Sunday, May 28, 2017

Weekend Link Love – Edition 454

weekend_linklove in-lineRESEARCH OF THE WEEK

Statins don’t help older adults, and they may even lead to higher mortality.

A 3-egg-a-day, low-carb diet helps older adults lose visceral fat, improve metabolic health, lower triglycerides, and raise HDL.

Fennel is great for post-menopausal women (PDF).

Physical strength predicts political leaning in men.

Eating more salt causes you to preserve water and drink less.

There’s no substitute for sunlight.

Add black pepper to the list of spices that reduce high-heat carcinogen formation in meat.

Gut bacteria imbalance linked to systemic sclerosis.

Psilocybin mushrooms deemed the world’s safest recreational drug.



Episode 170: Sarah Ballantyne, PhD: I chat with Sarah Ballantyne, New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Approach, The Paleo Approach Cookbook and The Healing Kitchen, and creator of the online program Go To Bed.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.


Are nature documentaries fake?

Why “Homo prospectus” might be more accurate.

Steven Hamley introduces his new paper on saturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and heart disease.

Why the war on red meat is misleading.


A Tarahumara woman won a 50km race wearing sandals.

What you can learn from animals.


Walking and creativity go hand in hand.

We need sadness to be happy.

Well, they are called sea lions.

New photo technology captures the moment of conception.

Good dog.


Announcement I’m proud to make: PRIMAL KITCHEN® wins the Best Paleo Company (food) award in Paleo Magazine.

Development I’m happy to see: Lab-grown blood stem cells.

Concept I’m pondering: Spiderwebs as extensions of the spider’s mind.

Animation I dug: The 50 million-year evolution of the whale.

Terrible (and I really like avocado): This latte.



One year ago (May 28– June 3)


Next step – asking health insurance to cover massage so I can get a serotonin boost regularly ?

– I hear ya, Nicole. There are lots of things health insurance should cover but doesn’t.


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What Vegetarian Dietitians Eat at Fast-Food Restaurants  

As a dietitian and longtime vegetarian, I find that people are often surprised to hear that I do sometimes eat fast food. But these days, there are some tasty, balanced vegetarian options at restaurants like Subway, Chipotle, and Panera. Here are some of my healthy favorites, and picks from fellow vegetarian and vegan dietitians.


Subway: Veggie Delite Salad + Egg Patty

This is my off-the-menu go-to: I top a Veggie Delite Salad with an egg patty. I request a base of spinach and add a ton of veggies: tomatoes, green bell peppers, red onion, cucumber, banana peppers, and jalapenos. I top the salad with sprinkling of shredded cheese, as well as dried oregano and red wine vinegar. I love that Subway sells apple slices, so I’ll usually grab a baggie of those, as well.


Taco Bell: Fresco Bean Burrito

“I’ve been eating this for years on road trips,” says Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, blogger at Whole Green Wellness. “Fresco means replacing the sour cream and cheese with pico de gallo.” You can also add extra veggies — like lettuce, tomatoes, and jalapenos — for a little bit extra.


McDonald’s: Fruit & Maple Oatmeal

McD’s now serves breakfast all day, which means you can pick up this vegetarian oatmeal anytime. “It’s easy to go overboard on sodium if you choose the breakfast sandwich route,” says Meredith Harper, MS, RDN, owner of “Many contain at least half the daily recommended limit, but this oatmeal has only 140 milligrams of sodium.” Order it with a slight modification: “I recommend choosing to get it without the brown sugar — it’s sweet enough as is,” says Harper.


Chipotle: Burrito Bowl

Load up a customized bowl with veggies, as does Ginger Hultin, MS, RDN, owner of “I get every type of veggie Chipotle offers, including fajita veggies and all types of salsa,” says Hultin, who requests both pinto and black beans. Note for vegans: The Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette contains honey, so opt instead for guacamole as a topper.


Panera: Modern Greek Salad with Quinoa

This is a favorite of Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, owner of “The salad has 510 calories and11 grams of protein, and it’s a heart, filling, and tasty lunch,” says Rizzo. “I usually opt for an apple as my side to keep the calories to a minimum and increase my fiber intake.” You can also order a half portion and pair it with cup of soup or a half sandwich.


Panda Express: Eggplant Tofu

“It’s so hard to find vegetables in fast-food choices, so this dish is great,” says Sharon Palmer, RDN, author of Plant-Powered for Life. Veggies add filling fiber, and this dish is a good source. Palmer suggests pairing it with steamed brown rice for additional fiber.


Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in Jersey City, NJ. She’s a regular contributor to many publications, including,,, Dr. Oz the Good Life, Runner’s World, and more—as well as, where she was a longtime editor. She also pens a recipe-focused blog, Amy’s Eat List.

*This article was written and/or reviewed by an independent registered dietitian nutritionist.

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