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Which is the Worst Book on evolutionary eating?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 14, 2010 at 10:03 PM

I love books and reading. Deeply. Yes, on the web, too.

If you looked up bibliophile on onelook.com, you might find me looking at you. grin

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Right now I'm building up my evolutionary eating and exercising section, and while positive-rating suggestions are more than half the fight, i'm also looking for negative-rating suggestions. Which books should I avoid wasting my time on and why?

Eae21abfabb19c4617b2630386994fd9

on September 17, 2010
at 02:28 AM

@Patrik: References on Cordain's reversal? recent inteview with him against sat fat: http://www.canibaisereis.com/2010/05/06/dr-loren-cordain-falando-de-gorduras-saturadas/ He has figured out how to backtrack slightly by saying saturated fat is not that bad in the context of a paleo diet. But this is the same thing everybody does when they don't actually admit that they are wrong. We have to separate out individual arguments from personal evaluations. His positioning against saturated fat deserves our scorn even if we can be grateful for other aspects or of him as a person.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on September 17, 2010
at 01:56 AM

All valid points. It's a good beginner book, I suppose, but I still think that out of all the evolutionary books, it's the worst (IMO).

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on September 16, 2010
at 10:39 PM

@Laurie D. -- agreed!

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on September 16, 2010
at 10:38 PM

@Stephen - He also has reversed his position on Canola. It takes a thoughtful and wise person to change their minds publicly about such a heated topic. I respect him even more for doing so.

3f5bbb444498a24f1a9720d75fa7c903

(2369)

on September 16, 2010
at 10:03 PM

When a friend wants to learn about my way of eating, the Primal Blueprint is the easiest way to give them the information. I've given away several copies of Sisson's book because of this. Not everyone wants to start with Good Calories, Bad Calories (though I love it).

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on September 16, 2010
at 12:31 PM

@Annika- Although the information from the website is put into a more manageable package, doesn't make it a good book. Especially compared to the other evolutionary eating books out there. @Kamal- Welcome to paleohacks- we're nitpicky here :-)

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 16, 2010
at 09:27 AM

I was under the understanding that his lean meat suggestions were based on avoiding the toxins in conventional meatfat.. Totally understandable. Recommending canola... Uhf

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on September 16, 2010
at 01:24 AM

The book isn't designed for Paleo nerds like anyone reasons this thread. It is designed for the soccer mom in Kenosha, WI who could benefit from eating Paleo/Primal but doesn't obsess about this stuff like we do.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on September 16, 2010
at 01:21 AM

All I can say is that I don't know whether to laugh or cry when I see a Paleo eater hold sat fat against Cordain. In the long run, we are all wrong anyway - just a matter of degree and willingness to revisit our most dear beliefs. Cordain doesn't deserve any scorn from anyone, especially not from the Paleo community.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on September 15, 2010
at 08:04 PM

I found the book to be written in very clear language, only slightly annoying during the "Korg family" part, and appreciated the comprehesive lifestyle issues covered. The book is quite clearly not for seasoned vets, or those who follow paleo blogs every day. For real though, the book recommendations cover 90% of what makes paleo good, the nitpicky 10% is paleohacks territory.

Bcb2f5436d11467e89123680c046b858

(1356)

on September 15, 2010
at 07:50 PM

I have to disagree. Yes, all the information is in the blog, but the book compiles it all into a manageable package. A newcomer trying to find information on the blog could easily get overwhelmed because of the sheer volume of stuff on there, and because the search function kinda sucks. I think Mark's book is great, especially for beginners.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 15, 2010
at 07:47 PM

Agreed, that doesn't make the book bad, just unnecessary

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 15, 2010
at 07:46 PM

Looking forward to it

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on September 15, 2010
at 07:12 PM

Dr. Cordain will be releasing a revised book soon!

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on September 15, 2010
at 07:12 PM

You can get the same info (and good start) for free at his blog. The book isn't worth your time or money.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 15, 2010
at 07:05 PM

The information is still moderant decent and a good start...Tho not optimal imo

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 15, 2010
at 09:00 AM

He didn't say Cordain was all bad, just the first book. Cordain didn't start the diet off, just helped the most recent push of it

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on September 15, 2010
at 08:54 AM

Cordain has reversed his position on sat fat -- and even if hadn't -- he has basically birthed the Paleo Diet to the mainstream.

35deb6722604c868c610088a6d8ce09e

(295)

on September 15, 2010
at 04:54 AM

What's his current position on artificial sweeteners?

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 15, 2010
at 03:48 AM

He's getting away from that now.

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Eae21abfabb19c4617b2630386994fd9

on September 15, 2010
at 03:45 AM

Loren Cordain's books maybe? He has shoe-horned the paleo diet to fit into the mainstream belief that saturated fat is bad. Disease and Western Civilization suffers slightly from these same biases also, but is such a wealth of scientific information that I think it is still very valuable.

