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Paleo Vs. Vegan (Audio)

For more information, listen to our interviews with healthy-eating experts Brendan Brazier, Frank Lipman, MD and Robb Wolf.

Brendan Brazier – Vegan Perspective

(Interviewed by senior editor Courtney Lewis Opdahl)

Brendan Brazier is a former professional Ironman triathlete and the creator of an award-winning line of vegan nutritional products. Brazier details his plant-based diet advice in Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health (Da Capo, 2011).

Frank Lipman, MD – Moderator Perspective

(Interviewed by senior healthy eating editor Anjula Razdan)

Frank Lipman, MD, practices internal medicine with additional training in acupuncture, Chinese medicine, functional medicine, meditation and yoga. The founder and director of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, Lipman’s most recent book is Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again (Touchstone, 2009).

Robb Wolf – Paleo Perspective

(Interviewed by associate editor jocelyn Stone)

Robb Wolf is a former biochemical researcher who studied under Paleo-pioneer Loren Cordain. Wolf is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet (Victory Belt Publishing, 2010).

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10 Comment to Paleo Vs. Vegan (Audio)

  • Bonnie Pickhardt says:

    I learned some welcome tips for making the best choices, whether choosing a Paleo or Vegan Diet. Thanks to Brendan Brazier, Robb Wolf, and Dr.Frank Lipman for that.

  • Daniel says:

    How did you decide to chose Dr. Lipman as the moderator? Clearly he’s completely biased toward a paleo diet, and he did not offer a valuable perspective. I don’t agree with the way in which both Dr. Lipman and Rob Wolff generalize the “vegan” diet. First of all, there is no such thing as a vegan diet. Veganism is a philosophy or an ethos, if you will, which goes way beyond food. Since I wear leather, I can’t possibly call myself a vegan. A plant-based, whole-foods diet (of which there are many iterations) is a more accurate label, especially when comparing it to the paleo approach. Brendan Brazier’s approach is to based the diet on leafy green vegetables. It’s not hard to see that there are more similarities than differences between Brendan Thrive Diet, and the Paleo Diet. This whole argument is really a false dichotomy. Of course you can have an unhealthy vegan diet. When you say you’re on a vegan diet, the only thing that tells me is that you don’t eat animal products. It says absolutely nothing about what you do eat. This was a great opportunity for an informed discussion that unfortunately fell flat.

  • Julia says:

    As a CHEK educated holistic health professional who worked in the field of health and wellness for over 10 years, I can clearly see that there is no one diet that fits everyone. Each person has to test different diet protocol and see what works best for them. Some people do very well as vegans, others as Paleo eaters. There is no right and wrong, only what works for each individual and what doesn’t.

  • Ben says:

    This is a really good and well cited article debunking many claims of the Paleo diet:


  • I was vegan for two full years. I’d always had a sensitive stomach growing up and it worsened as I got older.
    Little did I know that during those two years, all the soy products, gluten (not only in breads but also in the fake meats via the TVP) and legumes were literally tearing up my intestines.
    Fast forward along to three years later, when I found the Paleo Diet and thankfully, everything resolved in a very short period of time.
    We as humans are meant to be eating animal proteins. To not do so is to the detriment of our own health and longevity.

    Learn more at http://www.paleoista.com
    Nell Stephenson, Paleo expert and author (The Paleo Diet Cookbook, with Dr. Loren Cordain, PhD and Paleoista, Gain Energy, Get Lean and Feel Fabulous with the Diet You Were Born to Eat).

  • Ben says:

    There’s a great podcast episode on on the Paleo diet by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau you can find here:


    She does a great job of taking on the the science and history of the paleo diet for anyone interested in further listening on this topic from a vegan perspective.

  • Jenny says:

    Great points from all. Paleo works for me and keeps me healthy!

  • Interesting that Robb Wolf would denounce a vegan diet simply because of a gluten sensitivity. It is possible to be gluten free and vegan, look up any of Brendan Braziers Thrive recipes.

    • Paul says:

      Listen to what Frank Lipman has to say about it.

      The modern grains have little to do with the grains of ancient times.

    • Rain says:

      Natasha… great point. People demonize grains but only a few people have issues with grains and yes people don’t need grains to be on a veg diet. He just is anti-vegan which makes no sense. Vegans can be extremely healthy which does not leave many others with a ethical choice to keep eating animals. People will try to make veganism look bad so they can feel better about their bad habits. Veganism is the moral baseline if one cares about right and wrong veganism is the least you can do. Some how people have been sold that there is humane grass fed meat. I don’t remember killing an animal being humane.

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