Is This The Worst Paleo Article Ever?

This week, Playboy published an article called Screw The Paleo Diet: Here’s To Evolved Eating. The article has caused uproar in the paleo community and has been dubbed “The worst article I’ve ever read on paleo” by the paleo Reddit community. 

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The article starts out by explaining that the paleo diet often appeals to men because it’s apparently more socially acceptable to boast about ripping meat off a bone than it is to suggest that you count calories. While the article alludes to a valid concern – that it’s less socially acceptable for men to be concerned with health and weight loss than it is for women -, the article quickly turns to slating the paleo diet. 

Here are the arguments put forward, along with the Ultimate Paleo Guide responses to them.

The “Cavemen Weren’t Hot” Argument

“I’ve seen skeletons and mummies of ancient men, and not one of them looks as if he could have played on a decent high school basketball team, much less banged Raquel Welch in 1966. Not one Centerfold in this magazine has ever listed under her turn-ons “short, hairy, smelly men who will never own a home.”

The writer might want to bear in mind that not everyone is obsessed with how they look. Many or perhaps even most paleo eaters are motivated by looking after their bodies rather than prepping them for a Playboy photo shoot.

Besides, take a look at the Ultimate Paleo Guide and Paleoso writers. We don’t think they look too bad.

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The “Cavemen Didn’t Really Eat That Way” Argument

“Here’s precisely what our ancestors ate, according to science: whatever the fuck they could find.”

“I also know our ancient forefathers didn’t have access to flaxseed oil—which the paleo diet recommends—because not even our regular fathers had access to flaxseed oil.”

We’ve spoken before about how eating paleo isn’t about trying to be a caveman or trying recreate a caveman’s diet. Of course cavemen didn’t have the healthiest lifestyles and, due to scientific and technological advancements, we’re much better equipped to look after our bodies these days.

But paleo followers aren’t concerned with what other people used to eat. They’re concerned with what they eat and how it affects them. People eat paleo because they’ve tried it and felt, looked, and performed better while on it. 

It’s irrelevant what cavemen ate and what they did and didn’t have access to. The point is to experiment with natural food to find out what works for your body.

And that flaxseed oil? It’s guaranteed to make you feel way better than high-fructose corn syrup, hotdogs, and other modern “foods”.

The “Cavemen Died Young” Argument

“Paleo dieters claim that the postagricultural diet—which saves us about 23 hours a day in foraging and hunting, most of which we squander on creating inane diets—causes illnesses of affluence such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease and cancer. But I would argue the reason ancient man didn’t get these diseases was because he died before the age of 50.”

Again, cavemen didn’t have access to all of the technology, medications, and scientific knowledge that we have today. They were exposed to a lot more danger than we are today, so, yes, they probably did die young, but not necessarily because of the way they ate.

The argument that the average lifespan of a caveman was only twenty-five has been misunderstood. An average lifespan of twenty-five years could mean that Caveman #1 lived to be only five and that Caveman #2 lived to be forty-five. The high infant mortality rate skews the numbers, so it’s hard to get an accurate picture of how long cavemen actually lived. For more on this, read this article

The “We Are Not Cavemen” Argument

“We now have totally different bacteria in our guts, which have developed to digest the huge variety of interesting, nutritious foods we’ve cultivated, such as the modern varieties of corn, bananas and tomatoes that people eat on the paleo diet but our ancestors didn’t have. Progress has, in nearly every case besides Facebook, made our lives longer, easier and more fun.”

While humans have evolved, they haven’t evolved as much as you might think. Humans have been around in some shape or form for hundreds of thousands of years. During the majority of that time, we’ve eaten a paleo-style diet.

It’s only been in the last ten to fifteen thousand years that agriculture has changed the way we eat. Our bodies have not yet fully adapted to be able to deal with grains, legumes, and dairy, so it makes sense that if we want to look after our bodies, we should feed them food that they know how to process.

The quote included here also demonstrates the author’s lack of research, as corn most definitely is not paleo.

The “There Are Other Ways To Lose Weight” Argument

“Paleolithic man was miserable, cold, desperate, sick and stupid. But he wasn’t so stupid that he would have turned down pasta. I get that we’ve gained weight because of processed foods. So eat less. But don’t make a big deal out of it and turn it into a philosophy romanticizing a simpler time.”

Eating paleo isn’t simply about losing weight. People eat paleo for many different reasons, though usually these reasons involve improved health or managing an autoimmune disease. We don’t eat paleo purely to consume fewer calories and to lose weight. We eat paleo because we want to give our bodies exactly what they need to function well.

