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by 5 · September 02, 2013 at 11:04 PM

What's the basis for using avocados in a paleo diet? According to what I can Google up, first mention of eating avocados date to only about 10 to 20 000 years BC. While the plant itself is assumed to be 350 million years old, I can't find any... (more)

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glib 0 · September 02, 2013 at 8:00 PM

It depends. You don't have to eat every vegetable out there. I find tomatoes and other nightshade fruits to be inflammatory, and I eat them in moderation. My genes have been exposed to toms only since 1500, and anyhow I can feel the difference... (more)

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by 119 · March 21, 2013 at 3:05 AM

The question is simple. Mammals have mammary glands, mammary glands produce milk. Early humans ate animals so they must have consumed the mammary glands. From my rudimentary understanding of human evolution humans have been scavenging/hunting... (more)

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VB 0 · March 18, 2013 at 11:54 AM

In her book "Deep Nutrition" Dr. Cate claims that some of us are well-adapted to dairy since after hunter-gathering humanity went into herding for over 10,000 years in some regions. However, that was RAW GRASS-FED full-fat fresh or fermented... (more)

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by 35 · November 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Something that has been baffling me, are there instances of religion, literature, or just general historical records of where people have warned against the effects of grains/wheat? You would think in the last 10,000 years many people would have... (more)

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AmandaLP 0 · November 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

The issues that people have had with diets started with the Industrial Revolution. Prior to that, people where eating "organic" farmed food from soil that was able to replenish its nutrients, as well as grass fed and pastured animals. Because... (more)

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by 1 · November 05, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Some people do just fine with grains and their genes are more evolved to them. Just like some people's ancestors consumed a lot of dairy and can thrive on it. Also evolution happens A LOT quicker then people on here would have you... (more)

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jake_7 0 · November 05, 2012 at 5:20 PM

i'm not so sure that you understand how evolution works. it takes A LOT of pressure over a very very long time. it's quite simply, really. i think that we haven't evolved to become optimal grain consumers because there hasn't really been a time... (more)

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by 2923 · October 19, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Hi, I remember a while ago seeing a blog post somehere, where there were many pictures highlighting the scope of obesity from a century ago etc. If anyone could link to applicable sort of things I'd greatly appreciate it. I am doing some... (more)

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SIJ 0 · October 19, 2012 at 1:49 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz0T2ATvXqI is a video from 1950s Britain - a 'fat lady' fashion show. Once again, these ladies look charming and entirely unexceptional by today's standards. (more)

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by 163 · May 06, 2014 at 12:43 AM

One of the biggest arguments for the paleo diet is that humans are genetically the same for about 2 million years and lived off that same diet. Evolution takes a very very long time. For over 90 percent of that time Humans lived in a TROPICAL... (more)

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Dan_29 0 · May 31, 2013 at 5:01 PM

No other reason than pure experience-- Whenever I eat fruit, I get anxious, inflamed, irritable, nervous, etc. Need I say more?

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by 0 · February 29, 2012 at 6:55 PM

i think its Endangered but what do you think

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by 11071 · February 06, 2012 at 5:17 AM

This superbowl thang got me thinkin' about the whole idea of being a spectator. Americans(I'm sure others as well) are really into WATCHING other people play hard...for some, this is a favorite form of entertainment. We get extremely attached to... (more)

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Nate_6 0 · February 06, 2012 at 5:17 AM

I used to participate in all kinds of organized sports (Ami Football, Basketball, Soccer, Track and Field, Rugby, and others) but don't watch or follow them much any more. I do keep tabs on my college football team, but that's mainly to stay in... (more)

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by 524 · January 17, 2013 at 5:07 AM

What would you say is the worst food-related invention in History? In terms of the tragically unhealthy SAD lifestyles so many have grown used to.

