This page contains news, event information, and other items added by myself, the intrepid farmer-in-process at Old 99. I send out a message every week, but most are set with a delete date about two weeks later. I archive some of the posts if they have content other than weekly availability of produce and meat.
You can send me questions too, which if they are of a general nature, I can post to this Old99 blog.
Market Research: cost of protein
I have bottled up the last of the O99 honey crop, about 20L, now available.
A faithful member lent me the 25th anniv edition of More With Less cookbook, which has a chart in it of common sources of protein and costs. But the costs don’t match ours, so I’d like to do an update and publish it here.
Since I don’t go to grocery stores hardly at all, maybe I could get a few of the 175 subscribers to Old99Farm.locallygrown to offer to get the price data for say 10 items. I’d send you the list as a form and you’d take shopping with you. (would make a good educational project for kids too.) I’ll ask several people to do the same list so we can compare. Just include for each item, store, size (weight), price, date. that’s all. I’ll do the rest and share it in a future blog.
Speaking of sharing, I came across a nifty website, www.streetbank.com which makes it slamdunk easy to be a helping neighbour to someone who needs a tool, dvd, book, knowhow, etc. Or a source for you when you need sumthin. I’m in there.
Some powerful links readers have sent in to me: titles speak for themselves.http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2014/03/04/windfall-the-booming-business-of-global-warming/
We don’t get to see much footage of the carnage being done in area the size of France, (yes that’s all slated to be strip mined for tarsand oil.)
http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/ID/2439712532/ Allergy Fix
Childhood food allergies have more than tripled in the last twenty years. New research is testing old assumptions about how to treat them. Can they find an allergy fix?
Old 99 Farm, Week of Mar 1. 2014
March 1st and minus 20, we gotta say, this is a winter like they used to be.
But are we thinking about spring and food we can grow in the backyard yet? Has your seed catalogue from William Dam’s arrived (or see on line)?
I promised myself to get pictures of the ‘hotbed’ for posting here soon: current state: seeds planted, just starting to sprout today, 4 days later.
Available this week: meats (beef, pork, lamb, chicken, goose, salmon), eggs and some vegetables, potatoes, garlic, cilantro, celeriac.
Now for the part of my post you are all waiting for! what have I been reading this week??
I got back to Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallow to read up the ‘politically incorrect science’ on dietary fat. Yes, eat animal fat and eggs.
A farming neighbour gave me for my 60th, Joel Salatin’s last book, Folks, This Ain’t Normal, a farmers advice for happier hens, healthier people, and a better world, 2011.
Sample: he gave his pastured burger and chain store burger to his cats for a ‘taste test’.
They refused to touch the supermarket burgers. he says, ’don’t take my word for it, go try withyour own cats, they are not funded by industrial food cos. ‘They don’t have political alliances, they are not peer-dependent or swayed by hours of TV ads. They are just primal beings whose sensory safeguards still function. Your pets probably have a better handle on nutrition than your doctor.
You can grab a read for yourself, put it in the loo alongside the TP.
Here’s the ‘Big Gulp’ on climate change, this week.
The stunning increase in extreme weather events — 25 disasters exceeding a billion dollars in 2011 and 2012 — which had long been predicted by climate scientists, has not gone unnoticed by the public (that would be you):
But what do we actually get fed by the media? Joe Romm (www.climateprogress.org) did a study and concludes:
1. The broad [American] public is exposed to virtually no doomsday messages, let alone constant ones, on climate change in popular culture (TV and the movies and even online).
2. The same goes for the news media, whose coverage of climate change has collapsed
3. The public is exposed to constant messages promoting business as usual and indeed idolizing conspicuous consumption.
4. The political elite and intelligentsia, including MSM pundits and the supposedly “liberal media” like, say, MSNBC, hardly even talk about climate change and when they do, it isn’t doomsday.
5. At least a quarter of the public chooses media that devote a vast amount of time to the notion that global warming is a hoax and that environmentalists are extremists and that clean energy is a joke.
6. The major energy companies bombard the airwaves with millions and millions of dollars of repetitious pro-fossil-fuel ads. The environmentalists spend far, far less money.
7. Environmentalists when they do appear in popular culture, especially TV, are routinely mocked.
8. There is very little mass communication of doomsday messages online.
9 If you want to find anything approximating even modest, blunt, science-based messaging built around the scientific literature, interviews with actual climate scientists and a clear statement that we can solve this problem, go to the most widely read and cited site: his blog which is not even aimed at the general public. Probably 99% of Americans haven’t even seen one of his headlines.