But for those who are looking to lose weight, the paleo diet is a phenomenal option because it delivers results. You only have to look at a few case studies to see that. Plus, paleo is a very simple diet to follow. It doesn’t involve calorie counting and you don’t have to starve yourself. In fact, you can feel full and enjoy your food. It’s therefore a very appealing way to lose weight.

While the writer is upfront about his lack of expertise on the subject, and while this article does make for a fairly entertaining read, we recommend that you do not rely on Playboy for your nutritional information. 

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Jack Osbourne Eats Paleo To Battle His Multiple Sclerosis

Jack Osbourne, the son of Sharon Osbourne, has told the Dr Oz Show that he follows a strict paleo diet to reduce the effects of his multiple sclerosis.

Jack was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012 when he went to see a doctor after noticing that his eye sight was worsening.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic illness, which causes the body to attack the myelin sheaths, which protect nerves. Those with multiple sclerosis therefore suffer from numbness, tingling, and sight loss. 

Jack turned to the paleo diet in an attempt to stop his body from deteriorating. 

Diet is a big thing. I am a firm believer in you are what you eat. I juice a lot, I try and stick to a Paleo Diet. – Jack Osbourne

Jack cuts out foods that cause inflammation, including dairy, gluten, and grains. Indeed, a number of doctors and nutritionists have weighed in on the discussion, explaining that following a low carb ketogenic diet and eliminating grains can help treat and prevent a number of conditions, from depression to dementia. 

For more information about this, read the story on Independent or on Examiner.

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Paleo.io iPad Giveaway Winner

Last week we launched Paleo.io, the paleo app that asks “is ___ paleo?”. We’ve had loads of great feedback plus lots of questions about whether or not we’ll be releasing Android and iPad versions. We can confirm that we are working really hard and that those of you who don’t have iPhones will soon be able to use Paleo.io too.

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And The Winner Is…

To celebrate the launch of Paleo.io, we ran an iPad giveaway. Lots of you entered but there could only be one winner. That is winner is…

Danielle Boggs from the USA

Congratulations to Danielle. We will be in touch shortly, so that we can arrange to get your new iPad to you!

For everyone else, don’t worry because we’ll be back soon with another great giveaway. Stayed tuned to win some brilliant paleo prizes!

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Is It Paleo? Paleo.io Has Your Answer

Ever wondered “is it paleo?”

Well, if you read to the end of the post, you’ll not only find out how to always have the answer to that question in your back pocket, but you’ll also find out how you can win an iPad (yes, an iPad!).

Is ___ Paleo?

It’s a question we get thousands of times a month and one we wanted people to never have to ask again. So we created the perfect app that puts the answers to all of your “is it paleo?” questions in your back pocket.

Introducing Paleo.io

Paleo.io is The Ultimate Paleo Diet Food List which answers the frequently asked question, “IS IT PALEO?”

Containing information on over 3,000 foods, Paleo.io is a quick and easy reference guide to help you understand which foods are and are not paleo.

As well as showing you exactly which foods are and are not paleo, Paleo.io features a handy and comprehensive food list, links to over 110 delicious recipes, contains a simple do eat/ don’t eat quick reference screen, and does lots, lots more.

Check out the gorgeous app below.

Paleo.io is the answer to every “is it paleo” question you have and it’s always going to be in your back pocket.

Stay paleo and stay healthy.

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How much is Paleo.io?

Paleo.io is just $0.99 – the lowest price we could charge in the app store – because we wanted to make it as accessible to as many people as possible. You can’t buy much for a buck anymore but for $0.99 you can answer any paleo question you’ll ever have.

Do you have an Android version?

We hear you! It’s coming soon but, since most of our readers use iOS devices, we wanted to launch this version first! Don’t worry – it’s coming!

I love this app. How can I help?

Spread the word! Share this post and the app. Also, do us a favor and review the app to help us reach even more people!

How To Enter The iPad Giveaway

Tweet about Paleo.io and review Paleo.io using our competition app:

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How To Leave a Review in the iTunes Store

How to write a review from within the Paleo.io app:

  • Open the app on your iPhone.
  • Click the “hamburger menu” in the top right hand corner.
  • Select the “Rate this App” item (doing this will take you to the iTunes store).
  • Select “write a review”.
  • If you’re not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  • Enter a title, select a star rating, write your review, and click “send”.

