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Paleo Diet Ranked “America’s Best”

…according to Woman’s World magazine in the August 12, 2013, issue. This was the cover story, based on a survey of 9,000 dieters by Consumer Reports. CR asked them to rate famous weight-loss plans, and the paleo diet earned “sky-high satisfaction scores.”

Woman's World cover

Woman’s World cover

I only bring this to your attention because I’d never heard of this and thought I was following the issue closely.

The WW article mentions Dr. Loren Cordain and has quotes from Amy Kubal, RD, and Dr. Steffan Lindeberg.

You recently learned about "bikini bridge"; I now introduce "bra bridge" to the lexicon

Page 1 of the WW article. You recently learned about “bikini bridge”; I now introduce “bra bridge” to the lexicon.

You may remember earlier this year that U.S. News and World Report ranked the paleo diet #31 in its “Best Diets Overall” category. Quite a difference of opinion.

Steve Parker, M.D.

First paragraph

First paragraph

QOTD: Calcium and the Paleo Diet

“Low calcium intake, which is often considered as a potential disadvantage of the Paleolithic diet model, should be weighed against the low content of phytates and the low content of sodium chloride, as well as the high amount of net base yielding vegetables and fruits.”

L.M. Kowalski and J. Bujko

Hamburger-Avocado Salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, salt/pepper, and olive oil vinaigrette

Hamburger-Avocado Salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, salt/pepper, and olive oil vinaigrette

PS: Low calcium consumption is thought to predispose to osteoporosis, a bone-thinning disease that causes fractures.  It affects women far more than men.  If you don’t live past 50 or 60, it’s not much of a problem.  Kowalski and Bujko imply that low phytate and sodium content, plus alkaline veggies and fruit, counteract any adverse bone effects of low calcium consumption.  I’m not sure because I don’t read Polish.  Loren Cordain’s paleo diet website talks about the diet being healthy for bones, citing the acid-base issue.

h/t Amy Kubal (Twitter: @AmykRd)

Are Rats Related to Tooth Decay?

From Karl Gruber at Scientific American:

You could be forgiven for thinking that tooth decay is an inevitable fact of life; even ancient Egyptians practiced dentistry. But the study of human teeth suggests that before our ancestors started cultivating plants for food, cavities were uncommon. Tooth decay, it seems, spread once we changed to an agricultural lifestyle.

New evidence from Omar Eduardo Cornejo Ordaz, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford School of Medicine, and his colleagues back up this hypothesis. They analyzed the genomes of several strains of the prevalent caries-causing bacterium,Streptococcus mutans, to determine when new genes evolved in this species and its close relatives. The team’s statistical analyses suggest the bacteria’s population started expanding exponentially about 10,000 years ago, which coincides quite nicely with the birth of agriculture.

Smiling LipsThe article mentions Peter Brown, an Australian paleoanthropologist, who favors sugar and other refined carbohydrates as a cause of dental decay.  No need to invoke rats.  Australian aborigines and Japanese samurai in the Edo period saw deterioration of dental health after introduction of sugars and other refined carbs.

Maybe it’s true: No carbs, no cavities.


h/t Amy Kubal