Last year saw food prices reach their third highest year on record, corresponding to the latest outbreaks of street violence and protests in Argentina, Brazil, Bangladesh, China, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and elsewhere. This article tracks that http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-03-03/global-riot-epidemic-due-to-demise-of-cheap-fossil-fuels
The recent cases illustrate not just an explicit link between civil unrest and an increasingly volatile global food system, but also the root of this problem in the increasing unsustainability of our chronic civilisational addiction to fossil fuels.
Global agriculture’s excessive dependence on fossil fuel inputs means food prices are invariably linked to oil price spikes. Naturally, biofuels and food commodity speculation pushes prices up even further – elite financiers alone benefit from this while working people from middle to lower classes bear the brunt.
Unfortunately, simply taking to the streets isn’t the answer. What is needed is a meaningful vision for civilisational transition -* backed up with people power and ethical consistence.* (that would be us.)
Hey, if you’ve read this far, here’s your reward, some good news.
Last year 6,000 neighbours met through Streetbank to carry out neighbourly acts of kindness. This year they are on track for more than 30,000 people to meet who will save more than £500,000 in the process. By the end of 2016 they expect 150,000 people to be meeting and saving £2.5m.
All Streetbank does is to make sharing with your neighbours easy – and because people are time poor that easiness is helping to unlock resources and generosity that would otherwise remain untapped. People and things are connected, community spirit is strengthened and large amounts of things and skills are kept out of landfill.
If people are interested, how can they get involved?
Head to www.streetbank.com – it takes about 90 seconds to join and once you have you’ll be able to see everything your neighbours are offering in your square mile.
Why don’t we do it for amongst our 0ld99farm.locallygrown.net list?
Ian and Camelia
Old 99 Farm Week of Feb 23 2014
Ouch, wednesday already. btw, did anyone read that post I referred to last week about 16 wonderful farms leading the way?
We have 49 items in the market this week. I have updated quantities in stock and some prices up/down, depending. I had sort of hoped when I opened my inbox mail that there would be the usual sampling of orders for pickup tomorrow. Nope. It’s hard to be convinced that I have something worth offering here: healthy food, grown locally, picked fresh, organic. If not in a range and assortment that we are accustomed to in the supermarket, then at least the high nutrition heavies: pastured meats, eggs, leafy greens, honey, all organic.
So consider this latest post from
Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity site. About Sugar. (his excerpts indented.)
One of the interesting things to emerge from my recent research into nutritional health is the extent to which major food companies — for decades — have been suppressing information on the awful health effects of some of their major products.
Sugar is the biggie.
There is now overwhelming evidence tying heart disease and metabolic syndrome to sugar, and yet we have pretty much zero fresh guidance coming from the FDA and/or USDA. The evidence has been out there for a long time, and yet we have soft drink vending machines in nearly every public school in the nation dispensing “fruit juice” that is crammed with fructose, yogurt loaded with sugar, as well as soda itself (depending on the state).
Why have the government agencies responsible for public health allowed food and soft drink companies to load up our kids with sugar? And remained utterly silent, in general, on the topic?
Today we might be emotionally tempted to believe that all of this happened in the ‘bad old days’ and that nothing so craven could happen now. After all, we have access to much better information through the internet – surely they cannot keep the truth hidden? But the evidence doesn’t support that hope.
Instead, we should expect that nothing at all has changed. And that much of what passes for ‘good science’ in medicine and health today is polluted with corporate and financial self-interest that is, at best, only coincidentally-aligned with actual human and ecological health.
Okay, here’s the deal. Because we are surrounded by a vast marketing machine that works double overtime to assure we have poor access to good nutritional information, and because our daily shopping trips are more like hopping blindfolded through a minefield, and because ‘eating healthy’ is now much more expensive than eating poorly, we all need some support in this area.
I know I do.
In fact, studies show that success in sticking with new exercise and eating regimes is highly correlated with having good support networks.
[just heard of the book Younger Next Year, 2007, Crowley and Lodge, laying out the ‘how-to’ live healthier in the last 30 years of life. Especially guys over 60.]
On the other side of the question, who has the energy to scour the aisles and food labels to separate the gems from the grenades? Who has the money to afford to eat locally-grown organic vegetables with every meal and only buy pasture raised, non-hormone and antibiotic-free meat? Not everybody.
A big part of being resilient is being healthy; but now I want to amend that to say ‘being normal.’
[Grain Brain is one 2013 book I have read, with gusto, Perlmutter puts it on paper about the science of gluten induced unhealthiness.]
