Paleo Diet

Healthiest Diet Ever?

Those, who are saying that a healthy diet doesn’t have to be extremely restrictive, have probably never heard about the paleo diet. Its definition alone is enough to understand that you’ll have to change and sacrifice a lot before you see the first tangible results and get used to this new eating habit. So…

There is no absolutely clear definition of what the paleo diet is; more or less, however, it is described as based on and comprised of several features. The paleo (or Paleolithic, caveman, or stone-age) diet is a diet based on the foods allegedly available to humans of the Paleolithic Age. Automatically this eliminates processed food, refined sugar, salt, dairy, legumes, coffee, alcohol and other foods and drinks never available for cavemen and cavewomen. They (proponents) say, it’ll improve your health. So, will it?

What You Eat and What You Avoid

The paleo diet involves a number of pretty tough restrictions. So, you can eat grass-fed meats, fish and other seafood, mushrooms, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, healthy cooking oils. You can’t eat processed foods (bacon and instant noodles, dried fruits and flavored nuts, microwave popcorn and fruit snacks, margarine and ketchup, etc.), cereals (rice, corn, oat, buckwheat), legumes (including peanuts), refined sugar (sweets and desserts), salt, dairy, potatoes and refined vegetable oils.

Proponents of the paleo diet define it as the healthiest diet ever developed. Lean proteins, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients, anything what your body has ever needed during evolution, is contained in paleo foods. Can you imagine an average paleo Homo Sapien as an overweight and out of shape guy rather than versatile, athletic, muscular and agile? Hardly anyone can, which is why the interest to the paleo diet is constantly growing. At the same time, however, are we still guys like those?

Rationale behind the ”Nature”

All statements put out by the diet’s advocates are based on presumptions and logic rather than actual knowledge. It was claimed that since paleo people were genetically adapted to eating readily available foods, the latter were perfectly able to meet all the nutritional needs of those people. It’s also claimed that with time people (our physiology and metabolism) haven’t changed a lot and only natural, nutritionally closer foods can rescue us from all those diseases brought by cultural and lifestyle changes.

Main Arguments against ”Paleo” Logic

The major statement of the ”paleo” followers that this diet fits our genotype has been denied by another statement, historically and scientifically confirmed: during evolution people have appeared to be pretty flexible eaters, which is why they can healthily live sticking to a rather wide variety of diets. Thus, with time we’ve developed lactose tolerance, which has brought a fair variety of absolutely healthy dairy products. As for grains and legumes, we’d have never adapted to those nutritionally if they had appeared totally unhealthy and unnecessary. Why we’ve ”fallen in love” with unhealthy carbohydrates is another question, and the problem against which all diets fight, especially the paleo one.

Any Diet Is Good Unless It Causes Harm

Perhaps the paleo diet is not the only and not the best offered nowadays, but it is certainly beneficial in terms of marked health improvement and weight loss immediately seen when you refuse from any processed food and refined sugar. If you respond to the diet well, no health condition prevents you from sticking to it, and you are actually able to obediently follow it as any healthy nutrition can become your healthy eating habit to fall into.