Episode 42: A Paleo Diet Update – Where Are We Now?

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Summary: Thanks for joining us for episode 42 of The Ancestral RD podcast. If you want to keep up with our podcasts, subscribe in iTunes and never miss an episode! Remember, please send us your question if you'd like us to answer it on the show! Today we're answering the following question from a listener: Paleo update: “Where are we on gluten, dairy, legumes, potatoes, and the low carb bias?” Are you wondering if there have been revisions to the seemingly strict Paleo diet guidelines of approved and restricted foods? Today we're updating you on the latest findings about all of these grey-area foods so you can decide for yourself if these foods should be allowed in your diet! Here's what Laura and Kelsey will be discussing in this episode: The current stance of the Paleo diet community on gluten, dairy, legumes, potatoes, and carbs The gluten debate and who should avoid it Problematic types of dairy The misunderstood legume may surprise you Reconsidering white potatoes Thoughts on the low carb bias TRANSCRIPT Kelsey:  Hi, everyone. Welcome to Episode 42 of the Ancestral Rds. I’m Kelsey Marksteiner and with me, as always, is Laura Schoenfeld. Laura: Hi, Kelsey. Kelsey: How are you doing, Laura? Laura: Good. A little tired from watching the Super Bowl with some friends last night. Kelsey: Yeah, I know. It was funny. You texted me last night about the Xifaxin commercial and we were talking about… I don’t know if anyone was watching the Super Bowl yesterday, because I wasn’t. But, Laura informed me that there was a commercial for Xifaxin, which is the brand name for Rifaximin, which is used to treat SIBO, which was kind of exciting and I think probably the only time I’ve ever been excited to say that I’ve seen a pharmaceutical commercial. Laura: Right. Well, it was funny. We were all paying attention to the commercials equally as much as the game as you do during the Super Bowl. Kelsey: Yeah, of course. Laura:  And we had seen a couple of these, I guess pharmaceutical commercials. I was joking about one of them being a pharmaceutical commercial for basically an opiate induced constipation commercial. Kelsey: Oh yeah, I’ve seen that one. Or I’ve seen something like that on Hulu Plus. Laura: Right, and then so it was an advertisement for a drug that was basically fixing a symptom of another drug, which I was like, are we at that point now that we’re advertising symptom fixing, or I guess medication side effect fixing medications? Kelsey: I know. It’s crazy. Laura: Yeah. Then this IBS commercial came on, and none of my friends are in the health field so they didn’t really understand that IBS is actually really common. They were like, why are they advertising a drug for IBS in the Super Bowl? Are they really that many people with IBS? And I said, actually, I think the stats are one in five people have IBS. I mean it’s a pretty good chance that somebody watching, or one-fifth of the population watching, is going to have it. When I was watching the commercial, I didn’t realize what drug they were advertising for and I wasn’t really paying attention that much. But then I saw the name Xifaxin come on, and it just kind of hit me. I was like, oh my gosh! They’re advertising Xifaxin for IBS treatment. And I just started getting really excited and my friends were kind of looking at me like I had three heads or something, like why do you care about this? And I just started saying, oh no, this is actually a really big deal because I have a lot of clients that have SIBO and SIBO is a major cause of IBS in a lot of people, if not the majority of people with IBS. And I have so many clients that have such a hard time getting either a SIBO diagnosis, or if they did get a SIBO diagnosis, getting on the correct medication is always a battle, and then insurance doesn’t want to cover it. It’s actually kind of a big deal because if you’re not having insurance coverage,