Evolution and High Protein Diets Part 1

Evolution and High Protein Diets Part 1

The Evolutionary Basis for the Therapeutic Effects of High Protein Diets Series Did you miss Evolution and High Protein Diets Part 2? Click Here to Read It! Did you miss Evolution and High Protein Diets Part 3? Click Here to Read It! INTRODUCTION Although humanity has been interested in diet and health for thousands of […]

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Got Bones? The Paleo Solution for Building Strong Bones While Keeping Arteries Soft and Supple

Got Bones? The Paleo Solution for Building Strong Bones While Keeping Arteries Soft and Supple

The focus of this blog is to outline nutritional strategies for building strong and sturdy bones, while at the same time keeping arteries soft and supple. At a glance One of every two Americans will develop weak bones (osteoporosis) in her or his lifetime. Bone fractures are occurring more commonly among both young and old. […]

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Artificial Sweeteners: Agents of Insulin Resistance, Obesity and Disease

Artificial Sweeteners: Agents of Insulin Resistance, Obesity and Disease

Introduction: Evolutionary Perspective It’s pretty clear that if we follow the example of our hunter gatherer ancestors, artificial sweeteners should not be part of contemporary Stone Age diets. In my book, The Paleo Diet Revised (2010)1 I warned against drinking artificially sweetened soft drinks and further strengthened my opposition to all artificial sweeteners in 2012 […]

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Millet: A Gluten-Free Grain You Should Avoid

Millet: A Gluten-Free Grain You Should Avoid

Over the past 5-7 years, more and more people worldwide have become aware of the Paleo Diet, which really is not a diet at all, but rather a lifelong way of eating to reduce the risk of chronic disease and maximize health and wellbeing. One of the fundamental principles of The Paleo Diet is to […]

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Vegetarian and Vegan Diets: Nutritional Disasters Part 1

Vegetarian and Vegan Diets: Nutritional Disasters Part 1

Over the years since the publication of my first book, I have been asked time and again if there is a vegetarian version of The Paleo Diet. I’ve got to say emphatically – No! Vegetarian diets are a bit of a moving target because they come in at least three major versions. We all know […]

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Vitamin and Nutritional Supplements Increase Chronic Disease Morbidity (Incidence) and Mortality (Death)

Vitamin and Nutritional Supplements Increase Chronic Disease Morbidity (Incidence) and Mortality (Death)

The Nutritional Supplement Mentality When you start eating Paleo, you simply won’t require vitamin or mineral supplements.13 In fact, except for fish oil and vitamin D, if you choose to take antioxidant and/or B vitamins, you will increase your risk of cancer, heart disease and dying from all causes combined. One of my first jobs […]

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Are Potatoes Paleo?

Are Potatoes Paleo?

I have noticed in the last few years that many Paleo Dieters believe that potatoes can be regularly consumed without any adverse health effects. Part of this misinformation seems to stem from writers of blogs and others who are unfamiliar with the scientific literature regarding potatoes. So should we be eating potatoes or not?

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Dairy: Milking It for All It’s Worth

Dairy: Milking It for All It’s Worth

The Recent Evolutionary Introduction of Milk and Dairy One of the rewarding benefits of having written a diet book that has become internationally known is the opportunity to travel the world and speak to tens of thousands of people about this engaging and life changing subject. My signature lecture, “Origins and Evolution of the Western […]

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Gluten and The Brain

Gluten and The Brain

With the plethora of benefits supported by scientific evidence,1 Gluten-free diets have been gaining in popularity in recent years.2 Studies range from gastrointestinal symptom improvement,3 to possible correlations with autism,4 and diabetes.5 However, there may not be a more fascinating area of gluten study than how the protein composite can be related to cognitive function.6 […]

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Bacon: Is There Anything Left to Discuss?

Bacon: Is There Anything Left to Discuss?

Over the past few years, craze over bacon has surged in the Paleo community, but is it Paleo or isn’t it? It seems like just about every bacon issue under the sun has been argued, discussed and disputed on Paleo blogs, websites and cookbooks. I have little to add to these specific discussions because as […]

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Sea Salt: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Sea Salt: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

One of the most gratifying rewards of having written The Paleo Diet in 2002 and having been involved in the Paleo movement from its very beginnings is that I receive numerous queries about various nutritional aspects of this lifelong way of eating. Clearly, I nor anyone else, have an inside track to all dietary questions […]

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Fertility and Increasing Your Chances for Conception

Fertility and Increasing Your Chances for Conception

One of the numerous benefits from eating “Paleo” or switching to a contemporary Paleo Diet if you eat in the standard American way is that you and your spouse/partner/ will greatly improve your chances for successful conception, pregnancy and a healthy baby. Here’s the information you may want to become acquainted with, particularly if you […]

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Sugar and Alcohol: Your Liver Can’t Tell The Difference

Sugar and Alcohol: Your Liver Can’t Tell The Difference

Dr. David Unwin, Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP) together with fellow researchers recently completed a study showing low carb diets significantly reduce fatty liver, weight and blood sugar. Trialing a low carb approach over a year, they found rapid improvements in liver function among other positive effects. “My interest in abnormal […]

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Lose Weight and Keep It Off?

