The two sides of Paleo diet

Other names: Caveman’s diet, Stone Age diet

The concept of the Paleolithic Diet is to get back to ancient times. This dietary approach focuses on foods like meat, fish, plenty of fruit and vegetables as well as nuts and insists to forego all the processed foods, dairy products, cereal grains, legumes, starchy vegetables, and foods that are very high in salt content.

Now have a look at the paleo diet ...

The two sides of Paleo diet
  • The present-day paleo diet trend is believed to bring positive health for both individuals and society as a whole. People who go paleo currently are those who are sick, for whom modern drugs have failed and those who are seeking performance. Since paleo diet excludes processed foods that constitutes only empty calories, there is no doubt that this diet has a high nutrient density and sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals.
  • These foods digest slowly, keeping blood sugar levels stable throughout the day. Stable blood sugar eliminates the energy and mood swings that can result from a diet high in processed carbs and refined sugar.
  • Researches have pointed out that paleo diet resulted in notable weight loss over a short period of time. The weight loss is linked with the reduction of carbohydrates and the increase in protein.
  • The Paleo diet depends profoundly on whole meats, vegetables and fruits which lessens the body's glycemic load, has a healthy ratio of saturated-to-unsaturated fatty acids, increases vitamin and nutrient consumption, and contains an optimal balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates.
  • It’s easy to adhere to. Doesn’t involve counting or measuring.

Have another look at the paleo diet

According to, “the Paleo Easy Diet, the world’s healthiest diet, is based upon the fundamental concept that the optimal diet is the one to which we are genetically adapted.”

  • The dispute that arise about the paleo diet is that paleo type of eating pattern was followed before 2.5 million years ago and our ancient hominids were hunters and gatherers those days. Our genome has changed since the Paleolithic period, meaning our bodies are not adapted to the diet of that time and there exist some key differences in our genomes from those of a Paleolithic hominid.
  • Just as our genome has evolved since Paleolithic times, plant and animal genomes have also radically changed, largely due to human influence. So, when we eat according to the Paleo Diet, we follow only the modern-Paleo Diet, not the Paleo-Paleo Diet.
  • Experts add that many people do not balance between meat and plant intake. Consuming excess protein and not enough carbs can cause kidney damage and also increase your risk of osteoporosis. Moreover, most of today's meats are higher in saturated fat than those of yesteryear, it can increase the risk of heart disease.
  • Avoiding refined sugars and overly processed meats is good for health. But skipping out legumes, dairy, and multi-grain cereals, which are prohibited in the paleo diet for a prolonged time could lead to deficiencies of key nutrients including iodine, sodium, and calcium, as well as “significant reductions” in thiamine, riboflavin, vitamins A, C, and E, beta-carotene, folic acid and iron.
  • Adopting our ancestral lifestyle can be challenging on an individual level, but the movement itself also faces obstacles culturally. Cereal play an important role in many traditional religions. For example, in Christianity, The Lord’s Prayer clearly says, “Give us this day our daily bread.” In Hinduism, rice holds great spiritual and ritual significance.
  • Emphasis on Physical Activity: Increased physical activity is an integral part of the Paleolithic Plan as calories from meat are to be burnt. Surviving in the Stone Age meant a constant on-the-go lifestyle that probably required very high calories a day.
  • Paleo dieters often find it difficult to dine out or grab meals on the go. Fast food is often out of the question, as are most nonperishable options, excluding nuts. Paleo is expensive too.

Bottom line

All these views are not intended to emphasize any kind of particular diet. Be it a Paleo diet, Akins diet, Nordic diet, must be suggested by an expert. Dietary approaches should be individualized based on ones metabolic profile. If you really want to be Paleo for a long time, then instill some modern technologies into it.

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