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CNN declares paleo the worst diet

Commented on February 07, 2014
Created January 08, 2014 at 2:05 AM

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/07/health/best-diets-ranked/index.html?hpt=hp_bn13

More marrow for me.

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on February 07, 2014
at 11:46 AM

I don't expect a big shift towards Paleo. It's considered regressive Luddite mentality. We're progressive now, and are being steadily steered into eating the lowest cost everyperson diet of the future.

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on February 07, 2014
at 03:52 AM

exactly!

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on February 06, 2014
at 09:26 PM

The web has huge databases and easily searchable academic studies. But it also has durianrider.

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on February 05, 2014
at 11:54 PM

If people can live off packaged food and not get whole grains or beans and call that a lifestyle, eating meat and vegetables not in a package can also. The perfect diet can only be consumed by the perfect human, which we have yet to produce. So unless we see manna coming from the heavens I say what ever makes your body feel the most healthy that is what you should strive to eat.

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on February 02, 2014
at 03:58 AM

lol CNN

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on January 10, 2014
at 09:09 PM

*laughs*

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on January 09, 2014
at 04:39 PM

Maybe that's what Emirates Airlines calls their frequent fliers... His complaints are valid in some respects, but to claim that they need to do 538 scientific studies for a bunch of dummies to rank diets for a throw-away web article is ridiculous.

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on January 08, 2014
at 04:30 PM

Agree on DASH and on more data points. There are several powerful studies out there. And numerous 'A' studies. What is missing is a centralize group to present/market the information the way these other groups do.

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on January 08, 2014
at 04:03 PM

Really wish the MDs that were promoting/prescribing paleo diets would write up and publish case studies more often. The more case studies folks can refer to makes it more likely that actual studies can get funding.

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on January 08, 2014
at 03:58 PM

Re: DASH, ever read an explanation of that diet? Talk about convoluted and hard to understand… you're calculated calories, grams of nutrients, mg of sodium, etc… But it's studied and marketed as a health-promoting diet so it got favorable reviews.

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on January 08, 2014
at 03:56 PM

I think he's referring to Dr. Mike Eades: http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/

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on January 08, 2014
at 03:47 PM

@CDone

Did you mean Georgia Ede MD from http://diagnosisdiet.com/ ???

cheers

Bob

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on January 08, 2014
at 03:32 PM

Also there is no "paleo diet" in the way that there is a DASH or weight watchers. paleo is very fragmented (which is good). But if a team if Wolff, Cordain, and Sisson came together with help from a few MDs (Attia, Eades, Harris) and put forward a response to this, it would jump up significantly.

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on January 08, 2014
at 12:48 PM

For sure the ads for eating processed foods outnumber the ads for ALL diet programs. Dan Marino sells both Papa Johns and Nutrisystem.

I think that Guyenet gives Paleo more legitimacy than the sources USNews used (Cordain and Wolf). The core Paleo argument, avoiding modern processed foods designed to be hyperpalatable and cheap, was marginalized. CNN missed the point entirely, associating Paleo with evil steaks.

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on January 08, 2014
at 11:40 AM

CNN tagged it the worst, not USNews. If it bleeds it leads for the yellowest of all presses. USNews has a basis for evaluation, CNN has an agenda to follow.

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on January 08, 2014
at 10:53 AM

That's ok, us Paleo dieters who still read dinosaur blogs have declared US News the worst dinosaur blog evah.

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at 03:06 AM

Newspaper reporter here... I can tell you that that is exactly what happened (and happens all the time with anything you read).

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on February 06, 2014
at 08:56 PM

I just cannot take this seriously considering that the Slimfast diet ranked 13 on the list and the paleo diet was dead last at 31st. Come on, give me a break! The criticism about the Paleo diet was "too restrictive" and that it "eliminated essential nutrients". Wouldn't that description better fit the Slimfast diet where your diet is limited to soy and industrial crap-laden fake products? Ever read the ingredients on the Slimfast labels???

Why is it difficult and restrictive to eat real, whole food? As much as you want, anything you want that's real, whole unprocessed and grain free.

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on February 07, 2014
at 03:52 AM

exactly!

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on February 06, 2014
at 08:41 PM

eh, they'll come around. maybe ;).

its pretty controversial to propose a diet which close to eliminates the need for big pharma. the powers that be really don't WANT healthy people, as far as i can tell. they want people who consume and consume big name products, drugs, etc etc.

paleo feels extreme and backward to many people because its not what our society has been based on. but as people heal and feel better, there will be a shift. at least i hope.

another thing it doesn't really highlight is that paleo has many forms and that its really about making sure it fits your individual needs. Some people need more carbs. Women, for example, tend to need more carbs in the long run for healthy function.

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on February 07, 2014
at 11:46 AM

I don't expect a big shift towards Paleo. It's considered regressive Luddite mentality. We're progressive now, and are being steadily steered into eating the lowest cost everyperson diet of the future.

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on February 01, 2014
at 06:59 PM

I think these things are made by people who have never tried any of the diets - I was so skeptical about paleo, then I did it and everything changed http://www.healthista.com/nutrition/the-paleo-diet-how-it-helped-me-escape-20-years-of-dieting-hell/

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on January 09, 2014
at 03:30 PM

It's also ranked according to the standard "healthy" diet. An argument the people who judged made is that paleo is too low in carbohydrates, too high in protein and fat and therefore promotes heart disease/high cholesterol/etc. another argument they made is that you might become calcium deficient without dairy and you'll be missing out on nutrients by eliminating legumes/grains/fortified cereals. Lack of scientific studies didn't help either...

