The Origin of the Paleo Diet Podcast

00f87278-1933-4649-b4bf-240ee02f9a97 Dr. Loren Cordain joins Rob and Devon on to discuss the origin of The Paleo Diet.

25:37  Introduction for Dr. Loren Cordain

26:40  How did the Paleo Diet begin? How did Dr. Cordain learn and research about Paleo?

32:40  How would you explain the Paleo Diet to someone who has no idea what it is?

35:00  Why would people be resistant to the Paleo Diet as far as dairy and whole grain products?

38:40  Is there a confusion around nutrition studies in the media?

43:00  The Paleo Diet vs. Plant-based Diet

52:30  What are some common misconceptions about the Paleo Diet? How is it different than a low-carb diet such as the Ketogenic Diet?

53:25  Can potatoes be part of the Paleo Diet?

58:58  How did the first humans survive by making fire at will? Why did they not eat potatoes and legumes during the time?

1:03:30 Why is it hard to follow a low-carb Ketogenic Diet?

1:08:35  How do you, Dr. Cordain, feel about how Paleo has become a brand and movement for the food industry?

1:14:10 What do you attribute the success to your book to? What has changed in the Paleo Diet that your book hasn’t been revised since 2002?

1:21:07  Does the Paleo Diet require supplements?

1:24:17  Are there certain meats that shouldn’t be eaten by people that Paleo followers have adopted into their meals such as bacon?

About Loren Cordain, PhD, Professor Emeritus

Loren Cordain, PhD, Professor EmeritusDr. Loren Cordain is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. His research emphasis over the past 20 years has focused upon the evolutionary and anthropological basis for diet, health and well being in modern humans. Dr. Cordain’s scientific publications have examined the nutritional characteristics of worldwide hunter-gatherer diets as well as the nutrient composition of wild plant and animal foods consumed by foraging humans. He is the world’s leading expert on Paleolithic diets and has lectured extensively on the Paleolithic nutrition worldwide. Dr. Cordain is the author of six popular bestselling books including The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook, The Paleo Diet, The Paleo Answer, and The Paleo Diet Cookbook, summarizing his research findings.

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“3” Comments

  1. Hi Loren,
    Thanks again for joining me on the show. It was a pleasure to speak with you! I really do appreciate you taking the time to chat.

    I had a question from one of my listeners. They were interested in hearing your thoughts on rice. Obviously it doesn’t fall into the paleo diet program, but how could a food be sub-optimal, if an entire culture was built around eating it?

    Love to hear your thoughts.


    • Rob,

      Put simply, widespread rice consumption was only possible with the recent agricultural revolution in human history. Therefore it hasn’t been around long enough for humans to adapt to consuming it. That being said rice is typically less harmful than other grains (i.e. wheat and corn). Rice is still higher on the glycemic index and should be avoided.

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