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Help me Compare/Contrast Paleo Authors...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 06, 2012 at 3:31 PM

I wanted to breakdown some of the more popular diet authors out there that are most utilized in the Paleosphere by some of their more dogmatic approaches. Please add or subtract as I've not had exposure to all of these guys with the exception of exposure here.

This would be basically so I know which direction/book would be best to suggest to family and friends, who constantly ask me "what are you doing? you look great!", but still want a book or website to research before diving head first.

Pardon the Biblical grain reference, but this is a question that can help me separate the wheat from the chaff.

From my own limited understanding (and quite a bit of subjective conclusion, which is why I ask my fellow Paleohackers):

Audette: No longer in print, demonizes foreign proteins (gluten/casein), carbohydrates (except fruit/honey), and phytates, advocates a low carb diet, considers CAFO-meats a viable option.

Cordain: Same principles as Audette however also demonizes nightshades and has relaxed views on carbohydrates comparatively (more fruit than Audette, and sweet potatoes for athletes), has revised views on Saturated fat but still wary, so advocates mostly "lean proteins". At one time advocated an 80/20 rule with diet colas and other synthetic foods allowed (unsure if this has changed in later revisions).

Robb Wolf (FYI the book I currently recommend): Similar principles as Audette/Cordain however significantly relaxes stances on carbohydrates (allowing potatoes and sweet potatoes for athletic-types) as well as occasional alcohol, and reasonable supplementation. Subscribes to the "lean proteins" dogma outlined by Cordain in early revisions, however seems to be much more flexible on Saturated Fats.

Sisson: Primary focus seems to be on carbohydrates, imposes sometimes confusing rules on how/why foods can be eaten, and thus allows some specific dairy products, some specific grain products, and some specific (fermented) legume products. Possibly the most flexible of the Paleo dogmas in regard to foods able to eat, but the downfall is as above, confusing to some (que the "Is X paleo?" questions). Focus seems to be primarily on carbs-reduction for weightloss, and toxin-reduction for health, as well as a very good outlook on "active play" and fitness that is lacking in a few other authors.

I would like to have similar breakdowns for Guyanet, Harris, and Peat - I have not been able to read their publications to the extent that I have the above authors, so I personallyl feel I'm not really qualified to make a decision on their works

What are your thoughts on these breakdowns? What would you add/subtract? When I'm done, I'll likely put together a pros/cons document based on the subjective, yet well-informed reviews of the PH community. Who can I recommend for someone that actually wants to follow this as a prescribed "diet" when they have seen my results?

edit: added tag "gurus"

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on February 07, 2012
at 08:19 PM

http://drrosedale.com/

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on February 06, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Thanks Nance! I will say I did want to purposely avoid "gurus" specifically because most people are looking for a "book" solution, many of the gurus do not have published works outside blogs or hard-to-read medical journals. However, the more information the better...

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on February 06, 2012
at 04:20 PM

Thanks Loon, do you have any specifics on Dr. Rosedale (I've never heard of him/her)?

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on February 06, 2012
at 03:54 PM

Thanks Curt! I thought I mentioned him as one I needed, but then I remembered that I often mix up Jaminet and Guyanet (mostly because their names are syllabically (not a word) matched and they both advocate safe-starches).

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on February 06, 2012
at 03:52 PM

This thread should give you more material: http://paleohacks.com/questions/75271/the-paleo-guru-guide-a-listing-of-your-favorite-experts

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on February 06, 2012
at 03:59 PM

I would also add Dr. Rosedale

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on February 06, 2012
at 04:20 PM

Thanks Loon, do you have any specifics on Dr. Rosedale (I've never heard of him/her)?

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on February 07, 2012
at 08:19 PM

http://drrosedale.com/

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on February 06, 2012
at 03:48 PM

To this list I would add:

Jaminet (The Perfect Health Diet): Recommends consuming macronutrient ratios similar to those found in human milk and those that similar animals consume, which involves plentiful saturated and monounsaturated fat--these being the primary sources of calories in his diet. Emphasizes the importance of short-chain fatty acids such as those found in coconut milk and those naturally produced during digestion of vegetables with soluble fiber.

Suggests an overall low consumption of PUFAs (even with optimal omega-3 to omega-6 ratios) due to studies linking high consumption of these with cancer. Recommends consuming up to 150g of carbs a day, primarily from starches such as potatoes and rice, due to the fact that glucose is the optimal fuel for the nervous system and is necessary for a number of bodily functions. Does not recommend consuming more than 150g of protein a day, due to the potential for ammonia poisoning.

So far this is the book I have found to be most backed-up by scientific studies, though I do not consider it to be perfect due to his lack of emphasis on vegetable consumption.

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on February 06, 2012
at 03:54 PM

Thanks Curt! I thought I mentioned him as one I needed, but then I remembered that I often mix up Jaminet and Guyanet (mostly because their names are syllabically (not a word) matched and they both advocate safe-starches).

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