Published on October 19th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe11
Yea or Nay: The Paleo Diet
We’ve talked about the Paleo Diet here before. Basically, folks who ascribe to this lifestyle eat animal protein along with fruits and vegetables. The idea is that this mimics the way that our ancestors ate the the Paleolithic Era, before the dawn of agriculture.
I’m not sure I buy that this is a healthy way to eat. Here’s my two cents, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Paleo Diet, too!
Yes, our ancestors probably did eat meat pretty frequently, but there is new evidence that they did indeed eat their fair share of grains. In fact, these stone-ground grains most likely gave people in that era greater food security, since they could dry and store them to eat during leaner times.
Is the Paleo Diet Healthy?
Saturated fats, like those found in most animal-based foods, are not healthy in excess. They’re linked to health conditions from heart attack and stroke to high cholesterol.
Another thing to consider is that our bodies need carbohydrates for things like brain function. While you do get carbs from fruits and veggies, grains also help supply your body with that crucial macronutrient.
The diet does not just exclude refined grains. It also cuts out starchy foods like corn and potatoes.
A healthy diet is all about balance, and any diet that emphasizes meat is suspect in my book. Heck, look at what happened to Dr. Atkins. If anything, we need to focus on upping our intake of fresh fruits and veggies rather than eating more meat.
What do you guys think? Do you feel like the Paleo Diet is legit or just another fad?
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