Green Bean Casserole

Here’s the Wheat Belly version of a traditional holiday favorite side-dish, Green Bean Casserole.

In the Wheat Belly version, there are no grains, of course, and net carb exposure is low, as the onion, carrots, and green beans are the only substantial carbohydrate sources. If divided into 6 servings, each serving yields approximately 6 grams net carbs, well within our limit of no more than 15 grams net carbs per meal. And, unlike many recipes for Green Bean Casseroles you’ll find online and in some cookbooks, no canned soup is used, thereby avoiding the grain landmines commonly contained, especially wheat flour and cornstarch.

“Don’t eat anything white”

I’ve heard this advice countless times, as I’ll bet you have, too. I’ve also witnessed many people try it (though certainly not on my advice), only to experience modest (if any) benefits that quickly come a halt. And, of course, this advice makes no sense.

To prevent Alzheimer’s, play Pac-Man

The results of the ACTIVE study—Advanced Cognitive Training in Vital Elderly—have been released and contain groundbreaking findings.

It’s not news that cognitive exercise, such as learning a new language, solving riddles and puzzles, playing a new musical instrument, reading, etc., improves memory and the ability to process information. Observational studies, i.e., the sort of studies that can suggest associations but cannot establish cause-effect relationships, have suggested that cognitive exercise is associated with reduced potential for dementia. (Comparing, for example, two people with similar quantities of brain atrophy and beta-amyloid plaque accumulation in the brain, the person who engaged in lifelong learning will show less dementia than the person who did not engage in lifelong learning.)

A fire, thick socks, and prebiotics to keep you warm

Here’s an interesting speculation: The microbes in bowel flora are metabolically active, generating heat. There are so many microbes inhabiting the human intestine that it is estimated that up to 70% of human heat (at rest) is generated by bowel flora.

In support of this argument, antibiotics have been found to reduce body temperature. Animals raised to have sterile intestines free of microorganisms also have lower body temperature. The pound or so of human bowel flora is therefore a virtual heat factory.