Real Food Wednesday full of links

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I have links to share.

In response to last week’s post and the article about the Harvard study, Chanelle set a goal (and met it!) to read the full article. I am sharing her reply here, because I find it very illuminating.
“I read the article- it took me a while, but I got through it. Interestingly, they didn’t even do any new experiments, just reevaluated old ones. They had a certain criteria for which experiments they would include, but there is no information in the article about what kinds of saturated/ polyunsaturated fats they were eating.
For me, after reading it, I think it’s just more of the same bad science that made us all think fat was evil in the first place!”

Then I received a comment with reference to another blogger who also commented on the study. Whole Health Source points out all the flaws in the studies analyzed by the Harvard scientists. It’s a quick read, too. Check it out.

Speaking of bad science, take a look at this report that fatty food may cause addiction:
In the study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, Kenny and his co-author studied three groups of lab rats for 40 days. One of the groups was fed regular rat food. A second was fed bacon, sausage, cheesecake, frosting, and other fattening, high-calorie foods–but only for one hour each day. The third group was allowed to pig out on the unhealthy foods for up to 23 hours a day.

Wait, you’re not making a distinction in the type of fat used? Or that some of the fatty foods are also high in REFINED SUGAR? Or that the sausage and bacon used are probably full of nitrates and maybe even some sugar? Tsk tsk.

Then there’s this gem:
According to Wang, food has evolved in a similar way. “We purify our food,” he says. “Our ancestors ate whole grains, but we’re eating white bread. American Indians ate corn; we eat corn syrup.”

Purify? Making food white and stripping out all the real nutrients and replacing them with synthetics, when you even bother to do that? It surely would not be called pure in my world.
Thanks to Dave Haxton for the link.

This next article comes from my friend Stacy, aka my partner in crime for eating at fabulous local restaurants. We’re both very on the same wavelength about how to eat, as well as yelling about the disparities in diet based on money and other social issues. A side effect of the rise in consumers wanting locally raised meats is more animals, but fewer slaughterhouses to properly butcher the animals.

Raw milk is showing up everywhere, including the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. I haven’t had a chance to read both of these articles in full, but have seen enough to find that there is definitely anti-raw milk sentiment present. Again, this is why it’s so essential for the milk to come from healthy cows which eat grass. The healthier the cow, the less worry that the milk will contain pathogens which could cause illness. Never mind that plenty of people get sick from contaminants in pasteurized milk, peanuts, and spinach.
A Clash Over Unpasteurized Milk Gets Raw.
Raw Facts: What Some People Don’t Know About Unpasteurized Milk.

This post is part of Real Food Wednesday.
Enjoy your day everyone!


2 responses to “Real Food Wednesday full of links

  1. My son gets very excited about the local farmer’s market because we can get grass-fed meats and raw milk. He’s no foodie, but he has a definite strong preference for these foods.

    • syncreticmystic

      Oh that’s so cool. Do you guys drink a lot of milk in general? I’m planning to turn some into a yogurt starter this weekend. Sometimes it’s hard for me to finish since it is just me drinking it.

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