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Loren Cordain, Ph.D.

Founder of The Paleo Diet
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As a professor at Colorado State University, Dr. Loren Cordain developed The Paleo Diet® through decades of research and collaboration with fellow scientists around the world.

When Dr. Cordain began working on the concept of The Paleo Diet®, curiosity for the optimal human diet drove his research. He wasn’t searching for opportunities to sell a product or promote a business.

His journey led to many years of collaboration with world-renowned scientists, including Dr. Boyd Eaton and Dr. Staffan Lindeberg. After 15 years of exploring all of the available research, The Paleo Diet® was born. Dr. Cordain coined the term “The Paleo Diet®” and wrote his first book to share their discovery with the world.

Recently Dr Cordain has made his body of over 100 peer-reviewed papers available for everyone on Researchgate.com.

Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Meet The Expert

What makes you an expert on The Paleo Diet?

To quote Newton, I have stood on the shoulders of giants.

Describe the impact The Paleo Diet has had on your life?

Immense gratification in being able to help others in their search for health and well being.

What does “healthy living” mean to you? And what do you like to eat when you go to the movies (i.e. what’s your favorite cheat food)?

Being able to enjoy my environment with my family and friends. I rarely go to the movies and never eat there.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing for The Paleo Diet?

Walking with my wife in the Colorado foothills or fishing with my three sons.

See The Articles
Can Fruits and Vegetables Help Us Live Longer?
A brief history of the “Juice Men”, Norman Walker and Jay Kordich, and how their ahead-of-the-times concept of “juicing” has applicable health benefits today.
By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Ten Questions about The Paleo Diet with Dr Loren Cordain
Read a transcript of Dr. Cordain’s recent interview in which he answers 10 questions about the history and the basics of the Paleo Diet.
By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Fiery Hot Sauces: Are They Healthy?
Hot sauces are an evolutionary new addition to our diet, but are they good for us?
By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Why Saint Louis Style Pork Ribs Are So Healthy
St. Louis style pork ribs come from the healthiest part of the pig. Dr. Cordain of The Paleo Diet explains why their high menaquinone content may help your health in today’s entry.
By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Salt is a Killer Without Huge Intakes of Fruits and Veggies
Are you eating enough fresh fruits and veggies to counteract your salt intake?
By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Ketogenic Diets: Long-term Nutritional and Metabolic Deficiencies
While the Paleo diet and ketogenic diets are often confused, they have important differences that need to be recognized. Read more about the potential drawbacks of a ketogenic diet in today’s post.
By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Paleo Leadership
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Trevor Connor

Dr. Loren Cordain’s final graduate student, Trevor Connor, M.S., brings more than a decade of nutrition and physiology expertise to spearhead the new Paleo Diet team.

Mark J Smith
Dr. Mark J. Smith

One of the original members of the Paleo movement, Mark J. Smith, Ph.D., has spent nearly 30 years advocating for the benefits of Paleo nutrition.

Nell Stephenson
Nell Stephenson

Ironman athlete, mom, author, and nutrition blogger Nell Stephenson has been an influential member of the Paleo movement for over a decade.

Loren Cordain
Dr. Loren Cordain

As a professor at Colorado State University, Dr. Loren Cordain developed The Paleo Diet® through decades of research and collaboration with fellow scientists around the world.