Chris says he’s “going to be dialing up our focus here on helping us all get the support we need to become normal, which is to say healthy, and that begins with eating well”.
If you ever needed one more nudge towards having a garden, this would be it.
[My hot bed is now ready for planting, temperature of soil is 10dC on top of 2ft of manure at 60dC. Should have baby greens in a month, started seeds a month ago. Maybe next year I can sell fresh cow manure by the pickup load for your backyard hotbed gardens!]
The idea here is not to suddenly decide to adopt an entirely new eating regime (although some might decide to go that route), but to go with our ‘step zero’ approach and pick just one thing. One tiny decision you can make today, to cut out one source of nutritional inflammation from your diet today.
[Our family started with swearing off orange juice and tetrapaks in the kids’ lunches. Now, 10 years later, it’s getting off gluten and GMO corn/soy.]
As soon as I can get the word out that I have a steady supply of delicious organic farm eggs, and the folks start coming, I’ll be putting the price back up to $6.50 for XL where it should be. Please help me do that so I can keep up my interest in the egg enterprise!
Yeah, healthy eating,
Ian and Camelia
Farming that works
I just finished reading Ontario farmer Harry Stoddart’s 2013 book, Real Dirt, An ex-industrial farmer’s guide to sustainable eating. He and family run an organic pastured meats farm in the Kawarthas (www.stoddart.ca).
The book is well worthy of your attention. He takes 200 pages to go through the issues raised by how we grow our food and puts industrial/chemical farming and organic farming in perspective: both have problems that are unsustainable. He takes a hardline on the definition of sustainability: the possibility that human and other life will flourish on earth forever. Anything less (including the famous Brundtland Commission’s attemnpt) can be watered down and co-opted by status quo interests.
The issues are about a dozen in total, but the big three that will result in social strife in Western democracies within our lifetimes, if left unchecked, are: antibiotic resistance, erosion and climate disruption.
Your decisions as eaters will have the greatest impact on how agriculture changes in the coming years, not government policy or activism. How you vote with your dollars to spend your food budget (and household time usage too, eg for doing some gardening, canning, bulk buying, etc.) is the way forward.
Does that make you optimistic about the future? Maybe not, if you are like me. I don’t see very many people making informed and deliberate choices with food, even people in my own extended family. But a future worth living for our children and grandkids has a better chance this way, than waiting for governments or technology to fix things. And you’ll be ABLE TO LOOK THEM IN THE EYE WHEN THEY ASK “what did you do to help?”.
I’ll say more about Stoddart in future posts. But since you might not go out and buy the book, here’s his simple list of what eaters can do:
1. Establish a relationship with your farmer(s).
2. Eat more perennials.
3. Don’t be alarmed that pigs and chickens are being fed food waste, including meat byproducts.
4. Buy rotationally grazed, 100% grass fed meats.
5. Don’t flush anything down your toilet that you don’t want spread on the ground that grows your food.
6. Cook your own meals.
He has a list of 18 questions to inform a discussion with your farmers (s). I’ll post that separately.
Finally, here is a link to a great post from Dan Allen, ecologically informed science teacher and essayist with many blogs on line. He gives you with this post a roadmap for getting on with right-sourcing your food. Check Feb 10 2014 postings on Resilience.org or paste this URL into your browser.
He starts by saying,
“I think most of us can agree that we are currently living in a very unsettling time — at the cusp of a monumental transition, with no assurances that the coming descent is even doable. Yikes!
So how then do we respond to this predicament? What choices should we make? …Well, the first step is acknowledging that a lot of conceivable options are just not on the table – namely those involving lots of fossil fuel energy and those that rely on environmental, economic, or social stability. Those options are now likely closed by virtue of our past sins. *But we do still have some choices. * Of course, there are no guarantees that things will turn out OK, but we can maximize our chance for success if we concentrate on making good choices from here on out.
And what are those good choices we can make:
•Find some land – You can buy, lease, rent, borrow or squat, but as the industrial infrastructure crumbles, it just seems like access to land is a prerequisite to maximizing our chances. There are pros and cons with every place. Weigh them and make a stand.
•Listen to the land – Learn the ecology of your chosen place. Watch, listen, taste, smell, and feel. Do this continually. Realize that no matter how much you know about your land, there is much you are missing. Embrace that ignorance – allow for wiggle room in your projects. Start small, observe, & then scale-up. Don’t do anything you can’t undo.
