– The Romans knew how to fatten up their Gladiators in order to protect them from minor injury by means of subcutaneous fat. "Gladiators, it seems, were fat. Consuming a lot of simple carbohydrates, such as barley, and legumes, like beans, was designed for survival in the arena. Packing in the carbs also packed on the pounds. 'Gladiators needed subcutaneous fat,' Grossschmidt explains. 'A fat cushion protects you from cut wounds and shields nerves and blood vessels in a fight.'"
– Probably the best review of Good Calories, Bad Calories I've yet read is to be found at Robert McLeod's blog. See how a physicist evaluates Taubes, and, see how he handily ridicules the nutrition "experts" who thinks that our body's homeostasis has anything to do with the Fist Law of Thermodynamics.
– Dr. Michael Eades is pretty optimistic about how absurd, fraudulent diet studies such as the one I reviewed the other day are the signal of "the last gasp of the dark ages of nutrition," a fraudulent dark ages perpetuated by the fraud Ancel Keys and frauds like Frank M. Sacks, M.D., George A. Bray, M.D., Vincent J. Carey, Ph.D., Steven R. Smith, M.D., Donna H. Ryan, M.D., Stephen D. Anton, Ph.D., Katherine McManus, M.S., R.D., Catherine M. Champagne, Ph.D., Louise M. Bishop, M.S., R.D., Nancy Laranjo, B.A., Meryl S. Leboff, M.D., Jennifer C. Rood, Ph.D., Lilian de Jonge, Ph.D., Frank L. Greenway, M.D., Catherine M. Loria, Ph.D., Eva Obarzanek, Ph.D., and Donald A. Williamson, Ph.D.
– Nanofoods. As Monica exclaimed when she emailed that: "moronic."
– Rattlesnake; it's what's for breakfast. Pretty primal if you ask me, hold the biscuits and gravy. I've filed this one under 'rednecks: if they didn't exist, we'd have to invent them.'
– Idiocy I. Translation: Atkins wins yet again; so danger, stay away. "Most humans for the past several millennia have eaten a diet largely comprising grains, seeds and vegetables (that is, carbohydrates) with a little meat." Oh, wow, several millennia? Only several? Hey, I'll spot you 10 millennia if you give me the previous 2,500 (millennia). Christopher Wanjek: you're a fuckin' moron.
– Idiocy II. Well, actually, I don't think John McDougall, MD is an idiot or a moron. I think he's a bald faced liar with an agenda. "The proper diet for human beings is based on starches. The more rice, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and beans you eat, the trimmer and healthier you will be – and with those same food choices you will help save the Planet Earth too." Drop dead, fucker. The sooner, the better.
– Late entry (after publication): Well, how about some sanity to tie up the idiocy and insanity of those last two? "A Calorie is not a Calorie, and Other Dietary Heresy," a great post by Keith Norris, superstar.
More later: I just looked at my RSS. I now stand at 230 unread posts from many great health and fitness bloggers. The way I do it: I have my daily folder with a handful of my favorites and most relevant to what I do — not to mean they are inferior — and I try not to get behind more than about a dozen. Then, there's everyone else in various folders by general category. I hate missing out on good stuff (tons of it) and not being able to blog it individually or include it in a roundup, but I guess that's a good thing: it's a sign of the explosion of this kind of rational evolutionary thinking. Also, my cherished readers are are so diligent at sending me good stuff, and, frankly, they must take priority. Thanks one and all. It's just been weighing on me. I'd love to highlight every single great post out there, but it's just impossible. One must ultimately face the reality of things.