“The Paleo Diet” – The first time I heard this I had no idea what to expect, Paleo? What’s that supposed to mean? The Paleo Diet is a take on our ancestors diet from the Paleolithic era over 10,000 years ago. It is basically a caveman diet where you should only be eating foods that can be hunted or gathered like fruit and veg, seafood, grass-fed meat, eggs, nuts, seeds and poultry. Healthy oils are allowed, however, only in small amounts and the more modern foods like grains, dairy and processed foods are not permitted.
This kind of a diet is rich in soluble fibre, antioxidant vitamins, phytochemicals, omega-3 fatty acids, monounsaturated fat, and low-glycemic carbohydrates. It is naturally gluten free and low in added sugars, trans fats, salt and high-glycemic carbohydrates. Not only does it have all of these healthy benefits but it makes dieting a whole lot easier, there is no calorie counting and no guessing on appropriate portion sizes due to the fact people are unlikely to overindulge in these kind of foods. This sort of a diet results in improved energy levels and overall feeling better due to the cutting out of high-calorie processed foods. Sounds all good right?
The problem with the paleo diet is that it is pretty heavily reliant on meat, which is not as lean as it was thousands of years ago due to the fact domesticated animals are sometimes given little room to move and stuffed with food which results in fatty cuts of meat. Also, we are taking a diet that from ancient times where the average lifespan was in the 20s and a large part of this no longer existing is due to the eradication of nutrient-deficiency thanks to fortified foods and dietary supplements. Unfortunately, the paleo diet falls short on some of these micronutrients, especially calcium and vitamin D which are essential in our diet. Another con to this diet would be the cravings for processed food that could result, it seems all well and good and 100% natural but sometimes we can’t help but have the odd naughty treat and who can blame us!?
So there are good points and bad points about this diet but if we consider the bad points and take all the good points, it could be the best diet we could get – a healthy balanced diet, one that is continually stressed over and one that should be applicable to everyone.
Paleo Diet: Pros and Cons