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The Paleo Diet Monthly Digest - November 2016: Addressing Keto Diets

By The Paleo Diet Team
December 13, 2016
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It seems that every month lately, here at The Paleo Diet, we’ve had a big debate (like the question of nutrient density), surprising news (such as the scientific misdirection by the sugar industry,) and a whole variety of nutritional controversies.

For a diet about eating lots of fresh veggies, fruit, and natural meats, we seem to have our fair share of drama. Lately, it feels like we’re a step away from pile-driving our kids’ kindergarten teacher for telling them to eat their carrots.

So, here at the Paleo Diet Editorial Board, we were all too happy to spend November getting back to what we love to do – provide helpful advice, good nutritional science, and a few recipes to spice up your family’s table.

This month, Dr. Cordain, after spending a month reading over 100 research studies, shared possibly the most thorough article yet on everything there is to know about pomegranates. Our regular writers Christopher J. Clark and Marc Bubbs addressed important health issues like getting enough folate in your diet and liver disease. To round out the month, several of our writers explained ketogenic diets – what they are and whether you should consider a ketogenic approach. All that and a little more:

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Pomegranate: Perhaps, Paleo’s Healthiest Fruit

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.

Late fall and October signifies the beginning of the Pomegranate season, which in California (the major U.S. producer) runs from October through January. In fact, pomegranates are so healthful that they have been described as “Nature’s Power Fruit” by a writer from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute almost 13 years ago. In the ensuing decade, the scientific evidence leaves little doubt that this fruit, and its juice should be regular components of contemporary Paleo Diets. Here’s what you should know about one of Paleo’s healthiest fruits.

November’s Theme: Ketogenic Diets

Words like “ketogenic” and “ketosis” get tossed around a lot in the Paleo world. But many of us don’t fully know what they mean. Is a Paleo Diet ketogenic or are they different? Is entering a ketogenic state healthy? What about claims that it can extend lifespan? If you’re going to live the Paleo lifestyle, it’s important you know the answers to these questions and make an informed choice if you want to try experimenting with a ketogenic approach. Our top science writers shared this month what the current research has to say:

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This series was our first foray into the Ketogenic Diet - it was soon after this that Dr Loren Cordain wrote our definitive position.)

Part One: The Ketogenic Diet. Is it Paleo?

By Christopher J. Clark

There’s a lot of misconceptions about ketogenic diets and the media often doesn’t help people to understand the truth about what it is and isn’t. In the first part of our series, one of our top science writers, Christopher J. Clark delves into the physiology of the ketogenic diet giving a full primer on what it is, why it has the effects it does on our bodies, and whether it’s something you want to consider.

Part Two: How to Achieve Ketogenic Gains with a Paleo Diet

By Marc Bubbs, ND, CISSN, CSCS

Decided you want to dive in and give a ketogenic approach a try? Well, it’s not as simple as cutting back on your carbohydrates. Dr Bubbs shares his tips on how to transition. More importantly, he explains how to put your body into a ketogenic state in a way that’s healthy and still true to your Paleo lifestyle.

Part Three: Does a Ketogenic Diet Extend Life Span?

By Christopher J. Clark

Extending longevity and helping to treat cancer are some of the most recent and exciting claims from the ketogenic diet community and novel new research is exploring these claims. Writer Casey Thalor delves into the theory that periodic ketosis can extend your life and whether the science backs these claims. Want to live a little longer? Then this may not be one to miss.

Articles from November

Pomegranates and ketogenic diets weren’t the only things we discussed in November. We shared a few recipes and Nell Stephenson reflected on her Ironman experience among our other new articles:

Non-Alcoholic Liver Disease: The Preventable, Silent Disease Afflicting 30 Percent of Adults

By Christopher James Clark, B.B.A.

This liver disease is afflicting an estimated 20-30% of people in Western countries, yet most of us have never heard of it. Some of us may even have it and don’t know it. It is called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and this type of fatty liver disease is rapidly becoming a leading cause of death in the U.S. and will soon become the top reason for liver transplants. Researchers are scrambling for drugs to help save patient’s livers, but could a simple diet change, such as the Paleo diet, be the answer they are looking for?

The Dangers of Artificial Folic Acid

By Marc Bubbs, ND, CISSN, CSCS

Most of us are aware of the benefits of folic acid in our diets. However, in nutrition the devil is in the details and synthetic folic acid is not the same thing as folate, the vitamin found naturally in food like some vegetables and organ meats. Here’s what you should know.

Reflecting on Kona: Writer Nell Stephenson Reflects on Her Top Five Performance at the Ironman World Championships

By Nell Stephenson

Congratulations to Paleoista Nell Stephenson for her amazing 7th place age-group finish at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii on October 8th! Her countless hours of hard work paid off with a total overall time of 10 hours, 36 minutes, and 52 seconds! Like so many athletes who push themselves to the limit of what they can accomplish, Nell will undoubtedly concentrate on the ups and downs of this race in order to set new goals for her next race, but we hope that she will take at least a little time over the next few weeks to rest, recover, and recuperate. In the meantime, we are honored that Nell has given us--and you--a first-hand glimpse into her training routines and diet during the final weeks of training for this huge event and we hope that you, like us, have learned a few things along the way about how your diet can help you achieve your goals, no matter how big or small! Stay tuned to catch Nell’s take on her experience.

Coming Up Next Month at

As we move into the holidays, we hope to continue sharing new science about the diet including a fantastic piece from Pedro Bastros on the importance of sunlight (it’s not just for Vitamin D.) Bastros, who joins us from Portugal is one of the top researchers in the Paleo Diet movement. In addition to his piece, we’ll talk about the importance of Vitamin B12, share a few more recipes and talk about the effects of stress in our modern world – something our Paleolithic ancestors weren’t familiar with.

Thanks as always for reading!
The Paleo Diet Team

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