What a month it’s been! Likely few of us escaped the controversies and daily scandals of this unique election season. Sure, we’re a nutrition website, but after watching a few of those debates and news feeds, it was hard not to reach for the box of cookies hidden at the back of the cabinet.
This month at thePaleoDiet.com, we had our own share of debates and October surprises. We debated critics in the nutrition community over nutrient density. We shared with you shocking new research on the sugar industry and how it paid to shape the direction of our nutrition guidelines – research that included, you guessed it, insider emails. And Dr Cordain explained why he still won’t “vote” for quinoa.
And that certainly wasn’t all. Here’s a look back on October that starts with what proved to be a reader favorite. If you’ve been looking for a quick and easy graphic to share with friends and family explaining what to eat and not eat on the Paleo, then look no further:
What to Eat on the Paleo Diet
By Paul Vandyken
You’ve heard of the benefits of the Paleo Diet but still don’t fully understand what it is? Or you’re looking for a simple guide to share with your family and friends who keep asking about it? ThePaleoDiet.com guest writer Paul Vandyken has created a visual, clear and very simple guide to what you should eat and not eat on a Paleo diet.
October’s Theme: Debating Nutrient Density
October was the month of debates and while you were watching the big ones on TV, here at thePaleoDiet.com, we were engaged in our own debate. One that we seem to have been arguing for years. So for our series this month we thought we’d make our case once and for all for why the Paleo diet doesn’t cause a dangerous loss of nutrients by eliminating foods like grains and dairy. In fact, as we’ll demonstrate, eliminating these foods can actually improve nutrient density.
Part One: Dr Cordain Responds to Critics of a Recent Paleo Diet Study
By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
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 community who focused more on their issues with the diet. In part one, Dr Cordain addresses these critiques and shows that when you just delve a little deeper into the science, the claim that the Paleo diet leads to nutrient deficiencies doesn’t hold scientific water…
Part Three: Eliminating Non-Paleo Foods Improves Nutrient Density
By Trevor Connor, M.S. and Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
That’s right, while critics like to claim that eliminating food groups – grains and dairy in particular – will prevent followers of the Paleo diet from getting the nutrients they need, the truth is that by eliminating these food groups, you will actually improve your nutrient density. Even over well-regarded diets like the Mediterranean diet. And all it takes is a nutrition app and a little time to prove this fact yourself.
Part Four: A Few Paleo Recipes to Maximize Your Nutrient Density
By Lorrie Cordain
The Paleo diet is naturally a nutrient-packed diet. But if you were on the road for a bit and eating foods that don’t give you what you need, or are just looking to periodically eat something with a little more “nutrient-punch” here are a few recipes for you to try.
Articles for October
Nutrient Density wasn’t our only debate and we even had our own “October surprise” in a revealing study about the sugar industry that included an analysis of industry memorandums and emails. Read on to learn about how the sugar industry paid to influence nutrition research, why one study on quinoa doesn’t make us believe it’s a super-food, and how to eat Paleo on your next backpacking trip. Those and many more:
New Study: Sugar Industry Downplayed the Impact of Sugar on Heart Disease for Decades
By Casey Thaler
How often have you heard friends and family complain that dietary recommendations are constantly changing? First fat was bad for us, now it’s carbohydrates. It’s no wonder people don’t know who to trust. It turns out they may be justified. A recent systematic review of sugar-industry documents shows a decades-long concerted effort to mislead the public about the health impact of sugar and portray dietary fat as the bad-guy. An effort that included the soon-to-be head nutritionist for the USDA. Really makes you wonder who to trust? Our suggestion. Listen to our ancient ancestors who picked their foods long before there were industries to mislead them.
Quinoa and Saponins: Dr Cordain Responds to a Reader’s Question
By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Do quinoa and saponins deserve the title of “super-food”? Dr Cordain answers a reader’s question about why the high saponin content of quinoa can cause digestive issues and why we should be careful about reading too much into any single study.
Keeping Your Next Backpacking Trip Paleo
By Kyle Cordain
Maintaining a Paleo lifestyle can be made more difficult for those that like to their adventures outdoors for extending periods of time. If you are planning a backpacking trip that will keep you out there for several days, here are some tips and ideas for staying Paleo while out backpacking on your next adventure.
Reflecting on Kona
By Nell Stephenson
Congratulations to Paleoista Nell Stephenson for her amazing 7th place age-group finish at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii on October 8th! Her countless hours of hard work paid off with a total overall time of 10 hours, 36 minutes, and 52 seconds! We’ve enjoyed her posts on our Facebook wall as she’s prepared for the race. Read her final thoughts on the race and see some of her more popular posts during her final two month lead up to the race!
Your Top Eight Comments
By the Paleo Diet Team
A big part of what drives this website is the great reader feedback, questions, and comments you give us. We want you to know we’re listening and even use your feedback to drive our future topics. Please enjoy a few recent comments that really grabbed our attention and our responses.
Coming Up Next Month at thePaleoDiet.com
Hopefully we can put the debates behind us in November. But that doesn’t mean we won’t have a lot of exciting Paleo information for you. Dr Cordain will share with us information on a true super-food: pomegranate. We’ll cover new research on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, vitamin D and how to get enough folate in your diet. Those and our usual recipes, personal stories and reader feedback.
November’s Theme: Ketogenic Diets
If you’ve been on the Paleo diet for a while, you’ve likely heard people talk about ketogenic diets with a wide range of opinions – both strongly in favor and against the dietary approach. Surprisingly, many people do not understand the difference between the Paleo diet and a ketogenic diet. We’ll address the differences, talk about the pros and cons of a Paleo-style ketogenic diet and touch on some exciting research showing the potential benefits of a ketogenic diet on cancer and longevity. This is not one to miss!
Thanks as always for reading!
The Paleo Diet Team