|AGOULNIK, DOROTHY - Friedman School Of Nutrition|
|PASCAL LALONDE, MATHIEU - Harvard University|
|ELLMORE, GEORGE - Tufts University|
|MCKEOWN, NICOLA - Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center On Aging At Tufts University|
Submitted to: Nutrition Today
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/30/2020
Publication Date: 5/1/2021
Citation: Agoulnik, D.S., Pascal Lalonde, M., Ellmore, G.S., McKeown, N.M. 2021. Part 1: The origin and evolution of the Paleo Diet. Nutrition Today. 56(3):94-104. https://doi.org/10.1097/NT.0000000000000482.
Technical Abstract: Public interest in the Paleo Diet (PD) has been growing since 2002, following the publication of Dr Loren Cordain's book The Paleo Diet. The premise of this diet is rooted in the ancestral hunter-gatherer pattern of eating, including lean meat, fish/seafood, fruits, vegetables (leaves and tubers), and nuts. Many followers adopt the diet as a healthier alternative to the standard American diet. Today, however, the interpretation and practice of the PD vary. To promote an increased understanding of the PD and its potential health benefits and to also help clinicians better engage with patients following the PD, researchers should work to (1) standardize how PD is defined in the literature and (2) examine the nutrient composition of the PD.