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Daily Digest 8/12 - Investing in Nutrient Dense Food, BPA Replacement May Be Just As Toxic

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 11:09 AM


A Mountain Of Uncertainty In Iraq (jdargis)

A helicopter carrying aid from Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous government to stranded Yazidi refugees in the Sinjar mountains of northern Iraq crashed on Tuesday, killing the pilot and injuring other passengers, including a New York Times journalist on assignment for the newspaper.

How A Computer Algorithm Predicted West Africa’s Ebola Outbreak Before It Was Announced (jdargis)

While public health workers still make up a large proportion of users, HealthMap has been adapted to be more user-friendly for the general public. It locates the outbreaks on a world map and creates a color-coding system that indicates the severity of an outbreak on the basis of news reportage about it. Users of the site can then analyze and visualize the data, gaining unprecedented views of disease outbreaks.

U.S. Financial Markets and the Last Alpha Frontier (Tyler K.)

Much of the increased financial regulation of the past five years was created to protect you from yourself. It’s ironic that the same people making up these rules are from the generation that grew up with lawn darts and wood burning kits. Taking risks and failing used to be an integral part of growing up. Our parents would say that pain was a great teacher and our rite of passage was made up of skinned knees and bumps on our heads.

What has happened to us, America?

Public Housing in New York Reaches a Fiscal Crisis (jdargis)

Eighty years after it was created during the Depression to replace crowded, unsanitary tenements, public housing in New York is at a crossroads. Who should pay for public housing, and how, are questions being asked as officials, experts and tenants try to figure out how to preserve a bastion of the poor and working class in a city with less and less affordable housing.

Feeding everyone with a minimum of carbon emissions (jdargis)

They then applied this measure to the Earth as a whole, laying a grid down over its surface that, at the equator, produced areas roughly 10 kilometers square. They excluded any areas that had less than five percent agriculture in them, since this likely meant they were either desert or glacier covered and incapable of supporting crops, or simply had no infrastructure to support significant farming (like the Congo basin). The latter category of grid cells would probably have a lousy CA value anyway, since they store so much carbon. The authors also excluded regions that were over 95 percent farmed, as these offer little space for additional crops.

Investing in Nutrient Dense Food: Iron (Eric G.)

As in previous posts exploring the cost-effectiveness of different foods at delivering nutrition, animal organs reign supreme. One can meet a daily allowance of 10 mg iron for under $2 per day eating beef liver, heart and kidneys, and likely from other organs too. Eggs and ground beef are also decent sources, but their cost per day is approaching $10, which is a bit on the pricey side. Chicken and pork chops, while decent sources of iron, are also expensive compared to organs so their cost-effectiveness suffers. Organs, organs, organs, does anyone else see a trend here?

A Bacon-Powered Motorcycle Is Cruising Your Way (jdargis)

The real question, though, is whether bacon grease could be the fuel of the future. Back in 2009, the Los Angeles Times reported briefly on Bio-Blend Fuels, a Wisconsin-based company that was turning bacon grease into diesel before it was cool (Bio-Blend Fuels was founded in 2005). Sadly, the company permanently shut down its fuel production, according to an announcement in January. But perhaps the press from Hormel’s marketing push will generate future interest in this eco-friendly option.

BPA-Free Plastic Containers May Be Just as Hazardous (jdargis)

Nearly 81 percent of Americans have detectable levels of BPS in their urine. And once it enters the body it can affect cells in ways that parallel BPA. A 2013 study by Cheryl Watson at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that even picomolar concentrations (less than one part per trillion) of BPS can disrupt a cell’s normal functioning, which could potentially lead to metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity, asthma, birth defects or even cancer. “[Manufacturers] put ‘BPA-free’ on the label, which is true. The thing they neglected to tell you is that what they’ve substituted for BPA has not been tested for the same kinds of problems that BPA has been shown to cause. That’s a little bit sneaky,” Watson says.

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Investing in Nutrient Dense Foods: Iron

"Organs, organs, organs, does anyone else see a trend here?"

This article, like so many "science" articles in the media is misleading.  You dont have to resort to animal organs to get inexpensive iron nutrition.  The issue of iron nutrition is complicated mostly by a. different forms are absorbed differently (iron salts ARE absorbed and can be an important source of iron: enriched  bread contains iron salts such  as an iron tricarboxylic acid salt), and b. conditions such as no strong chelators present and reducing iron to +2 by low pH and vitamin  C in the gut).  You can get much iron without eating animals or even plants.  If worried about sufficient iron, be sure to co-eat or drink vitamin C, which greatly assists iron absorption.  Iron metal, iron oxide, iron hydroxide are generally not nutritional sources, but many iron salts can be a nutrient.  Sugars, simple acids with iron salts such as might come from rusting or supplementation can be significant iron sources.  Dont need to eat liver or other innerds to get "cheap" iron.  Iron is the second most abundant metal on the earth and our bodies have evolved a number of strategies to get iron nutrition from soluble iron salts and do not necessarily require animal heme.  I would stock up on cheap iron salts of known concentration or vitamin pills instead of making one's own iron salt because it is so cheap. 

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organs, organs everywhere

I also take issue with this article, Mots.  If everyone wanted to get there "cheap" iron from organ meats there would not be enough to go around.  A butchered steer generates around 800 pounds of meat...probably 15 of that is liver, kidney, brains.  Organ meats were special treats you ate in small quantities and some native societies saved them for pregnant and nursing mothers, children, warriors, etc.  I am not knocking their consumption, it just would not be realistiic to think you can eat them often. 

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FWIW: I am not sure if

FWIW: I am not sure if consumption of kidneys and liver are a healthly choice since these organs are used to remove toxins from the body. These organs are likely to contain higher concentrations of toxins. Consider that Cattle are fed GMO grains and the food they are given probably is not adquitely cleaned of pesticides, herbicides, etc


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Consumption of organ meats

I have the same issues with organs. I would recommend only eating them from organic grass fed beef. I am getting to the point where I can no longer buy non-organic eggs, as they not only taste different but also may be a source for toxins. If anyone knows of a study of the toxins in eggs I would appreciate a link.

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yes, but now organ meats are unpopular

I agree that organ meats are not a good long-term option for a nutrient dense diet.  However, today organ meats are looked upon with disgust by most people who don't understand their value and whose taste buds have been influenced by the modern American fast food "cuisine".  For this reason, the price for organs from grass fed and finished animals at my local food coop is generally $6.00 per pound vs. $8.50 for ground beef and $10 + for steak.  If people valued nutrient dense foods like these, their price would obviously be much higher (and ground beef/steak might be slightly cheaper).  Until the price gets in line with the nutritional value, I'm going to buy lots of organ meats to help lower my montly food expenditures.

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