•Look for good examples to follow – Pick the best parts of the best examples you can find and start there. The farms profiled here can be a start, but look around in your area – good examples can be found in the most improbable places. Then try those examples on your land and watch for the response. Then alter your plans accordingly.
•Look to your community – You won’t make it through alone. Find like minded people and put your heads together. And learn to live with those who aren’t like minded. Find some common ground with them and start from there. Moving forward wealth will be measured in the quality and quantity of your relationships, not in stuff.
•Keep on the sunny side – There’s gonna be heap-loads of bad stuff coming our way. So much that it will be tempting to let it swallow us. Don’t let it. Look for the good in everything. Find reasons to laugh. Make your own fun.
•Keep on plugging away – There will be set-backs along the way. Sometimes BIG ones – ones that take us back to the start. Remember the lessons you learned playing ‘Chutes & Ladders’ and keep going. Don’t let the bastards keep you down.
The bulk of the essay profiles 16 farms that are benchmarking the way forward. So the least we can do is go out and find some like this in Hamilton area. Get involved in the local agricultural societies (Rockton, Ancaster): they need and want urban involvement.
But rather than just list the farms, he highlights just one key characteristic of each – one characteristic among the many key elements of the diverse ecological agricultures we need to implement. These key elements include things like a general ecological framework for agriculture, perennial staple crops, species diversity, polyculture planting, capturing rainwater in soil, drought adaptations, etc.. I hope you enjoy your family day, think about the food your family needs to stay healthy and happy.
OLd99 Farm Week of Family Day Feb 2014
I’m going to give you some good tips today, so, listen up!
First, 11 Graphs That Show Everything That is Wrong With The Modern Diet. Posted on February 11, 2014 | by Kris Gunnars at AuthorityNutrition.com, a site that helps people make informed decisions about their health based on the best scientific evidence available. Webmaster’s name is Kris Gunnars, a medical student, personal trainer and someone who has spent years reading books, blogs and research studies on health and nutrition. He’s 27, born and raised in Reykjavik, Iceland and currently study medicine at the University of Iceland.
“The modern diet is the main reason why people all over the world are fatter and sicker than ever before.
Everywhere modern processed foods go, chronic diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease soon follow.”
1. Total Sugar Intake Has Skyrocketed in The Past 160 Years
2. Consumption of Soda and Fruit Juice Has Increased Dramatically
3. Calorie Intake Has Gone up by Around 400 Calories Per Day
4. People Have Abandoned Traditional Fats in Favor of Processed Vegetable Oils
5. People Replaced Heart-Healthy Butter With Trans-Fat Laden Margarine
6. Soybean Oil Has Become a Major Source of Calories
7. Modern Wheat is Less Nutritious Than Older Varieties of Wheat
8. Egg Consumption Has Gone Down
9. People Are Eating More Processed Foods Than Ever Before
10. The Increased Vegetable Oil Consumption Has Changed The Fatty Acid Composition of Our Bodies
11. The Low-Fat Dietary Guidelines Were Published Around The Same Time The Obesity Epidemic Started
Now an obviously self-serving but relevant conclusion re #8: “It’s also important to keep in mind that not all eggs are the same. Most eggs at the supermarket are from chickens that are raised in factories and fed grain-based feeds.
The healthiest eggs are Omega-3 enriched eggs, or eggs from hens that are raised on pasture. These eggs are much higher in Omega-3s and important fat-soluble vitamins.
Overall, eating eggs is perfectly safe, even if you’re eating up to 3 whole eggs per day.”
Gunnar eats 3-6 whole eggs per day (about 30-40 per week) and says his health has never been better.
Yes I have eggs like these.
What foods does O 99 have this week?
Beef, lamb, chicken, pork, duck and goose. Apples, garlic and celeriac. Eggs. No greens for at least a month.
The Mustard Seed food coop is now open 460 York Blvd., near Dundurn Castle,
289-492-COOP. You can join the 1400 already members and get organic out-of-season fruits and veggies.
Ian and Camelia
Old 99 Farm,week of Feb 9th (birthday for guess who?)
Yes, you guessed right, I’m now officially a senior citizen, turned 60 on Sunday. I had a wonderful surprise party organized by Camelia and daughters.
We are inundated with eggs. Where have all the egg-eaters gone? Please come by and get your eggs here. Offer them to folks at work and neighbours. I have lowered the price too. Now XL are $5 and LG are $4, plus if you buy more than 10 dozen at a time I will take another 50c off. But what we really need is regular egg-eaters who want delicious, organic grain fed eggs from happy chickens.
