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Protein is one of three macronutrients, along with carbohydrates and fats. While the latter two are our primary sources of energy, proteins serve as the building blocks and signaling molecules of our bodies. While most people understand trans-fats are different from omega-3 fats and complex carbs are healthier than simple carbs, too often they assume all proteins are nutritionally the same.

The Fundamentals of Sports Nutrition: Introductory Concepts on Fueling the Engine

Carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are the fuels that power human performance and recovery. And water is a critical piece of the puzzle.

By Ryan Kohler
Protein: Is It Bad for Your Gut?

There is an ongoing debate in the nutrition world about protein’s effect on the gut. A healthy gut microbiome is critical to preventing disease and inflammation. Research shows protein actually improves gut health rather than harm it when combined with fiber.

By Robert Yang, M.S.
The Paleo Diet October 2020 Digest - Protein

October’s theme was centered around protein. We talk about the health risks of overconsuming protein and how to get enough protein from plant foods. We also discuss the in’s and outs of eggs.

By The Paleo Diet® Team
Battle of the Proteins: Comparing Plant and Animal Sources
Is the quality of plant protein comparable to animal protein? By looking at protein sources’ amino acid profile and bioavailability we can determine that animal proteins provide significantly better nutrition than other sources.
By Mark J. Smith, Ph.D.
The Best Plant-Based Paleo Proteins
Interested in eating both vegetarian and Paleo? Here’s everything you need to know about proteins sourced from plants.
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Evolution and High Protein Diets Part 3

There is now a large body of evidence demonstrating that a high protein diet, much like a Paleo Diet, reduces the risk for a variety of diseases.

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Evolution and High Protein Diets Part 2

The typical hunter-gatherer diet would have been between 19 and 35% protein, which would be considered a high protein diet compared to current U.S. values.

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Evolution and High Protein Diets Part 1

By examining the environment under which our genome arose, we are able to determine if high protein diets are helpful or detrimental to our health.

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We know we need protein, but things get confusing once we address how much we need and where we should be sourcing this important component of our diet. Read more for answers to common myths about protein.

By Nell Stephenson
Protein, Fasting, and the mTOR Pathway

Over-eating, especially of protein, activates the mTOR pathway which some researchers associate with increased cancer risk and shortened lifespan. Balancing macronutrients, like protein, can be challenging, but by looking at our hunter-gatherer ancestors lifestyles we can see that fasting may be one way to help keep mTOR in check.

By David Whiteside
The Biochemistry of Eating

Truly understanding our health means understanding how food impacts our biochemistry. Learn how both caffeine and sugar affect the biochemistry of health.

By Casey Thaler
Coconut Oil: The Ultimate Fat, or Completely Terrible for You?

Coconut is one of the most popular Paleo staples, but there is some confusion about its health benefits and risks. Learn about the evidence from the experts at The Paleo Diet!

By Casey Thaler
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Paleo Leadership
 
Trevor Connor
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.