Lose Weight and Keep It Off?

Besides winning the lottery, there may not be a more universally shared goal than losing body weight and keeping it off. If this is a goal you are after, you may not want to read the rest of today’s piece!

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African Vegetables: A Welcome Addition to Paleo and Healthy Living

African Vegetables: A Welcome Addition to Paleo and Healthy Living

A great aspect about Paleo is that it transcends geographic and physical boundaries. Indeed it is a global healthy living lifestyle. In recent years, many are gaining awareness about the tremendous benefits that come from eating Paleo. On the other hand, for many in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Paleo way of life may be quite familiar. […]

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A Brief History of the Contemporary Paleo Diet Movement

A Brief History of the Contemporary Paleo Diet Movement

INTRODUCTION In order to appreciate any concept, including the Paleo Diet, it is important to recognize its history and how it came to be. Most of you are aware that Paleo and particularly Paleo diets have recently become very hot, on trend topics. These ideas have become household words in the past few years; however […]

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Fitness, Technology, and Tracking Workouts

Fitness, Technology, and Tracking Workouts

One thing our Paleolithic ancestors certainly weren’t doing is tracking workout metrics via electronic devices. Yet in our modern world, this practice has become increasingly common.1 No doubt, ‘fitness tracking’ has become one of the biggest trends in the world, in the last 12 months.2 In fact, as millions of Americans are tracking workouts daily, this […]

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Are Sugary Drinks Killing Your Liver?

Are Sugary Drinks Killing Your Liver?

Everyone knows that increased sugar intake increases your risk for type 2 diabetes and obesity. The consumer market competes daily on how to cater to the average individual’s sweet tooth. In a society that loves the indulgence of super-sized drinks, it becomes easy to fall prey. Given the metabolism and breakdown of sugar takes place […]

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Is Distracted Eating Sabotaging Your Health?

Is Distracted Eating Sabotaging Your Health?

How often do you sit down at a table with no distractions and chew your food thoroughly? Or take a proper lunch break at work? In today’s hyper-connected world it’s important to get back to basics not only with your food choices, but also in how you consume your meals. You might thoughtfully prepare your […]

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The End of the Low-Fat Era?

The End of the Low-Fat Era?

The year was 1977. The US Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, led by Senator George McGovern, issued the first Dietary Goals for Americans, thereby marking the beginning of the low-fat era of dietary nutrition, arguably the most misguided period of government-led nutrition ever. After 38 years, however, the low-fat era might officially […]

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Foods to Eat to Repel Mosquitoes and Other Critters That Bug Us

Foods to Eat to Repel Mosquitoes and Other Critters That Bug Us

There’s nothing more annoying than having a mosquito buzzing around-and-around your ear while you’re trying to fall asleep or swatting flies away during what would otherwise have been an enjoyable outdoor summer dinner in the backyard. But why does it seem that these pesky little critters tend to bug some of us more than others? […]

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Contribute to Research on Diet and Disease

Contribute to Research on Diet and Disease

The scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University are launching a new research survey examining various kinds of popular dietary patterns in adults ages 18+. The project is called ADAPT, for Adhering to Dietary Approaches for Personal Taste. They are currently recruiting with a brief (10-15 […]

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Can You Eat Your Way to a ‘Brad Pitt Jawline’?

Can You Eat Your Way to a ‘Brad Pitt Jawline’?

Those who’ve read the scientific literature on Paleo and/or spent some time scouring through ancestral health blogs online are well aware of the fact that colon cancer, type-2 diabetes, obesity, and many other chronic health disorders we suffer from in today’s society are rare or virtually nonexistent among hunter-gatherers and traditional people who are largely […]

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Grapefruits: The Best Boost for Your Arteries

Grapefruits: The Best Boost for Your Arteries

INTRODUCTION: HERE IS A GRAPEFRUIT If you are a devout follower of Paleo, then you know that we encourage eating fruits such as grapefruit. In addition to being low in calories, it is also a great source of vitamin C, as well as vitamin A, vitamin B5, and vitamin B9.1 Furthermore grapefruit is packed with […]

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