NPR covered an interesting story yesterday in relation to the Institute of Medicine‘s recommendation that the FDA seek some form of governmental regulation in regard to the salt content of processed foods. From the NPR site:
“The Institute of Medicine issued a report Tuesday on reducing salt intake. They are recommending that Americans reduce their salt intake significantly, and that the FDA take the lead in leveling the playing field for food processors so that salt content can be systematically reduced over a period of years…”
Both David Kessler and Dr. Robert Lustig (Sugar, the Bitter Truth) speak to the notion of food manufacturers designing of foods for the “optimal bliss point”; that is, purposely manipulating the salt and sugar (or, more commonly now, HFCS) content of a processed “food” so as to create a consumption hyper-drive effect in the unsuspecting gnosher.
Of course, the fail-safe answer here is to simply avoid any and all processed crap — a line that the Paleo tribe ascribes to. However, as the healthcare/health concerns of our neighbors becomes more and more (due to taxation and shifts in governmental approach to healthcare; i.e., “reform”) our collective concern as well, we would be remiss to just stick our collective, Paleo heads in the sand on this issue. I — and you, as a fellow Paleo “tribesman” — may not ever be personally affected by this issue, but you can better believe that our wallets will be.
And here’s a good bit of BBC reporting on vitamin D deficiency. Not only is this an informative bit of reportage, but it’s done in that oh-so-cool English accent that makes a statement like…
“…unless, of course, you want a rickety child, a bended, knock-kneed, large-headed, pale and rickety article…”
…such an absolute auditory joy to behold. Hat tip to Methuselah, at Pay Now, Live Later for the find.
As a correlative to the above mentioned BBC report, there’s this (Diet, Lifestyle, Poorly Predict Vitamin D Levels) from Futurity.org. Good thing you can have your own vitamin D levels measured relatively cheaply from ZRT Labs.
Tonight’s Paleo Chow
Another hit-and-run meal tonight. What could be more simple than a sweet potato, a few sunny-side up eggs and a little bit of leftover pork sausage? The baked sweet potato, by the way, makes for a great yoke-soppin’ medium. Easy to make, but damn friggin’ good.
Heh, a funny aside: The best pork sausage in the south (in the world? Some think so!) can be found approximately 5 miles from my humble abode here in beautiful eastern North Carolina. How better to get there than on the trusty fixie? And then? Well, you guessed it — 6 pounds of sausage stuffed in the ol’ backpack 🙂 That quick, intense, 10-mile round trip huck makes the most fabulous sausage around taste even that much better!