Dr. Cordain, Three weeks ago our doctor recommended that we get your book and try the Paleo Diet. He said he liked it better than the South Beach Diet or Atkins. Since I was going to have to cook for him, I figured I should read the book. I got so excited that I decided […]
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Extreme Health Radio for an informative discussion on what makes The Paleo Diet the practical approach to nutrition. Check out the episode highlights and tune in to the full version below. Follow @ehrshow
I have followed your writings concerning evolution, diet and grains with
interest for several years. I am a Family Physician with a long-standing
interest in Neuroscience, especially the interface between food and brain
function. I agree that depending on their genetic makeup, grains likely have
significant adverse health effects for many people.
For years I have been interested in trying to figure out the connection between
obesity, insulin resistance and type II diabetes with common brain disorders
such as depression, ADHD, anxiety disorders, autism…
1) From what I gather, you developed the Paleo diet yourself based. How did you come up with the key concept and why?
Dr. Cordain: I didn’t develop this diet, rather together with scientists, anthropologists, and physicians worldwide we uncovered the pre-existing, native human diet to which our species is genetically adapted. Theodosius Dobzhansky, the noted Russian geneticist said, “Nothing in biology makes sense except under the light of evolution”. This quote could be slightly altered to, “Nothing in nutrition makes sense except under the light of evolution”. Hence what I have done together with colleagues from around the world…
The Paleo Diet is different in its approach than the “average” low carb diet. Like others it is higher in protein, but it is premised firstly on a historical basis: because for millions of years our ancestors ate substantially less carbohydrates (i.e., less grains, refined sugars, starch, bread, processed carbs, etc.) than in the modern, […]
The fact is that virtually our entire physiologies operate exquisitely when they are functioning in the native human ecological niche in which they evolved –employing both the diet and exercise level of a hunter-gatherer. By contrasting the diets, lifestyles and health of hunter-gatherers to contemporary, westernized societies, we can gain invaluable insight into complex diet/disease […]
Many researchers now consider diet to be the most important facet in maintaining a person’s health … and unless you’ve been camping out in the Gobi desert for the past decade, you probably know that Americans are the fattest group of people on the planet. Despite the myriad of new diets offered each calendar year, […]