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    What is this based on? I just can't understand where they get nutritional deficiencies (hello leafy green veggies). And the only real complaint I see here is that it's too hard to stick to... Which is a really weak argument against this "diet" as they inaccurately call it.

    Paleo Diet Reviews - US News Best Diets
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    They are talking about weight loss. Paleo is not a weight loss diet.

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      Those reports are based on the opinions of "experts". Also known as "puppets". The industry is scared poopless about this. We were never supposed to figure out what real food was. Now they are losing money on their grain crops and are desperate to paint an ugly picture about real food. Paleo, in its modern form, is simply the consumption of nutrient dense food and the avoidance of toxic, empty and otherwise unsuitable food. How can anyone miss nutrients while eating eggs, liver, spinach, fish and more? If anything, paleo eaters should occasionally get tested for vitamin overdosing. Since we avoid anti-nutrients, there would theoretically be a slight risk of excess vitamin A, iron, other metals and similar toxicity. Except, guess what? It doesn't happen. Bodies pretty much throw away all the excess pretty well. It's just fear mongering by Big Agra. Weak and thin fear mongering.

      Paleo was a weight-loss diet for me. I was living on soda and spaghetti. I thought I was doing fine.
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      • #4
        Did you read some of the critiques of paleo? The 'experts' were uncomfortable that it 'cut out entire food groups like grains and dairy'. If they're still thinking of those things as necessary for health then the entire paradigm of paleo will make no sense to them. Another reason it scored low was due to 'cost' which just makes me crazy that grains are so cheap - I can buy a box of 'organic grain-based cereal bars' for my kids for $.30/bar or I can get grain-free lara bars for $1.25/bar (or make my own for about that much). There is a huge cost disparity between eating processed and real food (and 'real food' doesn't include grains for me).
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        • #5
          There isn't a lot of research on Paleo diet and diabetes, so they had "no choice" but to give it a low score?? WTF??? This is pure garbage, it is obvious they are biased, but oh wait, they are experts so of course they know best. Sad thing is most people who read this will probably be swayed against paleo and never give it a second thought again
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Sihana
            This is normally a "scientific" blog, and usually every commented is willing to give and take, for science! Watch what happens when their scientific viewpoint of food is threatened, however. I unsubscribed from this place in my RSS because people proved themselves too closed minded.
            Never read the comments.
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            • #7
              No money in eating real, whole foods.
              Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by onalark View Post
                Never read the comments.
                I agree, anyone that has the time to argue over articles online has the way too much time on their hands.

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                • #9
                  How can they argue with results? I am not missing any nutrients! I eat a mountain of varietal foods, fruits, veggies, meats, limited dairy, and minimal supplements. My doc says I'm healthy as a race-horse!

                  Shifting paradigms is going to ruffle some feathers, I'm afraid.
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                  • #10
                    LOL, it has to be the easiest diet to stick to of all time. Eat whole foods. Don't eat grains, beans, soy or sugar or processed foods. Done.

                    It's even easy to dine out. I just went to a burrito place- I want chicken on a salad with grilled veggies and salsa. DONE. I went out for Indian- roast lamb, roast potatoes, spinach. Done. Brunch- Frittata - please make in butter and no toast. Done.

                    I don't know my nutrients well but was not aware that white bread and sugar carried any, and very few people actually eat whole grains.

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                    • #11
                      But, but, but...Paleo can't be good because it encourages you to avoid nutritionally void toxins like grains.
                      Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by GeorgiaPeach View Post
                        What is this based on? I just can't understand where they get nutritional deficiencies (hello leafy green veggies). And the only real complaint I see here is that it's too hard to stick to... Which is a really weak argument against this "diet" as they inaccurately call it.

                        Paleo Diet Reviews - US News Best Diets
                        Just read the description under "Safety":

                        Experts worried about dieters missing out on key nutrients on the Paleo diet, given that it shirks entire food groups. Its rating of just over 2 stars classifies it as "somewhat unsafe." It was among the poorest performers in this category.

