Frequently Asked Questions
These are the questions we get asked most often about The Paleo Diet®.
Get your answers directly from Dr. Loren Cordain and our team of experts.
What You Might Not Know About Paleo
Q: What Are The Health Benefits of The Paleo Diet?
A: You can expect better digestion, more energy, weight loss, decreased inflammation, boosted immunity, and protection from various diseases when following The Paleo Diet.
The Paleo Diet® is an Anti-Inflammatory DietChronic inflammation is at the heart of most chronic illnesses, including autoimmune disease, heart disease, and cancer. Here’s how The Paleo Diet can stop chronic inflammation, minimizing your risk of these problems. READ
How to Avoid Disease and Stay Healthy for LifeAdopting a Paleo Diet and lifestyle can help to reverse the damaging effects of modern living. Learn what steps to take today to improve your health in the long run! READ
Q: How Is The Paleo Diet Different From Other Diets?
A: The Paleo Diet is a way of eating that results in strength and health gains. We focus on eating whole, all-natural foods the way our ancestors did. The Paleo Diet is not a temporary diet, it's something to live on.
Q: Why Is The Paleo Diet Against Added Salt?
A: When you consume salt, your body responds by tapping into its reserve of calcium salts in the bones. This can lead to osteoporosis, other degenerative diseases, and can create a host of various health problems which is why we avoid salt on The Paleo Diet.
What Is Celtic Salt? See Why Celtic Sea Salt (Sel Gris) Is UnhealthyCeltic salt, or Sel gris, is a form of sea salt harvested in France that contains minerals from clay soil. But it's still basically sodium and therefore unhealthy. READ
The Sodium/Potassium Ratio and its Importance in Human HealthEvidence suggests that the sodium/potassium ratio in the Paleolithic diet is far more beneficial to human health when compared to a typical Western diet. READ
Myths About The Paleo Diet
Misinterpretations abound! Let’s set the record straight.
Q: Is Meat Bad For You?
A: No, minimally processed, natural meats, poultry, and seafood are part of a healthy omnivore diet. Omnivore diets like The Paleo Diet are more effective in improving blood cholesterol and other blood lipid levels than low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets.
Are plant-based proteins just as good as animal proteins? No, in the debate of plant protein vs animal protein, the science clearly shows that animal proteins are healthier and better sources of protein for several important reasons.Read
Q: Will I Get Enough Nutrients on The Paleo Diet?
A: Yes, The Paleo Diet focuses on nutrient-dense foods that will enhance your calcium-to-magnesium, potassium-to-sodium, and omega-6-to-omega-3 ratios. By balancing your three micronutrient ratios, your overall health can improve.