Friday, August 20, 2010 » Food For Thought: Meat-Based Diet Made Us Smarter

Grass-fed Beef - 3 Sirloin Steaks
Our earliest ancestors ate their food raw — fruit, leaves, maybe some nuts. When they ventured down onto land, they added things like underground tubers, roots and berries.
It wasn't a very high-calorie diet, so to get the energy you needed, you had to eat a lot and have a big gut to digest it all. But having a big gut has its drawbacks.
"You can't have a large brain and big guts at the same time," explains Leslie Aiello, an anthropologist and director of the Wenner-Gren Foundation in New York City, which funds research on evolution. Digestion, she says, was the energy-hog of our primate ancestor's body. The brain was the poor stepsister who got the leftovers.
Until, that is, we discovered meat.
NPR has a great series going on right now, The Human Edge.

Check it out.

Also Semi-Related, a Great Book Recommendation:

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us HumanCatching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Where Can I Find Real (Raw) Milk?

Just a quick Link share....

Make sure if you do get Raw Milk, that its from Grass Fed Cows. Raw milk from Sick cows would be scary. Raw Milk from Healthy Natural Cows is ideal.

Looking for Cows with Casein A2, Jersey, Asian and African Breeds. These will have fewer potential allergen response, and tend to be less overbred.

and a reminder,

to find GrassFed/Pastured Meats!

Have some Butter...

Eat your Butter... Its good for you.

Taste - Honestly who doesnt love butter? It's Betta with Budda.
We personally LOVE Kerrygold, for taste and nutritional benefit, its a Grassfed Butter, we get it at Costco, Sams Club, Kroger or Trader Joes...
Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter - Salted (8 ounce) by

Nutrition - A Great Source of Vitamins A, E, K(will have another writeup on this oft overlooked vitamin), Iodine, Anti-Oxidants, Selenium, Butyric Acid(anti inflammatory)

Vitamins are Fat Soluble  - Your body absorbs vitamins better when it has dietary fat.
What good is eating the Healthy Food without the benefits... make sure you add a Healthy Dietary Fat with every real meal to ensure absorption. If you take supplements(I prefer real food), make sure you take them with a meal, with Dietary Fat!

Heres a Great Writeup over at Weston A Price. 

Quality Saturated Fat. Heart Healthy. and Happy Tastebuds to boot!

Carotenoid bioavailability is higher from salads ingested with full-fat than with fat-reduced salad dressings as measured with electrochemical detection.American Journal of Clinical NutritionBrown, M.J., Ferruzzi, M.G., Nguyen, M.L., Cooper, D.A., Eldridge, A.L., Schwartz, S.J., & White, W.S. 

Carotenoid absorption from salad and salsa by humans is enhanced by the addition of avocado or avocado oil.Journal of Nutrition - Unlu, N.Z., Bohn, T., Clinton, S.K., & Schwartz, S.J..