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Response to Media on Recent Mouse Study

Two weeks ago, media outlets around the world published articles strongly questioning the Paleo Diet based on a single high-fat study on mice. We always enjoy seeing articles about the diet, whether it’s a testimonial, a new discovery, or even criticisms about the science because it’s only through scientific debate that we arrive at better answers. But we draw our line at unfounded claims and poor research. This week thepaleodiet.com contacted many of these media outlets asking for a correction to their unfounded claims. A sample of our letter (sent to Medical News Today) is published below: I am writing

Posted in 2016, Featured, Paleo Diet Blog Articles

Why You Should Opt for Grass-Fed Beef

  A fan of The Paleo Diet lifestyle recently sent our team the following question: Where can I find research that will show how the properties of grain accumulate in the beef that we eat, that has been feed grains and soy? Or is it that the beef just has a lower omega 3 ratio? Does that make grass feed beef healthier to eat?   Grass- vs. grain-fed beef has been the subject of considerable debate in the Paleo community ever since the recent growth of the ancestral-based health movement1. Issues surrounding the debate have been centered on health ramifications,

Posted in Beef, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles

Tooth Decay and the Paleo Child

Cavities remain one of the most prevalent chronic diseases of childhood.1  Nationwide, dentists are seeing an increasing number of preschoolers, at all income levels, with 6 to 10 cavities or even more.  The level of decay is often so severe that they recommend using general anesthesia2 to perform the necessary procedures to repair the teeth, which can even mean root canals for these young children.  Despite the use of fluoride and improvements in preventive dentistry, the burden of dental caries remains unacceptably high worldwide.3 Which raises the question, can the Paleo Diet prevent tooth decay in your child’s mouth? Dental caries

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Vitamin D & Endurance Sport Performance

Endurance athletes are meticulous trainees, spending countless hours planning their training programs and nutrition strategies to successfully complete the “miles” required to achieve their goals. It takes focus and dedication to be a successful distance athlete, yet there is one vitamin in particular even the most studious athlete will likely not replenish adequately to meet their performance goals. Vitamin D has been gaining significant momentum recently in the research for its ability to influence over 1,000 different genes in the body and subsequently some important performance parameters. Failing to get sufficient vitamin D regularly can negatively impact many endurance parameters,

Posted in Athletes, Autoimmune Diseases, Exercise and Fitness, Inflammation

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

Posted in 2016, Featured, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Research Publications

I smell a rat, well actually prediabetic New Zealand Obese (NZO) mice.

In this month’s journal Nutrition & Diabetes, a paper titled “A low-carbohydrate high-fat diet increases weight gain and does not improve glucose tolerance, insulin secretion or β-cell mass in NZO mice” hit the headlines around the globe because of the University of Melbourne’s (home of the paper’s authors) publicity of the paper via an online article by Jane Gardner in Pursuit (https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/paleo-diets-weight-gain).   Of course the click-bait title of this article, “Paleo diets = weight gain”, is a little different from that of the journal paper in question.  In fact, if you download the PDF version of the study (http://www.nature.com/nutd/journal/v6/n2/pdf/nutd20162a.pdf)

Posted in 2016, Featured, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Research Publications

But Is It Even Paleo?

A recent study in the Journal Nutrition and Diabetes has raised some interesting questions about the effects of a high-fat diet on glucose regulation in New Zealand obese mice 1. While only a single study, it has set off a media storm questioning the efficacy of a Paleo-style diet. Which is interesting because what may be most important about the study is not the questions it raises, but the fundamental and all too pervasive misunderstanding it demonstrates about the Paleo Diet. The study explores the effects of a very high-fat/low-carbohydrate diet on diabetes prone mice. But as I explained in

Posted in 2016, Featured, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Research Publications

Ditch the Diets, Focus on Food!

How following a Paleo-inspired eating regime can be your ticket to permanent fat loss once and for all. How are those resolutions you made for 2016 coming along so far? Are you on track, or are you part of the nearly 80 million Americans who don’t even stick with their goals for a single week?1 From losing that extra weight you’ve put on during the holidays, making regular exercise a higher priority or just trying to make healthier food choices to feel better, chances are strong that you’re one of the 45% of Americans who have resolved to take charge

Posted in Autoimmune Diseases, Cardiovascular Disease, Cholesterol, Diabetes, Inflammation, Men's Corner, Men's Health, Paleo Basics, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Weight Loss, Women's Corner, Women's Health

Real Paleo Fast & Easy | Mexican Chicken Stuffed Peppers

It’s International Spicy Food Day and we’re heating things up with a recipe from our new cookbook, Real Paleo Fast & Easy. Our Mexican Chicken Stuffed Peppers are colorful crowd-pleasers that will satisfy everyone’s spicy cravings! Tip: Blanching the pepper halves in boiling water for a couple minutes keeps them crisp enough to hold the hearty filling but soft enough to eat—without having to bake them in the oven. Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ½ cup chopped onion 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 medium jalapeño or serrano chile, seeded and chopped 2 pounds ground uncooked chicken or turkey 2

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Posted in Chicken, Gluten Free, Paleo Diet Blog Articles, Poultry, Recipe Library

Zinc: Optimum Intake and Sources for the Paleo Lifestyle

Zinc! It’s the essential mineral that’s praised by many advocates involved in the Paleo community. Most people generally recognize zinc for its reputation as a potent cold and flu virus prevention solution, but its numerous benefits also extend beyond its role as an immunity-boosting mineral. Ensuring adequate zinc intake in one’s diet is absolutely necessary for achieving long term health goals while following an ancestral eating plan. Zinc is essential for maintaining numerous physiological functions within the human body including tissue and epithelial integrity, immune system regulation, cellular growth, gut health, and inflammation suppression. The current USA government’s recommended daily

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Posted in Acne, Inflammation, Paleo Diet Blog Articles