s (and by extension, those in the middle east’s- read it for more!) diet. Anyway, it’s a compelling series if not for anything more than the interesting genome history and how such history is relative to modern-day folks; click the picture above to read part 1!
2. The Daily Lipid: Glutathione 101, Part 1: Cysteine Misbehaves, But Glutathione Saves
You may notice this one’s from a Weston A. Price branded blog, which kinda makes me feel well…not so great, but still: The information within this post on the role of both cysteine and glutathione is pretty priceless, especially for those of us who don’t have backgrounds in nutritional biochemistry. For those of you who have no idea about cysteine or what it is, I’m here to tell you it’s one of the non-essential amino acids that help makes up the substance called glutathione, which is one of the body’s most potent antioxidants. As with everything biochemistry, though, the processes governing these changes and how they are effected are far from that simple; this post begins to explain, in a very good anecdotal fashion (and with pictures! Yay, pictures!) how it all goes down. I’ll probably post about it at a later date, but it should be noted that glutathione is one of the best possible things you can make your body produce, so getting in on this series is a no-brainer! (This is a joke about Alzheimer’s)
3. Dietriffic: What Are Polyphenols?
So, gonna go ahead and plug this one that I wrote for Dietriffic. Unlike last week, I won’t claim that the #3 is my favorite for being most interesting (EGO EGO EGO), but the information contained within about polyphenols is certainly something I want you all to see. The webmaster of the site decided to take a lot of liberties in editing my writing (even changing my original title for some reason), so that’s why it may seem kinda dry…but hey; to the point ain’t bad, either. Anyway, take a gander!
4. Leangains: Top 10 Fasting Myths Debunked
Speaking of the “most interesting article of the week,” this one definitely takes that title (despite being at #4 on this list!) Though the article itself is from 2010, it matters not; this article has gone and changed my perception on meal intake, especially in regard to bodybuilding. Those of you who know me best know me as a big fan of Dr. William E.M. Lands, and some of this post I’m recommending is in direct contrast to his idea of several smaller meals per day (which isn’t really “his idea,” so much as he is the only one I’ve ever heard recommend it based on the fact high-calorie meals can contribute to oxidative stress; conventionally, especially in body-building and “diet” circles, it’s more a “you have to stoke the metabolism and keep protein going to your muscles” mantra). ANYWAY; Martin Berkhan (the post’s author) goes on to show, with highly-relevant studies, that muscle gains are not dependent on constant sustenance. The aforementioned Dr. Stephan Guyenet (author of Whole Health Source) also recommends less meals per day, but unlike poor, spindly Guyenet (who I still respect highly!) this Berkhan guy is BUFF! (take a look at that pic on the page; man-crush v2.0!) Besides things related to body-building, there are a lot of pretty common myths dissolved in this post. My favorite part about it is that he does what I try to do on this site; cites scientific studies to back his information, and specifically ones that are controlled trials and not “correlation=causation” types; he even debunks the studies of such type in which these common myths hold their ground! I like this guy; he’s anal but well-meaning, like me! It’s a long read, but definitely worth every bit of monitor-induced eye damage you’re sure to receive! Czech it out by clicking on the picture.
5. Health Votes: 12 Foods to Reduce Stress
Here’s a pretty self-explanatory post from Health Votes. I like it because it well-outlines the mechanisms of the different foods that act to quell your ill mood. Also, unlike the article above, it’s quick and to the point. You know, for those of you who don’t have the time to indulge yourself (or in the case that you don’t like reading, punish yourself). Have a look!
6. Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy: How to Get Canning Supplies for Cheap or Free
Welp, this post got me thinking; less about the specific subject matter and more about how little I know about canning/why I didn’t think of canning as an option for “food for the winter storage.” Especially since, as Ms. Anne mentions in the post, there is a lot less of a variety of fruits and veggies during the cold months. In any case, this post opened my eyes to the easy ways to obtain (at the very least) a $5 Amazon Gift Card and a cool hobby which can include my closest pals (also at the suggestion of Ms. Anne: Canning parties! Woo!) If this is the sort of thing that is just now flying on your radar like it is for me and it interests you, go have a look by clicking the picture above. You CAN and will have a good read; hurhurhur.
7. Health on a Budget: Is Honey Better Than Table Sugar?
Quick answer I’d like to blurt out is “NO,” but I guess I’m “technical sugar” averse in any case. There is something to be said for the difference between the two. I don’t discount the healing powers of honey, but as with any sugar warn against excessive consumption. Jean Lam, the author of this piece, is just as level headed, and it is of note that Ms. Lam specifically refers to raw honey. Raw honey is more endowed with benefits than its “conventional” (read: highly processed, useless) cousin you see in stores. Anyway, I encourage you to let her tell you about it. Click the picture above!
8. Hyperlipid: NASH on a Ketogenic Diet
BIOCHEMISTRY NERD ALERT. Okay, that was a warning for those of you who hate food articles related to biochemistry, and especially those with a lot of abbreviations (like “PUFA” and NASH; which by the way is Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis). This is a piece on a site that is very “biochemistry nerds only” in general, but is not particularly difficult to understand and very worthwhile to take into account. The overall theme of the blog is one promoting ketogenic (high-fat, moderate protein, low-carbohydrate) diets, so it’s good to see the author pointing out something that may spit in the face of his own personal diet philosophy. However, it cites a study that is done on rats where a specific type (and specifically debilitating type, at that) of fat is used that has a bunch of inflammation-causing omega 6s and the like; the fat in question is mostly marketed as heart-healthy and seen here, there, and everywhere else on our store shelves nowadays. Wanna know what it is? Click above!
9. Mangoes and Chutney: Low-GI Shepherd’s Pie!
Last but not least, eh? Well, last time I ended off on a great Mangoes and Chutney recipe; figured I’d do it this time, as well. Doesn’t have anything to do with the recipe being by me, or anything! It does, but hey: Mangoes and Chutney is a great site, especially for aesthetics. Make up my recipe for a healthful meal, and poke around the site for a superb dessert offering. Miranda’s got you covered. ♦