Sunday Links & Food Porn

~ You'll recall John Durant's performance on The Colbert Report, but did you see the backstage showdown with a vegan?

~ Many were appalled at the state of school lunches highlighted in my post of a couple of days ago. Could the sorry state of school lunches be what's partially behind something like this: The cigarettes, crisps and creme egg diet?

~ Were ancient Egyptian priests killed by saturated fat in their food? You be the judge.

~ Chalk one up for the paleo / evolutionary method of exercise: brief & intense.

~ It's nice to be able to applaud a dietitian for a change: The truth is that saturated fats may not be the enemy. Thank you, Jennifer Sygo.

~ And here's the obese, "official dietitian" for WebMD, Elaine Magee, MPH, RD. Check out how this fatass vomits "low-fat" over and over and over. What a fucking moron. She's a menace to society. ...On the plus side, she seems to be following her own stupid and ignorant advice to the tee.

OK, it was salmon the other night, sous vide method.

Food Shots
 

I got hold of wild caught sockeye. Beautiful color. Alongside was fresh asparagus done by tossing them in olive oil & onto the cookie sheet in a 350F oven for about 20 minutes or until the tops brown.

Then I made a tomato, yellow onion and anchovy salad tossed with my vinaigrette of dijon mustard, olive oil and vinegar.

The salmon was brined in a solution that's 5 tbsp per quart of water for 10-15 minutes, dried, sprinkled with dill and then sealed in the bags with a good pat of butter and a tsp of fresh lemon juice. 120F in the Sous-Vide Supreme for 40 minutes. Just empty the bags, butter & all, right onto the plate. You'll note that the butter is perfectly yellow & clear. All the juices remain in the fish, which you can observe by clicking this photo forfor the high res shot.

Sockeye Salmon Sous Vide
Sockeye Salmon, Sous Vide

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Comments

  1. Alex Thorn says:

    “Were ancient Egyptian priests killed by saturated fat in their food?”

    “The translations of inscriptions on the walls of Egyptian temples showed that priests would offer the gods meals of beef, goose, bread, fruit, vegetables, cake, wine and beer three times a day.”

    Mmm! Two foods of animal origin and six containing carbs – but it was the saturated fat that did them in!

    Of course, then as now, we are beginning to realise this is just the usual mainstream bollocks:
    “It’s nice to be able to applaud a dietitian for a change: The truth is that saturated fats may not be the enemy. Thank you, Jennifer Sygo.”

    • I just posted a comment on “It’s the Crap; Just Eat Real Food” in reply to Kari and the mummies article.

      Sorry for the repost, it is relevant here and will have more visibility.

      1.
      Dr. Eades has a whole chapter in the Protein Power book — Overcoming the curse of mummies– examining the issue and is much more well researched than the article.

      In summary, using papyrus records, Egyptians ate a “healthy” diet by modern standards:high carbohydrate, whole grains, low in saturated fat, low in cholesterol, plenty of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables, almost no read meat, some fish and poultry, goat milk and olive oil instead of lard. They had not only arteschleorisis, but gum disease and obesity (sounds familiar ?). Notice that Dr. Eades already knew about this 14 years ago !

      The researches in the article correctly examined the medical condition of the mummies, but then jumped to unwarranted and unsupported conclusions based on modern prejudices. And notice the “evocative message” that the authors want to leave the reader with …

      2.
      There was a similar article last year and this is what Dr. Eades said in Twitter:

      —————————————
      They could’ve learned this same thing 13 yrs ago if they had read Protein Power. http://su.pr/1vdbSl And they’ve got their causation wrong
      2:24 PM Nov 17th, 2009 via Su.pr

      Link to the article:

      http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1vdbSl/latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2009/11/even-ancient-egyptians-suffered-hardening-of-the-arteries-ct-scans-show.html/r:t

      —————————————

      3.
      And here’s a related blog entry:

      http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/uncategorized/obesity-in-ancient-egypt/

  2. Tim Starr says:

    Been Tabata’ing all my exercises since finding out about it. Works great! Just recently started adding some long walks around the lake w/ my doggy on recovery days. Am even doing martial arts practice on Tabata intervals; our sparring matches are like long Tabatas: 3 1-min rounds, 30 sec rests between rounds.

  3. ” Jennifer Sygo is a dietitian in private practice…”

    Translation “Jennifer Sygo is free to express her own opinion is not beholden to any parent company or government entity spewing low-at dogma”.

  4. Michael Miller says:

    Dear Elaine Magee,

    Nice free advertising. Its clear from watching the video that listening to you will make me thin and healthy, and also make my hair look youthful and vibrant.

    Cheers,

    Michael

  5. “Were ancient Egyptian priests killed by saturated fat in their food?”

    Of course, I understand….the bread, fruit, cake, wine and beer three times a day had nothing to do with it.

    Ahhh, well…. even bigger problem to all of us, in my eyes, are the Media who will print or report this stuff and not ask enough questions.

