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Fresh Sardines or Canned Sardines: No Longer an Option for Americans

Introduction From 2006 to 2017 a dramatic collapse occurred in the Northern Pacific Sardine population (extending from Baja California to British Columbia, Canada), amounting to a 95 % decline in the entire sardine population (Figure 1, Info graphic 1) (1-3). Figure 1.   The Pacific sardine population (biomass in millions of …

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Further Evidence Against a High Sodium Paleo Diet

An ongoing controversy about dietary salt (either refined salt or sea salt) in human ancestral diets represents a significant point of contention for the Paleo Diet community.  Some popular bloggers contend that ingested high levels of dietary salt have no adverse effects upon our health and wellbeing1-10.  My scientific colleagues …

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The Sea Salt Controversy: Important Updates for Your 2017 New Year’s Resolution

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus and Trevor Connor, M.S. Introduction: The Belief that Added Salt is Paleo Look no further than the increasing number of bestselling “Paleo” diet cookbooks1-7, or “Paleo” diet website recipes8-16 and you can fully appreciate the near unanimity of authors whose recipes embrace sea salt …

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Dr. Cordain Responds to Critics of a Recent Paleo Diet Study

In April, news of a recent two-year study exploring the effects of a Paleo diet on postmenopausal women was presented at the 2016 Endocrine Society Annual Meeting. Soon afterwards, an article hit the web detailing the positive results, but quickly shifted its focus to interviews with members of the nutrition …

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Loren Cordain, Ph.D discusses Paleo on “That Paleo Diet Show”

Loren Cordain, Ph.D. joins Brett on That Paleo Show to discuss the latest developments in Paleo and to clarify some common misconceptions. Stream the podcast below and visit That Paleo Show for more information. Check back soon for Mark Smith’s That Paleo Show podcast soon! About The Paleo Diet Team …

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Quinoa and Saponins: Dr Cordain Responds to Reader’s Questions

Some people following the Paleo diet eat quinoa and other pseudo-grains as grain alternatives based on the encouragement of others in the nutrition community who tout quinoa as a “super-food.” Dr Cordain answers a reader’s question about why the high saponin content of quinoa can cause digestive issues and why …

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Quinoa and Saponins: Dr Cordain Responds to Reader’s Questions about Advanced Glycated End Products

Some people following the Paleo diet eat quinoa and other pseudo-grains as grain alternatives based on the encouragement of others in the nutrition community who tout quinoa as a “super-food.” Dr Cordain answers a reader’s question about why the high saponin content of quinoa can cause digestive issues and why …

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Is Sugar Addictive?

Sugar is likely the most over consumed substance in the modern world 1 On top of our endless addiction to soda (sugar water essentially) – sugar is surreptitiously added to nearly every processed food.2 As a result, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) now reports that the average American …

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Revisiting Sea Salt: Dr. Cordain Responds to a Reader’s Comment

As the Paleo movement has grown, many within the community have broadened the original template to include other ingredients that we at ThePaleoDiet.com do not feel should be included as a Paleo staple.  This is not to say that these additions should never be consumed, we have always agreed, that …

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One More for the AGES: Dr Cordain Responds to Reader’s Questions about Advanced Glycated End Products

More than most sciences, the nutrition world is rife with debate and wildly different recommendations. Normally the debates center around our common knowledge of nutrition: macro- and micronutrients; glycemic index; caloric balance; etc. But sometimes it’s what we don’t know – or at least what few know – that’s important. …

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