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Revisiting Sea Salt: Dr. Cordain Responds to a Reader’s Comment

As the Paleo movement has grown, many within the community have broadened the original template to include other ingredients that we at ThePaleoDiet.com do not feel should be included as a Paleo staple.  This is not to say that these additions should never be consumed, we have always agreed, that for most people, non-Paleo foods can be included in a healthy diet with an 85:15, Paleo:non-Paleo ratio.  But even if an ingredient can be argued as natural, one should still assess the likely availability, and hence its evolutionary influence upon humans, while also examining the current scientific literature with respect

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One More for the AGES: Dr Cordain Responds to Reader’s Questions about Advanced Glycated End Products

More than most sciences, the nutrition world is rife with debate and wildly different recommendations. Normally the debates center around our common knowledge of nutrition: macro- and micronutrients; glycemic index; caloric balance; etc. But sometimes it’s what we don’t know – or at least what few know – that’s important. One example is Advanced Glycated End Products or AGEs. Still new and not well understood within the nutrition world, these molecules can have a big impact on our health. And they are found in our food. Loren Cordain, PhD explained AGEs in a recent post, but you our readers asked

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July: Your Top Five Comments

Our Readers Respond to Our Articles in July You, our readers, are what keep thePaleoDiet.com website going. Your comments and responses let us know what you’re thinking and what you’d like to hear about. Every month we take the time to read all of your posts and try to reply to your questions. While we get many great comments, we are selecting five from each month that we think are interesting and should be shared with all of you. Here’s our top five for July. We hope you enjoy!   1. HIGH BLOOD SUGAR EXACERBATING HAIR LOSS Article: Diet and

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Seven Warm and Sensational Paleo Indian Recipes to Spice Up Your Life

I started my Paleo journey back in 2014. I know that sounds corny, but like so many others who have shared their experiences with me, that path to health was life changing. It was truly a journey. I had spent over a decade battling with my weight and body image. I tried it all: pills; supplements; diets; you name it. I tried everything except surgery and failed miserably. I just couldn’t stick to anything. I finally decided enough was enough. Something had to change. And that’s when a good friend recommended the Paleo diet. At first, I dismissed it as

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Wheat Sensitivity: A New Study Shows It’s Not in Your Head, It’s in Your Gut

Tens of thousands of us go to the doctor every year complaining of varied and vague symptoms that we swear crop up every time we eat bread with dinner. And generally, what we get is a mix of reactions from mild amusement to an unceremonious shooing from the doctor’s office. But according to a new study out of Columbia University Medical Center – one of the first true controlled trials of wheat sensitivity – those symptoms may not be in your head.1 In fact, there may be very real and testable biomarkers of the condition. The study authors found “the

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Obesity in the Paleolithic: The Odd Case of the Venus Figurines

Introduction: Obesity in Western Societies Unless you’ve been camping out for the past 20 years, you are probably aware that Americans are the fattest people in the world.  The latest National Institute of Health (NIH) survey indicates that 68.8 % of all American adults are overweight or obese.   The easiest way to determine body composition and weight classification is to calculate the body mass index (BMI). Simply divide body weight in kilograms (kg) by height in meters squared (Table 1). Table 1.  Body Mass Index (BMI) categories where BMI = [body weight (kg)/height (m2)].  World Health Organization (WHO), 2004

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Simple Ways to Reduce Omega-6s and Increase Omega-3s in Your Diet for Better Health

If there’s one area where the nutrition media seems to sing a different and more confusing tune every week, it’s with their messages about fats. Low fat was good for us, now it’s not. Saturated fats may not be the heart-clogging poison we thought. And what exactly are trans fats? It’s enough to make us throw our hands in the air and reach for the nearest burger. Fortunately, one message has been consistent: omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) are extremely beneficial for your overall health.   The problem is, not all sources of omega-3 fatty acids are created equal. In

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Healthy Skin, Healthy Body

If you’re someone who has followed a real Paleo diet for a while, then you’re likely not going to buy something labeled as an ‘energy bar’ and eat it without checking the label first. Nor will you reach for an unmarked bottle of salad dressing at a buffet luncheon and pour it all over your veggies without checking to see if it had soy or dairy in it. Chances of doing anything like that is slim to none, right? We have learned, as part of the Paleo lifestyle, not to be haphazard about what we put in our bodies. But

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The Intrinsic Variation in Hunter-Gatherer Diets: Why there is no one “ideal” Paleo diet

Ever since the recent growth in the Paleo movement, there has been a great deal of debate surrounding the topic of what an “ideal” Paleo diet should consist of.  Many have debated both the various foods we should eat and the nutrient balance. But the truth is, there simply is no “ideal” or “exact” Paleo diet. Indeed, there are general guidelines to adhere to when embarking on a Paleo diet but they are mostly about what to omit – Neolithic foods such as dairy, grains, sugars, legumes, vegetable oils, and processed foods. If we look at recent and contemporary hunter-gatherer

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Ancestral Foods for Antioxidant Health

At one point or another we’ve probably all wondered how to increase the antioxidants in our diet. Fortunately, a Paleo diet is an important and easy way to maintain antioxidant health. But before we explain how, it’s important to know why. In the first part of this series on antioxidant health, Christopher James Clark explained that free radicals are highly unstable and reactive molecules with an unpaired electron. While they aren’t inherently “bad”, a chronic excess can lead to oxidative stress which damages your body including your DNA, your cellular membranes and worsens chronic disease progressions. Poor health or diet,

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