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coprophagous 0 · December 15, 2011 at 3:05 AM

let all us paleo food worshipers remember none of us know what starvation is like and befor we go condemning any food lets all try to remember food is good and starvation is evil. paleo mans leading cause of death was starvation. use you google... (more)

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by 192 · November 30, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Can anyone point me to a good website or book describing the general history of our human ancestors for the past 2 million years, what foods would be available to them and what was likely eaten and for what reasons. ie, I have read that no seeds... (more)

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not_finbar 0 · November 30, 2011 at 5:00 PM

The pattern of aridity/humidity in Africa across glacial-interglacial cycles is vastly more complicated than various people allude to above. There's no simple glacial=arid rule that can be applied. But that's by-the-by. One of the most recent... (more)

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by 683 · September 12, 2011 at 1:30 AM

Is it possible that there may be another side of Paleo which we have not really gotten the chance to dig into yet. For example should someone originally from Eastern European descendant try to mimic what their ancestors 20,000 years ago ate. And... (more)

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BaconHealsChic 0 · September 11, 2011 at 11:29 PM

I hope this is true...if it is I get to eat a lot of cheese! Dutch.

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by 5216 · August 25, 2011 at 10:26 PM

I'm not a paleo long timer by any means. But I've been around for a little while and kept a close ear to the ground for my entire stint in the paleo realm. A common complaint among power users here is that paleo isn't low carb. Granted. The paleo... (more)

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Japsican 0 · July 23, 2011 at 2:53 AM

I think that Paleo is INDEED still a LC diet in nature. Who says it's not? Granted, there is no 1 size fits all version of "Paleo".

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by 207 · July 22, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Was this political theorist the first person to suggest evolutionary analysis of nutrition? You can read a short article all about Engels' theories of meat and the brain, or read his longer, Darwin-influenced work, in which he writes: Labour... (more)

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dzone 0 · July 22, 2011 at 7:00 PM

I will agree with you to an extent. If we consider the political influence then yes. But like you said, he was influenced by Darwin's work and therefore, we could posit that Darwin was the originator of nutritional evolution. Marx, on the other... (more)

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by 114 · June 14, 2011 at 11:02 PM

For many of us who go on a Paleo diet, binging on grains leaves us feeling horrible the next day. I wonder, then, why did early humans adopt this food in the first place? I understand that after the agricultural revolution, a growing and dense... (more)

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Aravindan_Balasubramanian 0 · June 14, 2011 at 12:32 AM

I think this is a great question (+1). I will take a slightly different route from the other good answers already posted Chris Masterjohn has just written an article for WAPF which somewhat touches upon this. Check it out -... (more)

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by 2979 · June 07, 2011 at 7:26 AM

A question for the science wizards here: are our fat cells equally dynamic in that fatty acids are transported in and out pretty democratically throughout the adipose tissue, or is there a kind of 'walling off' and layering with older cells being... (more)

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Eric_12 0 · June 07, 2011 at 5:53 AM

I say you are done with smoking :-) However if you still have your old clothes from that time I would doante them to keep the memories away...

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by 1100 · June 10, 2011 at 4:10 PM

How did you get to this point? It seems that folks on this site have come from several backgrounds. I see: low carb weight loss; a search for solution to health issues; and physical fitness (CrossFit) I came by way of low carb (Eades), Gary Taubes... (more)

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Bette 0 · June 10, 2011 at 4:10 PM

I have a bulging disc at the L5 - S1 area in my lower back which causes considerable pain down the entire sciatic nerve. My father suggested using the Tiger Balm (http://tig​erbalm.50w​ebs.com) pain patches. They give immense relief to even the... (more)

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by 147 · May 22, 2011 at 6:17 PM

One very basic thing I don't seem to understand about Paleo: Why do things obviously bad for us taste good, while things obviously good taste less good (or at least less addictive - let's not argue semantics)? I'm looking for an evolutionary... (more)

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Ambimorph 0 · May 22, 2011 at 2:10 AM

Paul Jaminet has a great post addressing this. But what of the sweet taste? Is it really a sensor for carbohydrates? If so it does a rather poor job. The healthiest carbohydrate source – starch, which is fructose-free – hardly activates this... (more)

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by 281 · April 10, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Just happened across this article from The Atlantic yeterday: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/04/are-grains-making-us-fat/237030/ The article deduces that grain consumption was quite a bit higher 100 years ago yet people were... (more)

