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Paleo >> One Meal Per Day is the Emerging Picture. But that would mean LOW PROTEIN??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 29, 2012 at 7:28 PM

What???s your view on the recent emerging buzz that the typical hunter-gatherer tribe eats only once a day? If humans can only absorb around 35g of protein at one time, this would mean that even H-Gs eating very high protein diets would ACTUALLY be on very low protein diets. This is huge no?

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on June 29, 2012
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I have read different books/journal articles on hunter-gatherer tribes. Most of them have three major meals (lunch was very light) but snacked on nuts/fruits/other stuff. Do you want me to provide references?

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on June 29, 2012
at 04:09 PM

When was the tradition started? what evidence shows hunter gatherers ate this way?

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That's what all hunter-gatherers and traditional cultures do. They eat three times per day.

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on May 30, 2012
at 07:30 PM

What's so natural about breakfast, lunch and dinner?

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on May 30, 2012
at 05:23 AM

They wont go away while so many people get their nutrition info from ads in bodybuilding magazines.

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on May 30, 2012
at 05:22 AM

They wont go away while so many people get their nutrition info from ads in bodybuilding magaines.

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on May 30, 2012
at 03:21 AM

Dear God I wish the myths around protein digestion would just go away.

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on May 29, 2012
at 10:51 PM

I don't believe that. For intense, if I have 2 scoops of casein protein powder (about 50g protein), I am digesting and absorbing that over a 6-8hr time frame. Food is digested at different rates, so maybe 100g whey is a helluva lot different than 100g casein.

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on May 29, 2012
at 08:23 PM

No it's not, it's an urban myth

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on May 29, 2012
at 08:07 PM

I agree. I try to avoid the term "paleo" because I'm not a damn caveman. Our genetic expression is different today even if the genes aren't. We should do what works. If the evidence supports this is healthier than I'm all for it, but if we're just saying that's what cavemen did, it's not enough for me.

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Is it what is absorbed or what is consumed that determines the diet label, if we must label it something?

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on May 29, 2012
at 08:24 PM

http://www.leangains.com/2010/10/top-ten-fasting-myths-debunked.html

Check out myth number 5. I don't think there is any actual support for the 35 gram limit what-have-you.

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on May 29, 2012
at 08:00 PM

While I appreciate learning the ancestral and evolutionary history of eating, I don't actually try to model my habits after any tribe. Instead, I listen to my body, eat when hungry, and make sure to include fats and proteins with some carb content derived from whole vegetables, some fruit and on occasion nuts.

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on May 29, 2012
at 08:07 PM

I agree. I try to avoid the term "paleo" because I'm not a damn caveman. Our genetic expression is different today even if the genes aren't. We should do what works. If the evidence supports this is healthier than I'm all for it, but if we're just saying that's what cavemen did, it's not enough for me.

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on May 30, 2012
at 02:48 AM

Our body can only absorb 20-35g protein is BS

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on May 29, 2012
at 08:50 PM

If humans can only absorb 35g of protein at a time, then our protein requirements must be extremely low. I consume around 150g of protein in my one meal each night, and I have no trouble gaining muscle mass.

Also, how do you define "at a time". Our stomachs release food slowly into the small intestine, it isn't all assimilated at once, but over hours. The stomach is partly a holding tank, in my opinion for this very reason. The body can only utilize so much of something at a certain time. It would be wasteful to digest things so quickly and simply get rid of the excess.

Just my thoughts looking at it from a survival perspective.

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on May 29, 2012
at 07:45 PM

Is it 100 % true that we only absorb 35 g at a time?

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on May 29, 2012
at 08:23 PM

No it's not, it's an urban myth

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on May 30, 2012
at 06:16 PM

I disagree with one meal per day. I mean, do what works for you but... isn't Paleo about going back to nature and natural eating patterns? Which means breakfast, lunch and dinner?

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on May 30, 2012
at 07:30 PM

What's so natural about breakfast, lunch and dinner?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 30, 2012
at 11:45 PM

That's what all hunter-gatherers and traditional cultures do. They eat three times per day.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

(231)

on June 29, 2012
at 04:09 PM

When was the tradition started? what evidence shows hunter gatherers ate this way?

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on June 29, 2012
at 05:39 PM

I have read different books/journal articles on hunter-gatherer tribes. Most of them have three major meals (lunch was very light) but snacked on nuts/fruits/other stuff. Do you want me to provide references?

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