Sunday, July 10, 2016

Only 1.5% of Americans eat an optimal diet

Isn't that headline absolutely alarming? Subsidies for big agriculture and the food industry are responsible for this. Agribusiness is mass-producing cheap food at the cost of human, animal, and environmental health and all for the sake of profit!
'According to a study published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, more than half the calories Americans consumed between 2001 and 2006 came from subsidized crops like corn, wheat, soy, and rice. While these are admittedly staple crops, which by both definition and nutritional makeup are a major component of diets, the researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the high rates of consumption of subsidized crops are associated with “adverse cardiometabolic risk” among adults.'

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I first learned about agricultural subsidies from reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma at age 21 during my college days in NYC. It was eye-opening and jump started my desire to buy my produce from local farms. I based my entire college senior thesis on a way to make even the food from the local Union Square Farmers Market more accessible on college campus, where vending machines packed with cheap processed food are on every floor. I was determined to bring awareness to how subsidies for big agriculture and the food industry are making us sick and be part of creating a healthier and environmentally-friendly world.
Just a few years later, that same passion is what inspired me to launch a 'clean label' beef jerky product with emphasis on using 100% grass-fed beef and supporting sustainable practices. It's been quite a rewarding journey, but often overcome with so much doubt.
Small food businesses really need your support to continue offering healthier and more sustainable alternatives packed with nutritional value. If you got a farmers market nearby, make sure to visit! And if you're craving a protein snack made (by hand in small batches in the US) using simple quality ingredients, stop by our online store today!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Study shows memory loss from Alzheimer's disease can be reversed

Having been personally affected by a family member who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, this small study brings me hope. There is some data to show that memory loss in patients can be reversed and improvement maintained. What caught my attention is not a one-size-fits-all prescription was used for everyone - very different to what we are used to seeing with the medical establishment. 
"Publishing their results in the journal Aging, the team hasn't gone into much detail about how MEND works, probably because each treatment involves a complex combination of factors that has been specifically designed to treat just one individual, as each person's version of Alzheimer's appears to be different."

Friday, June 17, 2016

Effortless Weight Loss - Part 1

Summer is here and bare skin is in. It's likely that most folks are feeling anxious about slipping into a bathing suit after months of being covered up. Whether you got weight-loss or other health related issues to resolve, now is as good a time as any.

To help you look and feel your best, we turned to our favorite health experts. The information on weight-loss and lifestyle changes they provide has proven to be very beneficial. As I stated in the past, losing weight is only the first step. The real challenge is maintaining the weight-loss and that seems to be possible only when you make a lifestyle change. Make it enjoyable and maintainable, and you got a recipe for success!

Our first health expert is Chris Kresser, who strongly advocates Paleo nutrition. He believes that calorie-restriction diets are not a good solution in the long run and the Paleo lifestyle works for weight-loss because you get more nutrition from smaller amount of food.

"What makes a Paleo diet special is that it is more satiating per calorie than other diets, which helps you eat less without fighting hunger or counting calories."

Read more at: Chris Kresser - Tips for successful weight loss and

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Paleo Myths

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Anyone eating wholesome, real food heard of the Paleo Diet or lifestyle. People often criticize this lifestyle with popular statements. 

Here are the most popular Paleo Myths:

The one I hear frequently:  “Cavemen Only Lived Until They Were 35.”  

Here's a good scientific reply to such an argument: 
"Children were especially vulnerable to all kinds of diseases and infections that we can now prevent with vaccines or cure with antibiotics: due to the incredible advances in modern medicine, the child mortality rate in the United States today is 0.639%. Paleolithic child mortality is almost unimaginable to us."
Another popular statement I hear is: It's not good to eliminate a whole food group.

I believe we really need to ask ourselves are grains really an essential food group by itself? Many doctors, including Dr. William Davis, author of "Wheat Belly", are starting to believe it isn't. 

Mark Sisson states in his blog post:
“An unfortunately large number of people are forced to subsist on grains as a staple, because they’re cheap and plentiful and calories are scarce, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best way to eat. Grains aren’t necessary if you have access to plenty of fresh animals and plants.”
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Have you heard any other statements disputing the Paleo Lifestyle?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Got a picky eater? Data shows parents are partly to blame.

New data findings: "Americans’ junk food habits start in toddler years. At age 1, we eat fries and brownies — but few veggies"

Although my toddler is not a very picky eater, I can see that if he had the choice between veggies and fruit, he'd pick fruit most of the time. People are wired to like sweet foods. But we just need to keep being persistent and offer the nutrient-dense veggies and meats! They'll come around eventually. Don't give up!
"Fulgoni emphasized that his goal is not to "shame parents with this information." One limitation of the study is that it's based on a caregiver's memory of what a child ate, and there could be gaps or information that's fuzzy. But he said he was surprised at how much not-so-good-for-you food they admitted to giving their charges."

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Change in Nutrition Labels - a line for "added sugar"

"The Food and Drug Administration came out Friday with its new template for nutrition labels. One big change was the addition of a line for “added sugar,” to be placed below a line for total sugar. The change is designed to distinguish between sugars that are naturally occurring in a food — like the milk sugar in a plain yogurt — and the sugars that food manufacturers include later to boost flavors — like the “evaporated cane juice” in a Chobani Kids strawberry yogurt."
Source: "You’d Be Surprised at How Many Foods Contain Added Sugar"

While sugar is added to boost flavor, a lot of the time it also serves the purpose of a preservative - similarly to salt! Products made sans sugar are difficult to control and why I stick to making small batches with my jerky.

Large food companies are large for a reason, they make a lot of product that they can't risk losing due to a small mistake during production. And therefore prefer to use the necessary additives to keep batches consistent.

I'm definitely curious how consumers will respond to the new labels and if it will turn them on to sourcing more from smaller companies jumping hurdles to make a 'cleaner' product available.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Will eating red meat kill you?

Many vegetarians are convinced that meat is bad for us. Even people that do eat red meat are convinced it is bad for them but eat it anyway because they enjoy it. But just how true is the statement that red meat is bad for us? Why have we been so heavily brainwashed against red meat? 

Chris Kresser has a series of articles on this topic: 

Among many reasons he lists to not buy into this, the main two that always stick out to me:

1. Studies are often flawed, they are either done on mice who are vegetarian and cannot eat meat or other variables are involved, not just meat. For instance, when there was a study stating that processed meat is bad for us, it didn't consider other possible nutritional intake in people's diet, which could very much be comprised of a lot of junk food.  

 "Trouble is – as is so often the case – the study is deeply flawed. In fact, anyone with training in research methodology might find themselves wondering “where’s the beef?” after they read it. In the end it’s just another piece of worthless propaganda parading as medical research. It tells us a lot more about the biases and motives of the researchers, and the incompetence of the media reporting on it, than it does about the effect of red meat consumption on human health.Here are my “top 10” reasons to ignore this study and continue to eat your grass-fed, organic red meat:" 

 2. Media reports are flawed citing wrong conclusions, ignoring research findings or just copying selective parts from study to make headlines.  

I personally think that there's noting wrong with red or other meat from sustainably raised sources; I strongly believe that evolution supports this. I am not buying into the hype and prefer to be cautious about research findings reported in the media. What are your thoughts?