Lots of questions about the WEATHER these days. Here’s a clip on what’s going on in England. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/02/10/3273171/climate-change-floods-rainfall/
While experts warn that the insurance industry could be facing a bill of £500m from the winter flooding, farmers and environmental groups have been raising concerns about the consequences that the flooding will have on the nation’s food security.
The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) estimates that 35,000 hectares (86.4869 acres) of high-quality horticultural and arable land will be flooded at least once every three years by the 2020s. By the 2080s, that number could be around 130,000 hectares. About 58 percent of England’s most productive farmland lies within a floodplain.
There are currently hundreds of flooded homes along the River Thames in the counties of Surrey and Berkshire to the west of London after the weekend storm and thousands more are at risk as the river continues to rise as the rainfall flows downstream. So far this winter, 8,000 homes have been flooded.
(It makes our snowfall and cold sound not so bad after all!)
Ian and Camelia
Old 99 Farm, week of Feb 2 2014
This morning I am writing more to keep up the ritual, than to add sparkle to your day, since market day is upon us again. I read that we can expect 15 to 20 centimeters of snow in next 24 hrs, so that will also make it a challenge to get here. If you would like steaks, chicken, pork chops, lamb etc, and can’t come thurs, place your order and come when you can.
Michael Schmidt, the raw milk dairy farmer, is getting his day in court today in Toronto, where his appeal to the Ontario Supreme Court on his conviction 2 years ago will be heard. It will be a bright day if cowshare agreements and the freedom to choose what we eat are vindicated.
I have carrots, potatoes and some lettage, sorry to say, not much in the way of veggies. But lots of eggs, meats and that white stuff.
Camelia gave me a book on Hot Beds, (no, not that kind) and I’m making one in the north greenhouse to grow salad crops. Basically it’s a obvious ancient idea that uses manure to generate heat under the growing soil. So I’ve put 2 ft of manure in the open area, now will level and over it spread soil and compost and then plant seedlings into it. If all goes well, will have salads in March.
Ian and Camelia.
PS we stared our first trays of transplants on Jan 1st, now potting on and will have them in the greenhouse, hot beds or not.
Old 99 Farm, Week of Jan 26, 2014
The cold spell continues, -22C this morning. Beautiful clear sky and inspiring sunrise.
Eggs are going to be in good supply for a while, so I’m lowering the price to $5/Doz, XL size, $4 for LG. Please tell your friends about great tasting eggs at a better price than they can get in the store!
Beef special continues: buy equal weights of steak and roasts, get all for the lower price, eg about $6.40/lb.
A few vegetables, Kale, carrots and potatoes, lettage, but this IS January after all.
Old 99 Farm, Week of Jan 12, 2014
What a difference in one week! Last week we started with big chill and ended with several days of plus 10dC, lots of snow melted, some flooding but no damage. The pond is overflowing to east, which usually doesn’t happen till spring.
I have a few vegetables, mizuna, carrots, collards, potatoes, and lots of meats and eggs.
Eggs will be on special again this week, three for two dozen, that’s $4.33 a dozen.
I am bundling steaks and roasts to encourage you to try pot-roasting, in a slowcooker or dutch oven. Delicious way to eat flavourful beef. So buy equal weights (nearest kg) of steak and roast, get all for the lowest price. (Rib steaks excluded)
Daughter Kelly is off on a few months of exploration in Central America, starting with 3 weeks at Sivananda Ashram in Bahamas. She’s writing of her travels at http://certifiedrogue.blogspot.ca/2014/01/first-day-of-teacher-training.html
The Antarctic ice sheet has some new news for those of us watching global climate change. These excerpts come from http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/01/13/3155431/massive-glacier-melt-irreversible-antarctica/
Pine Island Glacier is one of the main avenues for ice to flow from Antarctica into the ocean. As the tip of the glacier melts and thins, the glacier is discharging more ice into the sea. The glacier has been losing about 20 billion tonnes of ice a year for the last two decades, but scientists see this rising to 100 billion tonnes a year in the coming decades.
Pine Island Glacier accounts for about one-fourth of the total ice melt from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. If the entire West Antarctic Ice Sheet retreated it could cause sea level to rise by more than 10 feet. The entire Antarctic Ice Sheet, covering an area bigger than the continental U.S., contains nine-tenths of the ice on Earth and could raise sea level by over 200 feet if it melted.
There is a controversy boiling among leading spokesperons of the Triple E threat to a habitable Earth, triggered by David Holmgren’s essay on www.Simplicityinstitute.org called CrashOnDemand.
