The Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet

Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Food You Were Designed to Eat

Book - 2002
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Written by an expert on Paleolithic eating styles, this is a prescriptive, consumer-friendly guide to losing weight and getting healthy by eating the foods human beings were designed to eat. It is based on eating lean protein and as many fresh vegetables and fruits as you want.
Publisher: New York : Wiley, c2002
ISBN: 9780471413905
0471413909
9780470913024
Branch Call Number: 613/.25/Cor 359401 1
Characteristics: ix, 257 p

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LRS1969 May 01, 2015

Paleolithic diets are MUCH better than the standard diet in America today (with the fact of its complete restriction of grains, legumes, and soy), however Cordain has two major problems in his approach.

Number one, wild animals back then - like today - have significant levels of saturated fats and primitive peoples (as research has shown time and time again) prioritise on the most fatty cuts. Paleolithic is NOT low fat!

Number two is the over emphasis on fruits and vegetables. Once the primate that became Man left the jungle, he no longer had routine access to RIPE fruits and vegetables. People with no farming or wilderness experience fail to grasp that fruits and vegetables are NOT ripe year around, and have very short time windows of when they are ripe. And Paleolithic Man had no means of preservation.

What was available year round was animal foods. Fatty, high protein, no carb animal foods.

Also, the Comment as to the life span of Paleolithic Man appears to have been pulled out of thin air. And while the AVERAGE life span of Paleolithic Man was lower than that of today, that is because infant mortality (which was horrific back then - for both the mother and baby), infectious diseases (no vaccines or antibiotics), and accident rates of just daily life were high. That caused the AVERAGE to show abnormally low. Paleolithic populations that reached adulthood tended to live much longer, easily into 60s and longer.

Specifically, archeological and anthropology experts and research consistently show that when Neolithic Agriculture (full scale farming, with heavy emphasis on starches - grains, legumes, and starchy vegetables - took hold, those Neolithic Peoples had MUCH lower life spans, significant chronic illness problems, dental problems, and were significantly shorter than their Paleolithic (and even animal husbandry Nomadic) predecessors.

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clockworksquid
Feb 18, 2015

low carb is a good diet, but cordain is not a great advocate for it. check out rob wolf and gary taubes for better science/resources

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ryanszoo
Dec 27, 2013

vvvvvv BONEHEADS vvvvvv

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Grapex
Jan 29, 2013

This book is a strange collection of bits and pieces of good dietary advice(although none of it is particularly new in the literature) woven in with largely unsubstantiated opinions and many blatant errors. Most of the discussion is very superficial and gives the appearance that the author really does not have a good grasp of the subject matter. No acknowledgement is given to research which presents contrary evidence. Problematic statements abound in this book. Here are a few. Cordain says to avoid members of the Nightshade family then proceeds to recommend four on page 111. He says to avoid yams on page 113 and elsewhere when the evidence is that Palaeolithic people have been eating them since the dawn of time in Africa, New Guinea and northern Australia and a some cases they account for the majority of the caloric intake on many days. Cordain condemns many grains and seeds because of there lectin contents, but recommends nuts which are also rich in lectins including some allergenic lectins that are much more severe than anything you will find in grains. Cordain basis his discussions on a Palaeolithic diet that only applied to some Palaeolithic peoples and ignored the wide range of diets that had to be consumed by man to survive in the great variety of habitats that humans lived in. Other problems in this book are too numerous to cover here.
You will not do yourself harm(except in the pocket book, perhaps!)by following this diet and you could well loss weight. However, there is a great body of evidence that there are many other dietary options on which you can prosper as well. There are much better sources of dietary information out there and one should look for sources directed more specifically to ones individual circumstances.

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golfbay2
Jan 28, 2012

On whole, this latest fad diet book contains some of the better ideas for controlling one's weight. However, it contains two major flaws: (1) the major thrust of the book is that we would be much healthier if we ate like the cavemen ate - while this MIGHT be true, the average lifespan of the cavemen was about 25 years - I prefer today's lifespan "unhealthy" of 77 years; and (2) the book uses an example, "let's look a typical woman's diet of 2,250 calories ...." modern science would respond that if any person ate 2,250 calories, they would weigh about 250 lbs! This is hardly typical, unless the woman also exercised over 1,000 calories each and every day - hardly typical.

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