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Is Maca Root Powder Paleo?

Is Maca Root Powder Paleo?

Dear Dr. Cordain, Thank you for your great YouTube vidoes and your website. I found them last week after some detours through a few pale imitators, and have begun transitioning to the Paleo diet according to your interpretation, which I consider to be the most authentic. In only about a week, I am feeling much […]

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Running Out of Breast Milk? What To Do

Running Out of Breast Milk? What To Do

Hello Dr. Cordain and Team, My wife and I are Paleo adherents ever since we learned of the Paleo diet about 5 years ago. We have a 9 month old little daughter who we are trying to raise according to Paleo principles as best we can with regards to diet and lifestyle. Initially, our daughter […]

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Charismatic Paleo Bloggers: Rigorous Caution Required

Charismatic Paleo Bloggers: Rigorous Caution Required

INTRODUCTION Some of the most well recognized names in the “Paleosphere” surprisingly maintain few professional, academic, or even experiential credentials which would qualify them as scientists, researchers or even lay experts in the discipline. These self proclaimed, charismatic authorities have influenced and continue to influence hundreds of thousands of people based upon nothing more than […]

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Are Oats Paleo? National Geographic Asks

Are Oats Paleo? National Geographic Asks

The firestorm continues to spiral out of control following the publication of the article titled “The Importance of Dietary Carbohydrate in Human Evolution” in The Quarterly Biology of Review.1  Now, a new paper titled “Multistep Food Plant Processing at Grotta Paglicci (Southern Italy) around 32,600 cal B.P.” published in this week’s Proceedings of the National […]

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New Studies on Salt: Adverse Influence Upon Immunity, Inflammation and Autoimmunity

New Studies on Salt: Adverse Influence Upon Immunity, Inflammation and Autoimmunity

INTRODUCTION The Paleo community clearly is not in complete agreement on all dietary issues. One of the more touchy topics is added dietary salt.  A number of popular (non-scientific/non-peer review) bloggers advocate the use of refined salt or various forms of sea salt added to recipes and meals.1 Highly salted meats such as bacon are […]

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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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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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Dr. Loren Cordain on WildTalks Paleo | The Paleo Diet
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Fish Roe and Caviar: Paleo? Yes and No

Fish Roe and Caviar: Paleo? Yes and No

INTRODUCTION Unless you frequently eat at sushi bars or enjoy caviar with your champagne, most Americans have rarely if ever tasted fish roe (eggs). Worldwide, roe is not only consumed from just about any and all species of fish or aquatic animals that can be harvested or caught, but is considered a delicacy in most […]

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Rage of Ages: Advanced Glycation End Products

Rage of Ages: Advanced Glycation End Products

If you were to walk into your local physician or general practitioner’s office and ask them about the connection between nutrition and health, most would toe the party line and tell you that a diet high in plant foods and low in animal proteins and fat is the way to go – end of story!  […]

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Evolution and  High Protein Diets Part 3

Evolution and High Protein Diets Part 3

Did you miss Evolution and High Protein Diets Part 1? Click Here to Read It! Did you miss Evolution and High Protein Diets Part 2? Click Here to Read It! DIETARY PROTEIN: HEALTH AND WELL BEING Establishing Cause and Effect between Diet and Disease One of the challenges faced by nutritional scientists when they ultimately […]

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Evolution and High Protein Diets Part 2

Evolution and High Protein Diets Part 2

Did you miss Evolution and High Protein Diets Part 1? Click Here to Read It! Did you miss Evolution and High Protein Diets Part 3? Click Here to Read It! THE EVOLUTIONARY EVIDENCE The Fossil Evidence A number of lines of evidence suggest that meat eating and high protein diets have been a component of […]

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Recent Blog Posts

Ditch the Diets, Focus on Food!

Ditch the Diets, Focus on Food!