Of course, I know this lifestyle is right for me so I do not pay much attention to what they say :)

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on February 05, 2014
at 11:54 PM

If people can live off packaged food and not get whole grains or beans and call that a lifestyle, eating meat and vegetables not in a package can also. The perfect diet can only be consumed by the perfect human, which we have yet to produce. So unless we see manna coming from the heavens I say what ever makes your body feel the most healthy that is what you should strive to eat.

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on January 09, 2014
at 03:19 AM

The End of Paleo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArcSIg3cYcw

A talk at AHS 2013 on the chances of Paleo going mainstream.

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on January 09, 2014
at 01:56 AM

I agree. I am not bothered by what the media or establishment medicine say. It is largely dictation. And we still live at a time when, if one wants to explore nutrition, there is a lot of quality info on the web. A little Darwinian selection of uncurious ditto heads is part of Nature.

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on February 06, 2014
at 09:26 PM

The web has huge databases and easily searchable academic studies. But it also has durianrider.

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on January 08, 2014
at 03:07 PM

Very much biased towards academic diets and commercial diets. They want a well-studied diet (think DASH diet), which paleo has yet to deliver. They also want a gimmicky pre-packaged cheap-ass-food diet (think: Weightwatchers), again paleo does not deliver.

If you read it, it's clear that the experts still see paleo as gimmick, and it still is. For all the buzz about it being the most searched diet out there, we should remember, it's nowhere near a tipping point of adoption. It's totally fringe and I'm not sure it's even growing. I look at the paleo community and see there's a ton of buzz being generated at times through all these new books coming out, but it's just people trying to cash in on it. Nothing really stands out after Robb's 2010 book.

EDIT: Here's Loren Cordain's 2014 rebuttal: http://thepaleodiet.com/2014-rebuttal-to-u-s-news-and-world-reports-diet-ratings/ Not impressed with what he had to say. He complained they didn't have anybody on the panel that was an expert in ancestral diets or human evolution. He complained it's impossible to rank them because they've never been directly compared. He complained it's all subjective. Really? That's all he came up with? He tries to claim there's a lot of studies out there looking at paleo, but we all that know that's BS too. Ugh, really cannot stand Cordain. And what the hell is a "PhD, emirates"? A typo, emeritus, perhaps?

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on January 08, 2014
at 03:32 PM

Also there is no "paleo diet" in the way that there is a DASH or weight watchers. paleo is very fragmented (which is good). But if a team if Wolff, Cordain, and Sisson came together with help from a few MDs (Attia, Eades, Harris) and put forward a response to this, it would jump up significantly.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on January 09, 2014
at 04:39 PM

Maybe that's what Emirates Airlines calls their frequent fliers... His complaints are valid in some respects, but to claim that they need to do 538 scientific studies for a bunch of dummies to rank diets for a throw-away web article is ridiculous.

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on January 08, 2014
at 02:19 PM

It's not a diet,, it's a lifestyle ;)

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on January 08, 2014
at 12:00 PM

Unscientific reports by news networks does not automatically make them valid; with that said I hypothesize that sugary foods along with mass advertising makes any diet or nutritional regimen difficult. You be the judge...peace :)

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on January 08, 2014
at 12:48 PM

For sure the ads for eating processed foods outnumber the ads for ALL diet programs. Dan Marino sells both Papa Johns and Nutrisystem.

I think that Guyenet gives Paleo more legitimacy than the sources USNews used (Cordain and Wolf). The core Paleo argument, avoiding modern processed foods designed to be hyperpalatable and cheap, was marginalized. CNN missed the point entirely, associating Paleo with evil steaks.

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on January 08, 2014
at 11:53 AM

The US News analysis details are very revealing. Paleo is ranked low because it is expensive and hard to follow, and because there are no extensive studies documenting benefits for weight loss and health. There's a high degree of skepticism, though unlike 17 Day and Master Cleanse diets US News ranks Paleo. It's interesting that vegan comes in for similar criticisms as Paleo.

In the end it's about what you would expect, with the highest ranked diets being the ones with either a lot of history like the Med or a lot of marketing like Weight Watchers. If it's not cheap, simple and well known it already has three strikes against it.

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on January 08, 2014
at 02:22 AM

Not CNN. US News. Also, they don't call Paleo the worst diet, it's the 31st best diet.... See, it's all in how you frame it.

Look, here's how these things work. They looked at a bunch of diets who have single entities running them i.e. Weight Watchers, the Zone, the Mediterranean, etc. Then the panelist call up the PR staff and say, hey we would like information on these five criteria. Then the companies spend a lot of time organizing responses to the questions.

For the diets that do not have these single entities, the publishers are too lazy to do real research, so they go to wikipedia (or rather have unpaid interns go to wikipedia) and print out information.

Then the panelist have to compare a print out from wikipedia to binders full of data from the other groups (and they are probably shiny binders too....). No need to put any more thought into it than that.

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on January 08, 2014
at 03:06 AM

Newspaper reporter here... I can tell you that that is exactly what happened (and happens all the time with anything you read).

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on January 08, 2014
at 11:40 AM

CNN tagged it the worst, not USNews. If it bleeds it leads for the yellowest of all presses. USNews has a basis for evaluation, CNN has an agenda to follow.

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