                        So, essentially, "experts" are worried about nutritional deficiencies on a whole foods diet. Do you see the meaning behind that statement? That's jargon for "How are you going to get vitamins without hearthealthywholegrains?"

                        That's all that means - since it eliminates whole grains, it must be unhealthy. Nevermind that Paleo is the most nutritious diet possible, since we aren't eating grains we'll die of starvation.

                        That alone is enough to disregard the entire page.
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                        • #13
                          since it eliminates whole grains,
                          That's what kills me- the SAD doesn't have whole grains it in either. It has white flour. Period. Not many people are eating quinoa and spelt and multigrain. They eat white bread with meat. Or sugar cereal. Or white pasta. People eat more Fruit Loops than grape nuts and more pizzas than whole wheat pita bread with hummus.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by magnolia1973 View Post
                            That's what kills me- the SAD doesn't have whole grains it in either. It has white flour. Period. Not many people are eating quinoa and spelt and multigrain. They eat white bread with meat. Or sugar cereal. Or white pasta. People eat more Fruit Loops than grape nuts and more pizzas than whole wheat pita bread with hummus.
                            Umm...Cheerios and Fruit Loops classify as a serving of hearthealthywholegrains.





                            Whole grains AND they're good for your heart. They say so on the cover. We won't even get into the health benefits of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.



                            No wonder the guy on the box is in such good shape.

                            These cereals all go great with pizza, America's favorite vegetable.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by GeorgiaPeach View Post
                              What is this based on? I just can't understand where they get nutritional deficiencies ...
                              I think -- I'm having to work hard here to figure out how their perverse minds may be working -- I think this is probably linked to the preceding sentence. That one reads: "experts couldn't get past the fact that entire food groups, like dairy and grains, are excluded on Paleo diets".

                              I should, then, suppose that they are thinking that no dairy means it would be hard to hit the DRI (RDA) for calcium.

                              But note that, of course, Prof. Cordain would dispute the level of the RDI:

                              Given this evolutionary clue, it is not not surprising to find that the supra normal intake of calcium that can be achieved by milk and dairy consumption may cause unexpected health problems.
                              Amazon.com: The Paleo Answer: 7 Days to Lose Weight, Feel Great, Stay Young (9781118016084): Loren Cordain: Books

                              As for wholegrains. On paper, those would be good sources of some nutrients -- IIRC, this would include B vitamins and vitamin E (high in wheat germ).

                              But, again, there's a but ... Note I said "on paper". Just because something is in a food doesn't mean it is easily bioavailable. And if the downsides to these foods are great enough, what you may get from them becomes a matter of negligible importance anyway.

                              In short: I think they probably have reasons for the comments they make in this, and in the other, sections. But I just don't think they're digging deep enough and questioning their own orthodoxy enough. IMO, this is knee-jerk stuff from people who think they know.

                              I think emotion probably plays a part here, too. The Paleo Diet -- like some other approaches that are gaining popularity with the public -- at least in some respects goes against the prevailing orthodoxy. That's a challenge to the experts. They will want to punish the Paleo Diet for that. Simple crude human pride -- vainglory -- will be moving behind the objective language.

                              Curiously, I'm inclined to think the originators of the Paleo Diet never meant to "swim against the tide". I understood Boyd Eaton to say that the more he thought about it, the more he realized that people in the Paleolithic would have done what the current health recommendations advised people to do. Uh, uh, I don't think that's true at all. But, I think, hence Boyd Eaton's wars on saturated fat, dietary fat in general, and salt. He assumed these things were bad, because the dietary establishment said so, and therefore (but in truth non sequitur here) assumed that Paleolithic Man wouldn't have consumed them.

                              Actually, the dietary establishment has feet of clay like the rest of us:

                              http://garytaubes.com/wp-content/upl...ce-of-salt.pdf

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