Is the BBC (shock, horror) becoming more accepting of the Paleo diet/ a Paleo compatible lifestyle?
They just listed these things for slowing down aging:
-Lots of oily fish (although they didn't mention the o-3:o-6 balance per se)
-Reducing starchy foods like pasta, rice, bread etc.
-Lots of 'bitter' (I disagree - they're lush :p) veggies like spinach and broccoli
-Lots of variation of colours in veggies
-Reduce overall sugar intake (linking high blood glucose levels increasing aging)
This coming just a couple of weeks after the "Men Who Made Us Fat" series which interviewed Taubes! :D
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on August 12, 2012
at 02:30 PM
We just watched the "Eat, Fast and Live Longer" program. It was very well done, except I was surprised when they said "cut way back on protein." That is so vague, what does that mean, especially for the vegetarians?? The calorie restriction guy they interviewed looked so sickly to me, he ate a massive bowl of fruit for breakfast - no protein in sight. Anyway, I thought Mike Mosely (the interviewer) looked healthier than fruit guy but when they ran his blood numbers they weren't very good.
Mike tried the intermittent fasting and he improved his numbers and he dropped a few pounds. I also noticed on Mike's "fasting" days he only ate eggs, cheese and ham for breakfast, then fasted the rest of the days... (so their whole "don't eat protein" didn't figure in there.)
They didn't mention whether to eat grains or healthy fat; nor did they speak to the fasting specialists that are very well known internationally but rather two or three unknown, but very knowledgeable, doctors. I really liked the woman he spoke to in Ohio (or Indiana?)
Overall it was a terrific show and worth watching.
on July 30, 2012
at 05:46 PM
You mean the episode "The truth about looking young", right? I almost always enjoy BBC Horizon documentaries, and this one was a good one. But there were some things that were not so "paleo lifestyle-compatible", like the praise for synthetic sunscreen in the beginning of the show and also the moment when the presentator says that "winning the fight against oxidative stress would severely test the appetites of most of us", meaning most of the people would not be able to eat a lot of broccoli in a day.
And I cannot talk about all BBC tv shows, but I watch a lot of their documentaries, so I don't think BBC is becoming more accepting of paleo stuff. I think they are just trying to keep their viewers up to date with the most recent research in nutrition, exercise and overall health. But I think they are not bold enough, and maybe some of our british paleo buddies can explain why is that. Some examples:
The men who made us fat: props for having Lustig and Taubes in the first episode, but then it all became about calories, how the corporations are trying to get us fat, more calories, the so-called "fattening foods" (what is that? Call it what it is, dude!), how the government fails to regulate the food industry and some more calories.
BBC Horizon - The truth about exercise: props for advising high intensity short duration workouts and just being active "without doing formal exercise", as the presentator says, but nowhere in the whole documentary do they mention weightlifting or any kind of training that does not involve a treadmill or a stationary bike.
BBC Horizon - The truth about fat: props for talking about ghrelin and PYY (despite the presentator's initial skepticism), but it failed to mention solutions for obesity that don't involve surgical procedures.
BBC Horizon - Why are thin people not fat: this is a fun one. It's about an overeating experiment with 10 "naturally thin" people. Props for mentioning no one can actually control calories accurately and for explaining how fat cells work, but if failed to mention macronutrient ratios and a lot of stuff the average paleo guy likes to talk about.
on September 03, 2012
at 02:41 PM
There is a common misconception that fruit has not enough or no protein. The protein ratio in fruit mimics the dietary needs of humans. The idea is to adapt our diets to reflect our evolutionary path and closest non-human relatives. For example, Male Silverback Gorillas are about 5.5' tall, weigh 400lbs and eats around 50lbs of food/day, of about 67% is fruit.