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Is Paleo Officially Mainstream? It's in Oprah.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 21, 2012 at 7:11 PM

The May 2012 Oprah magazine, p. 146 recommends that people 'consider it'. It being Paleo. Here is the text:

The Paleo Diet Based on the notion that we're genetically adapted to the foods our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate, the paleo diet emphasizes meats, fish, fruits, and vegetables while eschewing refined sugars, dairy, and grains. When practiced well, the diet minimizes processed foods, and that's healthy, says David Katz, MD, director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. Just don't go overboard with the meat. Bacon burgers are a far cry from mammoth steaks.
Their verdict: Consider it.

Sweet!

So my question is, has Paleo now crossed that line into popular culture and eventual acceptance by the mainstream?

PS - The top of this page features vibram 5 fingers. Just saying. :-)

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on April 24, 2012
at 03:52 AM

PrimallyKosher, Quacks are EVERYWHERE. Nuff said.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on April 24, 2012
at 03:50 AM

Unfortunately it was just 'in' the magazine. As far as I can tell she hasn't personally tried Paleo.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6244)

on April 24, 2012
at 03:34 AM

Considering every diet Oprah has done so far has failed her... I find it highly ironic. I think she is a well-intentioned person but maybe when she does Paleo, sees results, and endorses it it will get far more interesting ...

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on April 22, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Oprah introduced, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil and host of other quacks. Does Paleo have to be associated with quacks? Does it have to be mainstream?

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on April 22, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Yeah, just the other day, I saw Silk Coconut Milk at the local supermarket - sadly it's got guar gum and carragean as well as sugar (in the form of cane sugar). We canhazmoar expect this kind of "Paleo" product in the future. Hopefully there's enough registered "Paleo" trademarks to prevent it.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on April 22, 2012
at 04:19 AM

PrimallyKosher, this adds nothing to the conversation except that now I know that you're judgmental. Cheers.

Bdac420645091098a0b3b5b47436969c

(273)

on April 22, 2012
at 01:56 AM

There was a paleo diet joke on Craig Ferguson the other night! It wasn't particularly flattering to the paleo movement but it was kind of startling to hear.

1ce9661622ba354c61669ffe900a01ab

(552)

on April 21, 2012
at 11:34 PM

Ok, now that does suck (high meat cost). I didn't think about that. Time to raise my own cattle (hmm). ; )

1ce9661622ba354c61669ffe900a01ab

(552)

on April 21, 2012
at 11:30 PM

Just don't eat that crap then (mainstream paleo snacks/food that is). It's that easy. I could care less if it gains in popularity or just isn't practiced a year or two from now by many. It's one of the ways of eating that's worked (and still working) for me. Here's a trendy (mainstream way) to call the way I eat, it's called "Lacto-Paleo", lol. Folks at my work call me that because I occasionally eat cheese, heavy cream and very rarely sour cream. So yes, it's becoming pretty mainstream (at least in necks of the woods, Northern CA).

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on April 21, 2012
at 09:40 PM

okay edited :) sometimes I get too caught up in how much paleo has impacted some of us!

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on April 21, 2012
at 08:58 PM

Depending on one's starting point, "unbelievable increase in health and well-being" is far from a foregone conclusion. Witness one Jimmy Moore who was low carb weighing around 275-285 before improving the quality of his foods to paleo last August. He now weighs over 300.

361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

(840)

on April 21, 2012
at 08:51 PM

LOL............

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on April 21, 2012
at 08:25 PM

Oh god no! That actually seems terrible to me, but I see your point.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on April 21, 2012
at 07:57 PM

Can we cool it with "100% success rate" and such? Nothing has a 100% success rate and it just makes us look suspect. Like when some tinpot dictator gets 98% of the vote in a "democratic" election.

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(10663)

on April 21, 2012
at 07:18 PM

Sounds like a great article and Paleo deserves this kind of exposure. I don't see why anyone WOULDN'T recommend a diet that forbids processed junk food.