How following a Paleo-inspired eating regime can be your ticket to permanent fat loss once and for all. How are those resolutions you made for 2016 coming along so far? Are you on track, or are you part of the nearly 80 million Americans who don’t even stick with their goals for a single week?1 […]

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Real Paleo Fast & Easy | Mexican Chicken Stuffed Peppers

Real Paleo Fast & Easy | Mexican Chicken Stuffed Peppers

It’s International Spicy Food Day and we’re heating things up with a recipe from our new cookbook, Real Paleo Fast & Easy. Our Mexican Chicken Stuffed Peppers are colorful crowd-pleasers that will satisfy everyone’s spicy cravings! Tip: Blanching the pepper halves in boiling water for a couple minutes keeps them crisp enough to hold the […]

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Zinc: Optimum Intake and Sources for the Paleo Lifestyle

Zinc: Optimum Intake and Sources for the Paleo Lifestyle

Zinc! It’s the essential mineral that’s praised by many advocates involved in the Paleo community. Most people generally recognize zinc for its reputation as a potent cold and flu virus prevention solution, but its numerous benefits also extend beyond its role as an immunity-boosting mineral. Ensuring adequate zinc intake in one’s diet is absolutely necessary […]

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Real Paleo Fast & Easy | Chicken and Mushroom Ramen Soup

Real Paleo Fast & Easy | Chicken and Mushroom Ramen Soup

It’s National Soup Month and we’re celebrating with this mouthwatering recipe from our new cookbook, Real Paleo Fast & Easy. This warming, aromatic bowl of goodness proves that even Paleo enthusiasts can enjoy a big soupy bowl of Asian-style noodles. This noodle bowl is so fresh and delicious, you won’t miss the grain based variety […]

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Get fitter this year in just 3½ minutes per week

Get fitter this year in just 3½ minutes per week

So with the New Year upon us, diet and exercise resolutions typically feature prominently in many people’s lives.  However, in most cases, these resolutions fail fairly quickly and; in many cases, they have already been broken.  Despite the well-recognized beneficial impact of regular exercise on numerous health parameters, exercise participation and adherence in the general […]

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Start the New Year Right: 5 Tips for Making Paleo Practical

Start the New Year Right: 5 Tips for Making Paleo Practical

Paleo critics are always voicing unsubstantiated claims. Their attacks are easily countered, but they sometimes create confusion and discouragement, especially for those who are new to Paleo. The British Dietetic Association, for example, has called Paleo a “time consuming, socially-isolating diet.” If you’re just starting out with Paleo, it’s probably better to get your advice […]

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Hot Topic: Dr. Cordain and Dr. Turchin Debate Fire’s Impact on Our Ancestors’ Diet

Hot Topic: Dr. Cordain and Dr. Turchin Debate Fire’s Impact on Our Ancestors’ Diet

In August of 2014, Dr. Peter Turchin of Cliodynamica published a blog post titled “Paleo Diet and Fire”. In it, he discusses Richard Wrangham’s book Catching Fire: How Cooking Makes Us Human. The article explores Richard Wrangham’s theory that the significant jump in the cranial capacity of Homo erectus and Homo sapiens was fueled by […]

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How to Have a Paleo Christmas

How to Have a Paleo Christmas

When it comes to the holidays, it can be much more difficult to stick to your Paleo Diet. But – fortunately – there are many ways to “Paleo-fy” your favorite holiday meals. Today, I will be covering how you can transform a traditional Christmas dinner – into a much healthier one. Forget the empty calories […]

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Rosemary Orange Duck with Roasted Vegetables

Rosemary Orange Duck with Roasted Vegetables

Here’s a great recipe for the holidays. It’s a perfect dish to cook all afternoon with family or friends gathered at your house while the scent of rosemary slowly spreads from room to room. The concept is simple and straightforward. We’re just stuffing a duck with orange pieces and rosemary and adding some root vegetables […]

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Paleo Challenges During the Holidays

Paleo Challenges During the Holidays

The season of celebration, gift-giving, and tradition is upon us. Along with all of the fun and festivities, the Paleo dieter is faced with the challenges of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while sorting through the endless sea of desserts, sweets, and holiday treats offered on a daily basis.

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Is Your Brain Hardwired for Junk Food?

Is Your Brain Hardwired for Junk Food?

While the title of this article may at first seem implausible (and somewhat scary), a new scientific study seems to show that an inborn preference for junk food is not only possible – it may be affecting more of us than ever could have possibly been imagined. For the first time in history, researchers for […]

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Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diet, and Paleo

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diet, and Paleo

It’s often times a diagnosis of cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS), or another disease which proves to be the pivot point for individuals to make significant changes to their eating and exercise habits. Whether the change stems from obvious reasons, like losing weight because obesity has been the causal agent for developing type 2 diabetes, […]

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