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Infographic: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Paleo

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Created February 20, 2012 at 4:41 PM

What do you think of this infographic??

http://www.greatist.com/health/the-ultimate-guide-to-eating-paleo-022012/

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on February 20, 2012
at 11:49 PM

Jay, even Paleo 1.0 is better than a typical Western diet. In fact, I daresay it makes a fantastic starting point that will eventually lead to a more well-rounded n=1 lifestyle.

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on February 20, 2012
at 07:57 PM

good catch I missed that the first time i looked at it.

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on February 20, 2012
at 07:11 PM

@Crystal, the infographic says "diet does not include dairy products" but also says "eliminate or severely reduce." Sorry, the whey thing was on a different infographic and I accidentally combined them in my (mostly empty) head.

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on February 20, 2012
at 07:10 PM

True, people often infer that percentages equal portions. Just because there is MORE monounsaturated fat in olive oil, macadamias, and avocado doesn't mean there is no PUFA. (Personally, I am a big nut/seed fan, but I am also a fan of accuracy.)

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on February 20, 2012
at 06:02 PM

Good graphic but it's sort of paleo 1.0...

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on February 20, 2012
at 05:43 PM

Yes, whey protein powder is processed dairy. Where do you see that recommended as a source of protein? Also, I know some who supplement with whey. If they tolerate it and benefit from it, good for them. But it is a supplement, not a primary source of nutrition. I love the infographic. "Eliminate or reduce dairy products" is the general recommendation. I don't think some grass-fed butter, heavy cream in coffee, etc. is in conflict with that. Think about how much dairy most Americans think they should be consuming... and from what sources...

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at 05:27 PM

It may in fact be a wonderful source of protein, but whey is both a processed food/nutrient and dairy. Isn't it?

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on February 20, 2012
at 05:17 PM

Since I eat butter and home-made yogurt and put heavy cream in my coffee the infographic is a mis-match. And every time I see whey powder--which I assume comes from a dairy source--listed as a great source of protein I wonder how they got that without milking a cow (as illustrated in the infographic.)

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on February 20, 2012
at 06:16 PM

It's ok - although I don't think saying "Nuts - such as macadamia, are low in PUFA and high in Omega 3's" That is a contradictory (not to mention false) statement. Telling someone to reduce their PUFA by eating Olive and Avocado oils, as well as nuts... is like telling someone to avoid gluten by eating pizza instead of bread.

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on February 20, 2012
at 07:57 PM

good catch I missed that the first time i looked at it.

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on February 20, 2012
at 07:10 PM

True, people often infer that percentages equal portions. Just because there is MORE monounsaturated fat in olive oil, macadamias, and avocado doesn't mean there is no PUFA. (Personally, I am a big nut/seed fan, but I am also a fan of accuracy.)

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on February 20, 2012
at 05:50 PM

The drawback of this infographic is that it relies rather heavily on the "because cavemen didn't eat it" explanation, rather than the real reasons why paleo does and does not include certain foods. That said, there are obviously limitations to what you can put in an infographic and so I think this one is pretty good. I also like the use of citations. If I was trying to educate new friends about paleo, I might start with this one but I'd have to temper the stuff on dairy and explain WHY grassfed is better (not just to support local farms!). Some others I've seen: (1)http://infographic.paleolithicdiet.com/ (my favorite because it goes through the history) (2)http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/393985_10150553343864513_118732759512_8797667_148743988_n.jpg (this one is okay, but lacks some important subtleties). Also, for good measure, this is a great one about fat vs. carbs: http://www.foodandtechconnect.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Carbs_Are_Killing_You.png

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on February 20, 2012
at 05:57 PM

As a concise, visually pleasant way to explain paleo, it's great. I posted it on my blog, but with the caveat that I would explain some of my own choices about paleo (like eating greek yogurt, or not eating pork) at a later time. So I caution that it not be used to say that all of us eat exactly that way.

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