Nutrition experts have long debated whether there is an optimal diet that humans evolved to eat. Studies show that modern hunter-gatherer groups across the globe generally have phenomenal heart and metabolic health, yet they eat a variety of diets, and tend to avoid the chronic diseases that kill most Americans.
In this mini-episode, Dhru speaks with Anahad O’Connor and Chris Kresser about modern hunter-gatherer societies and why they tend to avoid chronic diseases, why one specific diet is not right for everyone, and how to personalize your diet to fit your lifestyle, genetic blueprint, and specific health conditions.
Anahad O’Connor is a bestselling author and reporter for The New York Times. Anahad covers nutrition, medicine and chronic disease. He has published a number of groundbreaking investigative stories for the Times, including a series in 2015 that exposed Coca-Cola’s funding of scientific research that sought to downplay the role of sugar-sweetened beverages in the obesity epidemic. In 2018 he and his colleagues won an award from the Association of HealthCare Journalists for “Planet Fat,” a series that examined the food industry’s role in the spread of global obesity. Anahad is a frequent guest on national news programs, such as PBS NewsHour, Good Morning America, and NPR’s All Things Considered, and the author of four books. Anahad is a graduate of Yale University, and lives in San Francisco with his wife, a women’s rights attorney, and their son.
Chris Kresser is the CEO of Kresser Institute for Functional & Evolutionary Medicine, the co-director of the California Center for Functional Medicine, the creator of ChrisKresser.com, and the New York Times best-selling author of The Paleo Cure. He is known for his in-depth research uncovering myths and misconceptions in modern medicine and providing natural health solutions with proven results. Chris was named one of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness by Greatist.com, and his blog is one of the top-ranked natural health websites in the world. He recently launched Kresser Institute, an organization dedicated to reinventing healthcare and reversing chronic disease by training healthcare practitioners in functional and evolutionary medicine. Chris lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and daughter.
Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Anahad O’Connor here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/AnahadOconnor/
Find Dhru’s full-length conversation with Chris Kresser here: https://broken-brain.lnk.to/ChrisKresser/
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