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Paleo Solution / The Paleo Diet (Cordain vs. Wolf)

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 24, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Hey everyone.

So I read Robb Wolf's book on my Kindle over a few days, and I noticed that Loren Cordain's updated 'Paleo Solution' has just been released in the UK.

Has anyone read this updated Cordain book? Is it worth a read? I found Robb's book to be excellent, but I feel like it needs reading twice.

Cheers, John

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on January 25, 2012
at 11:45 AM

Robb's book is good, but it REALLY bothered me how he put down scientists and hard research at every opportunity - I assume this was done to placate the science-averse Americans, with the result of sounding like he's doing broscience. And the anecdotes are a bane of non-fiction book writing, a crutch and filler used by many ineperienced authors. But overall it's a good intro, IF you can overlook the science-averse writing and filler - I had really hard time with those.

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on January 25, 2012
at 11:43 AM

Robb's book is good, but it REALLY bothered me how he put down scientists and hard research at every opportunity - I assume this was done to placate the science-averse Americans, with the result of sounding like he's doing broscience. And the anecdotes are a bane of non-fiction book writing, a crutch and filler used by many ineperience authors. But yeah, overall it's a good intro.

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on January 25, 2012
at 03:56 AM

The writing style HAS improved. And the Paleo Answer reflects the change in perspective he's made on those things you pointed out.

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on January 24, 2012
at 05:36 PM

Do you mean the book 'Paleo Answer' that was published on December 20 by Loren Cordain?

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on January 24, 2012
at 05:36 PM

Do you mean the Paleo Solution that was just published on the 20th of December?

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on January 24, 2012
at 03:56 PM

I read Cordain's first edition Paleo Diet the day it hit the shelves... 7-8 years or so ago.

I read Wolf's book about two years ago.

I strongly prefer Rob's writing style, and his scientific approach to Ancestral eating. Cordain's book seemed dry, pandering, and pleading with the target audience. Rob's was simply informative without being dry (albeit a bit more "stream of consciousness" with tangents and experiences which some people do not care for, but I can relate to).

I know that Cordain has clarified and corrected some of his views on things like diet cola, saturated fats, etc... but I don't know if these have made their way to his new book. And perhaps his writing style has been improved... so take my reviews with a grain of salt.

Also, what's the worst that could happen? You read a bad book but it gives you a little more insight on your diet? Everything contributes somewhat...

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on January 25, 2012
at 03:56 AM

The writing style HAS improved. And the Paleo Answer reflects the change in perspective he's made on those things you pointed out.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on January 25, 2012
at 11:45 AM

Robb's book is good, but it REALLY bothered me how he put down scientists and hard research at every opportunity - I assume this was done to placate the science-averse Americans, with the result of sounding like he's doing broscience. And the anecdotes are a bane of non-fiction book writing, a crutch and filler used by many ineperienced authors. But overall it's a good intro, IF you can overlook the science-averse writing and filler - I had really hard time with those.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on January 25, 2012
at 11:43 AM

Robb's book is good, but it REALLY bothered me how he put down scientists and hard research at every opportunity - I assume this was done to placate the science-averse Americans, with the result of sounding like he's doing broscience. And the anecdotes are a bane of non-fiction book writing, a crutch and filler used by many ineperience authors. But yeah, overall it's a good intro.

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on January 24, 2012
at 04:05 PM

If you're looking for more information, but only one more book - there's probably better books to read. If you want lots more books then it may add something. There's probably enough stuff here and on all the blogs to make more than one book a bit redundant though.

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on January 25, 2012
at 03:52 AM

While he did update the Paleo Diet, I believe in December 2010, The Paleo Answer is Dr Cordain's latest, it was release in December 2011, but with a copyright of 2012.

With The Paleo Answer out, I would heartily recommend that over The Paleo Diet. The Paleo Answer is more up to date with the research. From my memory of Dr. Cordain's appearance on Robb's podcast, Loren said TPA is the book he wished he could have written back the first time.

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