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Common misconceptions surrounding the paleo diet by Paleo Eaters?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 02, 2011 at 11:28 AM

I was reading up on some bits regarding why peanuts are bad for you on this site and came across the following article:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/26642/peanuts-why-are-they-vilified

When reading it I came across one of the answers that said the following:

"All foods have lectins, all of them. Someone like Cordain or Wolf was talking about specific lectins in legumes and now people seem to think lectins themselves are bad."

This was news to me. So, in an effort to make sure that I don't look like an idiot when explaining this stuff to people, I would like to ask:

What are the most common misconceptions surrounding the Paleo way of eating made by Paleo eaters themselves in your experience?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Nick Kinsella

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on March 07, 2012
at 12:58 AM

I agree. I personally need dairy, otherwise my tooth gets too sensitive (and I do get 75% of daily Calcium from Paleo food sources, which is what Paleo dieters are supposed to get according to Robb Wolf, since we absorb better). I just make sure that I eat lactose-free cheeses/kefir/yogurt, and that it mostly comes from goats/sheep where their casein is more tolerable. With this protocol, I had no problems at all with dairy. I do almond/coconut milk for actual milk.

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on June 02, 2011
at 05:53 PM

"7. The ultimate outcome of eating clean is good labs absent biomarkers and a trend showing lengthening of telomeres" Woh.... really? Is that even possible? Am I understanding you right? I heard that the gene responsible for telomere production gets turned off early on in the unfertilised egg while it is still in the ovary and that the thelomere at the end of the chromosome shortens with every division of a cell and finally that of cannot be natrually regrown. I'd love to hear some more info on what you were getting at.

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on June 02, 2011
at 04:18 PM

That is awful - That's right up there with my husbands last doctor that told him his type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol will never get better regardless of how much he exercises or what he eats. He won't be going back to that jackass either.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on June 02, 2011
at 03:23 PM

@MamaBear, wow, I wouldn't have gone back, either. What a horrible response.

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on June 02, 2011
at 03:21 PM

This is a great question, I'm excited about reading the answers. Thanks!

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on June 02, 2011
at 01:59 PM

@The Quilt, too true, and even if you try....I asked two docs to check my thyroid with a full panel of thyroid tests, one said "we don't do those tests here" that was at my ObGyn's office. My GP laughed and said, everyone wishes it was their thyroid, but when you get older you get fat. I haven't been back.

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on June 02, 2011
at 01:36 PM

I am also confused here.

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on June 02, 2011
at 01:25 PM

So which of those are misconceptions and which are truths you're trying to state? It looks like you include both...

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 02, 2011
at 12:51 PM

Only if you have autoimmune issues should you avoid dairy. Sadly most don't know their thyroid is trashed due to that cause they never get tested by their doc

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on June 02, 2011
at 12:39 PM

I thought it was avoidance of fructose, gluten and linoleic acid. I guess I'm not REALLY paleo...

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on June 02, 2011
at 12:35 PM

The biggest misconception ?

That there is one paleo diet (the mother of "Is "xxx" paleo ?" threads).

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on June 02, 2011
at 12:37 PM

Yes, all plants have lectins. But there are hundreds (if not thousands) of different lectins - some lectins are worse than others - the lectin in wheat (WGA - wheat germ agglutininen) is particularly nasty. So the real question is whether a particular lectin is problematic.

Peanuts are bad because of the lectins and phytates and a bad n6:n3 ratio (and high PUFA overall). Of course, you could say the same about most tree nuts. The real reason peanuts should be avoided is aflatoxin - the mold that is often present which causes the problem for those allergic to peanuts.

I still eat peanuts once in a while (It's probably my favorite flavor after chocolate). But I consider it a "cheat".

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on June 02, 2011
at 12:33 PM

One of the biggest for me personally is the dairy issue.

