Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Vitamin K2 and Cancer

A speculative post, but very interesting. Unfortunately I doubt that studies confirming any health benefits will be done any time soon.  But I think that going back to an ancestral diet is a no-brainer, regardless of the studies. 

The "scientific" approach to diet has been a bit of a bust, after all, and when an experiment isn't going well, returning to the default state is the scientific way to go about it.

I had dinner with my 77-year-old father Sunday night, and I mentioned the Atkins diet.  He expressed some disdain for it, and I pointed out that the meal he was eating (steak, baked acorn squash with butter, salad with my vinaigrette dressing) was an Atkins meal.  He observed that this was the kind of meal he grew up eating, except it would have included potatoes.  My grandmother died at 86, and my grandfather died at 91, both after lives of excellent health.  I'm liking the ancestral diet... ;) 

The butter I used in the squash was pastured butter, and the steak was grass-fed from a local farm.  Both are excellent sources of K2.

Here is a recipe from Atkin's site that's very similar to how I prepared our squash.  The actual recipe that I used was from Fannie Farmer's 1896 Boston Cooking-School Cookbook, which was Grammie's favorite cookbook.  It was delicious. ;)