Maybe I just can't believe that bacon is health food.
May 29, 2012 7:22 AM Subscribe
Looking for some critical, reasonably independent discussion of some of the paleo diet claims--does such a thing actually exist? Specifically with regards to cardio exercise and saturated fats/cholesterol.
posted by gracedissolved to health & fitness (16 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
Specifically, several places I've looked at say things about how cardio exercise is actually bad for you because it increases cortisol levels, and that runners actually have more heart disease than non-runners. Also, the notion that saturated fat and dietary cholesterol are not actually connected to heart disease at all? A lot of it really doesn't sound very unreasonable, but those two things seem to run totally counter to what I knew of previous research, and the reading I've done so far tends to run towards the non-scientific and downright paranoid about the scientific community.
Most of this is just curiosity about stuff like why people take statins if cholesterol isn't what makes a difference, some of it has to do with friends who've gotten kind of fond of this idea recently and some general concern about the long-term health impact in people I care about. I would love to be able to read up on this and actually find something that discusses the scientific evidence on both sides and explains why one should be considered stronger, to help in discussions with people who are taking this up, and maybe make some alterations in my own habits if the way I understand things isn't true.