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Whats the current paleo population?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 10, 2010 at 12:48 AM

Anyone have an estimate?

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on December 16, 2011
at 06:30 PM

don't tell Oprah. Just heard on the news today about a possible beef shortage in the US.

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on February 27, 2011
at 10:34 AM

buy an island, good idea

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on November 23, 2010
at 09:51 AM

Lol! You may be right. I would say that Crossfit is getting pretty popular - and a lot of people come to paleo or at least a decent sense of nutrition through them. And the number of good paleo blogs has increased quite a bit. In fact, I probably wouldn't be paleo if it weren't for Dr. Harris' blog PaNu - and he started posting May '09.

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(6157)

on November 23, 2010
at 03:18 AM

I'm a little more pessimistic than that. What's one of the most effective ways to gain strength? Barbell training. What's one of the best sports for all-around fitness? Gymnastics. How popular are these, compared to useless, get-a-flat-belly-in-4-minutes scams and CardioTaeBoZumba classes?

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on November 23, 2010
at 01:09 AM

I SO want to open a paleo restaurant! I tinker with recipes all the time with my restaurant in mind. Paleo is coming big time- it just has to!

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on November 11, 2010
at 02:26 PM

I think paleo will catch on big time. Why? It's the most effective way to naturally acheive proper weight/energy/health status. We are not dogmatic (repeat after me). Paleo is flexible and evolving - as new science becomes available - we adjust to it, rather than clinging to static principles.

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on November 11, 2010
at 09:03 AM

lmao MikeD... totally Paleolady!

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on November 10, 2010
at 10:55 PM

Yeah, me and another guy here in Seattle (Gil) also are dreaming about opening a paleo restaurant, I think it would be great. You could target the organic, free range eaters, the gluten intolerant people, the diabetics, others with health issues, and paleo too of course. And even the vegans could find some good desserts!

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on November 10, 2010
at 08:54 PM

man, but wouldn't it be funny when she has her studio audience look under their seats and everyone gets a suckling pig carcass?

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on November 10, 2010
at 07:11 PM

true that Jae :) I guess I just wish it were more mainstream at times; but other times I do not mind it being my little secret.

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

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on November 10, 2010
at 07:03 PM

If Oprah gets it noticed, all that will happen is that we will have a huge surge in edible foodlike products that are supposedly healthy, but full of crap ingredients, all with an Oprah sticker and a Paleo-Approved trademark on it. Maybe better than nothing, maybe not. Hard to tell where this will go.

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on November 10, 2010
at 02:03 AM

That seems reasonable. The forums at Mark's daily apple have 33k members but this type of forum is subject to a lot of spam, even so that would seem to indicate a count far above 10k

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on November 10, 2010
at 01:51 AM

actually you can reasonably guess that the number of registered users is a small percentage of the number of people who use this site alone. the majority will be lurkers - like me until I registered just now to make this point. web usability guy jakob nielsen said: "In most online communities, 90% of users are lurkers who never contribute, 9% of users contribute a little, and 1% of users account for almost all the action." so then your total pop estimate might be a decent count for the regular audience of paleohacks.... but you'd need another multiplier for the wide world of paleo.

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on November 10, 2010
at 12:52 AM

I don't know how anyone could possibly guess. there is no one location for paleo eaters. And some people eat like paleo even though they don't know there is a special name for it.

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691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on November 10, 2010
at 02:03 PM

33K?! We should buy an island and create our own country! Or maybe a hunting preserve...

9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

(1132)

on February 27, 2011
at 10:34 AM

buy an island, good idea

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on November 10, 2010
at 06:34 PM

I do feel the numbers are quite small at this point and time. If only Oprah would get it noticed there might really be an explosion of popularity! My little dream/fantasy would be to open a paleo eating restaurant.

2b4f887f5fd32a37c6038eb0aaaf3bf5

(1648)

on November 10, 2010
at 10:55 PM

Yeah, me and another guy here in Seattle (Gil) also are dreaming about opening a paleo restaurant, I think it would be great. You could target the organic, free range eaters, the gluten intolerant people, the diabetics, others with health issues, and paleo too of course. And even the vegans could find some good desserts!