How to write a review from your computer:

  • Open iTunes and click on iTunes Store.
  • Search for “Paleo.io”, and click on the app (the icon is a green “P” on a black background).
  • Click the “Ratings and Reviews” tab and click “Write a Review”.
  • If you’re not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  • Enter a title, select a star rating, write your review, and click “submit”.

How to write a review from your iOS device:

  • Tap “iTunes” or “App Store”.
  • Search for “Paleo.io” and tap on it.
  • Tap the “Reviews” tab and tap “Write a Review”.
  • If you’re not signed in, tap “Use Existing Apple ID”. If you don’t have an Apple ID, tap “Create New Apple ID”.
  • Select a star rating, enter a title, write your review, and tap “send”.

**For those of you wondering – yes, an Android version is coming soon. Stay tuned!**

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TIME Declares The War on Fat Over

Recently the mainstream media have published a flurry of articles which would seem to suggest that the mainstream media is finally starting to pay attention to the health epidemic that’s taking hold of the U.S. and the rest of the world.

The most recent example is a TIME cover story about The War on Fat and how it’s failed miserably, made us even sicker, and traded heart disease for diabetes. It’s the most scathing report of SAD (the Standard American Diet) that we’ve seen in the mainstream media of late.

While the article doesn’t explicitly mention the paleo diet, its arguments are pretty in line with everything we talk about here at the Ultimate Paleo Guide.

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The War on Fat

The war on fat began in the 1980s, in response to an increased level of concern about heart disease. The health industry looked for a solution to its health concerns and found a roadmap in the low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet plan that is so familiar to all of us. Unfortunately, this route has turned out to be more of a dead end than the path to healthy living.

But when the FDA published its new recommendations back then, the food industry (and consumers) jumped on board:

The food industry is nothing if not inventive. Faced with a fatwa against fat in the 1980s, manufacturers adjusted, lining grocery shelves with low-fat cookies, crackers and cakes. The thinking for consumers was simple: Fat is dangerous, and this product has no fat; therefore it must be healthy. This was the age of SnackWells, the brand of low-fat cookies introduced by Nabisco in 1992 that within two years had surpassed the venerable Ritz cracker to become the No. 1 snack in the nation. But without fat, something had to be added, and Americans wound up making a dangerous trade. “We just cut fat and added a whole lot of low-fat junk food that increased caloric intake,” says Dr. David Katz, the founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center. “It was a diet of unintended consequences.”

And those consequences weren’t just small ones either:

Those consequences have been severe. From 1971 to 2000, the percentage of calories from carbohydrates increased nearly 15%, while the share of calories from fat fell–in line with expert recommendations. In 1992, the USDA recommended up to 11 servings a day of grains, compared with just two to three servings of meat, eggs, nuts, beans and fish combined. School districts across the country have banned whole milk, yet sweetened chocolate milk remains on the menu as long as it’s low-fat.

While the TIME article doesn’t explicitly mention paleo, it does refer to a variety of low-carb, high-fat diets that are quite similar to the paleo framework. You can see a full list of low-carb diets here.

Ultra-low-carb diets have come in and out of vogue since Dr. Robert Atkins first began promoting his version nearly 50 years ago. (It has never been popular with mainstream medicine; the American Diabetic Association once referred to the Atkins diet as a “nutritionist’s nightmare.”) Studies by Westman found that replacing carbohydrates with fat could help manage and even reverse diabetes. A 2008 study in the New England Journal of Medicine that looked at more than 300 subjects who tried either a low-fat, a low-carb or a Mediterranean-style diet found that people on the low-fat diet lost less weight than those on the low-carb or Mediterranean diet, both of which feature high amounts of fat. Those results aren’t surprising–study after study has found that it’s very difficult to lose weight on a very low-fat diet, possibly because fat and meat can produce a sense of satiety that’s harder to achieve with carbs, making it easier to simply stop eating.

While the article notes that experts still debate exactly which strategies and diets should be followed, we were very happy to see that TIME brought it all back to eating “real food” rather than processed, artificial junk which passes itself off as healthy food.

Nearly every expert agrees we’d be healthier if more of our diet were made up of what the writer Michael Pollan bluntly calls “real food.” The staggering rise in obesity over the past few decades doesn’t just stem from refined carbohydrates messing with our metabolism. More and more of what we eat comes to us custom-designed by the food industry to make us want more. There’s evidence that processing itself raises the danger posed by food. Studies suggest that processed meat may increase the risk of heart disease in a way that unprocessed meat does not.

