EPISODE 46 – The Central Role of Dietary Fat in Forging The Human Brain w/ Nora Gedgaudas

In this episode, Dr. Bubbs talks with ancestral nutrition expert Nora Gedgaudas about the essential role the consumption of dietary fats played in making us “human” and developing the incredible and amazing human brain. Nora discusses how our brains evolved much more rapidly than our closest primate cousins, what experts believe was the cause of this unprecedented growth and how it shaped our ancestors' food choices. She also highlights new research showing “size does matter” when it comes to our brains and how in the last 10,000 years they’re actually getting smaller, before providing some actionable tips to support healthy brain and cognitive function. 

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)          Your brain is made up 85% fat.

2)          The human brain was biggest 20,000 years.

3)          Cornell University confirms “size matters” when it comes to optimal brain function.

Performance Tips From This Episode

1)          Omega-3 flax oil converts very poorly – about 5-10% in men and 15-20% in women – to extra-long chain omega-3 fats DHA and EPA.

2)          Our brains were biggest before our ancestors had the capacity to hunt for fish, highlighting the importance of pastured and grass-fed meats. 


Coffee Talk

Nora’s morning black tea + intermittent fasting

About Nora Gedgaudas

Nora Gedgaudas is a board-certified nutritional consultant and clinical neurofeedback specialist with over 20 years of successful clinical experience.   A recognized authority on ketogenic, ancestrally based nutrition, she is a popular speaker and educator and the author of the best-selling book, Primal Body, Primal Mind, as well as Rethinking Fatigue.  Her newest book, Primal Fat Burner: Live Longer, Slow Aging, Super-Power Your Brain, and Save Your Life With A High Fat, Low-Carb Paleo Diet has been lauded by best-selling author and journalist, Nina Teicholz as “a unique and profound contribution to the field.”  Her new weekly educational program, Primal Restoration is a unique and invaluable source of information benefitting those interested in furthering their nutritional knowledge and optimizing their health.

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