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 10, 2010
at 07:11 PM

true that Jae :) I guess I just wish it were more mainstream at times; but other times I do not mind it being my little secret.

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on November 10, 2010
at 07:03 PM

If Oprah gets it noticed, all that will happen is that we will have a huge surge in edible foodlike products that are supposedly healthy, but full of crap ingredients, all with an Oprah sticker and a Paleo-Approved trademark on it. Maybe better than nothing, maybe not. Hard to tell where this will go.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on November 10, 2010
at 08:54 PM

man, but wouldn't it be funny when she has her studio audience look under their seats and everyone gets a suckling pig carcass?

2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

(455)

on November 11, 2010
at 09:03 AM

lmao MikeD... totally Paleolady!

C0fcb48d7da4f76fac17318efd2cd6b8

(4069)

on November 23, 2010
at 01:09 AM

I SO want to open a paleo restaurant! I tinker with recipes all the time with my restaurant in mind. Paleo is coming big time- it just has to!

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on December 16, 2011
at 06:30 PM

don't tell Oprah. Just heard on the news today about a possible beef shortage in the US.

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on December 16, 2011
at 06:29 PM

N=1.....................

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 10, 2010
at 07:11 PM

I run into people all the time that, while not full-on paleo, are keenly aware of certain ideas. The Vitamin D thing is catching on everywhere, for example. Lots of people take fish oil and are aware that n6 is bad. And a lot of people are talking about gluten intolerance. Enough people that mainstream media is doing hack pieces to discount the need to avoid gluten for non-celiacs. Grass fed/organic food is becoming more available. Plenty of people believe in carb restriction (or at least that sugar/fructose is bad) - even if they don't do it personally. I've run into people that started going to farmers markets under the influence of WAPF/Nourishing Traditions. And many people are starting to dismiss the lipid hypothesis.

Are they all coming from an evolutionary perspective? Nope. But progress is being made. The popularity of The Primal Blueprint and The Paleolithic Solution on Amazon are also encouraging signs. And do a Google Trends on 'Paleo Diet' - increasing rather nicely, I think.

Also, Jimmy Moore did a poll recently that showed that 25% of his readers were primal/paleo. Which was a huge jump from the previous year. I think his podcasts boast around 50,000 listeners.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 11, 2010
at 02:26 PM

I think paleo will catch on big time. Why? It's the most effective way to naturally acheive proper weight/energy/health status. We are not dogmatic (repeat after me). Paleo is flexible and evolving - as new science becomes available - we adjust to it, rather than clinging to static principles.

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on November 23, 2010
at 03:18 AM

I'm a little more pessimistic than that. What's one of the most effective ways to gain strength? Barbell training. What's one of the best sports for all-around fitness? Gymnastics. How popular are these, compared to useless, get-a-flat-belly-in-4-minutes scams and CardioTaeBoZumba classes?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 23, 2010
at 09:51 AM

Lol! You may be right. I would say that Crossfit is getting pretty popular - and a lot of people come to paleo or at least a decent sense of nutrition through them. And the number of good paleo blogs has increased quite a bit. In fact, I probably wouldn't be paleo if it weren't for Dr. Harris' blog PaNu - and he started posting May '09.

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1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on November 10, 2010
at 01:17 AM

Totally unsupported guesswork

868 users here which I am guessing is about 10% or less of the total pop so let me guess around 10,000 at a minimum.

15e684f6f716f88c99f641098a6e06ca

(922)

on November 10, 2010
at 01:51 AM

actually you can reasonably guess that the number of registered users is a small percentage of the number of people who use this site alone. the majority will be lurkers - like me until I registered just now to make this point. web usability guy jakob nielsen said: "In most online communities, 90% of users are lurkers who never contribute, 9% of users contribute a little, and 1% of users account for almost all the action." so then your total pop estimate might be a decent count for the regular audience of paleohacks.... but you'd need another multiplier for the wide world of paleo.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on November 10, 2010
at 02:03 AM

That seems reasonable. The forums at Mark's daily apple have 33k members but this type of forum is subject to a lot of spam, even so that would seem to indicate a count far above 10k

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