Albert Bates charts the views at his site, saying “A ferment in the environmental movement, brewing for many years, has now bubbled up into the blogosphere. We are dipping our ladle in here to take a little taste of it, even though we are quite certain it is not done fermenting.”. Read more at http://www.peaksurfer.blogspot.ca/
Nicole Foss is at the centre of the debate because of her response to Holmgren, an 8000 word essay at TheAutomaticEarth, including these sentences: The difference is that both financial crisis and peak oil are far more personal and immediate than climate change, and so are far bigger motivators of behavioral change. For this reason, addressing arguments in these terms is far more likely to be effective. In other words, the best way to address climate change is not to talk about it.
Have a look. What do you think is the best way to address climate change?
Ian and Camelia
Old 99 Farm, First week 2014
First week and a record cold snap, all the cows are inside the barn first time ever. Keeps them warm and the barn water from freezing.
The cold is really testing the greenhouse with the underground heating/cooling effect of recirculating air. It does make about a 20dC difference. But that has not been enough these last few days. Root crops like carrots are fine but the greens are either dead or not growing. Chard, arugula, mizuna, collards are fine.
Special on eggs, buy two dozen, get three. The hens are doing very well now. We do collect twice a day to avoid freezing them.
My Helpx.net helpers are fabulous: Lawrence from Holland and Miho from Japan have been here two weeks, only two more and they’re off to their next adventure. We have great conversations about permaculture and living a more self-reliant and resilient lifestyle.
Here’s a good summary of the controveries in food these days from Business Insider which, to me, is a new resource. This post is about a story that is just oh-so politically IN-correct. Your mainstream doctor, your registered dietician, your government dictocrat — all will dismiss this article. That, to me, is reason enough to give it a good reading. The summary follows but please go read the whole thing.
The “13 Lies,” in a nutshell, are:
1. Lie: Eggs are bad for your health; Reality: Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet and do not raise your risk of heart disease. Eggs for breakfast can help you lose weight.
2. Lie: A calorie is a calorie; Reality: All calories are not created equal. Different foods go through different metabolic pathways and have varying effects on hunger, hormones and health.
3. Lie: Saturated fat is unhealthy; Reality: New studies show that saturated fat does not increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. It raises the good cholesterol and changes the “bad” cholesterol to a benign subtype.
4. Lie: Eating a lot of protein is bad for your health; Reality: Studies show that protein has positive effects on bone health in the long run and does not raise the risk of kidney disease in healthy individuals. Eating a high protein diet has many important health benefits.
5. Lie: Everyone should be eating “heart-healthy” whole wheat; Reality: Wheat is the biggest source of gluten in the diet. Many studies are showing that wheat, including whole wheat, can contribute to various health problems.
6. Lie: Coffee is bad for you; Reality: Coffee contains very large amounts of antioxidants. Studies show that coffee drinkers are at a much lower risk of developing many serious diseases.
7. Lie: Meat is bad for you; Reality: Studies show that unprocessed red meat does not raise your risk of cardiovascular disease or diabetes. There is a very weak association with cancer, but most likely caused by excessive cooking and not the meat itself.
8. Lie: The healthiest diet is a low-fat, high-carb diet; Reality: The low-fat, high-carb diet recommended by the mainstream nutrition organizations is a miserable failure and has been repeatedly proven to be ineffective.
9. Lie: Refined seed- and vegetable oils are healthy; Reality: Excess consumption of refined seed- and vegetable oils can increase inflammation in the body and dramatically raise your risk of cardiovascular disease.
10. Lie: Low-carb diets are ineffective and downright harmful; Reality: Low-carb diets are the easiest, healthiest and most effective way to lose weight and reverse metabolic disease. It is pretty much a scientific fact at this point.
11. Lie: Everyone should be cutting back on sodium; Reality: Despite sodium restriction being able to mildly reduce blood pressure, this does not lead to improved health outcomes.
12. Lie: Sugar is bad because it contains “empty” calories; Reality: The harmful effects of excess sugar go way beyond empty calories. Sugar can have severe adverse effects on metabolism, leading to weight gain and many serious diseases.
13. Lie: Fat makes you fat; Reality: A diet that is high in carbs AND fat will make you fat, but it’s NOT because of the fat. In fact, the studies consistently show that diets that are high in fat (but low in carbs) lead to much more weight loss than diets that are low in fat,
The article is chock-full of details, examples and helpful links.
Ian and Camelia