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The Paleo Diet May Digest – Published After Twenty Years

 Welcome readers to the Paleo Diet’s May digest! This month we cover a variety of topics from getting ready for the summer beach season, to recent research showing why eggs might actually be a good way to start your day; despite the bad press they’ve received. But most important in May was the posting of a never-before-published book chapter by Binger Jansson, PhD, a respected colleague of Dr Cordain’s. Jannson’s life work was on salt and cancer. And even back in 1997 when he wrote his book, the scientific evidence was painting a clear picture. We’re excited that Jansson’s colleagues

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A Rare, and Never Before Published Book Chapter Concerning Salt and Cancer

When I was in the middle of my academic career during the mid to late 1990’s (I retired from Colorado State University in December 2013,) I had the great pleasure of corresponding with Birger Jansson, Ph.D. at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Jansson was a Professor in the Department of Biomathematics at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and worked as a biomathematician for the National Large Bowel Cancer Project (NLBCP) between 1973 and 1983 when President Nixon launched his war against cancer in the early 1970s. Birger was known internationally for his brilliant

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Posted in Featured, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Inflammation, Inflammation, Cancer

Debunking the Biggest Myths About The Paleo Diet

Many people are skeptical whenever change is introduced. And the Paleo Diet, considered a disruptive diet by some, is no exemption. Many awful things have been said about this diet and it’s easy to get confused with what’s true and what’s not. Contrary to these claims, The Paleo Diet has changed the lives of many people who were brave enough to try it out and discipline themselves to find the many great benefits of eating “caveman-style.” Let’s debunk some of the common myths about The Paleo Diet. Who knows? One of the myths on this list may just be the

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Posted in Featured, Weight Loss, Women's Health, Inflammation, Fatty Acids, Inflammation, Paleo Basics, Women's Corner, Cardiovascular Disease, Fruit, Men's Health, Sugar

Circadian Rhythm & Late-Night Eating – An Ancestral Perspective

Renowned evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky said “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.”[1] Throughout our evolution, we have lived in daily cycles of light and dark. These cycles have led to the development of natural circadian rhythms that impact many aspects of our health and vitality. Circadian rhythms are triggered by the bright light stimulus in the morning and darkness in the evening. The hypothalamus area of the brain – specifically the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) – is the master regulator, synchronising the body’s circadian clock based on information it receives from photoreceptors in the eyes in

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Posted in Featured, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Diabetes, Inflammation, Inflammation, Paleo Basics, Cardiovascular Disease, Metabolism

Nell’s Corner: Getting Beach Body Ready – Top Five Tips to Burn Fat

It sounds like a gimmick, doesn’t it? Well, it would be if the top five tips focused on pills, powders, and packaged shake mixes that often have some side effects and frequently don’t even offer lasting results. But what if we take a more natural, soundproof approach to turning our bodies into better fat burners instead? How do we do this? By changing what we eat. Some may be surprised to learn that one of the most effective strategies for getting more efficient at using fat rather than carbohydrate as our fuel is to eat more of the very thing

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Yes, Eggs Are High in Cholesterol, But Why Should We Care?

Cholesterol – is there a more controversial topic in the world of nutrition? For years, we were told that cholesterol is one of the most important biomarkers of health, particularly cardiovascular health. Prominent government- and health-related institutions have traditionally recommended upper limits on dietary cholesterol of 300 mg/day (effectively limiting egg consumption to 1 egg per day.) A recommendation based on the theory that dietary cholesterol – the cholesterol contained in food – negatively impacts cholesterol found in the blood, called serum cholesterol. With the emergence of more and more scientific evidence, however, this theory has become increasingly untenable, causing

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Keep It Paleo – Condiment Recipes

We all love the great taste of freshly prepared foods that are the basics of The Paleo Diet.  Once you’re in the habit of eating a variety of foods, it’s easy to live the Paleo lifestyle.  A common dilemma, when planning and serving delicious meals, is how to include common condiments that contain healthy ingredients.  A trip down the catsup and mustard aisle at any grocery store quickly demonstrates the challenges for those of us committed to The Paleo Diet.  It’s almost impossible to find an ingredients label that doesn’t include some sort of sugar, salt, or fillers as primary

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The Paleo Diet April Digest – Spring Bring Positive Changes!

Spring is definitely in the air Paleo Dieters! Though if you live here in Colorado you may be saying, “Happy Summer” already! Spring is a time of change and at The Paleo Diet we continue to evaluate and implement new and creative ways to keep our site fresh, current and relevant.  April was a time for us to plan for some exciting new programs we feel certain our visitors will find refreshing and beneficial. Keep coming back to visit us.  We would love to hear from you.  Share your ideas and tell us what you’d like to see at our

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Saturated Fat and Omega-6: Should One Replace the Other? Part II

In Part I of this series, we looked at the longstanding recommendations of many governmental health organizations to reduce dietary saturated fat and replace it with omega-6 fats. Doing so supposedly, these organizations claim, reduces cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. As we saw in Part I, however, there is considerable controversy within the nutrition science community concerning this claim. There’s a case to be made for decreased saturated fat, but there’s also a case for decreased omega-6. Since the current science is far less black-and-white than the recommendations would lead you to believe, with Part II of this series, we’ll be

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Posted in Featured, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Fatty Acids, Omega-3, Cardiovascular Disease

Naturally and Artificially Sweetened Beverages are Associated with Dementia and Alzheimer’s According to Two Recent Studies

While there was likely never a time when your doctor would have told you to consume more sugar, a growing body of research is demonstrating just how pervasive the negative health effects of overconsuming simple carbohydrates such as glucose, fructose, and sucrose truly are [1-4]. In fact, sounding like they took a page from a Tom Clancy novel, a series of recent peer-reviewed articles showed that for decades, the sugar industry was aware of the impact of sugar on cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and worked to hide it;  pointing the finger at fat consumption instead [5, 6]. A misdirection that

Posted in Featured, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Beverages, Sugar

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