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Is Conventional Wisdom finally catching on?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 21, 2012 at 5:45 AM

You know those diet ads you see all over the web? On a whim, I decided to actually click on one (specifically this one) figuring that I'd get a good laugh out of CW's typical nutritional debauchery.

To my surprise, though, the folks in the video soon started explaining how insulin dysfunction is the root cause of insidious weight gain. They went on to condemn supposedly-healthy whole wheat as a major driving force behind this, recommending rice and quinoa instead. Already this was starting to look pretty primal, if somewhat more lenient towards the "safer" grains.

Right off the bat, that was already closer to my own diet than anything I've ever seen on the mainstream. And then came my first shocker: they advocated natural sources of saturated fat like coconut oil, avocados, and even that age-old forbidden dietary anathema: butter!

Not only that, but they then warn you about the ill effects of several industrial foods and oils, e.g. processed soy and hydrogenated veg. oil, and encourage you to eat simple, homecooked foods like steak and sweet potatos instead. That is, foods that make up the core of your typical paleo diet.

At about this point, they begun discussing other topics like diet sustainability, which were interesting too, just not immediately relevant to my point.

So what do you fellow paleohackers think? Are we finally seeing the mainstream shift we've been waiting for? Have you personally seen encouraging signs like this of evolutionarily-friendly nutrition creeping into the conventional wisdom?

Edit: Link fixed. Sorry about the random video.

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on February 23, 2012
at 04:40 PM

Oops there is a little beef. But not nearly enough.

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on February 23, 2012
at 04:38 PM

It wasn't conventional for people to eat emulsified cow's hooves but millions did it on the Last Chance Diet and a few died. Conventional Wisdom in dieting means following the herd, wherever it's headed. Today vegan, tomorrow paleo, next week back to the pyramid.

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on February 23, 2012
at 04:32 PM

Yeah. Where's the beef? Just another warped diet from LA.

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on February 23, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Conventional wisdom isn't catching on, it's conventional people that are catching on.

"Experts" are still pushing the semi-starvation diet model as the best way to lose weight.

Regular people who have tried the conventional wisdom time and time again (and failed time and time again) are the one's catching on that the conventional wisdom is wrong.

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on February 23, 2012
at 04:38 PM

It wasn't conventional for people to eat emulsified cow's hooves but millions did it on the Last Chance Diet and a few died. Conventional Wisdom in dieting means following the herd, wherever it's headed. Today vegan, tomorrow paleo, next week back to the pyramid.

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on February 21, 2012
at 06:10 AM

That is indeed cool. Some folks are coming around. But a lot are still off in the weeds.

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on February 21, 2012
at 01:57 PM

perhaps i am a bad person and terribly self centered, but i am not "waiting for a mainstream shift".

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on February 21, 2012
at 06:50 AM

That is not a cw sight. It is run by a holistic nutritionist.

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on February 23, 2012
at 04:40 PM

Oops there is a little beef. But not nearly enough.

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(10611)

on February 23, 2012
at 04:32 PM

Yeah. Where's the beef? Just another warped diet from LA.

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