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What's wrong with Cordain's "The Paleo Diet"?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 15, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Seeing as many newbies come to paleo through this book, perhaps we could ennumerate its shortcomings for future reference?

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on June 18, 2012
at 12:18 PM

I'm getting a broken link here...

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on June 18, 2012
at 12:15 PM

Olive oil is not terrible (like corn oil), but it does have a bit of omega-6. Probably best not to cook with it. And if you are using more than you would put on a salad daily, the n6 adds up. Oh my gosh, the eating your way out of an igloo of Eskimo pies - that's a hilarious visual. And Olive Oyl was just fickle. ;)

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on June 16, 2012
at 01:31 AM

Say more, I was not really buying it, but don't have the science background to know why.

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on June 15, 2012
at 07:17 PM

because she was unfaithful to Popeye.

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on June 15, 2012
at 05:41 PM

and why is olive oil bad?

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on June 15, 2012
at 05:40 PM

Thanks* that is, although Rhanks might sound kinda cool!

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on June 15, 2012
at 05:39 PM

Rhanks Joshua. I don't care about flashy or entertaining but... I am not (don't need to) going to totally give up dairy. I think I finally figured out that Primal is Paleo plus Dairy - is that correct?

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on June 15, 2012
at 05:32 PM

I like Robb's book better. Since I've read most the books, I consider the target. For those that don't seem to have issues with dairy and are looking for something flashy and entertaining, I recommend The Primal Blueprint. For others that want to really "do" Paleo, I recommend Robb's book, Paleo Solution. My first intro to Paleo eating was through a book no longer in print, Neanderthin, which I still feel embodies much of the principles I still use, some 8 years after I read it (although my stances have changed on olive oil, nuts, and CAFO meats, which are "ok" in Neanderthin).

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on June 15, 2012
at 05:30 PM

I like Robb's book better. Since I've read most the books, I consider the target. For those that don't seem to have issues with dairy and are looking for something flashy and entertaining, I recommend The Primal Blueprint. For others that want to really "do" Paleo, I recommend Robb's book, Paleo Solution. My first intro to Paleo eating was through a book no longer in print, Neanderthin, which I still feel embodies much of the principles I still use, some 8 years after I read it (although my stances have changed on olive oil, nuts, tubers and CAFO meats, which are "ok" in Neanderthin).

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on June 15, 2012
at 05:12 PM

So, What ONE book on Paleo diet do you recommend at this time? Ive read a bunch online, but never the whole book. I was about to buy the Paleo Solution.... What do you recommend?

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on June 15, 2012
at 05:29 PM

Listen to the podcast interview with Chris Kresser and Mat Lalonde on What Science Really Says About the Paleo Diet; Excellent and very informative!

http://chriskresser.com/rhr-what-science-really-says-about-the-paleo-diet-with-mat-lalondeWhat Science Really Says About the Paleo Diet ??? With Mat Lalonde

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on June 18, 2012
at 12:18 PM

I'm getting a broken link here...

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on June 15, 2012
at 05:02 PM

The problems that "I" have with the original Cordain "Paleo Diet"

  1. His stance on Saturated Fats being bad, m'kay.
  2. The allowance of synthetic sweetened beverages like Diet Cola.
  3. His stance on nightshades, expressly tomatoes, chilies, and potatoes (these should be excluded for some, but frankly I don't buy restricting them for everyone.
  4. The outright ABUSES that I've seen of the 80/20 rule (i.e. a "cheat meal" where you build an igloo out of Eskimo pies and eat your way out) - not really his fault though.

I've heard he's made some revisions in his new books - The Paleo Diet (Revised) and The Paleo Answer. I've unfortunately not read these yet (they are on my kindle, I'm just too busy reading other stuff atm).

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 15, 2012
at 05:40 PM

Thanks* that is, although Rhanks might sound kinda cool!

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 15, 2012
at 05:39 PM

Rhanks Joshua. I don't care about flashy or entertaining but... I am not (don't need to) going to totally give up dairy. I think I finally figured out that Primal is Paleo plus Dairy - is that correct?

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 15, 2012
at 05:41 PM

and why is olive oil bad?

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on June 15, 2012
at 07:17 PM

because she was unfaithful to Popeye.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on June 15, 2012
at 05:30 PM

I like Robb's book better. Since I've read most the books, I consider the target. For those that don't seem to have issues with dairy and are looking for something flashy and entertaining, I recommend The Primal Blueprint. For others that want to really "do" Paleo, I recommend Robb's book, Paleo Solution. My first intro to Paleo eating was through a book no longer in print, Neanderthin, which I still feel embodies much of the principles I still use, some 8 years after I read it (although my stances have changed on olive oil, nuts, tubers and CAFO meats, which are "ok" in Neanderthin).

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 15, 2012
at 05:12 PM

So, What ONE book on Paleo diet do you recommend at this time? Ive read a bunch online, but never the whole book. I was about to buy the Paleo Solution.... What do you recommend?

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on June 15, 2012
at 05:32 PM

I like Robb's book better. Since I've read most the books, I consider the target. For those that don't seem to have issues with dairy and are looking for something flashy and entertaining, I recommend The Primal Blueprint. For others that want to really "do" Paleo, I recommend Robb's book, Paleo Solution. My first intro to Paleo eating was through a book no longer in print, Neanderthin, which I still feel embodies much of the principles I still use, some 8 years after I read it (although my stances have changed on olive oil, nuts, and CAFO meats, which are "ok" in Neanderthin).

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on June 18, 2012
at 12:15 PM

Olive oil is not terrible (like corn oil), but it does have a bit of omega-6. Probably best not to cook with it. And if you are using more than you would put on a salad daily, the n6 adds up. Oh my gosh, the eating your way out of an igloo of Eskimo pies - that's a hilarious visual. And Olive Oyl was just fickle. ;)

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on June 15, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Much of his anti-nutrient argument is mainly just nonsense when he gets into specifics with phytic acid, lectins, etc...

Eea6a68f5a7190d13c60e1c72417a581

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on June 16, 2012
at 01:31 AM

Say more, I was not really buying it, but don't have the science background to know why.

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