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Most Academic Paleo Books

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Created August 02, 2012 at 4:49 AM

There's obviously a burgeoning literature on the Paleo/Primal movement, but in my experience most books (or more often, jankety PDFs and Kindle files) seem to combine some science with quirky personal tales, heavily invested opinions and more personality than I'd like. Good Calories, Bad Calories is probably the best example of heavily researched and more detached (sort of) academic literature - though it's scope is limited in tangentially advocating for a paleo-based diet.

Does anyone have suggestions for more nitty-gritty science? I'm not looking for recipes or for Robb Wolf to tell me how to squat. And Nora Gedgaudas can frequently sound like an infomercial.

What else is out there?

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Fabulous article! "A diet of grain-free whole foods with carbohydrate from cellular tubers, leaves, and fruits may produce a gastrointestinal microbiota consistent with our evolutionary condition, potentially explaining the exceptional macronutrient-independent metabolic health of non-Westernized populations, and the apparent efficacy of the modern "Paleolithic" diet on satiety and metabolism."

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...Not to mention that, as a pure literary stylist, Jimmy follows admirably in the line of Southern writers going back to Truman Capote and William Faulkner.

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Jimmy? A marketing-based decision? Surely you're kidding. Paleo is very personal for him - it's his mission. So what if he's a fundamentalist Christian who doesn't even believe in evolution. All the major paleo personalities continue to appear on his podcasts and attend his cruises - so he MUST be legit.

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Jimmy only started to focus on paleo after 25% of his blog readers self-identified as paleo. I think Mark Sisson and Robb Wolf were doing just fine prior to Jimmy taking notice. And if Jimmy helps to spraed the word, great. But denying that you are a troll is just silly.

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You bet. The book is great as well...

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on August 03, 2012
at 01:39 PM

Is Nora Gedgaudas' hair paleo?

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Is Nora Gedgaudas' hair paleo?

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at 01:36 PM

Do you think Nora Gedgaudas' hair is paleo?

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Now that I think about it, would any of you consider Nora Gedgaudas' hair as paleo?

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on August 03, 2012
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Jimmy put paleo on the map. Without him, no one would even KNOW about half the people discussed on PH.

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Hadn't found this blog before. Terrific! Thanks.

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at 03:53 AM

I like Jimmy and take him for what he is. He gets info out there, he's open about his own issues, and his current keto experiment is cool, whatever happens. You go, Jimmy! But academic he's not. :-)

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Okay, "acellular carbohydrate" is my new favorite phrase.

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Sorry PaleoHipster-O, I'll take Matthew's word (3rd answer down) over yours: http://paleohacks.com/questions/139721/why-is-paleohacks-so-afraid-of-controversy-closed#axzz22PY1fBGR

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Wrong on all counts, Todd-o... Actually I think your dismissal of my rec amounts to making fun of said author/book.

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on August 02, 2012
at 04:15 PM

Yes I read catching fire! Interesting book!

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at 01:57 PM

From what I read in another question, PaleoHipster is a troll that has been banned and but keeps coming back under new names. It is not real advice but rather a poor attempt to be funny/cause controversy/make fun of people.

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on August 02, 2012
at 01:35 PM

I'm not a Jimmy Moore fan at all & I can't stand the poor quality of his But why the neg?

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I should also mention that anything that delves into the exercise/lifestyle side of it is ideal as well. Where is the holistic academic literature?

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"I'm not looking for Robb Wolf to tell me how to squat" LOLOLOL

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on August 02, 2012
at 05:15 AM

If you can get your hands on it, read The Stone Age Diet by Dr. Walter Voegtlin. Papers published by Loren Cordain and S. Boyd Eaton are good and you can usually find those on Google Scholar.

If you want "nitty-gritty science," check out Hyperlipid, Daily Lipid (Chris Masterjohn), Healthy Diets and Science and/or Mat Lalonde.

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on August 02, 2012
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I think most authors find their books read better (and sell more copies) when they include a personal touch. If you want just the nitty gritty science, I agree that your best bet is to go right to the journal articles.