Whether you’re an avid paleo fan or someone who’s just getting started with the diet, this article is well worth an in-depth read. You can pick it up from newsstands today or buy access to the online version at TIME.com

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Dr. Oz Is Grilled By Congress, Admits He Pushes Bogus Supplements, And No One Is Surprised

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“Bust your body fat”

“#1 miracle to burn fat”

“The #1 fat-fighting pill”

If you’ve ever paid attention to the Dr. Oz show (we hope for your sake that you haven’t), you’ve probably seen these phrases thrown around like the word “hello.”

You might have purchased his stuff, laughed at it, been intrigued, or just been skeptical about it. And if you’re skeptical about him constantly finding “miracle cures” at 4pm on a Wednesday, your suspicions are well-founded.

Dr. Oz’s karma is catching up with him.

After 800+ shows touting the benefits of pseudo-supplements with little to no scientific backing, Congress has called Dr. Oz in and raked him over the coals. Sen. Claire Mckaskill blasted Mehmet, saying:

“I’ve got no problem with celebrity endorsements of any product but I do have a problem when a science-based doctor says something is a miracle when there’s no science to back it up.”

Dr. Oz has been known to promote supplements ranging from green coffee to ketones. Here’s what he has to say about the following “nutritional” supplements (which have little to no scientific backing):

  • Green coffee extract — “You may think magic is make-believe, but this little bean has scientists saying they found the magic weight-loss for every body type.”
  • Raspberry ketone — “I’ve got the number one miracle in a bottle to burn your fat.”
  • Garcinia cambogia — “It may be the simple solution you’ve been looking for to bust your body fat for good.”

But this isn’t just a case of some random guy selling snake oil. Millions of people watch his show and his mentioning a product has a massive impact on the sales of that product. Just one mention can initiate the “Dr. Oz Effect”, which sends scales skyrocketing.

That might be okay if it was your crazy uncle in the country promoting this stuff, but this is a doctor with credentials that people trust, spouting rubbish about supplements that have no other benefit than putting money in his pocket.

If you haven’t realized this by now, let us say one more time:

Do. Not. Listen. To. Dr. Oz.

Here’s an example of what Dr. Oz does (please DO NOT follow his advice in the video – this is for demonstration purposes only):

What To Do Instead

If you’re feeling lost because you thought you could trust Dr. Oz and really want help living a healthier, more active lifestyle, here’s what we recommend:

There are no secrets. There are no shortcuts. If someone uses the word “miracle” to describe their supplement, run as fast as you can away from them. The best secret when it comes to health is to eat nutrient-dense foods that your body can digest efficiently, while moving on a regular basis.

If you want to see the train wreck that is Dr. Oz trying to defend his behavior, check out his testimony in front of Congress below. 

Dr. Oz’s Testimony

John Oliver on Last Week Tonight – Takes Dr. Oz To Town

Of course, while some news segments let Dr. Oz off easy, John Oliver took Dr. Oz to church in this segment. It’s worth watching (if only for a good fifteen-minute-long laugh)

More on Dr. Oz’s Capital Hill Skewering Around The Web

If you want to see more coverage of this story, check out the following links:

  • Huffington Post – Dr. Oz Grilled In Congress, Admits Weight Loss Products He Touts Don’t Pass ‘Scientific Muster’
  • CNN – Congressional hearing investigates Dr. Oz ‘miracle’ weight loss claims
  • Boston.com – Dr. Oz Scolded at Hearing on Weight Loss Scams
  • Business Insider – Watch Congress Make ‘An Example Of’ Dr. Oz
  • The Hill.com – Dr. Oz’s bad day on Capitol Hill
  • NY Daily News – A great M.D., ill served: Senate hearing didn’t show the real Dr. Oz
  • Salon – Watch Dr. Oz attempt to defend his weight loss “miracles” before Congress

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5 Lessons I Learned At Paleo f(x) 2014

I spent last weekend at Paleo f(x) – the largest gathering of paleo(sos) anywhere in the world – in one of my favorite cities in the world – Austin, Texas.

Paleo f(x) was a 3-day blur of some of the brightest minds in paleo, sharing brand new paleo research, training, recipes, and products throughout the conference space.

Here Are 5 Things I Learned at Paleo f(x) in 2014

1) Paleo Is Growing

I was at Paleo f(x) in 2012 (the very first one!) and it was just starting to grow.

