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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Paleo Diet Review

What is the Paleo Diet?
It is a low carbohydrate diet that is more restrictive than the Atkins Diet or the South Beach Diet.  You can eat meat (only from grass fed animals), fish, fruit, vegetables, tree nuts, seeds and plant based oils (olive, coconut and tree nut oils).

Why should we eat this way?
According to the paleo diet, our bodies have not changed over time.  So the claim is that we should eat like our paleolithic ancestors.

Is this sound reasoning?
There are some flaws with this reasoning.  The premise is that paleolithic man was healthier than we are today.  However, the average life span for a caveman was 30 years.  How can they prove health and longevity with that life span?  Also, did they have knowledge of nutrition?  No.  We do and we need to use that knowledge when making food choices.  Lastly, archaeology has proven that paleolithic man ate different foods depending on where they lived.  So, yes, grains were eaten and dairy also.  Not by all, but, by some.

What are the Pros of the Paleo Diet?
  1. If your diet is heavy in simple carbohydrates and processed foods, this will break your unhealthy habit.  Your diet will become full of fruits and vegetables.
  2. The diet has no processed sugar.  Again if you largely depend of processed foods, your diet is full of processed sugar.  This will end that bad habit.
  3. You will loose weight, mostly body fat.
What are the cons of the Paleo Diet?
  1. The way you loose the weight.  Lack of carbs puts your body into what is known as ketosis.  Your body does not have the glucose in its blood to burn for energy.  So it starts breaking down fat deposits to burn for energy.  To put it simply, your eating your own body.  Doctors can not agree on the health risks involved in keeping your body in ketosis. 
  2. While protein is a vital component to a healthy diet, you can get to much of a good thing.  Our bodies need 1 gram of protein per every 4 pounds of weight each day.  If you can stick to that on this diet, good.  However, more protein than is needed starts causing problems with our bodies filtration systems (kidneys, gall blander, etc.).  Don't be shocked when you get gall stones, have pain in your gall bladder or have pain in your kidneys.
  3. This is a diet high in saturated fat.  The American Heart Association has stated those who loose on a low carb diet do gain heart health benefits.  They have also stated that is from the lose of weight.  Not from what is being eaten.  Also these individuals were on a low carb diet for a limited time.  Long term eating of a diet high in saturated fats is not heart healthy.
  4.  It is a highly restrictive diet.  As a result many are not able to stick to it.  When you start putting carbs back in your diet, you will start gaining weight once again.
  5. Lastly, low carb means low fiber.  Constipation is a problem.
Is this diet or the cookbooks beneficial to anyone?
Yes.  Individuals that have health conditions that restrict their diet (such as celiac, diabetes or hypoglycemia) could benefit from having a paleo cookbook.  A restricted diet can cause people to fall into a rut eating the same things over and over because they know they are safe.  The paleo diet cookbooks can give a person an infinite verity of recipes they can be sure are safe.

Refined sugar is a major health issue in today's world.  So anyone can benefit from having the paleo diet dessert cookbook.  All the recipes are sugar free, gluten free and dairy free.

In the end, it is up to each person to decide if the paleo diet is right for them.  If you would like further information on the paleo diet or a cookbook click here.  If you would like to know more about the dessert cookbook click here.

Have you found this information helpful?  Let me know.  Leave a comment. 

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