Science & Research

One of the most common questions we receive is “what research is there on the Paleo Diet?” That’s a great question and I’d recommend thoroughly reading ALL of the material listed on this page if you have questions or curiosity about the Paleo Diet.

Prof. Loren Cordain has a remarkable number of peer reviewed papers on his site.

Prof. Staffan Lindeberg has conducted research on both free living hunter gatherers and in clinical settings.

The Protein Debate is a project we funded in which Prof. Loren Cordain debated China Study author T. Colin Campbell about the role of protein in degenerative disease.

We talk a lot about nutrition on this site but exercise is a key component of a healthy lifestyle. Prof. Frank Booth’s paper is a phenomenal exploration of the importance of exercise and health.

Here is a list of some of the other studies that have been done in regards to a Paleo Diet:

Evolution of the diet from the paleolithic to today: progress or regress?

Comparison with ancestral diets suggests dense acellular carbohydrates promote an inflammatory microbiota, and may be the primary dietary cause of leptin resistance and obesity.

Evaluation of biological and clinical potential of paleolithic diet

Effects of a short-term intervention with a paleolithic diet in healthy volunteers

Long-term effects of a Palaeolithic-type diet in obese postmenopausal women: a 2-year randomized trial

If you want to find more, PUBMED is one of the largest repositories of human learning in existence. Put in a search term like “Paleo Diet” or “Hunter Gatherer” and get ready to learn!  And check out Scientific Research 101 if you need a tutorial on how to read research studies. is full of paleo diet goodness.

I hear this Google thing might catch on.

Other common questions:


Acid Base balance


Fatty acids (including omega 3’s and 6’s) – My rough recommendation on fish oil supplementation is 2-4g per day.

What about the fructose/glucose content of fruits?


What about Ketosis? Dr. Mike Eades has a fantastic blog and here is an amazing primer on Ketosis: Metabolism & Ketosis. What about ketosis and exercise? Here is a great piece detailing both anthropological data and modern laboratory data on the subject: Ketogenic diets and physical performance. The bottom line? No glycogen, no glycolytic activity!

Are beans good for you? No.