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Paleo isn’t just about choosing butter over margarine or a burger without the bun. It’s also a way of thinking about our food and our bodies: what we believe, and what we choose to value. Do we nourish our bodies, or do we fight them? Do we value health, or do we value conformity? In a lot of ways, that’s actually more interesting than the food itself. So this week, take a look at two powerful perspectives on the philosophical side of Paleo:

  • First, from the PaleoFx blog comes a wonderful look at the objection that Paleo is “inconvenient.” Life is not about convenience! There are more important things than having every momentary desire satisfied with some superficially attractive packaged product, and your health is one of them.
  • Next up, this post from Ancestralize Me takes on the idea that our bodies are “naturally” meant to look like the 21st century media standard of “thin,” and that we can return to some hypothetical “natural” state of ripped abs just by controlling our diet correctly. Read it, then read it again: it’s got a lot to chew on.

Not quite up for so much heavy thinking on a weekend? Try some of the rest of this week’s news:wheat caution

  • In this post from Wellness Mama, the title says it all: gluten is not a food group. Grains don’t contain any nutrients that you can’t get from somewhere else.
  • This review just found that fructose is not inherently any worse than glucose – but as always, take a look at the Conflict of Interest section!  You’ll see a lot of familiar names, like the Coca-Cola company, the Calorie Control Council (that’s a front group set up by the food industry to pretend that they care about addressing obesity), and the Canadian Sugar Institute. Are these really the people you want to take advice about sugar from?
  • The McGill Office for Science & Society takes a look at people’s emotional responses to organic food: why people get so heavily invested in the issue, and why it doesn’t make sense.
  • Zoe Harcombe examines a case study in misleading headlines stemming from a study that said nothing of the sort: in this case, it’s the connection between low-fat dairy and diabetes.
  • If you have the stomach for it, this book review explains the human cost of Tyson chicken: how corporate exploitation mires the farmers who raise the birds in a cycle of debt and exploitation. As if anyone needed another reason to avoid factory-farmed meat!
  • For the visual learners, this comic explains the evolutionary reasons why your brain finds junk food is so compelling: even if you don’t want to call it an “addiction,” there’s definitely something going on there.

What do you think of the junk-food comic’s message of “everything in moderation”? Is it possible to “moderate” superstimuli? Or is it easier for you just to go cold turkey? Let us know on Facebook or Google+!

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