Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Paleo Diet

by Gary Niederhoff on February 15, 2014

Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Paleo Diet

What’s for dinner? Meat, acorns, tubers, and fruit. Followers of the Paleo diet say we should eat what our ancestors ate 10,000 years ago, when our genes were perfectly in synch with the environment.

We investigate the reasoning behind going paleo with the movement’s pioneer, as well as with an evolutionary biologist. Is it true that our genes haven’t changed much since our hunter-gatherer days?

Plus, a surprising dental discovery is nothing for cavemen to smile about.

And another fad diet that has a historical root: the monastic tradition of 5:2 – five days of eating and two days of fasting.

It’s our monthly look at critical thinking, Skeptic Check … but don’t take our word for it.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Loren Cordain – The Paleo Diet
Part 2: Andrew Jotischky – The Monk Diet
Part 3: Louise Humphrey – Paleolithic dental problems
Part 4: Marlene Zuk – Paleo Fantasy

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avatar mike February 19, 2014 at 4:04 am

It was disappointing to find that there were no studies cited showing the effect of the Paleo diet on blood pressure, bad “LDL” cholesterol, and triglycerides, etc… Most of the show seemed to be almost anecdotal in nature, with the shows cast giving opinions like, “well the diet seems good, we all probably eat too much salt, fat and sugar” or similar comments.

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