It’s been a long week of studies into that old chestnut, “meat is bad for you because it’s full of saturated fat.” On top of last week’s study about animal protein, check out what else has been going around:
- First, another study found an association between eating red meat and impaired carbohydrate tolerance – and, of course, is reporting it as causation. But no, eating red meat does not cause an increased risk for diabetes just because the two are associated.
- In much less frustrating news, there’s actually a very interesting new study out on the potential interactions of fat type and carbohydrate type on gut function and blood lipids in mice. The researchers tested four experimental diets: saturated fat + fructose (this would be a standard junk food diet), saturated fat and starch (this would be more like Paleo with safe starches), unsaturated fat and fructose, and unsaturated fat and starch. Their results were very complicated (and remember, this is all in rodents), but they suggest that carbohydrate type may be a much more important player than fat type. The supersized fast-food dinner is still guilty, but it’s time to look a little harder at the sugar, and a little less at the beef.
While you’re waiting for the glorious day when we have more of the second kind of studies and fewer of the first, check out what else has been happening lately:
- Weight stigma – shame, stereotyping, or bullying people perceived as “overweight” – isn’t just ineffective; it may actually play a role in causing obesity. No surprises there: treating people with compassion and care generally has better results than treating them with scorn and contempt.
- Are you taking scrupulous care with your own food but pouring grains-from-a-bag out for your pet? Learn why this may not be the best idea.
- Antibiotics make farm animals grow bigger, faster. Could they be doing the same to us? Yes indeed they could: read about the history of “the fat drug” and how the 20th century’s medical miracle turned out to be a double-edged sword.
- Responding to last week’s “protein will kill you” study, Denise Minger offers a slightly more balanced take, noting – once again – that our version of “animal protein” is very different than our ancestors’. Could the reputed dangers of animal protein really be a factor of what type of protein we’re consuming? Even if you’ve already set your mind at ease about the original study, this one is worth a read.
- Dr. Briffa points out that fruit juice is just as sugary as any other juice – and probably best limited or avoided.
- Oil pulling for better oral health is back in the news right now – have you tried it?