Got Milk? Or More Importantly, Got CLA? - Drew Ramsey MD
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Got Milk? Or More Importantly, Got CLA?OK, I have a confession. I’m obsessed with a study called “Conjugated Linoleic Acid in Adipose Tissue and Risk of Myocardial Infarction”. It offers support for a food principle that I’ve been preaching about for a long time: the benefits of grass-fed beef and dairy. Here, it’s specifically on heart attacks and one of my favorite fats, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Grass contains soluble fiber and fermentable sugars that make ruminant stomachs–the stomachs of animals like cows, sheep and goats–more favorable for the growth of the bacteria that that creates CLA. In this study, higher amounts of CLA in the body’s fat were associated with a 49% lower risk of a heart attack. If you still think that red meat and full fat dairy are bad for you, this is the kind of study that should make you take a second look.

Here, the author’s review suggests that it may not be the presence of red meat or full fat diary in your diet that affect your risk of heart attack, but the presence of CLA in those foods.

The process of the study is what really got me particularly excited, as we learn about CLA in food. They grouped participants by the amount of CLA in their fat tissue, and measured their risk of a heart attack. It was atypically huge–as it studied 3,626 people. Usually studies are much smaller–can you imagine getting 3,626 fat tissue samples? The stats are even more complex when you realize that the study also considered a whole host of factors including medical conditions, genetics, lifestyle, and even previous heart attacks (for 3,6265 people). It’s also unique in that measured people’s CLA intake and levels from natural sources, so this isn’t about adding supplements to your diet but about building a diet around properly fed and raised natural food sources. They also led the study in Costa Rica, an area where traditional, non-industrial farming methods are the norm (compared to the conventionally grain-fed meat and dairy sources in the US). In fact, the content of CLA in the milk fat in Costa Rica was more than three times higher than the CLA in milk fat in the US.

I posted a blog entry about grain-fed vs. grass-fed beef, which you can watch here.

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Winner of a 2017 IACP Cookbook Award  •  Finalist for a Books for a Better Life Award

Named one of the top health and wellness books for 2016 by Well + Good and MindBodyGreen

 

From leading psychiatrist and author of Fifty Shades of Kale comes a collection of 100 simple, delicious, and affordable recipes to help you get the core nutrients your brain and body need to stay happy and healthy.

What does food have to do with brain health? Everything.

Your brain burns more of the food you eat than any other organ. It determines if you gain or lose weight, if you’re feeling energetic or fatigued, if you’re upbeat or depressed. In this essential guide and cookbook, Drew Ramsey, MD, explores the role the human brain plays in every part of your life, including mood, health, focus, memory, and appetite, and reveals what foods you need to eat to keep your brain—and by extension your body—properly fueled.

Drawing upon cutting-edge scientific research, Dr. Ramsey identifies the twenty-one nutrients most important to brain health and overall well-being—the very nutrients that are often lacking in most people’s diets. Without these nutrients, he emphasizes, our brains and bodies don’t run the way they should.

Eat Complete includes 100 appetizing, easy, gluten-free recipes engineered for optimal nourishment. It also teaches readers how to use food to correct the nutrient deficiencies causing brain drain and poor health for millions. For example:

• Start the day with an Orange Pecan Waffle or a Turmeric Raspberry Almond Smoothie, and the Vitamin E found in the nuts will work to protect vulnerable brain fat (plus the fiber keeps you satisfied until lunch).

• Enjoy Garlic Butter Shrimp over Zucchini Noodles and Mussels with Garlicky Kale Ribbons and Artichokes, and the zinc and magnesium from the seafood will help stimulate the growth of new brain cells.

• Want to slow down your brain’s aging process? Indulge with a cup of Turmeric Cinnamon Hot Chocolate, and the flavanols found in chocolate both increase blood flow to the brain and help fight age-related memory decline.

Featuring fifty stunning, full-color photographs, Eat Complete helps you pinpoint the nutrients missing from your diet and gives you tasty recipes to transform your health—and ultimately your life.

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The Happiness Diet

For the first time in history, too much food is making us sick. It's all too apparent that the Modern American Diet (MAD) is expanding our waistlines; what's less obvious is that it's starving and shrinking our brains. Rates of obesity and depression have recently doubled, and while these epidemics are closely linked, few experts are connecting the dots for the average American.

Using the latest data from the rapidly changing fields of neuroscience and nutrition, The Happiness Dietshows that over the past several generations small, seemingly insignificant changes to our diet have stripped it of nutrients--like magnesium, vitamin B12, iron, and vitamin D, as well as some very special fats--that are essential for happy, well-balanced brains. These shifts also explain the overabundance of mood-destroying foods in the average American's diet and why they predispose most of us to excessive weight gain.

After a clear explanation of how we've all been led so far astray, The Happiness Diet empowers the reader with simple, straightforward solutions. Graham and Ramsey show you how to steer clear of this MAD way of life with foods to swear off, shopping tips, brain-building recipes, and other practical advice, and then remake your diet by doubling down on feel-good foods--even the all-American burger.

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Fifty Shades of Kale

Kale gets sexy in Fifty Shades of Kale by Drew Ramsey, M.D., and Jennifer Iserloh, with 50 recipes that are mouth-wateringly delicious and do a body good.
 
Release yourself from the bondage of guilt and start cooking meals with the ingredients you love: meat, cheese, and yes—even butter. Nutrient-rich kale provides essential vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy, happy, and lean—so you can indulge in your most delicious desires. Whether you’re a cooking novice or a real kale submissive, you will undoubtedly succumb to Kale’s charms.

From Mushroom and Kale Risotto to Kale Kiwi Gazpacho, Fifty Shade of Kale offers simple ways to have your kale and eat it, too, as well as nutritional information, cooking tips, and a tutorial on kale in all her glorious shades.
 
Indulge your culinary passions with Fifty Shades of Kale: 50 Fresh and Satisfying Recipes That Are Bound to Please.

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