35deb6722604c868c610088a6d8ce09e

(295)

on September 15, 2010
at 04:54 AM

What's his current position on artificial sweeteners?

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on September 15, 2010
at 08:54 AM

Cordain has reversed his position on sat fat -- and even if hadn't -- he has basically birthed the Paleo Diet to the mainstream.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 15, 2010
at 03:48 AM

He's getting away from that now.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 15, 2010
at 09:00 AM

He didn't say Cordain was all bad, just the first book. Cordain didn't start the diet off, just helped the most recent push of it

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 15, 2010
at 07:46 PM

Looking forward to it

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 16, 2010
at 09:27 AM

I was under the understanding that his lean meat suggestions were based on avoiding the toxins in conventional meatfat.. Totally understandable. Recommending canola... Uhf

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on September 15, 2010
at 07:12 PM

Dr. Cordain will be releasing a revised book soon!

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on September 16, 2010
at 01:21 AM

All I can say is that I don't know whether to laugh or cry when I see a Paleo eater hold sat fat against Cordain. In the long run, we are all wrong anyway - just a matter of degree and willingness to revisit our most dear beliefs. Cordain doesn't deserve any scorn from anyone, especially not from the Paleo community.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on September 16, 2010
at 10:38 PM

@Stephen - He also has reversed his position on Canola. It takes a thoughtful and wise person to change their minds publicly about such a heated topic. I respect him even more for doing so.

Eae21abfabb19c4617b2630386994fd9

on September 17, 2010
at 02:28 AM

@Patrik: References on Cordain's reversal? recent inteview with him against sat fat: http://www.canibaisereis.com/2010/05/06/dr-loren-cordain-falando-de-gorduras-saturadas/ He has figured out how to backtrack slightly by saying saturated fat is not that bad in the context of a paleo diet. But this is the same thing everybody does when they don't actually admit that they are wrong. We have to separate out individual arguments from personal evaluations. His positioning against saturated fat deserves our scorn even if we can be grateful for other aspects or of him as a person.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 15, 2010
at 07:26 PM

Most are pretty good, but we should expect a glut of garbage in the future as the paleo diet becomes popular.

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on September 15, 2010
at 07:09 PM

Avoid Matt Stone's 180 degree health series. Richard Nikoley sums him up nicely:

http://freetheanimal.com/2010/03/poor-poor-matt-stone.html

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A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on September 15, 2010
at 07:02 PM

The Primal Blueprint- definitely. Although I have respect for Mark Sisson, the book just isn't good. It's simply a conglomerate of his blog. There is no new information in his book. Also, it reads as though he threw it together as fast as possible.

Bcb2f5436d11467e89123680c046b858

(1356)

on September 15, 2010
at 07:50 PM

I have to disagree. Yes, all the information is in the blog, but the book compiles it all into a manageable package. A newcomer trying to find information on the blog could easily get overwhelmed because of the sheer volume of stuff on there, and because the search function kinda sucks. I think Mark's book is great, especially for beginners.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on September 16, 2010
at 12:31 PM

@Annika- Although the information from the website is put into a more manageable package, doesn't make it a good book. Especially compared to the other evolutionary eating books out there. @Kamal- Welcome to paleohacks- we're nitpicky here :-)

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on September 17, 2010
at 01:56 AM

All valid points. It's a good beginner book, I suppose, but I still think that out of all the evolutionary books, it's the worst (IMO).

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on September 15, 2010
at 07:12 PM

You can get the same info (and good start) for free at his blog. The book isn't worth your time or money.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 15, 2010
at 07:47 PM

Agreed, that doesn't make the book bad, just unnecessary

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 15, 2010
at 07:05 PM

The information is still moderant decent and a good start...Tho not optimal imo

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on September 16, 2010
at 10:39 PM

@Laurie D. -- agreed!

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on September 15, 2010
at 08:04 PM

I found the book to be written in very clear language, only slightly annoying during the "Korg family" part, and appreciated the comprehesive lifestyle issues covered. The book is quite clearly not for seasoned vets, or those who follow paleo blogs every day. For real though, the book recommendations cover 90% of what makes paleo good, the nitpicky 10% is paleohacks territory.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on September 16, 2010
at 01:24 AM

The book isn't designed for Paleo nerds like anyone reasons this thread. It is designed for the soccer mom in Kenosha, WI who could benefit from eating Paleo/Primal but doesn't obsess about this stuff like we do.

3f5bbb444498a24f1a9720d75fa7c903

(2369)

on September 16, 2010
at 10:03 PM

When a friend wants to learn about my way of eating, the Primal Blueprint is the easiest way to give them the information. I've given away several copies of Sisson's book because of this. Not everyone wants to start with Good Calories, Bad Calories (though I love it).

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