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by 5 · about 19 hours ago

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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Matt_11 0 · September 02, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Paleo is not reenactment.

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by 120 · about 19 hours ago

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 1 · about 19 hours ago

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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Matt_11 0 · November 03, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I don't necessarily think it's better genes that enable some folks to consume wheat/grains with no issue. I think it's more likely better gut health. A non-leaky gut is not going to have the same response to wheat as a leaky gut will.

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by 2944 · about 19 hours ago

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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daz 0 · October 19, 2012 at 4:32 AM

you can see a lot of photos that may be of interest to you if you do a 'google images' for something like "fat man circus" Below is a photo of Chauncey Morlan, i think it's taken around the 1880/1890's. You can find it at this web site &... (more)

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by 5232 · about 20 hours ago

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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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · July 23, 2011 at 7:32 PM

What I find is that most paleo books and people who think they are following a paleo diet are totally ignorant of paleobotany and actually archeological evidence. "Dude they didn't have potatoes in the paleolithic and once I looked for... (more)

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by 114 · about 20 hours ago

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 2977 · about 20 hours ago

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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The_Quilt 0 · June 07, 2011 at 12:08 AM

It is a good question and its not first in and first out.....your hormone status determines first where The fat goes and where it comes from initially......that is under the control of LPL and Hormone sensitive lipase. That is why belly and ass... (more)

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by 147 · about 20 hours ago

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... (more)

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by 2206 · about 21 hours ago

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 2206 · about 21 hours ago

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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paleonyc 0 · November 06, 2010 at 12:07 AM

additional points: "traditional" foods are labor-intensive. the march of progress in the 20th-century kitchen followed the mandate that saving labor and time were paramount. remember the story of a former first lady proudly serving canned peas... (more)

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by 22913 · about 21 hours ago

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 11478 · about 21 hours ago

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)

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by 960 · about 21 hours ago

I stumbled upon some really interesting thoughts about the rise of myopia a few months ago. The blogs I read stated that poor vision was never a part of human history, and that people only began having serious eye problems within the last few... (more)

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Richard_L__Anderson 0 · October 11, 2010 at 10:34 PM

The paper linking myopia and diet was Cordain L, Eaton SB, Brand Miller J, Lindeberg S, Jensen C (2002). An evolutionary analysis of the etiology and pathogenesis of juvenile-onset myopia. Acta Ophthalmol Scand. 80: 125-35... (more)

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by 1655 · about 21 hours ago

In the PaleoUniverse, we seem to talk a lot about three different diets: the SAD contemporary American diet; the diets of certain tiny groups of obscure peoples (the famous natives studied by Weston Price etc); and the diet of the ancient... (more)

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Matt_1 0 · September 30, 2010 at 11:40 AM

If you are interested in what people ate in the past have a browse through this website: http://www.foodtimeline.org/ It has a huge amount of books and resources from the past organised by year. You can read most of the old articles and books... (more)

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by 90 · about 21 hours ago

Here is one- before paleo was 'paleo', Banting was there. great prize-winning summary article (Sophie Coe Prize, 2002 Oxford Symposium on Food History): http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/banting.html full text (free):... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · August 24, 2010 at 9:13 PM

This is a great topic because many of these texts are free. Here is Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price. And My Life With The Eskimo by Vilhjalmur Stefansson (famous for experimenting with all-meat diet, proving it could support... (more)

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by 179 · October 29, 2014 at 4:18 AM

I was researching the Paleo Diet benefits as I am planning on taking RW up on his 30 day challenge. But in reading other blogs, I came across one that provided a link to research on the ice man / mummy found and she said it was a study about the... (more)

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Carlos 0 · March 21, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Heck if I know. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/HeartDiseaseNews/ct-scan-shows-heart-disease-mummies/story?id=9109938 (more)

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by 163 · October 29, 2014 at 3:33 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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JRAC 0 · March 23, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Because this is paleohacks. I can't tell whether half these threads are trolls or just mother nature letting her ''special'' children have a place to play.

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by 524 · October 29, 2014 at 3:26 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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FED_at_LiveCaveman_com 0 · December 15, 2011 at 1:01 AM

Oil. Not hydrogenated oil. Not corn oil. Not soy oil or peanut. I'm talking black gold, petroleum, the king of all fossil fuels. Oil turned the family farm into a monoculture. Oil is processed into the packaging that keeps food "fresh" and... (more)

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by 1112 · October 29, 2014 at 3:14 AM

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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being 0 · June 06, 2011 at 12:41 AM

really long story told in a short manner: history of hard drug use, smoked a pack a day, drank a lot, didnt sleep much, never had a taste for traditionally unhealthy food but lived a pretty unhealthy lifestyle. never exercised much. punk rock... (more)

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by 164 · October 29, 2014 at 3:08 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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gone2croatan 0 · January 24, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse are both excellent and became quite popular for a reason. Check out his awesome, very inadvertently paleo article for free: The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race. (Hint: it's agriculture!) (more)

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by 56616 · October 29, 2014 at 3:04 AM

Who are paleo's "founding fathers" (or mothers)? Who are the people driving this movement further?

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Eva 0 · July 21, 2010 at 3:59 AM

I think that's two different questions. SOme are founding members and there will be others who are newer but more in the current scene driving the movement foreward. I would add Gary Taubes of GCBC as one of the current drivers. For the longer... (more)

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by 35 · October 28, 2014 at 3:49 AM

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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Canis_Minor 0 · November 27, 2012 at 8:00 PM

At the risk of stating the obvious, agrarian culture made larger populations possible.

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by 281 · October 28, 2014 at 3:11 AM

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 670 · October 25, 2014 at 3:06 AM

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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wjones3044 0 · February 02, 2011 at 6:33 PM

According to this narrative, from the same site, there is a reference to pork, venison, mammoth... http://www.foodtimeline.org/foodfaq3.html#firstcooks Seems the top of the timeline has a lot less detail... (more)

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by 941 · October 25, 2014 at 3:06 AM

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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VeganApostate 0 · January 12, 2011 at 7:21 PM

This attitude usually comes from one underlying assumption: We are smart now, but our ancestors must not have been. That's not the case. Our ancestors were brilliant. That's where that "spark" came from, not aliens. Why must people have so... (more)

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