Loren Cordain: The Paleo Diet, Young Robb Wolf, and Why Saturated Fat is the Bees Knees

Loren Cordain The Paleo Diet

In today’s show I welcome Dr. Loren Cordain – considered by many to be the godfather of the Paleo Movement and the world’s foremost scientific authority on the evolutionary basis of diet and disease.  Loren is the author of the groundbreaking, The Paleo Diet, as well as The Paleo Answer, The Paleo Diet For Athletes, and the Paleo Diet Cookbook.

In today’s show we learn:

  • The most compelling scientific evidence for The Paleo Diet
  • A brief history of a young Robb Wolf
  • Why Dr. Cordain doesn’t consider himself the first authority on Paleo… and who is
  • The reason why our hunter-gatherer ancestors did not eat dairy
  • What has changed in Dr. Cordain’s stance on saturated fats and canola oil – and why
  • And tons more…

Here’s the show.

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  1. I really enjoyed your interview with Dr. Cordain. I have a new respect for Dr. Cordain. Sounds like he is working hard on keeping his research on the Paleo Diet evolving. Thanks for doing the interview.

  2. This is one of the best interviews with Cordain I have heard. He seemed less stiff than in other podcasts. You must have a magic wand Abel. It was nice seeing a more relaxed Cordain. Also, I was a participant in the autoimmune research he mentioned. Super excited to see what he comes up with!

  3. I was hoping to hear you ask Dr. Cordain how he reconciles his statement “There is absolutely no requirement for grains in the human diet” with Jaminet’s endorsement of white rice for those following the PHD plan. Do you know what Cordain’s views on this apparent discordance are?

  4. Anthony Della Rosa says:

    Abel, great interviews by the way but I have a quick question maybe you can clear up for me. I read Loren Cordains Paleo diet book and it mentions eating only lean cuts of meat such as only Chicken breast or lean cuts of red meat. But every time I read a paleo cookbook it mentions eating the whole chicken preferably pastured and grass fed cuts of red meat. Do we still need to be concerned about fat content in grass fed burgers and other cuts of red meat?



    • Hey Anthony,
      I disagree with Loren and Robb’s take on eating “lean cuts of meat.” Actually, when I’ve spoken with each of them I’ve found that they are less concerned with lean cuts than their books would indicate. Don’t worry about fat – I eat 60-70% of my calories from fat and many other folks have great luck doing the same (hence “Fat-Burning Man”).

      Besides, fat is the best part!

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