Here are some sources for that:

http://thepaleodiet.com/published-research/

http://www.awlr.org/related-science.html

Also, I find that J Stanton's blog posts (Gnolls.org) are usually very well researched and written. He avoids the Paleo drama of the day and sticks to explaining the science in layman's terms. If could write a Paleo blog, it would be his: http://www.gnolls.org/index/

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on August 02, 2012
at 12:55 PM

Not paleo, but Nutrition and Physical degeneration by Weston price is an good book. Basically the summary is 'don't eat white sugar and white flour and modern crap". But it's interesting to see that humans can survive on such diverse diets as long as they don't contain all the modern refined processed junk.

Catching fire - how cooking made us human' makes a good case for the importance of starches in human evolution.

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on August 02, 2012
at 04:15 PM

Yes I read catching fire! Interesting book!

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on August 02, 2012
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The Perfect Health Diet.

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Hadn't found this blog before. Terrific! Thanks.

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:13 PM

You bet. The book is great as well...

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on August 02, 2012
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Staffan Lindeberg: Food and Western Disease: Health and nutrition from an evolutionary perspective

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on August 02, 2012
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http://www.dovepress.com/comparison-with-ancestral-diets-suggests-dense-acellular-carbohydrates-peer-reviewed-article-DMSO

Very academic, well sourced, current. The title: "Comparison with ancestral diets suggests dense acellular carbohydrates promote an inflammatory microbiota, and may be the primary dietary cause of leptin resistance and obesity"

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on August 02, 2012
at 07:47 PM

Okay, "acellular carbohydrate" is my new favorite phrase.

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on December 30, 2012
at 05:02 PM

Fabulous article! "A diet of grain-free whole foods with carbohydrate from cellular tubers, leaves, and fruits may produce a gastrointestinal microbiota consistent with our evolutionary condition, potentially explaining the exceptional macronutrient-independent metabolic health of non-Westernized populations, and the apparent efficacy of the modern "Paleolithic" diet on satiety and metabolism."

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on August 03, 2012
at 01:40 PM

Tangential Question (equally academic): Is Nora Gedgaudas' hair paleo?

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:56 AM

Cordain's new book, The Paleo Answer, is not quite what you want. It does feel like a diet book and not a research paper. But he's an academic and his writing style at least is straightforward.

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on August 02, 2012
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LIVIN' LA VIDA LOW-CARB: My Journey From Flabby Fat to Sensationally Skinny in One Year by Jimmy Moore.

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on August 02, 2012
at 01:57 PM

From what I read in another question, PaleoHipster is a troll that has been banned and but keeps coming back under new names. It is not real advice but rather a poor attempt to be funny/cause controversy/make fun of people.

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on August 02, 2012
at 05:36 PM

Sorry PaleoHipster-O, I'll take Matthew's word (3rd answer down) over yours: http://paleohacks.com/questions/139721/why-is-paleohacks-so-afraid-of-controversy-closed#axzz22PY1fBGR

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on August 02, 2012
at 01:35 PM

I'm not a Jimmy Moore fan at all & I can't stand the poor quality of his But why the neg?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 03, 2012
at 04:48 AM

Jimmy put paleo on the map. Without him, no one would even KNOW about half the people discussed on PH.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 02, 2012
at 04:27 PM

Wrong on all counts, Todd-o... Actually I think your dismissal of my rec amounts to making fun of said author/book.

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:53 AM

I like Jimmy and take him for what he is. He gets info out there, he's open about his own issues, and his current keto experiment is cool, whatever happens. You go, Jimmy! But academic he's not. :-)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 03, 2012
at 07:12 PM

Jimmy? A marketing-based decision? Surely you're kidding. Paleo is very personal for him - it's his mission. So what if he's a fundamentalist Christian who doesn't even believe in evolution. All the major paleo personalities continue to appear on his podcasts and attend his cruises - so he MUST be legit.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 04, 2012
at 05:54 AM

...Not to mention that, as a pure literary stylist, Jimmy follows admirably in the line of Southern writers going back to Truman Capote and William Faulkner.

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on August 03, 2012
at 06:31 PM

Jimmy only started to focus on paleo after 25% of his blog readers self-identified as paleo. I think Mark Sisson and Robb Wolf were doing just fine prior to Jimmy taking notice. And if Jimmy helps to spraed the word, great. But denying that you are a troll is just silly.

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