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The Pros And Cons Of The Paleo Diet

The problem with Paleo

  • The evolutionary arguments don't hold up.
  • Evidence for excluding dairy, legumes, and grains isn't strong (yet).
  • A one-size-fits-all "best diet" approach doesn't work.

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Key Ideas

Paleo concept

Humans evolved on a diet very different from today's eating habits. To be healthier, leaner, stronger and fitter, we must re-think our diet and remove some of the food groups we consider basic.

Except

Paleo fans tend to overlook the fact that hunter-gatherers were not models of pristine health. Palaeolithic humans suffered from parasites, infectious diseases, and even atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

What to eat

  • Animals (especially a "whole animal" approach, including organs, bone marrow, cartilage, and organs).
  • Animal products (such as eggs or honey).
  • Vegetables and fruits.
  • Raw nuts and seeds.
  • Added fats (like coconut oil, avocado, butter, ghee).

What to avoid

  • Grains, although research suggests eating whole grains improve our health and appear to be neutral when it comes to inflammation.
  • Heavily processed oils, such as canola and soybean oil.
  • Legumes, although research suggests the benefits of legumes outweigh their anti-nutrient content. Cooking eliminates most anti-nutrient effects. Some anti-nutrients may even be good.
  • Dairy.

The problem with Paleo

  • The evolutionary arguments don't hold up.
  • Evidence for excluding dairy, legumes, and grains isn't strong (yet).
  • A one-size-fits-all "best diet" approach doesn't work.

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