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Paul_1 0 · April 09, 2011 at 7:02 PM

The first thing to notice, which I am surprised McArdle does not, is that her chart shows percentages from calories. If you click through to the (probably absurd and error-ridden) document from the USDA that she cites you can look at the absolute... (more)

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by 655 · March 16, 2011 at 9:22 PM

http://www.foodtimeline.org/ According to this list, before agriculture, our only sources of animal protein were eggs, fish and insects. Where the heck are the brains and marrow we were supposedly scavenging that helped us become smarter... (more)

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Stringer_Bell 0 · February 02, 2011 at 6:35 PM

According to Spencer Wells in his book Deep Ancestry, over 80% of the male gene pool in Europe comes, not from the farmers and agriculturalists whose descendants have lived there for the last 10,000 years, but from the Paleolithic hunter-gatherers... (more)

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by 161 · October 08, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Not really on the paleo side, but anyone read any of his stuff. Seems like it applies on some level to the paleo thang, going to order some books on amazon and wondering if anyone had recommendations.

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fine_jewelry_stores 0 · October 01, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Hi! It was an amazing experience to find your site this morning. I found your information very essential. Your ideas are very advanced and always highlight the important aspects of the topic.. I really appreciate your hard work. Keep it up with... (more)

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by 941 · January 12, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Maybe it's because I've been watching too much TV lately, but I have to wonder about whether our ancient ancestors were influenced by other-worlders. For a million years or so humans were primitive and apelike. What happened to spark a change... (more)

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Carl 0 · January 12, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Read Richard Cremo he examains the evidence of all the that is not taught to use because it goes against everything that is accepted. Plus your asking in the wrong place from what ive found most evolutionists are like creationist there way is the... (more)

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by 2218 · May 22, 2013 at 7:08 AM

While visiting family over Thanksgiving, I pulled down and started thumbing through a paperback book from 1974 entitled "Nourishing your Unborn Child" by Phyllis Williams, RN. The nutrition section, when discussing fat, said the following: ... (more)

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Yudkin_Acolyte 0 · March 11, 2011 at 3:55 AM

John Yudkin's book Pure, White and Deadly is extremely difficult to find. I found it here: http://wikisend.com/download/368810/John%20Yudkin%20-%20Pure,%20White%20and%20Deadly After reading this book, you will become a Yudkin acolyte. Enjoy. (more)

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by 2218 · November 06, 2010 at 4:56 AM

So, inspired by the ketchup thread, I've been digging through old cookbooks at the library for a few hours, which has led to two things: 1. the conclusion that some of the best paleo cookbooks were written hundreds of years ago (seriously--i... (more)

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familygrokumentarian 0 · November 06, 2010 at 12:16 AM

Shamelessly off-the-cuff theorizing here: there could also sometimes be an element of the more economically privileged wanting to show (or feel for themselves) that despite their wealth, they are still down to earth in terms of their preferences -... (more)

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by 22684 · October 20, 2010 at 6:42 PM

I can't find the anthropology paper, someone with better googlefu can help maybe. There is evidence going back and even today that many ground grains seeds and plants were used as bases for Dyes rather than as food. Considering the difficulty to... (more)

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Matt_1 0 · October 20, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Sure lots of plants have been used as dyes. Do you have any evidence that coloured millet and sorghum used for dyes are wild plants and not agricultural cultivars? Also I challenge you to make any coloured dyes from the plant roots the starches... (more)

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by 11363 · October 15, 2010 at 7:28 PM

British scientists have found that cancer is nearly non-existant in Egyptian mummies ( http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1320507/Cancer-purely-man-say-scientists-finding-trace-disease-Egyptian-mummies.html ). They conclude that... (more)

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Jay_9 0 · October 15, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Limiting omega 6s to about 4% of calories may prevent 90% of cancers. See this randomized trial (Lyon diet) which basically found 90% reductions in cancer (after the first 2 years) among those eating a 4% PUFA diet as compared to controls on the... (more)