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Chinese Dietary Guidelines – Cut Meat Consumption by 50%

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New Chinese dietary guidelines where just released, recommending citizens to cut their meat consumption in half. The Chinese government hopes to achieve a dramatic reduction in carbon dioxide emissions as well as obesity and diabetes rates by doing this.

The Guardian: China’s plan to cut meat consumption by 50% cheered by climate campaigners

This is problematic for two reasons. First, meat does not cause diabetes or obesity. If the Chinese start cutting this out from their diet, they’ll eat something else for compensation. And that will most likely be carbohydrates, which will only exacerbate problems of diabetes and overweight.

As China already has one of the most catastrophic diabetes epidemics in the world, that’s rapidly getting worse, it’s unfortunately easy to imagine a total disaster coming up. Continue Reading →

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The Secret Diet of the Fittest Senior Citizen on the Planet

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Charles Eugster holds world records at a number of sprint distances… and he’s 96 years old! He may be the “fittest senior citizen on the planet”.

When he’s not sprinting he’s also a “body-builder, a public speaker, a writer, a rower, a wakeboarder, an entrepreneur, and a budding fashion designer, planning his own line in elderly couture.”

Pretty incredible! So what does he eat to stay in shape?

I avoid sugar and eat lots of meat, especially fat. I’ve been on a fat trip lately. Fat! Piles of fat. Yet, I was in a supermarket the other day and was perplexed to find yogurt with zero fat. What on earth is that? The idea of the nutrition pyramid where, at the top, is a little fat and meat, and at the bottom a lot of carbohydrates, is, excuse me, bullshit. Humans are so unbelievably stupid that we have begun to tinker with food. Our theories of nutrition have resulted in a pandemic of obesity. Can you imagine a hunter-gatherer enjoying a low-fat yogurt? Let me tell you this, too: I read a report recently which said that a fatty diet also increases your libido.

He’s clearly not just in good shape, he’s smart too. The whole article about him is an amazing read:

Vice: The Healthiest Old Person on the Planet Explains How to Stay in Shape

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What Happens if You Eat Nothing But Bacon for 30 Days Straight?

Here’s a crazy idea: What would happen if you only ate bacon for 30 days?

Or, perhaps, it’s not that crazy. Dan Quibell tried it and enjoyed it… and even lost 20 pounds:

Ketogasm: What Happens When You Eat Nothing But Bacon for 30 Days Straight?

Now there’s an active Facebook group with 3,000 members dedicated to discussing the Bacon experiment and trying it themselves.

Facebook: The Bacon Experiment

Obviously eating nothing but bacon results in an extremely low carb, ketogenic diet. It should result in significant loss of excess weight, without weighing or counting. And if you’re crazy enough it should be fine to try it for a month.

Note: If you are on diabetes medication, especially insulin, you’ll have to adapt (lower) the doses so discuss it with your doctor first.

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Low Carb and How We Are Winning the Fight Against Climate Change

Not everyone can stand Al Gore or any talk about global warming. But if you do, then consider checking out this new TED talk.

Low carb and the environment

A few things are worth considering as a low-carb fan. Low carb is often claimed to be environmentally unsustainable due to an emphasis on meat, especially from cows (and their methane release). This is wrong for two reasons: Continue Reading →

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Can Red Meat Kill You?


4.9 out of 5 stars5 star94%4 star2%3 star0%2 star0%1 star2%39 ratings3,036 viewsWhere does the fear of red meat come from? Is it really scientific or is it more of an ideological thing?

It’s after all a fact that humans have always eaten red meat, for millions of years. Often much more than now. So how could meat cause new, modern diseases?

Best-selling author Nina Teicholz has spent a lot of time researching the subject. Last year I sat down to talk to her and above you can watch the entire 15 minute interview. Fascinating stuff, if you ask me.

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Lettuce Three Times Worse for The Climate Than Bacon

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There’s a lot of talk about meat being bad for the climate, due to production of greenhouse gases. But if you compare calorie for calorie it turns out that many vegetables are actually worse.

For example, growing lettuce produces three times more greenhouse gases than the same amount of bacon.

Scientific American: Lettuce Produces More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Bacon Does

While the threat of climate change is probably very real, there’s a big misunderstanding around meat. Greenhouse gases, like methane, from flatulence in cows are seen as a big threat. This not only sounds silly, it’s actually not a major problem.

The methane turns into carbon dioxide within 10 years or so in the atmosphere, and then it’s absorbed into the grass that other cows will eat. It’s all part of a cycle. The amount of carbon added to the atmosphere long term? ZERO.

