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Peer reviewed articles that go against the 'Paleo' diet?

Answered on March 13, 2013
Created January 01, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Hi All,

Can anyone point me in the direction of a list of articles or individual articles which would appear to run against the some of the more 'controversial' claims made my paleo advocates? What I mean to say is are there any known peer reviewed articles which for example say or imply that"

"fat intake leads to higher morbidity/mortality" "carbohydrates are crucial to weightloss" "wheat is health giving food"

Of course I have looked on pubmed and have some listed already but thought it might be worth asking this learned online society.

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76ecae8a243b4e152a8dd6e8754f9628

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on January 02, 2012
at 09:09 AM

Thank you, Sara. I understand the carb-agnosticism. Just looking to cover the field, so to speak.

76ecae8a243b4e152a8dd6e8754f9628

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on January 02, 2012
at 08:58 AM

Hi All, thanks for the responses. Of course I am aware of the shortcomings of reductionism in this field and my examples were just that. I want to compile a number of studies for and against (this is for an ongoing discussion I am having with an exercise scientist friend of mine. I'm on a different computer right now and thus dont have my list but here is one example of what I am talking about. I assume that most folks on here would be concerned were this study correct or indicative of something problematic: http://www.springerlink.com/content/a0966h10r72276v7/ Again, thanks for the responses

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on January 02, 2012
at 12:51 AM

@conciliator, I'm obviously pro-ancestral. I didn't over-react and assume I should change my eating when I read it, but the article seemed to match what the question requested.

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on January 02, 2012
at 12:48 AM

@conciliator, I didn't imply it did. The article fits the specs outlined in the question. When I read it, I didn't assume it means my ancestral diet is bad.

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on January 01, 2012
at 10:22 PM

And the paper did not say anything anti-paleo. The high fat diet was used to elucidate mechanisms of diabetes formation. The paper did not say 'high fat causes diabetes.' Rather, they used a high fat diet to cause diabetes. They could have used whichever fats they wanted and achieved similar results.

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on January 01, 2012
at 10:19 PM

High fat diets **can** cause diabetes.

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on January 01, 2012
at 05:49 PM

it would be nice if you would list some of the other claims you are interested in.

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on January 01, 2012
at 05:03 PM

So true. Reductionism is a very deeply ingrained practice. It can be a useful tool in limited contexts, but unfortunately practitioners often think that by breaking things down into component parts, thry're being "holistic."

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on January 01, 2012
at 04:17 PM

Trying to define and therefore 'prove' a diet based on one specific area of research is part of the problem the Paleo lifestyle (for some) addresses in the first place. Reductionism doesn't work. And we simply cannot control enough of the variables to be sure of anything. Which of course means that there are articles which claim to show evidence for everything.

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at 03:12 PM

Don't be bashful: post what you've found so far.

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7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on January 01, 2012
at 03:22 PM

"Carbohydrates are crucial to weight loss"

Although paleo is carb-agnostic, so many in the paleo community have had weight loss success with a low-carbohydrate diet that it is easy to think that the paleo diet prescribes low-carbs for weight loss.

The A to Z diet study is a good example showing that some people lose weight more easily with more carbs. More specifically, a genetic followup of the study data by Drs. Nelson and Gardner at Stanford in conjunction with Interleukin Genetics showed these differences in weight loss success based on a handful of genes. I think the results were only presented at a conference and I haven't found the published results yet.

Edit: The only A to Z diet study followup I can find from Gardner's group is this paper on the role of micronutrients in weight loss. Since a company (Interleukin Genetics) is involved in the genetics stuff, I'm guessing they're not allowed to publish the results for some period of time.

76ecae8a243b4e152a8dd6e8754f9628

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on January 02, 2012
at 09:09 AM

Thank you, Sara. I understand the carb-agnosticism. Just looking to cover the field, so to speak.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 01, 2012
at 04:45 PM

I'm not a scientist but this article appears to be in the area you're looking for:

How fatty diets cause diabetes

Sometimes we find that what such studies call "high-fat" diets are not saturated fats or animal fats though.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on January 01, 2012
at 10:22 PM

And the paper did not say anything anti-paleo. The high fat diet was used to elucidate mechanisms of diabetes formation. The paper did not say 'high fat causes diabetes.' Rather, they used a high fat diet to cause diabetes. They could have used whichever fats they wanted and achieved similar results.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

(2890)

on January 01, 2012
at 10:19 PM

High fat diets **can** cause diabetes.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 02, 2012
at 12:48 AM

@conciliator, I didn't imply it did. The article fits the specs outlined in the question. When I read it, I didn't assume it means my ancestral diet is bad.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 02, 2012
at 12:51 AM

@conciliator, I'm obviously pro-ancestral. I didn't over-react and assume I should change my eating when I read it, but the article seemed to match what the question requested.

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