Debunking the paleo diet: Christina Warinner at TEDxOU

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  • MorganMcJiggleson
    Shes not trying to "discredit" the diet itself, shes just debunking the claim that it's somehow a historically accurate representation of what our ancestors ate. I suggest actually watching all the way to the end, where she does advocate for many of the same concepts as are in the paleo diet, just without trying to suggest that it’s historically accurate in any way.
    · 16 in reply to cilvagold (Show the comment)
  • heltok
    She is attacking medias image of the movement, not the actual movement...
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Published on 12 Feb 2013
TED Fellow Christina Warinner is an expert on ancient diets. So how much of the diet phad the "Paleo Diet" is based on an actual Paleolithic diet? The answer is not really any of it.

Dr. Christina Warinner has excavated around the world, from the Maya jungles of Belize to the Himalayan mountains of Nepal, and she is pioneering the biomolecular investigation of archaeological dental calculus (tartar) to study long-term trends in human health and diet. She is a 2012 TED Fellow, and her work has been featured in Wired UK, the Observer, CNN.com, Der Freitag, and Sveriges TV. She obtained her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2010, specializing in ancient DNA analysis and paleodietary reconstruction.

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