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January, 2010 Issue

The Modern Take on the Paleo Diet: Is it Grounded in Science?

The modern idea of the Paleo diet (also known as Hunter/Gatherer or Caveman diet) has been around since the 70s, but itís resurfacing with a vengeance. Written by Loren Cordain, Ph.D., The Paleo Diet proposes that you go back to your ancestral diet, to a time before the advent of modern agriculture about 10,000 years ago. Cordain says that over a 2 million year-period our genes adapted to a diet in which all food was hunted, fished or gathered from the natural environment. Today, we eat from a vastly different food supply with processed foods full of refined sugars, high-glycemic carbs, saturated and trans fats and salt, resulting in a society riddled with obesity and disease.

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