Compare that to burning fossil fuels, like coal or oil. This means digging up stored carbon and adding it to the atmosphere. It will take millions of years to get rid of it. That is carbon we may be stuck with for the duration of civilization. This is the problem.

The solution to the climate problem is burning less fossil fuel. It will probably be possible to replace that soon, mostly with rapidly improving solar panels and batteries and electric vehicles.

The solution to the climate problem is not eating less meat. It’s not even to eat less lettuce. It’s all about not burning fossil fuels.

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Life is About What Happens Before Something Kills You

Did you feel just a little bit bad eating bacon this morning? Here’s an entertaining read to cheer you up:

The Guardian: Something is going to kill you. Life is about what happens before that

Personally I was feeling particularly good this morning, as I’m fasting on weekday mornings. But then I remembered that fasting is also potentially lethal.

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Vegetables Proven to Cause Cancer

Cancer-causing vegetables

Cancer-causing vegetables

Vegetables have been proven to cause cancer. In fact vegetable consumption causes more cancer than any other lifestyle factor in the world.

I’m not kidding. It’s a simple fact.

And it’s not just cancer, it’s heart disease too – in fact vegetables cause 1 in 5 deaths in the US, according to the American Cancer Society, or 480,000 early deaths per year.

Consuming vegetables causes orders of magnitude more deaths than consuming processed meat. This despite yesterday’s breathless headlines, after the WHO declared that eating processed meats (e.g. smoked meats) can increase the risk of colon cancer by a comparatively tiny 20%.

How vegetables can cause cancer

However – and this is crucial – vegetables will only kill you if you prepare them in a dangerous way. In its raw form the tobacco plant is completely benign, possibly even healthy to eat. But if you burn the tobacco vegetable and inhale the smoke… as with cigarettes… it’s VERY bad for you.

Back to the meat

This gives a much needed perspective to yesterday’s cancer alarm. Because it’s not all meat that potentially may contain dangerous substances. It’s processed meat, smoked meat, and possibly even red meat – meat that’s often prepared at high temperatures.

These really high temperatures can produce cancer-causing substances in both vegetables and meat. But of the two, the vegetables (smoking) is by far the worst. The risk increase from eating bacon every day is tiny in comparison:

The Guardian: Meat and tobacco: the difference between risk and strength of evidence

A lot of people in the low-carb community go so far as to completely disregard the processed-meat alarm:

ZoeHarcombe: World Health Organisation, meat & cancer

I don’t think we should ignore this alarm, even if the risk increase is small. It’s still likely true, it makes perfect sense.

If you want to be live a healthy life preferably don’t eat blackened meat, and go easy on the bacon. And don’t smoke vegetables.

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Can Processed Meat Increase the Risk of Colon Cancer, as WHO Will Claim?

Not the best for your colon?

Not the best for your colon?

The WHO will soon declare that processed meat can increase the risk of colon cancer, according to many papers:

So are they right that there is a connection between processed meat and colon cancer? Yes, probably. I wrote about this in detail seven months ago:

Why Do Meat Eaters Get Colon Cancer More Often?

However, the media frenzy with comparisons to smoking is misguided. Eating plenty of processed meat is associated with about a 20% increased risk of colon cancer. Smoking is associated with a 1,000%+ increased risk of lung cancer, as well as an increased risk of many other cancers. 20% is not 1,000%.

There’s a reason why it took about fifteen minutes to prove the correlation between smoking and lung cancer way back in the 1950s, while the correlation between processed meat and colon cancer is arguably still controversial. The risk increase is just tiny in comparison.

More details and advice in the earlier post: Why Do Meat Eaters Get Colon Cancer More Often?

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The Acid-Alkaline Myth

If you eat meat, will your blood become acidic, leading to osteoporosis and cancer? This is what some people still believe.

However, as humans have been eating meat since about forever, it would be pretty weird if our bodies couldn’t handle it without breaking down!

The big Paleo star Chris Kresser gave a talk on the science behind the Acid-Alkaline theories at the recent Paleo f(x) conference. I did a brief video interview with him about it and you can see all of it above.

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If you want to watch all the ten on-site interviews we did – with people like Mark Sisson – you can check them out right away at the membership site (free trial one month).

10 interviews from Paleo f(x)

In addition to these we did two longer and higher-quality sit-down interviews at the conference. These are coming up as soon as they are edited – there is a lot more work involved with them.

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You can also check out the full video of Kresser’s Paleo f(x) talk on our membership site (free trial available).

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