Interesting reading list for paleo and low carb folks
Well now that was fascinating. And in an interesting anecdotal vein....today I had lunch with a team doctor for a school's (where I work) hockey team. Re. paleo/low carb and bones....she said that in her 30 years of service, she has seen a correlation in rib breaks and poor (carby) diet. Now, you could argue that with the improvement in padding/safety wear the game has gotten rougher. However, this is college hockey, where fighting/nasty hits are not ubiquitous as in the NHL. She specifically said that if you give me a kid who's had the typical kid diet (blue sports drink, single serve cup of fruit loops/similar, bagel) for breakfast v. a kid who has a small serving of whole milk, a couple of scrambled eggs, bacon....well you know where this is going. Again, this is not scientific...it's anecdotal and experiential, but she swears there is a connection. She also said that the breaks young people suffer today are tougher to see on xrays....they're hairline, and come out of nowhere, it seems.
I get Dr. Eade's (infrequent these days, but always worth reading) blog posts in my email, you can sign up for them. He's brilliant at dissecting claims made about various diet studies, statin studies, CVD, etc. Glad you found it useful. I no longer have the citation, but I recall a study of very elderly folks that found that eating more animal protein, specifically, led to improved muscle mass and bone mineral density.
Great stuff. I haven't read Eades blog for awhile. I would have missed that.
I think ignoring our natural "ancestral" diet is not a good idea for optimum health. Figuring out just "what" was our diet...and how "much" in terms of ratio....is a very interesting subject.
When you really look into it, seasonality issues (not just veg but meat eating as well) and geographical locations play a large role in what that diet really looked like for different peoples.
Variety, seasonality, focus on non agricultural foods, intermittent "fasting" times (skip a meal or two) as well as higher calorie times- are all certainly what we were designed to thrive on. Although I have no intention of living off of berries and rabbits....I have found that focusing on primal foods most of the time, helps with remaining thin, having good muscle tone and steady energy throughout the day. It is very easy and tasty as well. I hope some of the more "media darling" hollywood-trendy, low carb proponents lay off some of the more processed food recs and begin to popularize a more primal style diet.
Thanks for the info, mcf.