Loren Cordain

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Loren Cordain
Born (1950-10-24)October 24, 1950
Nationality United States
Fields Health Sciences
Exercise Physiology
Institutions Colorado State University
Alma mater Pacific University
University of Nevada-Reno
University of Utah
The Paleo Diet

Loren Cordain (born October 24, 1950) is an American scientist who specializes in the fields of nutrition and exercise physiology. He is notable as an advocate of the Paleolithic diet[1] and a researcher into paleolithic nutrition; he wrote numerous peer-reviewed articles on the subject, as well as several popular books, most notably, The Paleo Diet.[2] He has written that diet is the root of many modern health problems such as cardiovascular disease,[3][4] autoimmune diseases,[5] acne,[6] and hyperinsulinemic diseases.[7]

Loren Cordain obtained a B.S. in Health Sciences from Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon in 1972. In 1978 he got his M.Sc. in Exercise Physiology at the University of Nevada-Reno. In 1981 he was awarded his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology by the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.[8]

He is currently a tenured professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University.[8]


  • The Paleo Diet Revised: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Revised edition December 7, 2010) ISBN 0470913029
  • The Paleo Diet for Athletes: The Ancient Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic Performance (with Joe Friel) Rodale Books (Revised edition October 16, 2012) ISBN 160961917X
  • The Paleo Diet Cookbook: More Than 150 Recipes for Paleo Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks, and Beverages (with Nell Stephenson) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (December 7, 2010) ISBN 0470913045
  • The Paleo Answer: 7 Days to Lose Weight, Feel Great, Stay Young, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 16, 2012) ISBN 1118404157

Works – example journal papers[edit]

  • Cordain, L. (1999). "Cereal grains: humanity’s double-edged sword." World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics. 84:19-73.[1]
  • O’Keefe J.H., Cordain L. (2004) "Cardiovascular disease as a result of a diet and lifestyle at odds with our Paleolithic genome: how to become a 21st century hunter-gatherer". Mayo Clinic Proceedings 79:101-108.
  • Cordain L, Eaton SB, Sebastian A, Mann, N, Lindeberg S, Watkins BA, O’Keefe JH, Brand Miller J. (2005) "Origins and Evolution of the Western Diet: Health Implications for the 21st Century". American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 81:341-54.[2]
  • Cordain L, Eaton SB, Brand Miller J, Lindeberg S, Jensen C, "An evolutionary analysis of the etiology and pathogenesis of juvenile-onset myopia". Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica Vol. 80 No. 2:125–35.[3]
  • Cordain L, Lindeberg S, Hurtado M, Hill K, Eaton SB, Brand-Miller J, "Acne vulgaris: a disease of Western civilization". Archives of Dermatology V138 No. 12:1584-90.[4]
  • Cordain L, (2005) "Implications for the role of diet in acne". Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery Vol. 24 No 2:84-91.[5]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Cordain, Loren (2006). "Implications of Plio-Pleistocene Hominin Diets for Modern Humans (PDF)" (PDF). In Ungar, Peter S. Evolution of the Human Diet: The Known, the Unknown, and the Unknowable. Oxford, USA: Oxford University Press. pp. 363–83. ISBN 0-19-518346-0. 
  2. ^ Loren Cordain. The Paleo Diet. ISBN 0-471-22567-3. 
  3. ^ O'Keefe JH Jr; Cordain L; Harris WH; Moe RM; Vogel R (June 2004). "Optimal low-density lipoprotein is 50 to 70 mg/dl: lower is better and physiologically normal". Journal of the American College of Cardiology. American College of Cardiology. 43 (11): 2142–46. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2004.03.046. PMID 15172426. 
  4. ^ O'Keefe JH Jr; Cordain L; Jones PG; Abuissa H. (July 2006). "Coronary artery disease prognosis and C-reactive protein levels improve in proportion to percent lowering of low-density lipoprotein". The American Journal of Cardiology. 98 (1): 135–39. doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2006.01.062. PMID 16784936. 
  5. ^ Cordain, Loren (1999). "Cereal grains: humanity's double-edged sword" (PDF). World review of nutrition and dietetics. World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics. 84: 19–73. doi:10.1159/000059677. ISBN 3-8055-6827-4. PMID 10489816. 
  6. ^ Cordain, Loren (2006). "Dietary implications for the development of acne: a shifting paradigm (PDF)" (PDF). In Bedlow, J. US Dermatology Review 2006—Issue II. London: Touch Briefings Publications. 
  7. ^ Cordain L, Eades MR, Eades MD (2003). "Hyperinsulinemic diseases of civilization: more than just Syndrome X" (PDF). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A. 136 (1): 95–112. doi:10.1016/S1095-6433(03)00011-4. PMID 14527633. 
  8. ^ a b "Loren Cordain, Ph.D.". Colorado State University.