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The Problem with Mark’s Daily Apple

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This makes me sad. I used to be a big fan of the Paleo movement – before even the main players started selling candy and other products, starting the rapid decline.

Now I feel that even the greatest Paleo guru of them all, the awe-inspiring Mark Sisson, is cashing in with some disregard for where the money comes from, or the long-term effects to his brand. Check out the image above, that just ended up in my inbox.

Mark is selling chocolate bars with caramel coating – sweetened by purified Monk fruit extract, an artificial sweetener like Stevia.

Rest assured no Paleo people ever sweetened their food with purified super-sweet Stevia or Monk fruit extract. Nor did they ever eat chocolate bars with caramel coating to get their daily dose of “grass-fed collagen”. Paleo or Primal? Not so much.

But that’s not all. Order your sweetened chocolate bars today and you also get something else you need. We all know modern life can result in a lot of chronic stress, that’s not healthy for us. So what’s the solution? Return to a more “primal” lifestyle? That may be too hard, so why not just pop some “Primal Calm” pills that will relax you.

I kid you not.

This thing with products is a slippery slope, and the ad above is from someone who has slid quite far. Here’s the result to his brand, measured as Google searches for “Mark’s Daily Apple” from 2006 (to the left) up until now. Quite sad really.

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Margarine with Added Butter – Is This a Joke?

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I came across this amusing tweet by film-maker Damon Gameau this morning:

Signs of identity issues within the Food Industry: first ‘Coke plus fibre‘ to improve ur health and now Flora margarine..with added butter.

Couldn’t have put it better. What do you think – is the fake-food industry having an identity crisis?

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Soylent Halt Sales of Its Food Replacement as Customers Keep Getting Sick

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Can this make you sick?

Is it a good idea to stop eating real food, and instead use the meal replacement powder Soylent? Maybe not, as it seems like customers keep getting sick, prompting the company to stop sales while they look for the cause:

Los Angeles Times: Soylent Halts Sales of Its Powder As Customers Keep Getting Sick

What’s in this Soylent drink? Soy protein, refined starch, sugar and canola oil – plus some vitamins and minerals. Not necessarily the perfect recipe for health – or food enjoyment.

If you actually want real food in your life, have a look at our recipes.

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Want to “Ensure” That You Get Sick? Then Drink Ensure Every Day!

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Want to ensure that you stay healthy and free of disease? Well this Ensure “healthy drink”, recommended for patients at risk of malnutrition, sounds really promising! Until you take a closer look at the nutrition facts, that is…

Sugar…

Just look at the two main ingredients (after water): corn maltodextrin and sugar. WHO recommends no more than 10% of energy in the diet to come from sugar, ideally below 5%. The sugar in this drink makes up a full 25 % of the energy. Five times more than the maximum recommendation.

…and then more bad carbs

Add the refined starch (corn maltodextrin) that rapidly turns into glucose in the blood, and the truly bad carbs add up to 56 % of the energy in this drink.

This is not that different from eating a bag of candy or drinking soda. Add a vitamin pill and you’ll get exactly the same effect.

If you want to ensure that you become obese and sick, then you should buy this drink.

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The Chocolate Cheerios Miracle: Prevent Heart Disease With Added Sugar

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Even by food industry standards, this beggars belief.

Chocolate Cheerios features the prominent text “May reduce the risk of heart disease” on the package, even though it’s really pure breakfast candy with a staggering 33% of the contents being added sugars (the rest is mostly starch).

Preventing heart disease? Hardly. It’s candy for breakfast. It’s perfect for people who want obesity and type 2 diabetes… which certainly does not prevent heart disease, quite the opposite.

How is this possible?

How can you claim that this candy can reduce the risk of heart disease? Because it’s low fat, of course. This is a typical failed low-fat product, full of added sugars. And no, low fat does not prevent anything.

This is a perfect metaphor for the last thirty years of nutrition misinformation. Make people scared of natural fat and feed them cheap and addictive sugar instead. The result? An unprecedented epidemic of obesity and diabetes. A disaster.

It’s time to laugh at this marketing trick now. Preventing heart disease by eating candy for breakfast? Please.

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Putin Slams Big Pharma and Fast Food Companies – Is He Right?

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It’s not often that a power-hungry dictator is partly right about what’s good for the people in his country. But Putin may be on to something here:

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes the pharmaceutical industry and big food corporations are threatening the lives of Russia’s citizens…

According to the report, Putin believes that “we as a species have the choice to continue to develop our bodies and brains in a healthy upward trajectory, or we can follow the Western example of recent decades and intentionally poison our population with genetically altered food, pharmaceuticals, vaccinations, and fast food that should be classified as a dangerous, addictive drug.

Australian National Review: Putin Slams Big Pharma and GMO Foods

The good and the bad

I have a few objections. I believe most commonly used vaccinations have far fewer side effects than the often terrible diseases they protect against. And I don’t think new genes are dangerous per se, it’s more a question of what the result is on the food. Changing the properties of our food can become a problem.

When it comes to overmedication based on distorted “science” from the very companies that sell the drugs this dictator is quite right though. Continue Reading →

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Beware These “Healthy” High-Sugar Snacks

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A lot of “healthy” snacks are shockingly full of sugar, even if the packaging looks nice and contains words like “Paleo, natural, protein”, etc. Here’s a closer look at some of the worst offenders:

MailOnline: Beware those ‘organic, vegan, raw, healthy’ snacks

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That Sugar Film Premieres in the UK

Here’s a nice clip where the eloquent Dr. Aseem Malhotra and the entertaining film maker Damon Gameau discuss the problem of sugar. Well worth watching.

The movie That Sugar Film premieres in the UK today. I’ve seen it, it’s fantastic and I highly recommend it. The US release is July 31.

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