Are there any mainstream sources that support the tenets of paleo?

by (397) Updated October 29, 2013 at 2:26 AM Created March 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

I was talking to a friend the other day about breakfast. When I told him I usually eat 4 eggs, his reaction was "what about all that cholesterol?!?!?" (Never mind that in this same conversation, he told me how much he loved his new job because of the free unlimited supply of donuts and pastries every morning. Eyeroll.).

I pointed him to some articles on MDA, but to him, Mark Sisson is "just some wacko with a website." He'll only trust news/information if it comes from a mainstream source- CNN, NYT, MSNBC, WebMD, etc.

I don't expect to find any mainstream articles that say "here's why paleo is good for you!" But I wonder if there's any support in the mainstream for individual tenets of paleo: saturated fat, cholesterol are not evil, red meat won't kill you, grains aren't good for you, etc. Or do these simply not exist? For now, I'd even settle for things like, "well, it's possible that maybe potentially theoretically egg yolks might not kill you 30 seconds after ingestion."

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220 · March 23, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Here are a couple to start with. Below the abstract, you will also see links to related articles and those that cite these articles. You should be able to find several more by looking at the references or following some of the links below the abstracts.

http://www.ajcn.org/content/91/3/502.abstract http://www.ajcn.org/content/early/2010/01/13/ajcn.2009.27725.abstract

141 · March 24, 2012 at 4:07 AM

Well I certainly consider the groundbreaking work of cardiologist William Davis ("Wheat Belly") to be mainstream with respect to his research methods and analytics. Of course Davis is not exactly a complete paleo advocate but he definitely calls for removing all hybrid grains from the diet. And that's a giant step toward paleo.

993 · October 19, 2013 at 12:58 AM

I seem to recall seeing on Prevention Magazine's website a slideshow of "7 foods that should never cross your lips" included grain-fed beef and farmed salmon, among other paleo no-nos. The Great Cholesterol Myth is another great book (my dad has a copy) that, while not exactly endorsing paleo, does debunk a lot of the CW myths and explain why high fat, low carb, paleo-style diets are effective

24412 · October 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM


571 · October 17, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Saw this article recently: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-optimalist/201310/your-healthy-diet-could-be-quietly-killing-your-brain

2328 · October 16, 2013 at 5:07 AM

Frankly, with two generations of doctors toeing the line on nutritional dogma, Davis mischaracterizing studies in support of his thesis, and with Perlmutter now peddling the irrelevant GI dogma, plus his other errors, a calorie-restricted diet, I don't give MDs much credibility as carriers of the paleo message. Better to stick with actual studies.

4844 · March 23, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Here is an article from the NY Times:

What’s Cholesterol Got to Do With It? by Gary Taubes.

1549 · March 23, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Some whack-job heart surgeon made it onto Fox News recently: http://video.foxnews.com/v/1514913209001/what-really-causes-heart-disease/?playlist_id=87485

20222 · March 23, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Eating cholesterol has no effect on cholesterol blood levels and this has been known for decades in spite of the media saying "don't eat that".

Effect of dietary egg on human serum cholesterol and triglycerides
"No significant increase in mean serum cholesterol was found nor was there a significant association of dietary cholesterol intake with either serum cholesterol or triglyceride."

And to boot, saturated fat has NO ASSOCIATION with heart disease. No association means that it could not possibly be causative.

Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease
"A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD."

Both published in AJCN, which is normally very fat and cholesterol phobic.

0 · March 23, 2012 at 5:24 PM

http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com/Egg_Yolk.html Although this may be viewed as a "wacko" website, it does break down the nutrient density of eggs.

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