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Miscellaneous / Potato industry targets Paleo diet
« Last post by Eric on January 14, 2017, 04:35:49 AM »


Potato industry leaders have found fault with a diet that seeks to replicate what cavemen ate.

"SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. potato industry has taken umbrage with a popular dietary fad, which is based on the premise that humans ate healthier during the Stone Age than following the advent of agriculture.

The Paleolithic diet — coined by Colorado State University emeritus professor Loren Cordain — promotes foods that would have been available to hunter-gatherers more than 10,000 years ago — such as grass-fed meat, wild game, nuts, fruits and non-starchy vegetables.

In addition to processed foods and salt, the popular diet frowns upon some of the major commodities produced in the Northwest, including potatoes, cereals, dairy, sugar and legumes. Cordain reasons the foods weren’t present during the Paleolithic Period, and humans, therefore, haven’t adapted to eating them.

Cordain vows Paleo dieters achieve weight loss, reduced diabetes and diseases, increased energy, fewer allergies, better digestion and increased muscle. Critics counter that modern foods, developed over centuries of selective breeding, don’t resemble Paleolithic foods. They also note the diet’s conspicuous absence of Stone Age dietary staples — such as rats, mice, squirrels, stripped bark, insects and lizards — and question the wisdom of emulating an ancient people who typically died in their 30s.

The potato industry — still seeking to improve consumer perceptions affected by the low-carbohydrate Atkins diet craze — recently launched a campaign highlighting the importance of the spud’s protein, vitamin C, potassium and carbohydrates to athletic performance.

“I think a lot of people are really getting tired of all of these really restrictive diets and are more interested in learning how to eat properly in a way they can work into their lifestyle, based on the basic ideas of moderation and good diversity,” said John Toaspern, chief marketing officer with Potatoes USA."

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Diet and nutrition / Re: Visible fat eaten
« Last post by rentawitch on January 14, 2017, 02:00:29 AM »
Thats a good point. Thank you Warren.
I have to say that I seem to be succeeding insofar as I am not making fancy food or thinking about it as much. I didnt eat until 6pm yesterday as was busy.
Food as fuel. But cross though that butcher left the liver out of my meat order and had been looking forward.
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Research / Re: Were toothpicks served up at caveman dinner parties?
« Last post by Warren Dew on January 13, 2017, 05:11:44 PM »
I can totally imagine cave men wanting to pick bits of stuff out from between their teeth.

I have one nonliteral bone to pick with the report, though.  The phrase "starchy" is kind of misleading with respect to the original paper, since the paper characterizes grass as "starchy".
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Research / Re: Who lives longest: meat eaters or vegetarians?
« Last post by Warren Dew on January 13, 2017, 05:02:48 PM »
I have a couple of thoughts.

The first one is basically what JayJay said.  There are all sorts of confounding factors in these studies; people who eat more meat tend also to eat more potatoes, bread, to smoke more, etc.

The second one is that supercentenarians - people over the age of 110 - all tend to eat animal protein in the form of meat or eggs.  The meat free folks seem to be winnowed out by then.

That said, I see the primary benefit of paleo as better health, especially in mature years.  If you really want to live longer, you have to look at things like calorie restriction, and that may not be worth the tradeoff for everyone.
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Introductions / Re: Hello
« Last post by Warren Dew on January 13, 2017, 04:51:47 PM »
Hey Mitch, I was in your exact same shoes a little over a year ago. By sticking to the Paleo lifestyle, I lost over 110 lbs in a year. It can be done. Just be dedicated to it 100%. Analyze your relationship with food and change it. You have made it through boot camp; you can do this. Let me know if you have any questions or need tips.

Nice!
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Introductions / Re: New to Caveman
« Last post by Warren Dew on January 13, 2017, 04:50:50 PM »
Welcome back to paleo!
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Introductions / Re: Introduction
« Last post by Warren Dew on January 13, 2017, 04:49:43 PM »
Welcome back.  Keep it up!
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Diet and nutrition / Re: Visible fat eaten
« Last post by Warren Dew on January 13, 2017, 04:45:01 PM »
I don't see how cooking in lard would be different from simply choosing fattier meat, at least for pork.

That said, if one is trying to lose weight faster, reducing the fat content can accelerate how fast one uses fat from one's body.  This doesn't seem to be necessary for men to lose weight at an acceptable pace, but I'm not sure about women.
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Diet and nutrition / Re: very dry mouth
« Last post by MarySimas on January 11, 2017, 09:29:36 PM »
I agree with mrchaos101, dry mouth is often a side effect of medicines. To treat this you need to sip water regularly. Also you can chew sugar free gums or candies.
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Diet and nutrition / Re: Chocolate!
« Last post by MarySimas on January 11, 2017, 09:21:04 PM »
After eating sugar if you are able to manage your weight then there is nothing wrong with it.
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