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The Paleo Diet November Digest – What We Love

It seems that every month lately, here at thePaleoDiet.com, we’ve had a big debate (like the question of nutrient density), surprising news (such as the scientific misdirection by the sugar industry,) and a whole variety of nutritional controversies. For a diet about eating lots of fresh veggies, fruit, and natural meats, we seem to have our fair share of drama. Lately, it feels like we’re a step away from pile-driving our kids’ kindergarten teacher for telling them to eat their carrots. So, here at the Paleo Diet Editorial Board, we were all too happy to spend November getting back to

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The Sun – Beyond Vitamin D (Part 1)

Introduction The sun emits electromagnetic radiation, which encompasses a large spectrum of wavelengths. Of these, only infrared, visible light, and ultraviolet (UV) radiation are able to reach the earth’s surface and hence our skin.1 So far, most of the research regarding the effects of the sun on human health has focused on UV radiation,1, 2 which is divided into UVC, UVB and UVA.3 As depicted in figure 1, virtually no UVC radiation reaches the earth’s surface, except at extremely high altitudes, since it is efficiently absorbed by the stratospheric ozone layer.1-3 Ozone also absorbs most of the UVB and UVA

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Nell’s Corner: My Mom, M.S., and Paleo

During the holidays, I tend to get a bit nostalgic.  OK, a lot nostalgic!  We decorate our tree the day after Thanksgiving, I distribute my favorite winter forest candles throughout the house, and I have Pandora piping up as much Christmas Music as possible. And I think a lot about my mom. While we certainly didn’t have grand Christmases while I was growing up, the spirit of the holiday was omnipresent. Giving.   Being kind to others and helping those less fortunate.   Receiving gifts played a small role as it would for any child, but far more important was

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Does a Ketogenic Diet Extend Life Span?

Part Three in Our Ketogenic Diet Series Lately there has been a lot of hype about extending lifespan with diet. Stories of new scientific evidence and exciting “discoveries” are circulating the medias causing many people to fast or severely restricting carbohydrates to live longer. But does the science actually back it? Its true that more and more research is being published on the effects of diet and aging. Two key trends have appeared to emerge so far. First, eating vegetables and other antioxidant-rich foods is associated with improved health and longevity.1,2 Second, reducing refined sugar intake is a great way

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How to Achieve Ketogenic Gains with a Paleo Diet

Part Two in Our Ketogenic Diet Series The Paleo diet approach shares many similar traits to a ketogenic diet and a few modifications to your Paleo diet may make it possible to achieve the best of both worlds. In part one of this series on ketogenic diets, Christopher Clarke outlined the physiology of a ketogenic diet and its significant benefits with a myriad of chronic health conditions including weight gain, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, neurological conditions and certain cancers.1,2 Now, the practical part… How can you transform your Paleo diet into a ketogenic Paleo approach? #1 Reduce Your Carb

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The Ketogenic Diet. Is it Paleo?

Part One in Our Ketogenic Diet Series. The Paleo and ketogenic diets are not the same, but does that mean there isn’t a place for the ketogenic diet within the Paleo template? They do have considerable overlap. Additionally, there is strong evidence that ketogenic diets are highly beneficial for a wide range of chronic health conditions. During the past decade, low-carb diets, such as the Paleo diet, have become increasingly popular, while a cloud of suspicion has formed over government-advocated, low-fat, grain-centric diets. The reasons for this are simple. Reducing carb intake promotes both improved blood glucose levels and reduced

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November Series: Ketogenic Diets

If you’re part of the Paleo world long enough, it’s nearly impossible to avoid hearing terms like ketosis, ketones, and ketogenic being tossed around. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find out these terms frequently revolve around diets that are very high in fat and low in carbohydrates. A concept that has been part of the mainstream conscious since Dr Atkin’s New Diet Revolution gained mass popularity around the turn of the Century. But the Atkins diet is just one form of low-carbohydrate diet. When a diet drops below 100g of carbohydrates per day and particularly below 50g per day,

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The Dangers of Artificial Folic Acid

(Recently Dr Cordain talked about the issues with folic acid and why it’s not the same as folate on the Paleo Diet podcast. We recommend listening to the entire episode to get the full science, but if you want a shorter explanation in clear lay terms including recommendations for your diet, then please read on!) The advent of synthetic folic acid was considered a god-send for expecting moms. That’s why in 1998, the USDA started “fortifying” all wheat containing products like bread, pasta, wraps, and bagels to help prevent the neural tube defects seen in mother’s who had low levels

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“Cozy” Fall Paleo Recipes

It’s getting colder and the leaves are nearly off the trees. With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s time to get cozy by a roaring fire and enjoy a few fall Paleo recipes. Enjoy! Slow Cooked Beef Roast As soon as the leaves begin to turn color, the slow cooker is the favored vessel in the Paleo kitchen.  This slow cooked beef roast is ideal for those who prefer to plan and prepare their dinner before heading out the door in the morning.  The delicious aromas will welcome you home after a day’s adventures.  Once the sun has set and the

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The Preventable, Silent Disease Afflicting 30 Percent of Adults

It afflicts an estimated 20 to 30% of people in Western countries, yet most people have never heard about nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), nor have they heard about nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), an advanced form of NAFLD, which afflicts around 17% of the population.1,2,3 Pharmaceutical companies, however, are rushing to develop drugs for these lifestyle-related diseases. Within the next 5 years, the market for such drugs is expected to swell to $8 billion.4 What are these diseases and why are they so unknown? In this article, we’ll answer those questions, while also examining why the Paleo diet can play a

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