I came across this announcement:
So is science catching up to Paleo?
Also, I watched this:
It seems that the mainstream science is very supportive of Paleo. At least the recent research. Why did it take so long?
Why most people do not take Paleo seriously?
Why there is very little research in anthropology on nutrition?
Why are Paleo gurus not connected to universities and the mainstream science is not connected to the Paleo movement? Because they cannot sell supplements?
Have you watched I, Caveman? What do you think?
asked byVB (15515)
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on March 19, 2013
at 07:12 PM
These are great questions that I have wondered myself! I am no expert, but these are my thoughts on your questions:
Nutritional studies regarding the benefits of paleo probably seem more prevalent today than they did 20 years ago, because it is becoming more popular, and as something gains momentum in the scientific community, people want to see the research that coincides with the claims. Also, in terms of feasibility of performing research, if paleo didn't seem relevant at the time, very little funding is going to be given to do the research.
I think that no matter how you stay healthy, all that matters is that you take an actual interest in your health, and not just do what some model on the cover of a magazine says you should do/eat. The people who do not take paleo seriously are the ones (in my experience) who do not do their own research, and simply believe the "pop culture" style diet/nutrition advise they see in magazines and on TV. It is easier to believe something because it's what the rest of the country or *insert celebrity of choice* does, rather than look at facts and make your own decision. Because if it's in a magazine, it must be true!
I believe that there is lots of anthropological research regarding nutrition. Are you referring to only the evolution of what/how we ate? Anthropologists use evidence of nutritional clues to evaluate many aspects of human history, such as cultural status, modernization of societies, epidemiology, and population genetics. Much can be learned about a person based solely on what/how they ate, such as social status, intelligence, and location.
The reason for this is probably due to some of the same things as in the first and second questions. Perhaps there is not enough demand for courses at universities focusing on only paleo or paleo inspired nutrition. The demand is not high because there isn't sufficient research to convince the non-believers who have spent their whole lives following/believing some other set of guidelines. And as much as I hate to believe it, the fact that paleo can improve your over-all health probably doesn't excite large pharmaceutical companies to invest in research that would cause people to stop needing their blood pressure lowering medication, or what have you.
I have not watched I, Caveman but intend to check it out when I get the chance!
The best we can do is continue what we are doing here, which is educating each other so that we may be our own proof that the paleo life-style is a good thing! When trying to convince my friends that paleo is great for whatever reason, the best argument I can come up with is my own life. You can cram data down someone's throat all day, but when I feel and look great, that sure does get them asking what I am doing : )
on March 19, 2013
at 08:52 PM
Cordain teaches at Colorado State