The panels were small and the “expo” consisted of about seven or eight booths. There weren’t that many people either. Either Robb or Mark quipped that all of the people who attended the first conference could have fit onto just one of the stages that were there this year (there were five this year).

This year over one thousand people attended. There were dozens of exhibitors and the floor was packed with great paleo goodies and companies.

Paleo is growing.

2) Paleo Is A Framework

Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson, and Chris Kresser all have different takes on the paleo diet. Chris goes so far as to test the limits of what “paleo” is and isn’t in his new book.

While different people disagreed about different aspects of the paleo diet, everyone agreed on the importance of testing how food affects you as an individual basis and that it’s the individual’s job to take responsibility for his/her health. Which leads to my next point.

3) Paleo Involves Experimentation

Whether you do the 30 Day Challenge, Whole30, or something else, an important part of paleo and taking control of your own health is trying out an elimination diet in order to see how good you can feel without certain foods and to realize how certain foods make you feel.

Once you’ve done that, you might find that you operate better with more carbs, dairy, or legumes from time to time than a strict paleo adherent.

While basic paleo is a great starting point, if the end goal is complete health, you need to experiment.

4) Paleo Is Delicious

There are some ridiculously good treats out there. I’m going to be doing a round-up of our favorite paleo treats soon, but the expo floor was packed with delicious paleo-friendly bars to go, including The Granilla Bar and Eating Evolved’s dark chocolate (my two favorites).

5) The Best Part of Paleo is the People

Whether it’s listening to the panels, the friendly debates from people on different sides of the paleo spectrum, or meeting online friends in person, the best part of paleo (besides the obvious health benefits) is the people.

The only question left: Will we see you at Paleo f(x) in 2015?

Some of our favorite photos from the event:

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Ultimate Paleo Guide Will Be at PaleoFX 2014

PaleoFX is the biggest gathering of paleo supporters in the world, taking place in Austin from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th April this year. Naturally, the Ultimate Paleo Guide will be making an appearance.

PaleoFX is a conference for anyone who follows the paleo diet, from complete newbies to seasoned experts. It features presentations, mastermind panels, cooking demonstrations, workshops, and networking opportunities hosted by expert scientists, coaches, authors, and bloggers, including Robb Wolf, Chris Kresser, and Mark Sisson.

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We’re looking forward to meeting those of you who will be attending, so if you’ll be there, keep an eye out for the Ultimate Paleo Guide founder, Joel Runyon.

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If you can’t make it, make sure you check out the On-Demand tickets to sit in on the events from the comfort of your own home.

Are you going to PaleoFX this year?

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Sugar Is Toxic

7164573186_638fc97c37_cThe NYT Opinion recently ran a piece on a PLoS One study that links increased sugar availability to increased rates of obesity and diabetes. One  of our favorite things about paleo is the natural decrease in sugar consumption that it brings to most diets, simply because it means eating real foods. The study corroborates this approach.

The key point in the article is this: “Each 150 kilocalories/person/day increase in total calorie availability related to a 0.1 percent rise in diabetes prevalence (not significant), whereas a 150 kilocalories/person/day rise in sugar availability (one 12-ounce can of soft drink) was associated with a 1.1 percent rise in diabetes prevalence.” Thus: for every 12 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverage introduced per person per day into a country’s food system, the rate of diabetes goes up 1 percent. (The study found no significant difference in results between those countries that rely more heavily on high-fructose corn syrup and those that rely primarily on cane sugar.)

The study meets the “Bradford Hill’ criteria – the medical standard for inferring causation. The big takeaway at the end of the article sums things up pretty well:

It isn’t simply overeating that can make you sick; it’s overeating sugar. We finally have the proof we need for a verdict: sugar is toxic.

We agree. Want to reduce your sugar intake? Try The 21-Day Sugar Detox.

Read the full post below. It’s worth your time.

via It’s The Sugar, Folks

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Stalking The Paleo Diet In Dallas

The Dallas News recently ran a piece on the paleo diet and what it is. While nothing breathtaking, they trot out several of the familiar critiques of paleo:

“’If we look at our ancestors, they didn’t live very long.’ And a recent article in Scientific American largely debunks the premise for the diet and whether it’s truly paleo.”

Still, they give several great testimonials of strict and super strict paleo dieters who stress results, showing once again that it always comes back to personal experimentation and experience:

“It works very well for people with autoimmune disorders … It’s amazing to see the improvement in health.”

“If you begin to feel better, there’s no better testimony than that.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Read the full article at Dallas News.

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