    • Hey, CJ, great to hear from you. Now when are we gonna get to see that film. Please give us an update.

      • Hi Richard,

        Thanks to the help of many good people like you contributing to our post production we’ve kept it moving forward, while seeking major sponsors for the last 125k necessary to wrap it up and get it out in the world. As you know, this last year has created some additional economic challenges (and tendency towards holding still) to corporations, banks and foundations who would normally be the ones to step up to the plate with grants, sponsorships, or even a simple loan, ….extending the time needed for completion. Just one of the joys of independent filmmaking ;) Nevertheless, I expect to have it finished and available in the Fall at the latest with some networking help.

        I’ll write you a bit more about the politics I’ve encountered (yes, even vegetarians in charge of foundations)…

        In addition to the recent “Whole Foods” veg marketing push (those were my pics of the displays for Jimmy Moores great article)… they are looking for a Global VP of Communications to launch an Internet TV station so thy can control their message and not have to rely on normal broadcast routes…

        and, a film-group in Hollywood is going to do an obesity film along the lines of Al Gores “An Inconvenient Truth” where they “Explore America’s Unhealthy Relationship with Food”… but get this, “The film project will be fully funded by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare and its alli brand…”

        Hmmm…I wonder if I wanted to only look at problems, rather than find a solution we’d be fully funded already?? ;)

  6. Just made an entire Costco boneless leg of lamb in my crock-pot sous vide (sous vide magic pid controller). Started it in the morning, so it went about 10 hours at 135F. Fan-freakin-tastic.

    Thanks for helping turn me on to sous vide.

  7. Gabe Rosen says:

    Money quote from that mind-numbing WebMD piece: “You really don’t need to do the real stuff”.

    I recently read the ingredient list on that same non-dairy creamer and had a hard time finishing my meal – but it’s only that one gram of (admittedly trans) fat that seems to bother this ignorant fuck.

    Those mail-order Doctor of Divinity degrees that entitle anyone with $50.00 to perform weddings deserve more respect than these dietician credentials being handed out nowadays.

  8. What’s the deal with all these overweight women telling us how to supposedly eat healthy?

    She has a website: http://recipedoctor.com

    And she really is a public menace…

    Hundreds of thousands of these books have been sold, and they are now being distributed all over the world

    Her current recipe of the month is “Wheat Rolled Sugar Cookies”. http://recipedoctor.com/?p=154

  9. Charentais says:

    Was that Magee lady waving a carton of “yogurt” at us with candy crap in the lid?

    Sweet Jeebus.

  10. Here’s a linke for the the vegans. Panda caught snacking on pig bones and loving it!

    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/1018644/panda-filmed-chewing-on-pig-bones

  11. OMG, what’s with the obese woman telling others how to eat healthy?

  12. I want to shake that teenage girl by the shoulders. She is ruining her health, the sneaky little witch.

  13. Sadly, you did not overstate your case about Elaine Magee one iota.

    I looked at her video and website to see if you were being overly cruel to her. I discovered you weren’t.

    However, let’s not just blame Elaine Magee. I lost a lot of respect for WebMD, a website I’ve used several times for info on pharmaceuticals for example. (Anti-inflammatories, sports injury, etc.)

    Her employer is equally moronic and wrong. Let’s expand our criticism and not pick on one employee who is out of her depth.

  14. I phrased my last sentence badly. I don’t mean criticizing her and using her as an example is in any way inappropriate. I mean let’s also look beyond her and point out that WebMD is promoting, supporting, and, indeed, commissioning this.

  15. “For example, goose meat is 63% fat, with 20% of it saturated. ”

    The sacred oil of modern nutrition olive oil has 15% saturated fat, somehow I have the feeling that the author recommends that.

  16. Love the paleo/vegan combat. Even their looks is proof enough.

  17. I can’t believe these fat folks telling others how to eat and exercise (Magee, Kelly Brownell, Tara Parker-Pope, Regina Benjamin) never seem to understand that they are unable to FOLLOW THEIR OWN ADVICE!

    Either they can’t do it because it’s actually impossible (because it promotes hunger, high blood sugar and inflammation) or they do it and it fails. Either way, how can they never catch on?

  18. I found another pleasant surprise from the MM (Mainstream Media): Amy Alkon’s Advice Goddess column. I was amazed to find this in my local newspaper:

    http://www.advicegoddess.com/goddessblog.html

    Scroll down to the Feb. 28, 2010 entry.

  19. Sometimes I really wish I wasn’t allergic to salmon!

  20. Slowly but surely the truth about fats, specifically saturated fats is getting out. People are finally starting to do their own research and surmise their own opinion.

  21. You mean spending countless hours on the treadmill isn’t the effective way to build muscle and lose fat?

    You sir speak blasphemy! Healthiness and happiness can only be achieved through hours and hours of ritualistic self-flagellation.

    Enjoying your food is gluttony, and having “fun” while exercising is sinful! Idle hands know not what they do, and…freedom isn’t free! and so forth.

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