Let me be clear, I'm always the one saying indeed that the whole premise of "paleo" is simply three ideas: avoiding GRAINS, LEGUMES, AND DAIRY. And I still tell people new to the scene, that if they simply avoid those three things they will see improvements to their well-being across the board. This I still believe.

That being said I'd say a big misconception I've had is that storebought, pasteurized dairy is absolutely deleterious to everyone's health, period. I no longer believe this. I maintain that we all can go without dairy with no problems, and that if one is fat, metabolically deranged, etc then they would do better without dairy. But, I now feel that if one is fit, active, athletic, then dairy can contribute to improved athletic gains, repairing beaten-down muscle fibers, etc.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on June 02, 2011
at 12:39 PM

I thought it was avoidance of fructose, gluten and linoleic acid. I guess I'm not REALLY paleo...

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on June 02, 2011
at 04:18 PM

That is awful - That's right up there with my husbands last doctor that told him his type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol will never get better regardless of how much he exercises or what he eats. He won't be going back to that jackass either.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 02, 2011
at 03:23 PM

@MamaBear, wow, I wouldn't have gone back, either. What a horrible response.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on June 02, 2011
at 12:51 PM

Only if you have autoimmune issues should you avoid dairy. Sadly most don't know their thyroid is trashed due to that cause they never get tested by their doc

6c6d5df2d6a878911254b9721e4d217b

(40)

on June 02, 2011
at 01:59 PM

@The Quilt, too true, and even if you try....I asked two docs to check my thyroid with a full panel of thyroid tests, one said "we don't do those tests here" that was at my ObGyn's office. My GP laughed and said, everyone wishes it was their thyroid, but when you get older you get fat. I haven't been back.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on March 07, 2012
at 12:58 AM

I agree. I personally need dairy, otherwise my tooth gets too sensitive (and I do get 75% of daily Calcium from Paleo food sources, which is what Paleo dieters are supposed to get according to Robb Wolf, since we absorb better). I just make sure that I eat lactose-free cheeses/kefir/yogurt, and that it mostly comes from goats/sheep where their casein is more tolerable. With this protocol, I had no problems at all with dairy. I do almond/coconut milk for actual milk.

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on March 07, 2012
at 12:10 AM

From the Paleo Robustus-"Paleo is not a diet, and it's not about low carb."

From the people entering to lose weight-"Oh, carbs are fine now! I need an IF schedule. I'm really messed up, but I can do this without even a blood test to start."

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on March 07, 2012
at 12:01 AM

I think a misconception is the idea that all acute and chronic conditions have some sort of link to paleo. Although diet is a major factor, there are many other ways the body interacts with the surrounding environment and world.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 02, 2011
at 12:57 PM

  1. All farmed fish is bad and all meat is good
  2. High protein is bad
  3. As macronutrients change you need to adjust some supplements
  4. Arguing about dietary pillars are useless without context
  5. Organic acid testing is great for detecting causes of stalls
  6. You don't need to eat perfectly clean all the time
  7. The ultimate outcome of eating clean is good labs absent biomarkers and a trend showing lengthening of telomeres
  8. What is good for performance is not always optimal for you longterm
  9. Age effects diet so it too must evolve as your body does
  10. Hormones are more important than most think

33d79be41042b7e6f62191ccfa9fde8d

on June 02, 2011
at 05:53 PM

"7. The ultimate outcome of eating clean is good labs absent biomarkers and a trend showing lengthening of telomeres" Woh.... really? Is that even possible? Am I understanding you right? I heard that the gene responsible for telomere production gets turned off early on in the unfertilised egg while it is still in the ovary and that the thelomere at the end of the chromosome shortens with every division of a cell and finally that of cannot be natrually regrown. I'd love to hear some more info on what you were getting at.

Cf5c9ba3c06cf300ae23c52778dfd317

(545)

on June 02, 2011
at 01:25 PM

So which of those are misconceptions and which are truths you're trying to state? It looks like you include both...

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on June 02, 2011
at 01:36 PM

I am also confused here.

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