Anthropologist Debunks the Paleo Diet

Christina Warinner, Ph.D., of the University of Oklahoma debunks the paleo myth in her presentation at the 2016 International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine. Learn more on the Physicians Committee website!
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  1. If you're white you descended from native europeans who like the neanderthals they mixed with ate almost entirely meat and fish, because there was nothing else. It's that simple. The plants that existed in europe back then were almost inedible and very low in calories. She is correct that there is not one paleo diet, and it's MORE important to understand that a white person should not be looking to equatorial societies on how to eat, even though all native human societies ate animal-based diets even in Africa.

  2. Blah blah blah. There is plenty of Vitamin C in Red Meat. Physiologically Human are in fact Obligate Carnivores. All Mammals use FAT as Primary Metabolic Fuel. Mammals DO NOT use Glucose as Primary Metabolic Fuel. This woman is Full of Shit. Her opinion is just that Opinion. The animals were much larger and much fatter than using modern ruminants as the example. Just Big Ag Bullshit. Her "Pseudoscience" certainly is fascinating but purely bullshit.

  3. I have a degree in anthropology, suma cum laude, U of TN. I wrote a 35 page paper on the Paleolithic diet for graduate level credit. I received an "A". The "paleo diet" people have always made me crazy. You will notice there is not one paleo diet book written by an anthropologist, not one anthropologist who will say this is a real human diet, etc. It's a lie, a fad, a trend – nothing more. I personally eat a mostly WFPB diet. It has solved my health issues. (In all honesty, I still have a weakness for pizza and BBQ, lol! 😉

  4. Grains have been mechanically and chemically seperated to a great or 'extreme' degree without modern day tools. Eastern countries have done this, look at Lavash. Indigenous Americans have done this, look at Nixtamalization. Both have an "extreme" degree of seperating/processing and have been doing so for plenty of centuries. The consumption of whole grains are rather discouraged and seem to have caused diseases in old Europeans due to eating of whole corn. Foods being 'un-natural' is a good thing rather than bad. The nature of the plant is not for you, it's for the plant.

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  8. Seed crops are not designed to be eaten. Birds are the only creatures that can tolerate the chemical armor in a seed. It's harsh and causes nutrient lock up. REAL fresh food is as easy as finding what animals thrive in your area and mob grazing them. Shipping food needs to be stopped. The only universal food for all seasons and all locations is meat! Use your head people. This Harvard " expert " makes some good arguments but they aren't debunking anything. Every animal on the earth has a species specific diet. Why wouldn't we? I wonder why she didn't touch on the fact our digestive system has a PH of 1.5 which is is only an acidity that is shared by carnivores and scavengers. We are NOT herbivores and do not have a fermentation based digestive system or hind gut digestion. We cannot access nourishment from most plant foods in large amounts. Animals convert these plant nutrients for us. They also heal the landscape by sequestering tons of carbon. Veganism is a cult religion. Eat fresh grass finished animal foods and live. Go vegan and destroy your health or die. That or be a slave to supplement companies

  9. well unbiest research has shown that sugar isnt really an issue. in fact this one doctor in the 1940's reversed and cured diabetes and cardiovascular diseases and many things with a very horrible diet of table sugar, fruits and white rice. thing is it was all plant based. a diet were you only eat plants is optimal for humans and she said that too in the beginning.

  10. Not sure why vegans are in here cheering she clearly mentioned ancient peoples eating dairy and animal organs and more modern people eating fish and game 🤔 I dont know what the "right" diet is but I've seen enough frail, mentally deranged vegans to stay away from that.

  11. Of course paleo and any meat diet is nonsense in a civilized life, ancestors ate according to environment and circumstances. In harsh, cold environment you would especially eat animals, logically, where as in warm regions, depending on whether on vast land or near water, you lived off plants or seafood. Our origins lie with plants foods, but on our journey we became opportunistic/regional however biologically we didn't evolve on animal products, we have no traits of either carnivore, or omnivore. Use of tools is not a natural, biological adaption.

  12. It is easy to see how she is being disingenuous. She spends more time trying to explain how she is an authority than on any other specific topic. She comes across as very arrogant as well as phony. She reminds me of Kent Hovind, the famous young earth creationist who lied about history and made up science to try to prove the validity of his ideology. She has a similar presentational style as him.

  13. I'm sure that she is correct. That doesn't mean that the Paleo diet is not useful. Nothing in the diet is poisonous. I have seen on YouTube that some people have had good results from trying it. Maybe the only thing useful about the Paleo diet is that it cuts out the nightshade family of foods. It is worth following for a month or so to see if it has any positive effect on one's health. Same goes for the other diets. That way you can find out what is good for your body type. I see that some people get sick on vegan, according to some videos, although I haven't seen the same complaints about the vegetarians.

  14. As she said, hybridised wheat, corn and soy are in everything yet happen to be 3 of the most allergenic foods..
    In my experience well sourced animal products and fresh, seasonal fruit, roots and tubers digest best and have the most bioavailable nutrients and they all taste the best!

    I say, support local farmers markets/farms! or even better, if you can, grow food and raise animals yourself!

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