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21b36b3de8ff31b0d41e7f0f4b5c1e03

(1688)

on April 21, 2012
at 07:46 PM

The true signal of mainstream acceptance and success is large food companies wanting to cash in on this "hot trend". When you start to see Kraft PaleoSnax and Oscar Meyer Primal Pebbles, that's when you know we've arrived ...

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on April 22, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Yeah, just the other day, I saw Silk Coconut Milk at the local supermarket - sadly it's got guar gum and carragean as well as sugar (in the form of cane sugar). We canhazmoar expect this kind of "Paleo" product in the future. Hopefully there's enough registered "Paleo" trademarks to prevent it.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on April 21, 2012
at 08:25 PM

Oh god no! That actually seems terrible to me, but I see your point.

1ce9661622ba354c61669ffe900a01ab

(552)

on April 21, 2012
at 11:30 PM

Just don't eat that crap then (mainstream paleo snacks/food that is). It's that easy. I could care less if it gains in popularity or just isn't practiced a year or two from now by many. It's one of the ways of eating that's worked (and still working) for me. Here's a trendy (mainstream way) to call the way I eat, it's called "Lacto-Paleo", lol. Folks at my work call me that because I occasionally eat cheese, heavy cream and very rarely sour cream. So yes, it's becoming pretty mainstream (at least in necks of the woods, Northern CA).

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93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on April 21, 2012
at 07:19 PM

As with everything in our culture, new ideas take time to get rooted into society. But, I think that through the books (The Paleo Soltuion, Perfect Health Diet, Good Cals-Bad Calories) information on a paleo lifestyle has become more widespread. When a lifestyle/diet that sees a high success rate and unbelievable increase in health and well-being it is only a matter of time before it catches on in popularity. SO to answer your question, yes, I do think paleo is becoming mainstream and will be accepted by many because the next generation is full of open-minded conscious beings who realize this health crisis needs to end.

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on April 21, 2012
at 08:58 PM

Depending on one's starting point, "unbelievable increase in health and well-being" is far from a foregone conclusion. Witness one Jimmy Moore who was low carb weighing around 275-285 before improving the quality of his foods to paleo last August. He now weighs over 300.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on April 21, 2012
at 07:57 PM

Can we cool it with "100% success rate" and such? Nothing has a 100% success rate and it just makes us look suspect. Like when some tinpot dictator gets 98% of the vote in a "democratic" election.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on April 21, 2012
at 09:40 PM

okay edited :) sometimes I get too caught up in how much paleo has impacted some of us!

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C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Why are you reading Oprah magazine?

361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

(840)

on April 21, 2012
at 08:51 PM

LOL............

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on April 22, 2012
at 04:19 AM

PrimallyKosher, this adds nothing to the conversation except that now I know that you're judgmental. Cheers.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on April 22, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Oprah introduced, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil and host of other quacks. Does Paleo have to be associated with quacks? Does it have to be mainstream?

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on April 24, 2012
at 03:52 AM

PrimallyKosher, Quacks are EVERYWHERE. Nuff said.

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on April 21, 2012
at 10:47 PM

About 6 months ago my daughter in law sent me a few torn out pages from a magazine she saw in a doctors office (sorry dont know what it was) that referenced Paleo, she was surprized to read about it since she thought I was on some crazy diet until then.

Its out there, its getting peoples attention, its just that the last 20 years has been one fad diet after another and people are always looking for quick fixes or think it has to be done using convention wisdom (MD's) or someone who has power to command peoples attention (ahem, Oprah-just sayin!).

I'm just happy to be doing whats good for me for once!

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6c04ea3e85928bed6518824bdae60d7a

(30)

on April 21, 2012
at 07:35 PM

When the cost of meat sky rockets, then you know it has become mainstream. Then again, a local food chain here wanted $19.99 per lbs for grass fed steak yesterday. Makes me think . . .

1ce9661622ba354c61669ffe900a01ab

(552)

on April 21, 2012
at 11:34 PM

Ok, now that does suck (high meat cost). I didn't think about that. Time to raise my own cattle (hmm). ; )

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