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Fire | The Paleo Diet
In August of 2014, Dr. Peter Turchin of Cliodynamica published a blog post titled “Paleo Diet and Fire”. In it, he discusses Richard Wrangham’s book Catching Fire: How Cooking Makes Us Human. The article explores Richard Wrangham’s theory that the significant jump in the cranial capacity of Homo erectus and Homo sapiens was fueled by fire; specifically, the ability to cook underground roots and tubers.

A student of Dr. Cordain’s read the post and brought it to Dr. Cordain’s attention. Dr. Cordain disagreed with Wrangham’s hypothesis and reached out to Dr. Turchin to discuss the theory. Dr. Cordain argued that the ability to control fire came quite late in our evolutionary history, thus roots and tubers that need to be cooked for consumption should not be part of the Paleo Diet. Following the discussion, Dr. Turchin published a follow-up article titled “When Did Human Beings Start Using Fire? Wrangham versus Cordain”.

In the new article, Dr. Turchin countered that “any alternative to the Wrangham hypothesis would have to come up with an explanation of where the calories came from and, even more importantly, how early humans could afford to shrink their guts.”

After Dr. Turchin published the article, he invited Dr. Cordain to comment. Dr. Cordain crafted a thorough response, which is featured as a guest post on Dr. Turchin’s blog. Read Dr. Cordain’s full response here »

Go Gluten Free Magazine | The Paleo Diet

I had the pleasure of speaking with Torrey Kim, reporter of the debuted magazine Go Gluten Free Magazinefrom sports and specialty publishing mogul Beckett Media on the healthful benefits of The Paleo Diet.

The magazine is dedicated to providing Paleo dieters and individuals with Celiac Disease or a gluten intolerance an array of gluten-free recipes and articles for adopting  a healthier lifestyle and is available in print and hits newsstand today.

Go Paleo!

The popular Paleo Diet can help you live a healthy gluten-free lifestyle with a host of other benefits.

The philosophy behind the Paleo Diet (or “Caveman Diet”) couldn’t be simpler. In addition to being an effective weight-loss plan, it boosts what’s really important: your health. All it takes to begin is learning how to eat as our Stone Age ancestors did.

What makes a Paleo Diet appealing is that it focuses on the way foods were consumed during the Paleolithic period, says Dr. Loren Cordain, founder of the Paleo Movement and the author of the bestselling books The Paleo Diet, The Paleo Diet Cookbook and The Paleo Answer. “The Paleolithic period refers to the time frame our ancestors first began to make stone tools (approximately 3.5 million years ago) until the very first human societies in the Middle East adopted agriculture (about 10,000 years ago),” Cordain says. “During this time frame, the archaeological evidence shows that our hunter-gatherer ancestors rarely or never consumed cereal grains.”

The main reason that grains were not on the menu was physiological, Cordain says. “Unless grass seeds are first ground (to break down their cell walls) and then cooked to gelatinize their starch, they are inedible and unavailable for nutritional assimilation.”

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Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor

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