Loren Cordain, PhD, Professor Emeritus

About Loren Cordain, PhD, Professor Emeritus

Dr. Loren Cordain is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. His research emphasis over the past 20 years has focused upon the evolutionary and anthropological basis for diet, health and well being in modern humans. Dr. Cordain’s scientific publications have examined the nutritional characteristics of worldwide hunter-gatherer diets as well as the nutrient composition of wild plant and animal foods consumed by foraging humans. He is the world’s leading expert on Paleolithic diets and has lectured extensively on the Paleolithic nutrition worldwide. Dr. Cordain is the author of six popular bestselling books including The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook, The Paleo Diet, The Paleo Answer, and The Paleo Diet Cookbook, summarizing his research findings.

The Origin of the Paleo Diet Podcast

Dr. Loren Cordain joins Rob and Devon on Open Sky Fitness Podcast to discuss the origin of The Paleo Diet. 25:37  Introduction for Dr. Loren Cordain 26:40  How did the Paleo Diet begin? How did Dr. Cordain learn and research about Paleo? 32:40  How would you explain the Paleo Diet to someone who has no idea what it is? 35:00  Why would people be resistant to the Paleo Diet as far as dairy and whole grain products? 38:40  Is there a confusion around nutrition studies in the media? 43:00  The Paleo Diet vs. Plant-based Diet 52:30  What are some common misconceptions about

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Cordain Answers to Reporter on “Pegan” Diets

Elizabeth BizWest asks: 1. Are you following a strictly Paleo or Vegan-Paleo (Pegan?) diet and can you say something about the best way for someone to address the contradictions between the two if they are vegan? 2. What are the primary challenges people face for the combination of these 2 diets? 3. Do you or people in general follow this diet on a temporary or a permanent basis and why? 4. I’ve read that it’s more the modern preparation of foods like legumes and pseudo-grains like buckwheat and quinoa than the foods themselves that puts them off-limits for Paleo dieters

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North American Plains Indians: Tall and Robust Meat Eaters, But not a Milk Drinker Among Them

George Catlin, the famous chronicler of American Indians, circa 1832, glowingly used these words to describe the Crow Tribe, “They are really a handsome and well-formed set of men as can be seen in any part of the world. There is a sort of ease and grace added to their dignity of manners, which give them the air of gentlemen at once. I observed the other day, that most of them were over six feet high . . .” “It is but to paint a vast country of green field, where the men are all red – where meat is

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Vitamin D: One of the Few Supplements Paleo Dieters May Require

One of the most persuasive aspects of contemporary Paleo Diets is that you will not have to waste your hard earned dollars on supplements (1, 2).  Once you get going on this lifetime program of eating, except for Vitamin D and possibly fish oil, you will achieve all of the DRI’s recommended by governmental agencies from just the food you eat (1, 2).  Previously, I have extensively covered the calcium issue in a number of scientific publications (2-4), so in this blog, I want to re-emphasize the importance of vitamin D supplementation for health and well being.  As we come

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Loren Cordain, Ph.D. Response to Mouse Study

I have previously commented upon this single short term mouse study. You are correct in stating the obvious, nowhere in the original article did the authors indicate they were testing a “The Paleo Diet” but rather a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet in an unusual animal model (prediabetic New Zealand Obese (NZO) mice, rather than in humans.   This single study apparently, seems to be one that the Australian popular press has focused upon and distorted the more far ranging implications of this study.  Yet the study totally lacks the criteria and objectivity by which most of the scientific, nutritional community uses to

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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 less bloated, have fewer cravings, and think my body looks slightly different. I love how deeply the foundations of the diet have been researched and how well you explain it. I have a question about maca root, which I have just learned is from a

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Beans and Legumes: Are they Paleo?

I was delighted to learn that Dr. Oz was going to again feature The Paleo Diet with Nell Stephenson and was happy about most of what I saw except for Chris Kresser, expounding upon the health virtues of a food group, beans and legumes, that definitely are not Paleo.

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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 would not take to latching and very quickly decided that she just wanted to drink her mother’s milk straight from a bottle. So, from roughly 2-3 months, she has been eating pumped breast milk (Paleo) received from her own mother or another trusted Paleo milk

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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 their untested subjective opinions and limited understanding of the scientific, peer review literature. Most have never been trained in the research process, few maintain anything  more than a bare bones understanding of the scientific method and don’t have even the slightest inkling of the statistical

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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 Academy of Sciences (PNAS)2 fuels the misconception that our hunter-gatherer ancestors may have consumed oats in large quantities. I was approached by National Geographic to set the record straight. I read the PNAS paper.  Nowhere in the paper did the authors indicate that people at

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