Behind the Paleo Diet

A woman eating lean meat Illustrated by Regina Humphrey/ IG: regina_humphrey

In prehistoric times, our ancestors had a strict diet of eating lean meats, fruits, and vegetables. Before farming was a way of life, people from the Old Stone Age ate these foods daily. But the funny coincidence is that we are still picking up this diet millions of years later. The word paleo comes from the word “paleolithic” meaning the food is from the Paleolithic era. It aims to return to the way early humans ate, and we sure are giving it a new presence. Lee Journals breaks down the pros and cons of the paleolithic diet. 

Pros

Like the Keto diet, the paleo diet’s purpose is for weight loss. The Mayo Clinic states that the diet’s reasoning is because the body is genetically mismatched to the modern diet that emerged with farming practices. Experts believe that when farming was introduced, the body wasn’t able to adapt and is believed to bring obesity and heart disease. Despite this argument, the paleo diet gives you a rich fruits and vegetable diet. Lean meats like poultry and fish give a good source of protein with a lower-fat content. They offer a good source of protein. These foods are not only healthy but generally more affordable and accessible. Other benefits include improved blood pressure control, and better appetite management.

Paleo diet expert Dr. Loren Cordain stated that the paleo diet is healthier than the Standard American diet. In addition, the clear benefit is that paleo-eaters may be reducing sugar and white flour foods associated with rising obesity epidemics. The reason is because of the absence of whole grains in the diet and processed foods. A good diet would consist of: Zucchini and eggs for breakfast. Lunch: Guacamole and chicken salad. Dinner: Shepherd’s pie with cauliflower.

Cons

Without consistent grains in your diet, there is a lack of fiber and vitamins. The Paleo diet also restricts dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt. This removes good sources of proteins and calcium which are needed for strong bones. Other foods to avoid are oils, sweeteners, and legumes. Since the paleo diet isn’t a common practice, it won’t be as recommended to the mass public. Remember to consult your doctor before trying this diet as it can affect people if they have medical conditions. 

Final Thoughts

Even though the paleo diet is suggested for weight loss, there are no long-term clinical studies about the benefits and potential risks of the diet. You can achieve the same benefits by exercise and having a healthy diet. Consult your doctor when trying a new diet like this. Remember that this diet isn’t for everyone. I suggest starting regular exercise before considering this diet.

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